Last week, HTC dropped the bomb: "due to memory constraints," Gingerbread would not be coming to the Desire. Then, less than 24 hours later, it flipped the script and said that Gingerbread will hit the Desire, minus a few apps. It appears that Australian carrier Telstra doesn't want to deal with the flip-flop, according to a statement on the software updates page of its site:

Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared.

Pretty bold, right? Now, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I'm slightly skeptical of this statement. I could be wrong (wouldn't be the first time), but I just don't see HTC releasing an update that lacks the custom interface that makes its devices... unique. Here's what I think happened: Telstra misinterpreted what HTC said. HTC's most recent statement said that "To resolve Desire's memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release" - that is a pretty vague statement, so it's possible that Telstra jumped the gun and assumed that Sense falls into the "select apps" category.

Of course, that is all just speculation. For all we know, Telstra could have the inside track and I could be completely wrong. There's only one way to find out: wait and see.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ErsMerz

    Wish it was like that, at least some bloatapps dissapear..

  • Aaron

    This is good news. In most cases, I hate the tactics of both the carriers as well as the custom crap skins on these devices. In this case, the carrier is using its undeserved power and doing the right thing.

    Yay Telstra, Boo HTC.

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    I wonder how an "average" user would react when he updates and suddenly just lose ALL of his HTC Calendar appointments, HTC Friend Stream feed, Email, and all the other legendary HTC Sense features....
    right now i have a Desire (that's what she said lol) and running MIUI with Launcher Pro for extra Android power but... i still miss all the eye candy and functionality of Sense UI (specially when i was using Sense 2.1 + the look of Sense 3.0)

  • http://GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    @DarknesSx I just don't get how people can miss the look of sense, its literally a rip off of the zune theme for windows xp...

    • OFI

      What on earth are you on about? Zune Theme for XP?
      Because it uses shaded greys? wut

      I don't use the Sense Launcher on my ROMS but I do keep it on there just because I think the Dialer, Gallery, Camera, Calender and Alarm are all better than stock.

  • caspar

    I think it is safe to assume that Telstra have got something confused along the way...that organisation isn't exactly rife with intelligence.
    I should really pull my finger out and put CM7 on my Desire, before my phone becomes more bogged down with Telstra crap.

  • http://stockassault20.net stock assault

    Way cool!.. I hope more Telcos are as forward thinking as this. Coming from Telstra - a much hated Telco in my home country - they are slowly turning around and becoming much more customer focused!!! Well done Telstra!