The scheduled operating system update for the HTC Desire Z got a step closer today, with the news that Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread) is now in the final stages of testing.
HTC, which seems understandably keen to keep its customer base onside right now, informed Desire Z owners of its progress with the update via its official Facebook page.
According to the phone-maker, owners of unlocked Desire Z handsets ought to be able to grab the newest version of Google’s platform in a matter of weeks.
Naturally, if you bought the phone on contract, though, you’re then likely to face a subsequent wait while your network completes testing.
HTC stated: “Thanks to everyone whos [sic] been patiently waiting for the Gingerbread update for Desire Z.
“We are in the last stages of testing and plan to start rolling out the update over the air in the coming weeks. It may take a little time to reach all of you across every network but it should have reached everyone by the end of the month.”
Features Desire Z users can expect when Gingerbead drops include a revamped virtual keyboard, better copy and paste and a slew of tweaks to optimise device-wide performance.
Earlier this month, HTC was at the centre of a social networking storm after scrapping plans to update the original Desire to Gingerbread on the grounds that the phone packs insufficient memory to make it worthwhile.
However, so savage was the reaction from customers that HTC relented within a matter of hours and now plans to cut parts of its Sense custom skin to make way for Android 2.3.