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HTC Testing Gingerbread For Desire Smartphone

HTC has started quality assurance testing from this week for the Gingerbread firmware that has been earmarked for a roll out on the popular Desire smartphone.

The Taiwanese handset manufacturer originally said that it wouldn't bring Gingerbread to the Desire citing hardware restrictions, but it had to back down just a few hours later after an uproar and boycott threats from its own customers.

The official reason why HTC wasn't going to introduce Gingerbread on the Desire was down to the fact that the HTC Sense UI and the mobile platform wouldn't both fit on the 512MB onboard memory.

However, the HTC Widlfire has inferior hardware specifications and can still manage to run Gingerbread AND HTC Sense. The company conceded that it would have to remove some files from the HTC Sense setup for it to run properly.

In an update to their Facebook page earlier today, HTC said: "When we have an update on availability we'll post another announcement. Thanks for your support!"

While more than 2000 people have "liked" HTC's comments, many were critical that firmware updates for other handsets like the Wildfire, Desire Z and Thunderbolt were still unaccounted for.

The HTC Desire is still a very decent handset and can be found for under £300. However, it faces some serious competition from the Samsung Galaxy S which can be had for roughly the same price and a new breed of dual core superphones which cost only a tad more.