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HTC changes its mind, Gingerbread will after all come to HTC Desire

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HTC changes its mind, Gingerbread will after all come to HTC Desire
The HTC Desire was released nearly a year ago, but it's still one of the most popular Android handsets out there. The future cooperation of the handset with the latest of Android Gingerbread, however, was on a bumpy road. First the Taiwanese phone maker set the bar high saying the HTC Desire was getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, then all of a sudden just yesterday HTC backpedaled in a post on its Facebook page:

“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.”

You can already guess what happened just the next day, can't you? HTC completed the cycle with a 360 turn: “Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire,” the company followed up on Facebook. So taking into account how quickly the company backtracked, one starts doubting the veracity of the issue with the insufficient memory as it doesn't seem very likely for the company to be able to fix in one day what it has been “working hard for the past few months.”

HTC changes its mind, Gingerbread will after all come to HTC Desire
HTC was brief and didn't give a release date for the Gingerbread update on the HTC Desire, but our hopes are that it will come soon rather than late. Patience is a virtue, especially for those Android updates, isn't it?

source: HTC

Thanks, Philip!

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posted on 15 Jun 2011, 08:40 1

1. jroc74 (Posts: 5065; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


That sounds a lil better. If it means using the old Sense UI, so be it. If it means omitting some features, so be it.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 08:40 4

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4260; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


@ Lancalot, Hey so HTC changed their mind or someone just misspoke. It looks like you will get your Android 2.3 Gingerbread after all. So I guess all is well. Still look at those ROMs at XDA Developers. They have some real good stuff there & like I said to you before those ROMs WILL make your phone run EVEN better than it does now. Hope this turned your frown upside down! lol

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 12:39

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


@ SuperAndroidEvo. Dude, ur kinda kool. thanks man, much appreciated. i might just check them out, for real. tired of deleting apps to make space. any recommendations? stay kool man.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 13:50

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4260; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Check out this link: (http://www.androidcentral.com/moving-apps-sd-card -froyo). I hope this helps you in regards to your deleting apps problem.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:49

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


well...i was referring to recommendations on ROMs. all movable apps are on my sd card, still doesn't help much. but thanks anyway. u most likely have a Desire, which ROM you got?

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 08:20

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4260; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol I am sorry, I misunderstood you. ROMs are tricky, I may love a ROM, that you may think is garbage. What I suggest is to look up 3 ROMs that you think are interesting. Do your research, you can also go to YouTube.com & see how they run & work. Also read their features too. That way when you are ready to install the ROM you are 100% sure of what it is you want. Just take your time & do it right. I have a HTC Evo 4G & I have tried lots of ROMs. Right now CM7 is kickass & so is Kingdom ROM. But again those are "my" choices. You may or may not like those at all. There are so many real good ROMs out there so take your time. Make SURE you read everything. --“WARNING”-- There is a risk of bricking your phone when installing ROMs. I don’t want you to be MAD at me because something happened to your phone. When you are ready to install the ROM follow the STEP by STEP guide WORD for WORD & you will be pleasantly surprised on how well these ROMs work!

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 12:39 1

9. ilia1986 (unregistered)


No, all is NOT well. How can people be expected to trust a company which says one statement - which they back up by saying there is a hardware problem - and then - after everyone moans about it (despite the fact that as said there are custom 2.3 roms out there) - releases another statement which is completely opposite of the first?

It's not like they just suddenly found a secret new solution. They just gave to the pressure. And no large company should ever change it's mind based on just one day of people's reactions. Sure, companies should monitor customer response and satisfaction, but when they make a call - they make a call.

HTC is the public b*tch of it's fanboy community.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 14:07 2

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4260; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I think HTC is honorable in trying to appease their customers. HTC would be nothing without it's fan base. I think it's smart business to listen to its customers. How many other companies would be better off at this very moment if they took a page out of HTC business ethic? I see where your are coming from, I really do. Just because a company says something it doesn't necessarily mean it's etched in stone. A lot of mistakes are made with that mentality & HTC realized that customer satisfaction is better for their bottom line than not releasing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the HTC Desire. Maybe they just didn't want to release it for reasons we don't know, so they released that statement yesterday. They got negative press so they said let’s do the update because it's not worth the loss. Or maybe this was a smart PR move to get greater recognition from its fan base to ensure more customers when their new phones do come out. We just don't know! Corporations are sneaky & we really will never know the true motives behind their actions. Let me just say this, at the end of the day everyone is happy & that is good for the consumer & good for HTC.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 09:42 7

3. pavelcheto (unregistered)


a 360 turn is actually no turn...

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:02

7. jroc74 (Posts: 5065; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Nice catch...lol. I guess 360 sound better. It shoulda been 180.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 21:21

17. nanas (unregistered)


maybe the writer is a surfer :D
He confused between 180 & 360

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 09:44

4. snowgator (Posts: 3262; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


When people are shelling out 200$ or more and commiting themselves to a device for 2 years, this is the kinda headline that gives them confidence to grab a certain manufacturers handset. Even the average Smartphone owner knows about updates now, and it is slowly becoming expected that you will get one over the life of your contract. HTC has a lot going for it, but if it wants to catch Samsung and the other Pit Bulls in the fight for top dog in the pound, updates can help them claw over the top. I know nothing about how hard it is to push out an update, but if they can get a Droid upgrade like Gingerbread to the Desire despite some limitations, doesn't that help those thinking about the Sensation, EVO3D, and (hopefully) soon the Holiday and Lead?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 09:50 2

5. cyborg (unregistered)


Sounds familiar with the bootloader lock/unlock issue. HTC seems undecided with their marketing plan, requires user feedback from inhabitants in the blogsphere to decide. Or this is a plot to get attention.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 10:59 4

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4260; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You could be 100% right on every aspect! It least they care to ask the consumer! Most corporations around the world tend to NOT go in that direction!

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 14:11

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


Exactly right, consumers are usually the ones that give opinions on how to make things better and more user friendly. Then the engineers at HTC can implement those ideas within the new devices. Look at the downfall of Nokia, they never listened to there customers, and now there stuck with WP7, lol.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:23

13. skymitch89 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


All that I really care about is when my Evo Shift will get updated

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:28

14. Rich (unregistered)


is it just me or does HTC do everything right?


it feels like whenever they do something, if customers are the least bit upset... they conform to make everyone happy.

now when is ginger comin to my TB?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 18:33

16. RiccardoFZ1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I cannot in this day and age believe that such a statement can be put out and recinded in such a quick time by a company with such a positive rep? If indeed they(HTC) have been working so hard to bring about this upgrade, how is it that they say due to insufficient memory blah they will be unable to issue this update? Are they saying that they had went ahead and done all this work tested it on the Desire-d (yes a tad of punn intended) phone - it worked lovely?? It is ready for purpose let us release itwww.publicgenerally.COM we all get excited and BOOM! Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't that megga $$$$$$ and for what? Is making so much money as simple as ooops someone boobooed it's all off - no it isn't it's all on!! This all takes place within hours I might add, how can it make money, how can it be up there when this sort of error (IF) is an home goal?? I say less haste and more pace uummm!!!

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 22:38

18. ken (unregistered)


lets forget what htc has up his sleeves, its a good move, at least

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 22:49

19. ken (unregistered)


if htcs statment about memory is true, its upto the users to decide if they want Gingerbread update with silmplied version of HTC sense or no update at all. Personally, i prefer the former, HTC Sense is good but not a MUST.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 12:20

21. dickenson (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2009)


I wonder if Gingerbread for Inspire will be next. After all. It's almost 100% identical to the Desire.

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