HTC Desire owners on Three can now update their handset to Android 2.3, giving the year-and-a-half-old smartphone a very welcome new lease of life.
The update, which is available to download via developer.htc.com rather than over the air, brings the phone up to speed with the latest version of Android and promises to bring with it new features such as a revamped keyboard and enhanced copy and paste.
However, if you’re of a mind to grab Gingerbread, it’s definitely worth noting that HTC has recommended that only what it dubs ‘experts’ should upgrade their handset because it’s a less stable build than mainstream users are accustomed to.
The phone-maker also warns that, as it had previously announced, several HTC apps, along with wallpapers (bar the default) and the official Facebook app, will be removed to enable it to squeeze Gingerbread onto the memory-restricted original Desire. These will be still be available to download from the HTC site and the Android Market, though.
Users should also be aware that there is a chance that upgrading their phone may prevent SMS and MMS messaging from working.
Earlier this year, HTC said it had scrapped plans to bring Gingerbread to the Desire, but relented after owners took to its official Facebook page and web forums to protest against the move – forcing the company to change its stance a matter of days later.