Sense UI too big for HTC Desire to go 2.3
A number of reader and Twitter followers have been asking when the HTC Desire will get the long-overdue Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. Earlier today, HTC made the official (and sad) news that Gingerbread isn’t coming to the Desire.
Update: HTC retracts and now says the Desire will get Gingerbread after all. Must have been due to all that noise from developers and users.
The word came out from the HTC UK team and goes like:
“Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire.”
Their reason does not make sense considering a number of other HTC smartphones that recently came out (see Wildfire S) even has lower memory specs than the Desire and yet it comes pre-installed with Android 2.3.
There are also a number of custom ROMs available on the web that includes Gingerbread ported to the Desire, and most of them seemed to be running well and fine (rooting it is, then!).
HTC’s announcement has sparked a lot of outrage from the developer community and greater disappointment from a lot of Desire users like me.
The only logical reason for this move (or in-action) is that HTC wants to retire the Desire this early. Pretty obvious considering the retail price of the HTC Desire has gone down considerably that it becomes a hindrance for HTC to sell more of their newer mid-range handsets (people on a budget might still go with the Desire for a couple thousand bucks more than get the newer Wildfire S).