No Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for HTC

15 June 2011

htc-logoFor those who own a HTC Desire and know about technical stuff, there's grating news that HTC are going back on their word in relation to updating the handset.

The company has confirmed that the year-old Desire handset won't be getting an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This is because of a lack of memory space (which, in fairness, is the major flaw in the Desire, with the phone coming loaded with only 512MB of memory).

In a statement, HTC said, “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.”

This of course has sent techie sorts into a fury, with some even lashing out at their still-boxed mint condition Millennium Falcons.

With the Desire seen as a real contender to the iPhone, this news isn't going down well especially given that iOS 5 is capable of supporting the iPhone 4, which is the same age as the Desire.

This is a problem Google are going to have to address if they want their Android OS to swipe the crown from Apple.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile


  • Steve
    HTC have now done a u-turn and have said that it _will_ be receiving Gingerbread!
  • Stu_
    HTC Fail then? The Galaxy S can do it (impressively too) with 512mb....
  • Mienaikage
    What Steve said:
  • The B.
    This is only the vanilla though right? The others flavours already have it.
  • Steve "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire."
  • Cobras C.
    ONLY 512MB? Christ. Software is written so badly, so lazily and with so little effort these days that 512MB seems like "not very much". Given what can be packed into just a few hundred thousand bytes, it's amazing to me that half a billion storage locations isn't enough to pack a half decent operating system on to. Still, this is "progress", eh?
  • Tweedskin
    They landed on the moon using a computer with 160 kilobytes of memory. Mind you, Apollo couldn't text or do facebook and twitter.
  • PaulS
    I will give BW the benefit of the doubt and say that this article was probably written yesterday when the initial announcement was made by HTC saying that but to then post it after HTC do a u-turn does amount to a massive fail.
  • StuPid
    Myself (and many many others) can confirm that Gingerbread runs very well on the Desire so this turnaround will only be of real benefit to those that are unaware of custom firmware. Obviously by the time HTC get around to finishing it then forwarding it to the networks to screw up, the next phone version will have been released by Google
  • sarah j.
    FRAGMENTATION - This is the reason android will not remain the market leader. And poor battery optimization. Android needs to be locked down, just take a look at the app store, it's sell through rate is abysmal.
  • Steve
    I agree with Cobras Cobras. Programmers need to learn how to write tight, optimised code! Jesus, how the fuck would they have coped with the 1k (and then 16k) I had to learn with?
  • Tweedskin
    Fuck you sarah jenkins...get back to your iToy.
  • Don
    I'm not fussed, my HTC Wildfire has been nothing but problems and has put me off buying another HTC. When my upgrade comes though I might try a Windows phone or go back to the beloved iPhone.
  • scunny
    Stop phone networks putting all there blote ware on. memory problem solved !!!

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