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HTC Pushes Gingerbread For Desire Z Smartphone

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC has announced that they will start pushing Gingerbread to yet another old favourite, the Desire Z, one of the very rare Android handsets that comes with a proper slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

HTC wrote (opens in new tab) on its Facebook page earlier today: "Thanks to everyone whos [sic] been patiently waiting for the Gingerbread update for Desire Z," adding that they are in the last stages "of testing and plan to start rolling out the update over the air in the coming weeks".

They also said it may take a while for the update to reach everyone across every network in the UK, and that they hope it will be available by the end of the month. HTC did not say which version of Gingerbread would be available but we suspect that it will be v2.3.4.

While HTC has launched a replacement handset for all its 2010 models (HTC Wildfire, HTC Desire, HTC Desire HD), it hasn't updated the Desire Z yet, which means that we could expect a newer version to come fairly soon.

The Desire Z is a variant of the HTC Desire which can be had for around £270. It comes with a 800MHz SoC (slower than the HTC Desire), has 512MB RAM, 1.5GB onboard storage, Android OS 2.2 Froyo, a 3.7-inch Super LCD WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera with flash, HD recording and AF plus Bluetooth.

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.