HTC Desire owners waiting patiently for their Gingerbread update will be disappointed to learn their handsets will not be updated to Android 2.3. HTC promised they would deliver Gingerbread to the entire Desire family late last year, but their update plans for the original HTC Desire have been foiled by the handset’s memory limitation. Apparently, HTC Sense combined with Android 2.3 is too large to squeeze onto the HTC Desire’s 512 MB ROM chip.
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.HTC UK Facebook
The apology from HTC does not make the announcement any more bearable, but we do applaud HTC for doing the right thing. We hope other manufacturers follow in HTC’s path and give their customers legitimate reasons why their phones will not be receiving the latest Android update.
Just because the official Gingerbread update is off the table for the HTC Desire doesn’t mean users will be stuck on Android 2.2. Since the HTC Desire and Nexus One share most of the same DNA, an amazing development community has been enhancing the phone’s capabilities for more than a year. With a fairly easy rooting process and over 20 different active ROMs to choose from, we’re sure HTC Desire owners who want a taste of Gingerbread will be able to easily satisfy their appetite.