HTC Desire Finally Gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread - For "Expert Users"

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has finally delivered the promised Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Desire smartphone.

However, the everything is not as rosy as it sounds as the update could seriously mess with the device if one is not careful. "This upgrade will remove some important functionality and experiences in your HTC Desire," the company warns.

The update released by the company is a barebones version of Gingerbread which removes some HTC apps like Facebook and HTC wallpapers from the device. The company has clearly stated that the update is meant for ‘expert users’ only.

HTC also explains in its licensing agreement that ‘Flashing this ROM will erase your previous customisations, including any messages, emails, contacts and other personal information’.

Some core phone functions like SMS and MMS won’t work in certain regions after installing the update, meaning that users will have to change the settings manually depending on the carrier.

“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," HTC said on its Facebook page.

Originally, HTC had decided not to release the Gingerbread update for the device due to memory constraints. However, after a customer backlash, the company did a u-turn and promised an update soon.