Back in February, HTC was talking about its plans for bringing Gingerbread to its existing line of phones, saying at the MWC that the whole lineup of Desire smartphones would be receiving updates of their own over the course of spring and summer. Now the company appears to be pulling an about-face, putting a halt to plans for Gingerbread on the original Desire.
This morning on the HTC UK Facebook page, the company posted, “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.”
Well, color us confused. After all, near the beginning of May a copy of an apparently official Desire Gingerbread ROM leaked. While the Desire may not be the most capable on the market, it’s no slouch either, with a 1GHz Snapdragon and 576MB of RAM. HTC’s managed to release Gingerbread with Sense for its other smartphones with similar specs, like the EVO 4G (which actually has less RAM). So what makes it so hard to get things running on the Desire? Perhaps HTC means “storage” when it says “memory” and there’s not enough room for all the code on the 512MB flash? HTC manages to get it done under both limits with the Wildfire S.
We’d really be interested in hearing a sensible explanation from HTC, if it does have one. For now, while it’s not the same as an official release with Sense, CM7 is always an option for enjoying your Desire with some of the latest software.