After a lot of drama, HTC have finally released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the original Desire. There is a catch though; the update will not be rolled out to the general public.
Due to the low internal memory on the Desire, HTC had to strip down a lot of apps, features and wallpapers from the Gingerbread update. So, the company has decided against releasing the update for the general Desire users. The update is meant only for developers, and the RUU can be downloaded from HTC’s developer website.
The Gingerbread update for the Desire will bring improved copy-and-paste functionality, minor UI changes, and an improved performance and battery life.
Here is a small list of things which HTC had to strip down :
1. All customizations, including operator applications, will be removed.
2. All wallpapers, except the default wallpaper, will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
3. Several HTC applications will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
4. The official Facebook application will be removed and is downloadable on the Android Market.
Interested Desire owners can go ahead and install Gingerbread on their phone via the RUU. However, they should make a backup of all the data on their handset, since the handset will be wiped clean of all data.
Please make sure that your Desire variant is supported by the RUU, before flashing it. Otherwise, you may end up with a bricked or a partially unusable phone. Desire owners, who are running a custom ROM on their handset, I recommend you people to wait for a rooted version of the official update to be out.
At the moment, it is unknown whether HTC will release an OTA version of the Gingerbread update for the Desire or not.