Yesterday I posted up an article on HTC’s statement saying that the HTC Desire will not be receiving an upgrade to Gingerbread. However, earlier today they changed their minds and have created a new post which says:
Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire
This is great news for everyone, all though of course they’ve not published any estimated release dates yet!
Thanks to reader WeeJockey for noticing this!
Bad news for all folks that have been eagerly waiting for news of the Gingerbread (2.3) update for the HTC Desire. Unfortunately HTC announced earlier today on their UK Facebook page that the HTC Desire will in fact not be receiving the long-awaited update to the latest version of the Android OS.
Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.
The reasoning might not appear to be most convincing to some users, especially considering that a number of 2.3 Sense ports for the Desire are already available on XDA, however it’s a shame for users who aren’t familiar or confident in rooting their phone and are forced to stick with the current installed version of Android on their HTC Desire.
I guess the biggest let down is the fact that at the start of this year HTC actually stated that the Desire WOULD be getting the Gingerbread update and got many of us impatiently waiting for June to arrive and bring us our ginger flavoured treat.
It’s a shame that the only real update HTC were able to provide Desire owners was Froyo, and that was only 2 months after the phone release date. Sad day for Desire owners, but I know plenty (including myself) are happy to use their phone as it is and will continue to use it for the foreseeable future.
Today HTC have announced that the HTC Desire, Legend and Wildfire will all be getting Froyo in Q3 (quarter 3) of 2010.
We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3.
Technically Q3 starts in two days (1 July) but realistically I’d expect a late August release – that’s pure speculation, but at least you know it will definitely be by the end of September.
In the meantime, if you’re not fussed about HTC Sense and have already rooted your phone then Cyanogen Mod 6 will probably be the best ROM for Desire when it’s released, probably in a few days time.
I’ll keep you updated when I hear more news!
PS: I know I’ve not reported any of the Froyo rumours on here (only on Twitter) but rumours only give false hope. This is something more official from HTC and quite satisfying to be honest