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Finally! The much-awaited Gingerbread update will be rolling out to the award-winning HTC Desire by the end of July.
The update’s ETA was announced by HTC UK on Facebook. It said, “Hi everyone. As some of you have seen already, we have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire.”
“Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July. Thank you again for your support.”
Although great news for Desire users, you might have to wait a bit longer if you’re tied down to a contract. As we all know, updates rolled out from phone manufacturers are subject to testing by network operators.
Aside from the additional testing time, we are still unsure how the handset will handle the Gingerbread update. If your patience is running low, you can opt to make use of unofficial ROMs. However, be sure you know the consequences of doing so.
Regardless, getting Gingerbread on the HTC Desire is well worth the wait. After all, it has been a rollercoaster ride for the smartphone’s users. After being promised to get the update, then getting news that it was no longer rolling out, then getting news that it’s finally rolling out this July, they deserve getting the latest OS Google’s Android has to offer.
When the Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC announced on Facebook that the Gingerbread update would not be rolling out to their award-winning smartphone the Desire, there were a number of users that were outraged with the news. A lot of them complained that HTC should have not kept their hopes up in the first place. In recent news, this is all about to change.
On HTC’s official Facebook page, the Taiwan-based company announced that it would have to kick out certain apps to make way for the Gingerbread update. On their official Facebook page, the post reads, “To resolve Desire’s memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion.”
So there you have it. The memory issue prevented the Desire from getting the Android update a lot of users were waiting for. They did say next week. The question is, what do they mean exactly by “Look for status updates starting next week”?
It is unclear whether the Gingerbread update will be rolling out by next week, or if we should be waiting for more news on the update next week. Your guess is as good as ours.
When it comes to the apps that are getting cut, what should we expect to be removed? It is most likely that HTC will be removing its own apps, apps such as Stocks and Footprints. The phone’s PDF reader might be getting the boot as well, since there is an Adobe Reader app available for free on the Android Market.
HTC Desire users have been on a roller coaster ride, when it comes to the much awaited Gingerbread update. Hopefully, we get to hear good news from HTC next week, since Desire users are getting restless.
HTC Desire HD users around various network operators are now enjoying the 2.3 Gingerbread update. However, this is not the case with customers on Three.
In a statement they released to recombu, Three said, “We apologize for the delay to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS update. Due to software bugs we couldn’t bring the updates to our customers at the end of May. We’re working hard to resolve this issue and will let customers know when it will be available.
The network operator also confirmed that, only the Desire HD was affected by the delay. Smartphones such as the Desire and Desire Z are unaffected. On Three’s Twitter account, Three wrote, “Re HTC 2.3:V sorry to say that HTC hasn’t been able to meet the late May timings that were set. We’re awaiting extra info, more news soon.” Many believed that this affected other handsets as well. Apparently, this will only affect the Desire HD. Hopefully, the problem will be resolved by June.
Apparently this has been a long-time problem with updates for Android devices. The updates are dependent on manufacturers rolling out the updates. Once the updates have been rolled out, they are still subject to testing by network operators.
In recent reports, Microsoft announced that the rolling out of updates will affect all smartphones running on the Windows platform. This means that all smartphones running on the said platform would immediately get the updates. This includes legacy handset models. Handsets from the Samsung Omnia 7 to the Dell Venue Pro will all get their updates the moment they roll out.
Android should follow suit with Microsoft’s example. Handsets as far back as the Desire should get the latest updates once they roll out. Not only will this boost their user’s mobile experience; this will promote user loyalty as well.