Will HTC Get Desire’s Gingerbread Update Out This Month?

Several weeks ago, HTC announced on Facebook that testing had been successful for the original Desire’s Gingerbread update, and that it would start going out to users by the end of July. With the end of the month on the horizon, HTC looks ready to start distributing the Desire update.

A few days ago, an HTC rep claimed the update was already going out to Desires based on their IMEI numbers, but with a thread-full of Desire owners at XDA-Developers checking their phones for updates, the sense soon formed that the HTC rep may have jumped the gun with that announcement.

Looking at HTC’s Facebook wall, it appears that the company is still committed to getting the update out on schedule, but users are starting to get nervous. Will we see it arrive this weekend?

HTC had at one point decided that the Desire wasn’t up to the task of handling Gingerbread with its limited memory, and announced that the update would not be coming to the smartphone. Following the public backlash, the company reversed its position and decided it would try to make things work, cutting back on either pre-installed apps or on Sense in order to get everything to fit. It looks like Sense will end up staying, with version 2.1 included in the coming update, so look for a slimming-down of bloat with the removal of excess apps.

Source: XDA-Developers forum, HTC Facebook

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