Back 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.