HTC has ditched its bespoke Android UI – Sense - in its entirety in a bid to make Gingerbread work with its Desire handsets, as local carrier Telstra gears up to push out the update.
Earlier this month, the smartphone maker posted on its official Facebook page that despite its best attempts to bring Gingerbread to the Desire, it was unable to do so due to insufficient memory in the handset, which is now almost a year and a half old.
This sparked a massive outrage from fans who were naturally miffed after nearly six months of waiting only to find out it was all for nothing.
With a potential PR disaster on its hands, HTC quickly backpedaled and said: "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire."
It added, however, that in order to make the OS refresh play nice with the ageing hardware it would have to sacrifice certain applications that are preinstalled with HTC Android updates.
"To resolve Desire's memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release”, HTC posted on Facebook.
Although HTC did not specify which ‘select apps’ exactly would get the chop, it now appears that the Sense UI will be no more in an update scheduled for release in August to Desire customers Down Under.
Unless there is a major difference in hardware in European Desire units to which we’re unaware of, it’s almost certain that a Sense-less Gingerbread update can expected when it lands in these shores too.
What we’re not so sure of, though, is whether or not users will have the option to keep Sense – better yet, whether or not Sense would be available as a separate download for those who wish to take their chances with sluggish performance.