HTC will get around memory problems that have made it difficult to update the Desire to the latest version of Android by cutting key apps, the phone maker has announced.
Earlier this week, HTC confirmed that it was abandoning plansto upgrade the blockbuster blower to Android 2.3 AKA Gingerbread.
The move was purportedly prompted by the fact that the Desire apparently doesn’t pack enough memory to cope with the update and with the HTC Sense custom skin that’s slathered over the top.
But 24 hours later, following an all-too-predictable and understandable outcry from Desire users, HTC backtracked and announced that it will be updating the 18-month-old phone to Gingerbread after all.
Today it’s emerged exactly how they’re planning to get around the limitations of the Desire’s hardware. According to a post on HTC’s Facebook page, its software dons will “resolve Desire's memory issue” by cutting “select apps from the release”.
The announcement suggests that the full functionality of Gingerbread will not be compromised, so users will still get the revamped keyboard and improved copy and paste features that it brings to the platform.
Rather HTC will shed features from its custom user interface to make room for the update. Top of our list to go would be Twitter app Peep, which seems rather superfluous given that FriendStream has the micro-blogging service and Facebook covered already.
No ETA has been given on when Android 2.3 is due. But HTC has pledged to keep us informed in the interim.