Update: In a new Facebook update, HTC explained that some apps would be cut to allow enough space for the Gingerbread update. Looks like it was all about internal storage after all, rather than RAM.

That was quick. HTC, via its UK Facebook page, has announced that Gingerbread will be coming to the Desire after all. Despite the all but scientific conclusion of HTC's engineers, after rigorous testing, that "there isn’t enough memory to ... both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire." So will the Desire be going Sense-less? Probably not, but that would be a very interesting move on HTC's part. It seems more likely that Sense will be going on a "diet" of sorts in order to make the situation with the limited gee-bees work out (assuming they didn't actually work in the first place).


Guess we'll have to wait and see.

via Engadget

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  • Icarus

    It'll be a cold day in Hell before HTC abandons Sense UI.

  • N1-n-Done

    Lol maybe HTC will start to realize some of us are just fine without sense and would rather have the latest version of the OS then a polished version of the old stuff.

  • Adam

    I am alright with HTC's flip flopping :)

  • Pat

    I still say unlock my hboot 1.06 !! Damn HTC

  • Stephen


    I wonder how many emails their CEO and execs got this morning after we repeatedly posted their email address to complain to :)

  • 6GhosT9

    Umm I really can't stop thinkin': it feels like HTC wanted to plant the "no Ginger for Desire" info in the first place - deliberately and then BOOM headshot: "you-know-htc-effin-rulez-cause-we-listen-to-you-all-and-it-doesn't-matter-we-knew-Desire-can-have-Ginger-after-all-we-just-wanna-look-better-than-we-are"... PR...

    • LAmDroid

      thats the same thing i said in a different tech blog. seems intentional.

  • David

    My guess is that they are going to "reverse engineer" CyanogenMod 7 for the Desire, and put it out as their own!

  • Garry Holmes

    I bet it is Gingerbread but with the same version of Sense as we have now. We know that "pure" gingerbread will run on the phone, it's the new version of sense they can't cram in.

    Still, it's a win!

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    This marketing style is getting pretty annoying...

  • http://lankycyril.com/ Cyril

    A boiled down Sense? No, please.

    My Desire HD received an upgrade a couple months ago, and its Sense sucked without being boiled down. Half stock apps followed Sense skins, half didn't. Even funnier, HALF the Calendar did and the other half didn't.

    Browser text became smaller. WiFi sleep policy reset to "after 15 mins" twice by itself. Every time the phone lost internet signal, a toast notification flashed thrice in the middle of the screen (veeeery convenient in games).

    I tried to persuade myself that everything was fine, but finally had to downgrade.

    Are there virtually any reasons for upgrading to Gingerbread, except just to know that you have the latest version now? Hardly any developers will stop supporting 2.2, and it's not like Desire / DHD support NFC anyway, and what are other improvements? Practically none, I say.

    • lostsync

      You're pretty much right...you aren't really going to gain a whole lot from Gingerbread now that Google has separated most of the GApps from the OS releases and made them upgradeable in the Market. A lot of the changes were cosmetic and most of the ones that weren't will be covered up by Sense anyway. Battery life is better, though, at least in my experience. So I guess there's that...

    • Someone

      >> Practically none, I say

      I can think of a few very big improvements.

      One of them is support for moving native libraries to the SD card (no, that doesn't happen with 2.2, so most of your games are still stored on internal storage).

      The other one is support for using device sensors when the screen is turned off (helps to cut down on power usage if you're using certain alarm apps).

      But there's more than that. Gingerbread is good, mm'kay?

  • Darren

    I think HTC just fired the guy that was responsable for Gingerbread on Desire and hired a guy from XDA :D if thats the case from now on expect updates only weeks after announcements of them!

  • http://kenkinder.com/ Ken

    PR Team: "Can we being the Sense 3/Gingerbread firmware to the Desire?"

    Engineering team: "No, not enough memory."

    PR Team: "No Gingerbread everyone, sorry!"

    Engineering team: "Uhh... we can do Gingerbread. It'll just be Sense v2, not 3."

    PR Team: "Nevermind! Gingerbread is coming!"

    $100 says that's what happened! :)

  • L boogie

    One of these days, I said one of these days facepalm to htc's marketing team for an idiot stunt.....

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    Eh? My HTC Desire HD has Android v2.3.3 already.

    • Mesmorino

      So does mine... The article is talking about the HTC Desire.

      Completely different phones, wouldn't you know.

  • Epsilon

    Yay...don't have to root my device now

  • Ben

    Good news guys, they are putting the removed apps in the android market for free download and access for those that use them. The best part of this, is that they will probably remove everything and so we can now finally get to pick and choose the HTC apps that we want on our phones :)

  • Joe

    So I'm assuming this would be the same for the Inspire 4G since it's pretty much the same phone. So does this mean The Inspire 4G will be getting GB soon??

  • ruhel

    I rather have HTC unlock the bootloader officially so the warranty isn't void and we can do what we want. I bet most people will either root anyway after the update or want to go back to 2.2