SlashGear has confirmed with HTC today that the Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S (along with the standard Desire) will be receiving the bump to Gingerbread some time in the second quarter of this year. But, there's a potential caveat: US phones might not be included.

It remains unknown if HTC was also referring to carrier-branded versions of the aforementioned devices in its statement, and if it was, if those devices would be receiving updates at the same time as their unlocked, HTC-branded siblings. Phones in this category include the HTC Thunderbolt and Inspire 4G (both based on the Desire HD), as well as T-Mobile's G2, the EVO Shift 4G, and possibly the HTC Merge (all based on the Desire Z).

Why wouldn't they receive updates at the same time? The US, carrier-branded versions of these phones all have minor hardware differences compared to their European next-of-kin. The Thunderbolt has a front-facing camera and LTE, while the Inspire 4G has HSPA+ and a noise-cancelling microphone. These are the kind of minute hardware differences that necessitate different ROM builds based on region, as well as different radio firmware. The Desire Z variants all have slightly different keyboards, and completely different cell antennas.

It'd be nice if HTC's statement encompassed all of the many American iterations of those handsets, but I can't say I'm holding my breath.

SlashGear via Phandroid

David Ruddock
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  • Abhishek

    Sad i gave the same news tip some days earlier......even gave the source link from Cnet.......and got this story published now with no credits :( .....
    .....well anyways happy to hear it again from reliable sources....m waiting for my desire to be on Gingerbread. :)

  • BobbyPhoenix

    So it's actually the phone itself that depends on it, not where it's being used? I ask because I'm in Orlando, FL USA, but I'm using a UK version Desire HD, so I'll get the GB update?

    • David Ruddock

      I'm not sure what you're asking. I would assume that yes, you will get the version of the update that UK users will get because you are using the same hardware they are.

      • BobbyPhoenix

        Yep. That's what I was asking. I read the article again, and realized it. I first thought that phones being used in the USA were not going to get it, not what phone it actually is, so when the UK version gets updated, my phone will be included. :-)

    • adv

      Yes! Correct.

      • BobbyPhoenix

        :-) Thanks

  • Ed

    I won't shed a tear for the Americans. Serves you right for not sticking with the standard builds.

  • htc needs to have one version with all radios and cdma and all the good specs in one phone and not different versions and make every1 very happy