HTC Desire Gingerbread Update Gets Sticky: Ready But Only Half Baked

Those poor old guys who own an HTC Desire must be feeling like they just cant get a break! Not only have HTC made users wait for a few months for the sweet sweet Gingerbread update, it now turns out that it will only be half baked. In other words Desire owners will get a stripped down version of 2.3, with the full version reportedly impossible to offer as a result of memory constraints.

Initially HTC sent users into an uncontrollable rage
by announcing that the Gingerbread update would not come the Desire at all. This decision was swiftly changed after an owner backlash, the Taiwanese firm then saying they could indeed work on the memory issue and offer Android 2.3 in one form or another. Well the Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is finally here but it is not done as normal and could even cripple your smartphone.

As we said, the update has been seriously watered down to fit inside the Desire, with features and applications being removed. According to Cnet UK, the update is not downloaded the traditional way and must be taken from a ROM file on HTC’s website. The company has said that the software upgrade is “for development only and is recommended for expert users”. Beware as the inexperienced user may end up losing all of their data and files unexpectedly.

If you plan to take the risk of upgrading to the crumbly Gingerbread, then it is strongly recommended that you back up all of your information as it will all be lost. HTC’s license agreement says “Flashing this ROM will erase your previous customizations, including any messages, emails, contacts and other personal information”. Anything stored on your SD card will be fine but anything on the phone will be wiped.

HTC has warned that after the update, services like SMS and MMS may even become unavailable! Is this update even worth the risk, having the potential to practically render the phone unusable? It appears that HTC’s insistence of staying away from a Gingerbread update for the Desire may have been justified as they have created a real monster now. It seems wise to stick with Froyo 2.2 for the sake of your Desire, the update may not even include some of the Gingerbread features you were looking forward to.

HTC maintain that the Desire simply does not have enough memory to hold both the HTC Sense experience, and the full Gingerbread update. The company has apologized to let down owners: “We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you”. Many aggrieved users have voiced their Anger through Facebook and Twitter. Anyone still up for gambling on the upgrade to Gingerbread can find a full installation guide, courtesy of Tech Radar. Is Android 2.3 worth the risk in a basic form? Let us know if you will dare to do, or not by leaving a comment.