HTC has begun rolling out the latest smartphone optimised version of Android for the original Desire, ending months of waiting for owners.
A scan of the phone maker’s Facebook sites, where it has been keeping users informed of developments, has yet to confirm whether the UK rollout of Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread) is go.
However, a note on the company’s German Facebook presence reveals that it is available now to our Teuton friends. Albeit, with some major caveats.
From the get-go, HTC is warning that the build, which has been specially created around the Desire’s limited memory and strips away some HTC branded apps, should only be downloaded by 'experts'. And has issued a disclaimer in the event that something goes awry.
Most notably, HTC has highlighted that once the new software is installed, SMS and MMS functionality might not work. That’s quite a risk to take in our book.
And you’ll also be sans apps, including providers custom ones, and data you’ve downloaded. So you may want to invest in a hefty microSD card for back-up purposes before you do anything about updating your handset.
Finally, the update also removes all wallpapers except the default as well as some HTC branded apps and the Facebook app. Wallpapers and the HTC apps will now be downloadable from the HTC site and if you can’t live without Facebook, you’ll just have to re-grab it from the Android Market.
Actually updating your phone is a matter of heading to developer.htc.com and following the instructions. Good luck. And make sure you tell us how to you get on.
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