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HTC Backtracks On Android 2.3 Gingerbread For Desire

HTC made a significant u-turn after confirming that it will actually release an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its popular Desire smartphone after dozens of irate owners threatened not to buy HTC products.

The Taiwanese mobile manufacturer said on its Facebook (opens in new tab) page that "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire".

Although HTC said that the Desire cannot handle Android 2.3 AND its own proprietary Sense user interface at the same time, we pointed out that the Wildfire S, a smartphone with less powerful hardware, came with the newest OS.

HTC didn't say whether they will yank the Sense UI though or whether their "teams of engineers" somehow managed to cram Gingerbread and Sense onto the HTC Desire after all.

Those who were brave enough to root their Desire have managed to install both Sense UI and Gingerbread and some have pointed out that HTC is still on track to deliver an Android Gingerbread update for the Desire Z, another underpowered handset.

Many users are stuck on 18 and 24 months contracts which will expire over the next few months and will face the choice between sticking with HTC or trying another Android handset manufacturer.

Where does that leave HTC? They will have to deliver this time around, though they haven't yet proposed any definite timeframe for the release of this update for European countries.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.