Android Phones

HTC Desire will not see Gingerbread update after all – at least not officially

June 14, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka


Vanilla Gingerbread for the HTC Desire

Update: What do you know…HTC has caved to pressure once again and decided to deliver Gingerbread after all, says the Facebook page. Thanks, Joe! Here’s the original post below.


HTC has begrudgingly backed away from its promise to deliver an HTC Desire Gingerbread update. Despite its best efforts to upgrade Desire users to Android 2.3, the engineers at HTC just couldn’t bake Sense UI into the latest version of Android and have it fit into the Desire’s tiny oven.

The HTC Desire memory is too small to accommodate both Sense UI and Android 2.3, so HTC has decided to not officially support Gingerbread on the Desire. In a statement made on the HTC UK Facebook Fan page, the company confirmed that it will not be able to deliver the update which was originally supposed have already been available.

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.

Naturally, those words set off a torrent of angry Desire owners vowing to purchase a phone from a competitor or simply root their phone and do away with Sense once and for all. Either proposition poses a problem for HTC. If Sense UI is what attracted people to the Desire and ultimately is cited as a reason that phones aren’t updated, it creates a portion of users who will no longer feel compelled to purchase HTC products. It’s also a reminder of why HTC choosing to unlock bootloaders is vital to a large portion of its customers. The only people who will ever see Gingerbread on their phones are the ones who are willing to root and switch to CyanogenMod or load a Gingerbread-based custom Sense ROM.

I recommend browsing the XDA Developers Desire section and learning more about and rooting your UK Desire phone, and then pick a Gingerbread Sense ROM. I did a quick scan to compare some of the virtues of each, and I’d say Reflex or HiApk Sensefun are worth exploring since they have elements from the newer versions of Sense UI. However, be sure to read instructions and requirements thoroughly before installing.