The official Gingerbread build for the HTC Desire was released a few days ago, but it was pushed out as an RUU, not in typical OTA (over-the-air) fashion like we've all become accustomed to. I think there has been some confusion about HTC's plans for the Desire, as we've received several emails asking when an OTA may become available.

I pinged HTC on Twitter to get an answer to that question and, to put it simply, there isn't going to be one.

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Similarly, I also asked if the update would even available to regions outside of the initial group. Again -- no.

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As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, this is the state of things. If you're waiting on Gingerbread to hit your Desire, you should probably go ahead and root it now, as that's the only way you'll see ever see it.

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Cameron Summerson
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  • Spinter

    Wow... I never knew what phone the Desire was...

    • http://www.scienceprousa.com chambo622

      You must have been living under a rock for the past 18 months or so, this phone has been one of the best selling Android phones globally since its release.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        The problem is the Desire is not sold in the U.S., so my guess is Spinter is from here.

        • http://na RyDOG

          US Cellular sells the HTC Desire.

    • supergear

      Desire was a nexus one with sense

  • http://www.scienceprousa.com chambo622

    Honestly, the custom ROMs available are much better than this lame attempt by HTC anyway. If you care enough to run Gingerbread, you've been running it for 6 months already and it's way better than this. That's my $0.02 at least.

    • http://lavadip.com HRJ

      One word: Warranty.

      • JaToMa

        As far as I understand, you even lose your warranty if you use the RUU provided by HTC.

  • ErsMerz

    Well done HTC, thank you for leaving the t-mobile version out. Thats so intelligent, so kind. I am so annoyed of HTC, as I always thought they would support the Desire properly.

    But well, no space for GB, but enough for bloatware and Sense. thank you so much

  • http://twitter.com/modah modah

    I've been running Gingerbread on the Desire for a while and I think that it doesn't really make a difference to Froyo. At least for the average user. The turn off animation gets old too. :)

  • Ahmad

    I think htc didn't really want to add GB to desire at the first place......since they launched the desire s..
    They most probably did it on the requests of the users

    • Astria

      no, they did promise on GB when they released it in Feb last year (that was still Eclair)...

      it's only the saga last mth which makes ppl think HTC has stopped supporting the phone...

      but as a former user of Hero, i know it's best not to trust any deadlines that HTC has promised...

      i got the Desire merely for it being a twin brother to Nexus One... custom ROMs will be easy to come by

  • James

    If you really MUST have GB + Sense there are already custom roms out there on xda.
    I was using Miui for ages and love it, my only annoyance is that the contact sync with Facebook for profile photos is poor, it will only work with the stock apps like messages, calls and contacts and not with other apps such as Whatsapp and Viber.

    Anyway, I decided to go back to a Sense rom and found LeeDroid which is pretty good running on GB and the sync works across all the apps using fb profile pics for contacts.

  • JaToMa

    The second tweet should be something like "will be available in Germany (except Deutsche Telekom)".

    I installed it yesterday. Installation was easy out of the box. Everything seems to work properly.
    HOWEVER, I can't see such a big difference to Froyo. As the Sense UI has not changed.
    Before I used RCMixS with a Mix of Sense 2.0 and 3.0 and I must definitely try to get it back running rather sooner than later.