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HTC drops Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer High Tech Computer Corporation has now reversed it's decision and has made public it WILL now be deploying Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3, to their previous flagship HTC Desire handsets.

HTC announced yesterday from their HTC UK Facebook account a message that reads – ‘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.’

The message goes on to state: ‘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. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you’.

A new message has been posted today by HTC, that simply reads 'Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire'.

The previous piece of news caused some controversy, with mobile phone networks such as Three reportedly stating back in May that HTC Desire handsets on their network would be seeing the update to Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 in June.

Three posted a message on Twitter to respond to HTC’s news, in a message from their @ThreeUK account that reads: ‘Unfortunately, due to hardware constraints, HTC won’t be able to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire. Apologies to any Desire users who have...’

Popular unauthorised mobile phone operating system hobbyist website has been offering Android 'Gingerbread' 2.3 ROMS, with HTC Sense for the Desire handsets for sometime now only without any backing by HTC.

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Three UK Twitter message (opens in new tab)

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.