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HTC To Release Hacked Android Gingerbread For Desire

Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has issued yet another update on the Gingerbread upgrade that the Desire was initially not going to get, only for HTC to make a humiliating U-turn after scores of users threatened to leave the brand altogether.

HTC said on its Facebook (opens in new tab) page: "To resolve Desire's memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion."

In other words, it looks likely that either HTC will release a full version of Gingerbread with a "lite" version of its HTC Sense user interface or vice versa. HTC also confirmed that the apps will be downloadable subsequently from Android Market so that you can still install them should you choose to.

Interestingly, someone mentioned that rooting the HTC Desire and installing Gingerbread on its own resulted in 245MB free RAM which is roughly half of the smartphone's memory.

HTC is likely to bring Android 2.3.4 rather than 2.3.3 to the Desire, which means that the handset will get a few new features such as Google Talk with video and voice chat (useless because the Desire doesn't have a front facing camera), support for Near Field Communications, API support for Bluetooth non secure socket connections and many smaller "behind-the-scenes" system upgrades.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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.