HTC Desire gets updated to Gingerbread, but not really

HTC Desire gets updated to Gingerbread, but not really
If you are among the bunch of people still holding on to their trusty HTC Desire, you might not like the news that we have to share with you. It looks like the smartphone will not be treated to Gingerbread  after all, or at least not in the form of a full-fledged update that HTC was expected to release by the end of July.

Technically, an official Gingerbread ROM for the HTC Desire will be available for download, yet it will not be pushed out to the general public due to a number of issues that the HTC developer team simply couldn't hurdle. HTC stated on its Facebook page that “certain functions may no longer be usable after re-flashing the ROM, including but not limited to MMS and SMS”, but the troubles with the update are not over just yet.

All customizations, wallpapers, personal data and some preinstalled applications, including the Facebook app, will have to be removed in order to make some room for Gingerbread to feel comfortably on the HTC Desire. Fortunately, at least your microSD card will not be affected and the missing apps will be available for download from the Android Market.

Now for the worst part, the official Gingerbread update is not meant to run on the US version of the HTC Desire. Japanese, South Korean and some German models of the smartphone are not invited either. Could this be a good time to give CyanogenMod a try?

source: HTC via Engadget

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1. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

A Desire owner here, If the official facebook app gets deleted, can't I like download later from the Android market after the update? And what about the HTC apps which will get deleted, can't I download them also later?

2. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

According to HTC's Facebook page, Several HTC applications will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer portal ( Besides that, the official Facebook application will be removed, but will be available for download from the Android Market. Any carrier-specific apps that you may have will be erased. If you are willing to try the update out despite the glitches that may occur, make sure you backup your data first!

6. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Thanks, but what about the MMS/SMS functions? Will I lose those?

3. Vittorio

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

No SMS or MMS? What's next, no talking either? For that kind of walk, it would have been better to stay home. If at all. It's a phone, for God's shake. A PHONE. Sometimes people and companies tend to forget that. Not affected personally but my lil' bro does have one. And he is pretty much likely to update, as he fancy new stuff like there's no tomorrow. Should I stop sending SMS to him? FAIL!!!

4. Optimus unregistered

Why is it so dang hard to make gingerbread updates. My ancient ipod touch went from ios2 to 4.2. My optimus will be lucky to go from 2.2 to 2.3. Android is still second to iphone

5. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Probably because your lovely Apple products are made up of seemingly highly similar hardware and every iOS is almost identical to the other. Also note that your iPod Touch is NOT a phone. When you compare something, make sure they are under the same category. You don't compare a mammal to a reptile and say the reptile is better when they're not even similar, though they do both belong to Kingdom Animalia.

7. carogers

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2010

i have just bought my htc desire, i was going to download the 2.3 version but i am terrified my phone wont work properly any more!!! has anyone encountered any problems after downloading version 2.3? just exactly before i was going to download, it said it will erase everything for me... can i install the app's and widgets again after i download it? somebody help me please................

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