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HTC Wildfire S vs HTC Desire: The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Saga

Like so many HTC users, we were surprised and disappointed that the Taiwanese manufacturer won't be releasing any Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for the HTC Desire, arguably its best selling phone last year, because it is good enough.

A number of observers pointed out that the entry level Wildfire S, which was launched earlier this year, supports both the new HTC Sense UI and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The small issue here is that both the Wildfire S and the Desire have the same amount of memory (512MB) and the Desire has a much better system on chip (Qualcomm MSM7227 clocked at 600MHz vs Qualcomm MSM8250 clocked at 1GHz).

What's even more puzzling is that HTC has been officially working on the firmware for a few months already and that mobile phone operators have been testing it since April with the official Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3) ROM leaked at the beginning of May 2011.

Other HTC handsets like the Salsa, the Desire S, the Desire HD and the Desire Z have either launched with Gingerbread or got upgraded to it during their lifecycle or are still on track to get it.

It looks as if the only way forward for those looking to update their HTC Desire to Gingerbread is to root their phones and install third party, unsupported firmware.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.