HTC has just announced that despite promising to ‘definitely’ bring Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread to its Desire smartphone, it will no longer be able to do so due to technical constraints.
Now before you grab pitchforks and form an angry mob to head over to HTC’s headquarters, hear out what the Taiwanese corp has to say about what is doubtless a massive disappointment for fans.
HTC posted on its official Facebook page today: “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. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.”
It appears that it’s the presence of HTC’s bespoke Sense UI that’s ultimately put a spanner in its plans to bring the handset up-to-date with the latest smartphone iteration of Android.
Ultimately it’s not a huge shocker that the Desire, which launched nearly a year and a half ago is a bit dated to run Gingerbread and still have enough left for the resource hogging Sense UI.
But what’s perhaps more gutting for owners than not getting the update at all is that they’ve had to wait half a year just to find out that Gingerbread on their beloved kit has been nothing more than a pipe dream.
News of the developments also digs up yet more questions over the compulsory nature of custom Android skins. We’d like to think that if users were given a choice to have either the latest OS versus keeping the proprietary UI, most would vote for the former.
We’d love to see Google take notice of this and perhaps make custom skins a downloadable option for smartphone owners rather than force them onto people who just want the latest that Android has to offer.
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