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HTC Is Now Bringing Gingerbread To Desire

David Gilbert


HTC Desire

HTC does seem to like playing games with its customers. For the second time in less than a month, it is going to reverse a decision because of customer outrage.

At the end of May, HTC decided it was not going to lock the bootloaders of its handsets having decided the opposite previously. Now having yesterday told owners of its Desire handset they would not be getting the Android 2.3 or Gingerbread update, it has today reversed the decision and now says it will bring the update to the Desire. Initially HTC said that despite its engineering teams working for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the Desire, it was not going to be able to do it “without compromising the HTC Sense experience.” The reason HTC gave was because there isn’t enough internal memory to allow them “both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire.” Posting this on its Facebook page led to a huge number of angry comments from Desire owners.

HTC Desire Gingerbread

Less than 24 hours later however and HTC was back on its Facebook page and this time was a lot more succinct, simply saying: “Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire.” A neat turnaround from the Taiwanese manufacturer who has given no explanation for how this will work. The update from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3 is not exactly going to revolutionise the Desire’s usability and most people will probably not notice but it is nice to see a company listening to its customers. The next issue of course will be to actually go about getting the update working properly and then getting it pushed out to handsets on various networks – but that’s just Android updates for you.

Hopefully we’re not going to be back here tomorrow with another reversal but it just goes to show that making your voice heard is sometimes very worthwhile.

Source: HTC UK Facebook


June 15, 2011, 8:52 pm

I thought Gingerbread was supposed to be significantly faster and less resource intensive than Froyo? Surely that reflects very badly on Sense if if doesn't run as well on Gingerbread as it does on Froyo?


June 15, 2011, 9:32 pm

As a Desire owner this is good news. Even better news would be if HTC allowed us owners of their phones to turn off Sense if we choose to do so.


June 15, 2011, 9:48 pm

Shows what a memory-hog Sense is. I recently rooted my Desire, and flashed with Cyanogenmod. I mainly did so for space (so I could be rid of the bloated HTC torch, stock, weather, etc apps that I never used and couldn't otherwise remove), but it also had the effect of making the phone MILES faster. Whether it's because I'm now running Gingerbread over Froyo, or whether it's because I'm rid of Sense, I'm not sure. Either way, I definitely recommend the root route :-)

Trevor Totten

June 16, 2011, 4:09 pm


The problem with Sense is the amount of internal storage it uses, and probably uses even more on Gingerbread. My friend has a Desire, and I flashed 2.3 on it (without sense), and I think I worked out Sense uses at least 250MB of internal storage. Gingerbread itself uses up more space than Froyo, so that doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for installing apps internally, so I would imagine this is where the problem lies.


You state HTC "has given no explanation for how this will work", but I read elsewhere that they plan to remove certain Sense apps, but haven't said which apps they'll be leaving out.

Judderman 1

June 16, 2011, 11:44 pm

I have also rooted my phone and recently thought that I would try the updated HTC sense running Gingerbread, when installed I did not have enough internal memory to install my usual apps. Even just using the very basic amount of apps I was receiving the "Low Storage" message. What was even more frustrating is that Sense did not seem to allow any part of it to be moved to SD card!
I pretty much moved back to LeeDroid within the day.

HTC Sense is a bit like a post card of Blackpool, it looks nice and is OK for a visit, but I wouldnt wanna live there!

No offense to any1 living in Blackpool!

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