Bad news for HTC Desire owners: HTC has just announced on its Facebook page that it won't be providing an Android Gingerbread update at all, citing insufficient memory for both the HTC Sense UI and Gingerbread on a device with 512 MB of ram.
This is the statement posted from HTC on Facebook:
Our 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. However, 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. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.
With so many different Android handsets running various generations of the OS in the marketplace, the capability to update to the latest version is key to customers' decision on which smartphone and tablet to take home. Some Desire users probably chose theirs with the understanding that it "will be upgradeable to Android 2.2. (Froyo)," as reported in CNET's review last year. Plus, carriers like U.S. Cellular had already told Desire users to expect the Gingerbread update by April or May, according to Android Community.
Thanks to the active community of Android xda developers, there are already some unofficial updates that combine Gingerbread with HTC's interface available through the Android forum. Of course, these home-brew updates are not guaranteed to work and users would be installing them at their own risk. But for some Desire users, tinkering with their phones to prove the HTC engineers wrong could be the best therapy yet.