Jun 15 AT 8:32 AM Alberto Vildosola 22 Comments

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

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!

Via: Engadget

Source: Facebook

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  • http://Website Thermal

    I think it’s marketing trick becouse of they’re new devices as you said nothing else, if wildfire S can have Gb with sense 2.1 and that phone is weaker than Desire in RAM and processore then I don’t see point why Desire can’t get Gb with new sense.

    • http://Website TWiT Commander

      Third-party bloatware? I’m thinking Adobe Flash and Air. I don’t use Flash, but it cannot be removed from HTC Desire with Froyo, taking up valuable space on the ROM (as HTC has found out). That’s the number 1 reason why I switched to a Nexus S less than a year after getting the HTC Desire. It was working fine, except for the space available for apps on the ROM.

  • http://Website milos

    If Wildfire S with 512 ROM can have 2.3 OS and 2.1 Sense then there is no reason why desire shouldnt get updated…

  • http://Website Chris

    I had recommended the HTC Desire to multiple people, two of which who bought it, based on the fact the HTC said they will be upgrading it to Gingerbread in the summer.

    This would have been a major turn off from HTC for me and many others.

  • http://Website dinos

    When sales and marketing strategies are so aggressive that are being compromised within a day, that means there is a problem of planning. HTC’s 360 degrees turn proves that last day’s announcements about insufficient memory were just mere excuses.

    Unfortunately they do not consider that the world is still within the recent global economic crisis turmoil, and tricks like that are less probable to be successful than for example 3-4 years ago, when 300-400-500 dollars/euros/pounds would not be a prohibitive investment for a citizen eager to buy the next best thing in the gadgets industry.

    Times change. Therefore the greed levels of enterprises should adjust accordingly.

  • http://Website Daniel

    They probably realized they could free more than 15 MB just by unbundling Flash and Facebook (which people will sooner or later need to upgrade to a newer Market version anyway), and almost 8 MB more by removing Teeter and no-one would notice.

    • http://Website Nick

      Agreed! HTC is probably rethinking their approach and removing software and apps the users can download on their own.

  • http://Website nova

    Everyone will upgrade eventually (usually when we are up for one). I base a lot of my decision on the support from my carrier and hardware manufacturer. If HTC keeps me updated, I would more than likely get another HTC phone when I upgrade. They have been pretty good about it and usually update quicker than most, but with Gingerbread they haven’t been as quick. At least not for my incredible.

    • http://trueacu.com acupuncture

      I agree. . . currently most users will upgrade when the carrier allows them and therefore, if the OEM doesn’t keep your device updated you are more than likely to switch OEMs and try someone else. This idea of trying to push users into earlier upgrades by not supporting fairly new devices will only shoot the OEM in the foot imo.

  • http://Website Mark

    What about the G2??

  • http://kenkinder.com/ Ken

    Their engineering team probably said they couldn’t bring Gingerbread + Sense 3.0 to the Desire because of memory issues. But they *could* bring Gingerbread + Sense 2.x to the Desire. It would be an easy thing to miscommunicate.

  • http://Website Ted

    Meanwhile where is Gingerbread for the HTC Incredible???

  • http://Website 6242953

    I guess its was due to the failure of Sensation that they decided to cancel the upgrade of Desire. Infact I just switched over to the Galaxy as the reports about the antennae gate issues of desire wee really scary.

  • http://Website Hannah

    What htc need to remember is that a lot of people with the desire can’t upgrade because they’re stuck on two year contracts, even when you discover the memory flaws, you don’t have an option to upgrade… maybe they remembered this.

  • http://Website dbareis

    I think enough people said that if you can’t fit sense on there then don’t put the sense on it. Its just another layer of bugs in any case…

  • http://Website Alan

    I agree – make a few more Apps optional to free space. I’d love to dump Facebook , Twitter,FM radio,Footprints and a number of other apps that I don’t use but I can’t seem to get rid of them. Anyone that wants them could download them as required.

    Glad to see we are finally getting GB- WHEN????

  • http://Website Steve Thomsen-Jones

    The Desire has way to little Memory for modern use. Until I rooted and got CM7 on mine (with A2SD and a class 6 mSD) it struggled to be a useful phone. HTC would be wise to get people onto newer models rather than have them still buying this device and quickly becoming frustrated with the limited app storage space and thus gaining a poor image of HTC devices.

  • http://Website Infinidim

    I would like to thank HTC for making the correct decision in the end. HTC devices in general are very good – I have been using them since they first came out.

    Lets hope the carriers don’t get in the way of delivering 2.3 to all us users that want it….

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  • http://Website nurgul

    I’d say let them get rid of unuseful apps such as peep, weather, index and few others and bring the GB onboard.
    I’d be fine with that.
    and one decent HTC qwerty monoblock wouldn’t
    (not chacha, more like BB on android) hurt.

  • http://www.poderpda.com rayanmx

    I’d say BS…

    They spent months trying to fit GB only to find out bloatware was the cause for it not to fit?

    I guess that’s the first thing I would check before going public!

    I applaud HTC for correcting course however.


  • seth (spencer)

    HTC should let use remove some of the USELESS apps they put on the desire that would free up a lot of space. The could also try to get more stuff on to the SD card that would help..

  • vid500

    It’s just right to hear the customers wishes. They can’t expect that everyone will buy a new phone after one year. Since the phones have enough power to run newer versions of android. So well done.