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HTC: Never mind, Gingerbread is coming to the HTC Desire (Update: HTC explains why)

3 years ago 22

Talk about backpedaling. Not even 24 hours after HTC said the Desire wouldn’t be getting the Gingerbread update, the company is saying the complete opposite. Yesterday, HTC blamed the Desire’s 512 MB ROM memory for the device not getting Gingerbread, saying:

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 UKFacebook

Well, apparently something has changed. HTC took to Facebook once again this morning with the following message:
Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire.HTC UKFacebook

Huzzah! I think. While it’s good news that Desire users will be getting Gingerbread, HTC still doesn’t explain what changed since yesterday that now allows the Desire to get Gingerbread. Was the ROM memory limitation just an excuse? And did they only retracted it because of the public outcry? Maybe.

In fact, some pretty big names in the tech world believe HTC made up this limitation because they want to sell newer models. Hopefully that’s not what’s going on here. I’d hate to see HTC start leaving devices behind just so customers will have to upgrade to the latest gadget.

What do you guys think? Was this a mistake from HTC’s PR department? Or is something much more sinister going on behind the curtains? Let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: HTC has taken to Facebook once again, this time with an explanation on why the company changed its mind on the Desire update. It turns out the Gingerbread update couldn’t fit on the Desire due to some third-party apps — aka bloatware. HTC has removed some of these “apps” from the update, and that’s why the Desire is now able to get Gingerbread. Hurray for less bloatware!