HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update In A Month

UK mobile phone operator Three will be bringing out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to HTC's Desire range of smartphones in about a month, the company has said.

The company confirmed via Twitter that the upcoming Gingerbread update was still in the testing phase but will be launched late in April or early May, though it failed to give an exact release date.

Three's announcement corroborates Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC's tentative prediction in February of a second quarter Gingerbread update, following the launch of the Desire S smartphone, which comes loaded with Android 2.3. The update is expected to be rolled out for the HTC Desire, HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, which first arrived on Google's Samsung Nexus S smartphone, is expected to bring NFC support, an enhanced user interface, better battery usage and improved copy paste functionality.

Following Three's announcement, other competing mobile phone operators, Vodafone, O2 and Orange, are also expected to release the update soon enough. However, users of the SIM-free unlocked Desire handsets will have to wait longer as operators choose to first update their branded smartphones before the unlocked ones.

Sony Ericsson recently revealed that the Xperia X10 would also be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.