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3 UK Pushes Gingerbread To HTC Desire HD

HTC Desire HD users on 3 UK were pleasantly surprised to receive a text from the smallest of the five main mobile phone carriers, telling them that an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.3 would be arriving very soon.

The Desire HD still uses Android OS 2.2 which means that the jump to 2.3 should bring some minor features.

It is not clear which version of Gingerbread will be landing on the phone though (v2.3.3 or v2.3.4) and we're not sure whether the upgrade will also come to other service providers soon.

Curiously, 3 UK said that it was not going to provide Gingerbread to HTC Desire HD owners, and it may be that HTC has finally managed, as in the case of the Desire, to come up with some compromise to reduce the footprint of the Gingerbread and Sense UI to fit it on the Desire HD.

Like its smaller brother the Desire, the Desire HD has proved to be quite popular because of its large screen and rather affordable contracts (you can grab the phone with 300 minutes, 300 texts and unlimited internet from £20.42 per month on a two year contract from T-Mobile).

It has been superseded as HTC's flagship phone by the likes of the HTC Sensation and the HTC Incredible S since the beginning of the year.

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.