HTC axes Gingerbread for Desire due to memory issues

HTC axes Gingerbread for Desire due to memory issues

Summary: HTC will not be able to upgrade its Desire handset to accommodate the Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' operating system update, it said on Tuesday.

TOPICS: Telcos

HTC will not be able to upgrade its Desire handset to accommodate the Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' operating system update, it said on Tuesday.

In a Facebook post, the HTC UK team wrote that the company's 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", but had failed.

"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," the team wrote. "We're sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you."

Responses to the post were quick and vitriolic, with comments including: "should have gone for that iPhone after all"; "so much for consistent upgradability"; "it's seriously reduced the chances of me getting another HTC... well, that and the randomly self-deleting text messages"; and "I've had 2.3 for a while... Cyanogenmod!"

UPDATE (Wednesday): HTC has now reversed its stance, saying in a subsequent Facebook post that it will indeed bring Gingerbread to the Desire!

Topic: Telcos

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  • Does that include the HTC Desire HD?
    Jack Clark
  • I don't think it does. The Desire has 576MB of RAM, while the Desire HD has 768MB.
    David Meyer
  • I'm sure many a Desire owner would prefer to lose the Sense interface, and enjoy the benefits of Gingerbread. I do enjoy sense on my HD, but if I wasn't able to keep apace with Android development because of it, I think I could get use to the default android interface. If HTC are worried about branding, put a wallpaper on it!

    This will only serve to introduce a whole group of new people to "cooked" home made ROMs. Cooked ROMs gave my old Touch HD an extra year of life, since the ROM was less bloated and much faster than the stock ROM.

    Having only owned HTC phones for the last decade, I don't know how HTC add up against the other phone manufacturers, but I am only too aware that HTC do have a policy to try and make their phones obsolete within 12 months. However, most contracts for SmartPhones are 24 months, so after a year, you do generally have to look to the cooked ROM community to overcome HTCs total indifference for anything but their latest models.

    I am coming up to the point with my Desire HD where I will root the phone and then stop adverts coming through. If HTC acknowledged that pretty much all contracts for their phones are for 24 months, and made their warranty match that, then I wouldn't risk it, but since HTC are happy to abandon me after 12 months, they can be damned if I'm going to continue to tolerate the shortcomings of their device for another year.
  • Check out the update - HTC will give Desire users their Gingerbread after all.
    David Meyer