HTC cancels Gingerbread upgrade for its Desire

HTC has confirmed that its popular Desire handset will not be getting an upgrade to Google's Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' operating system, citing a lack of memory on the device.

Many had wondered what was taking HTC so long to upgrade the handset to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, considering that unofficial ROM files have been available to perform the upgrade from the modification community for weeks. Sadly, the news isn't good: the upgrade has been cancelled.

"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," a company spokesperson claims on the official HTC Facebook page.

"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," the note reads. HTC Sense, for those who are unfamiliar with the package, is an alternative user interface designed to make HTC smartphones stand out from the crowd and to offer a unified user interface between platforms.

While many like the layout of HTC Sense, the news that it comes at the cost of an upgrade to a more feature-rich and less buggy operating system hasn't gone down well with the company's many fans. Comments on the posting include suggestions of defection to handsets from rival Samsung, accusations that the handset was "crippled from the beginning with such a small [amount of] memory," and threats to unlock handsets and install unofficial third-party Gingerbread ROMs.

The news that no official Gingerbread upgrade will be coming is a bitter disappointment to many, given that handsets with similar specifications - but without HTC's Sense UI - have already received such an upgrade. With the company refusing to offer an optional Gingerbread upgrade without Sense, fans are left facing a future of no official upgrades at all.

"We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you," the company's note ends. Sadly, that apology seems unlikely to appease those Desire owners who are now regretting their purchases.

UPDATE 14:20:

HTC has reversed its decision in the face of overwhelming negative feedback, and as its users point out that its own Wildfire S manages to run Gingerbread and Sense without issue despite having less memory than the Desire. "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire," the company confirmed in a terse note.