HTC Says Gingerbread is Android OS 2.3.3

The new version of Gingerbread might be Android OS 2.3.3 and may be released on HTC devices soon if two separate news reports are to be believed.

Fudzilla's Slobodan Simic writes that an official response from HTC suggests that the handsets presented by the Taiwanese company at the Mobile World Congress last week (four handsets in all) will be running Android 2.3.3, rather than Android 2.4 as previously thought.

This means that Android 2.4 may well end up as being Ice Cream Sandwich, the Android iteration that's supposed to bring together Gingerbread and Honeycomb, the tablet optimised version of Google's mobile platform.

In addition, Three UK has confirmed that the HTC Desire, one of the more popular handsets of 2010, will get an upgrade from Android Eclair to Gingerbread, which would bring some of the goodies found on the HTC Desire S to the 18-month old handset.

The obvious question is whether the update rolled out on the HTC Desire S would be the Android 2.3 or 2.3.3 which also sport support for Near Field Communication services.

The HTC Desire can be had for as little as £240, which makes it the cheapest handset on which Android 2.3 will be rolled out officially.

There are reports of hacks that will allow users to put Gingerbread on the Orange San Francisco but no official mod have been announced as far as we know.