Gingerbread for HTC Desire arrives, not for public consumption

Gingerbread for HTC Desire arrives, not for public consumptionBack in mid-June, HTC disappointed faithful Desire owners with the announcement that there wasn’t “enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience”.

Needless to say that resulted in a near riot, but HTC quickly backtracked and announced that it was on the case. True to its word, Gingerbread is now served, but HTC warns that it’s for “expert users” only, and won’t be released OTA.

The update is available in download form from HTC’s Developer Centre, but HTC explains that flashing the ROM will “erase your previous customizations, including any messages, emails, contacts, and other personal information.”

The Taiwanese manufacturer goes on to explain the “major changes” in more detail:

  • All customizations, including operator applications, will be removed.
  • All wallpapers, except the default wallpaper, will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
  • Several HTC applications will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
  • The official Facebook application will be removed and is downloadable on the Android Market.

In the worst case, SMS/MMS functionality might be screwed, though HTC reckons that’s only in certain regions, specifically Germany (Deutsch Telekom), North America, South America, South Korea, and Japan.

Oh dear.

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blizzard7  Aug. 1, 2011 at 23:22

So, downloaded and installed, here's my changelog from what I've noticed:
1) Jaw-dropping boot speeds! Boots up in about a quarter of the time that Froyo did. 7 seconds from "Turn on vibration" to interactivity. Part of this is down to the removal of the carrier splash screen.
2) Only had a little play around, but battery life does seem improved and there's also a new icon in the notification bar that looks a little nicer and seems a bit more accurate and the new battery use screen has some very helpful graphs.
3) Debranding is awesome (not only for the extra storage space). The amount of times I've accidentally pressed on the ruddy Orange Music Store button on the HTC Music widget/ Music application (as a side-note the Music app seems more responsive now, I'd put stuttering/ sluggishness down to my Class 2 microSD card before but maybe it's using some new caching techniques).
4) On fresh install, has 124 MBs of phone storage. Examining the storage use of apps is a lot easier with the newly designed storage page.
5) Push notifications look slightly different.
6) This isn't the same version of Sense on the Desire S unfortunately. There's no Quick Settings and recent apps on the notification screen.
7) Tweaked keyboard. A little bit nicer to use and an @ button has been added! Woohoo!
8a) New download manager.
8b) Apps seem to install a smidge faster.
9) Better copy and pasting.
10) Minor UI tweaks.

Overall, I'm pleased. This should tide me over till I upgrade my phone :)

StevieD2  Aug. 2, 2011 at 12:04

Thanks for your feedback. Most people on facebook seem to be whinging without actually trying it. (See
Do text's work ?
What is missing compared to 2.2 ?
What extra functionality does it actually give that is useful.

choseme  Aug. 2, 2011 at 15:53

blizzard7  Aug. 2, 2011 at 18:49

Texts, MMS and everything else works just like it did before. Simply used SMS Backup and restore and GO.contacts.


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