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HTC Desire is forced to live out its life with Froyo; Gingerbread is not coming

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HTC Desire is forced to live out its life with Froyo; Gingerbread is not coming
Sure it's one of the longest-standing Android smartphones on the market, but we’ve already seen the HTC Desire get one major software update that brought it from its initial Éclair days to its current Froyo standing. However, sad news has befallen the once mighty handset as it appears as though it’s at the end of the line in terms of major software updates.

Taking a gander over at HTC UK’s Facebook page, the company says that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is not coming to the handset – even though it was mentioned as being one of many handsets positioned to get the update. The heart felt announcement mentions that the engineering team has been hard at work making it come to life over the course of the last few months, but it seems that the handset’s lack of memory is compromising the Sense experience on the handset – meaning, it’s going to live out its life with Froyo and nothing more.

Indeed a bummer for many handset owners out there, but don’t fret, mainly because there are still alternative ways to experience Gingerbread – like installing the leaked 2.3.3 ROM for it.

source: HTC via Engadget


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posted on 14 Jun 2011, 13:25 1

1. Lancalot (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


Very Very Very disappointed HTC. no Gingerbread for the Desire? what a waste of frickin' time and money. you should fail for this. if i didn't care about the jobs they provide, i'd wish their factories to burn down. not up-to-the -time HTC. You messed up...you messed up bad. One of the only reason i hate my phone is because of the little internal memory, now that's the problem for me not getting Gingerbread?!they making the phone sound like a cheap feature phone. i paid $570US for my phone a little more than a year ago; didn't get it in the flee market. can't express how disappointed i am. i'm looking at my phone in disgust; could barley hold it now. Your developers are a waste of sperm and egg. its just a game to get us to buy all their new shi* phones. cont'd. and what hurts more is that my/our complains wouldn't even hinder them from sleeping at nights, or feeding their children noodles and rice, neither would it cause you to show/feel empathy.they might have just lost a loyalist. but it's ok, cause i'm just one man, right? frick you HTC. FRICK YOU! because right about now, you suck!. I had your back, but you didn't have mine.
R.I.P HTC.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 13:57 4

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4408; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I know you are disappointed, but if this is any consolation why don't you try installing one of the 2.3.3 Gingerbread ROMs from XDA developers? There are a lot of great ROMs there that will make your phone run so much better. I know it's a bummer but there are other options. Sense just uses too much memory. Sorry to hear you are so down! Hopefully this cheers you up!

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 19:26

19. Goldeneye (Posts: 360; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Damn! So that means my incredible will face the same fate? The incredible is similarly spec'd except the camera!

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 13:37

2. ap (unregistered)


So Sony decides to update the X10 to Gingerbread but HTC decides to skip it!!!!! And lack of memory????!!! Devices like the Wildfire S are running gingerbread, even the Optimus One is poised to have a bite.....really disappointing stuff HTC.....

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 13:42 1

3. LoL (unregistered)


"Samsung SUX...worst product support ever!!!...all buy HTC Desire!!! It haz 2.2 :O :O :O"

Remember those days?

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 17:33

15. hhaa (unregistered)


yup, i was one of them; lucky i just sold mine! =)

i still love htc for everything but their memory; upon hard reset on the desire, it has a mere 136MB of internal storage?!

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 14:13

5. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I was ready to say " well, thats fine. Even PC's had to get hardware upgrades to run some newer OS's" until I saw the responses about the other phones.

I havent checked to see, but if there are other phones with identical memory and clock speeds getting GB....somethings wrong with this picture. HTC is the best manufacture for updates. Well I did just check against one phone mentioned above......somethings wrong with this picture...the Desire should be getting it.

Does the phones mentioned above have GB officially, or are they custom ROMs?

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 14:49 1

7. Jassi (unregistered)


They have said in their announcement that Sense UI wont work with gingerbread with this much memory. This is not the same for other manufacturer's as they are not using this skin. HTC said they don't want to disappoint customer's by not prioviding all the features of Sense UI or provide incomplete Sense UI experience. In wildfire they dont have flash support and many other feature's which is not acceptable in high end phone like desire, hence you dont get gingerbread.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 15:45

10. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea I read it after seeing this article. Interesting indeed vs. other phones with custom UI's that have less ram..

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 14:41

6. Jassi (unregistered)


Did anyone notice that image used is of Desire HD though the update is for Desire.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 15:30

8. adrian (unregistered)


this is BS, the wildfire S and Salsa have LESS memory than the Desire and they both run Gingerbread. This is not affecting me, since I am running Gingerbread + Sense on my Desire for like 3 months and it runs great, but HTC should not treat us like we are all retarded. The Desire is a great device and I will probably not replace it for one more year.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 15:43

9. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Hmmm...someone mentioned in a joking manner at another site, Sense is a resource hog, gotcha.

That had me thinking....The Droid X and Droid 2 are getting GB with less ram than the Desire. I mentioned on another site that Blur is the closest thing to stock Android than any of the other custom UI's.

With so many ppl hating on Blur....this news is interesting indeed.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 15:48 1

11. AppleFUD (unregistered)


Let's see. . . HTC puts out a device that is fully capable of running Android and is fully capable of running the newest version of Android however, HTC wants customers to upgrade hardware asap instead of them upgrading the OS on capable hardware. So, what do they do? Create a bloated fat assed UI skin for Android and say, hey. . . so sorry but our older devices won't run our new bloated POS UI so we aren't going to upgrade your device to the latest version of Android.

HTC! F! U!

It's this kind of crap that makes iOS, WP7, Symbian, etc. . look great compared to Android because, Google has allowed OEMs to do whatever they want and OMEs have turned Android into THE perfect OS to require hardware upgrades to get the newer OS version.

Google. . . pull your head out and support devices that are made by the open handset alliance members. Require these a-holes to give you the drivers for their hardware so you can maintain these devices for as long as the hardware will allow and let the user choose if they wanted the bloated UI skin the OEM is offering or your straight stock Android. People shouldn't have to rely on the community for upgrades.

Google, let this #!$t continue and I'll be going with Nokia's WP7 sooner than later.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 16:00

12. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


The Desire is an awesome phone, I loved mine, it's been in the US market for less than a year. That's poor product support from HTC.

Spend that kind of money on a 1Ghz handset and it' can't hold Gingerbread less than a year later? Maybe there should be concern with the Android fragmentation issue.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 16:05

13. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Where's the best site to get a stable rom for the Desire? If I want it to work on Verizon (I have the CDMA version) are there any hoops to go through? I'm custom rom illiterate, but I'm willing to learn.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 20:59

17. OsirisRa (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


Go to the unlockr.com, everything youll need to know about custom ROM's is there. Including video how to's and all the ROM's that are stable for your device.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 16:47 1

14. M.rahal (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)


major fail from HTC, super pissed off :@:@

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 00:50

18. Sohaib (unregistered)


very nice htc, if wildfire S, with lower specs, can run gingerbread and Sense2.0, why can't htc desire be upgraded. htc clearly wants desire owners to upgrade with htc sensation being the only sensible option. Sorry htc, with serious death grip issues, I don't think I'll upgrade to an htc device. Bring on the iPhone 5!!!

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