HTC’s decision not to press ahead with rolling out Android 2.3 to its blockbuster blower the Desire was commercially motivated and was not down to compatibility problems, an influential analyst-cum-journalist has hinted.
The Taiwanese phone maker confirmed it was scrapping plans to bring the latest version of Android – AKA Gingerbread - to the original Desire smartphone yesterday.
A post on the company’s official Facebook page yesterday said the decision had been taken due to insurmountable problems it encountered getting its Android custom skin to work with the update on the 18-months-old handset.
Not so, says Eldar Murtazin. According to a Tweet from the main man at Mobile-Review.com, whose inside line on the mobile industry means his comments carry no little weight, HTC most probably opted to pull the update after realising it would impact on sales for newer models.
He Tweeted: “HTC decided not support 2.3 on several devices due to pure marketing. They want to sell new devices. Thats [sic] not techical [double sic] issues.”
His claim comes amid an outpouring of ire from piqued Desire owners who were looking forward to some new features for their handset.
HTC made Android 2.3 available to unlocked versions of the HTC Desire HD earlier this year. It’s since been pushed out to owners on Three, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
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