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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

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.