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BACKPEDALED: HTC is now promising an Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade for the HTC Desire [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 15.06.11 - 14:48:10 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 12952x
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Yesterday, HTC UK announced on its Facebook Fan Page, that it won't release the long awaited Android 2.3/Gingerbread upgrade for its former flagship smartphone, the HTC Desire and today, the world seems to look totally different! Both, HTC UK and HTC DACH (Germany, Austria Switzerland) confirmed on their Facebook Fan Pages, that they are going to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire! Yesterday, HTC said that it found out that it's impossible to bring its HTC Sense UI to Gingerbread updated Desire's and therefore decided to cancel the upgrade. As you can imagine, the Facebook comments got flooded by unhappy Desire customers.

Now it looks like HTC either found a way to bring HTC Sense to Android 2.3 anyway or they might alternatively release a dedicated Gingerbread upgrade without is Sense UI. In any case, it was hard to believe that there's no way to bring Gingerbread and Sense to the Desire because the weaker spec'd HTC Wildfire S is also running both!

UPDATE: HTC has updated its Facebook statement from yesterday and is now explaining that it has to "cut select apps from the release". It's not yet clear if it means that HTC will leave the one or the other HTC Sense enhancement out of the ROM or if it will preinstall less 3rd party application with the Android 2.3 upgrade. In any case, HTC has also mentioned that customers should "look for status updates starting next week" and is again "apologizing for any confusion".

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Morons on 15.06.11 - 14:54:43

Just two words: PR disaster! Or to say it with Twitter: Epic fail!

Posted by heliod on 20.06.11 - 06:00:31

The truth, they didn't need to bother. There are so many excellent 2.3 ROM versions at xda-developers, that they don't stand a chance of making a better ROM for this device than the ones there....

But then, surely, not everyone gets there and not everyone roots their devices.....

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