November 24, 2014

Gingerbread Update Hits HTC Desire, Not For the Faint of Heart

The HTC Desire Gingerbread story has taken a few turns in the past few months, hasn’t it? First HTC announced back in February that the Desire will receive Gingerbread update. This was later shot down, as they determined that the device doesn’t have sufficient memory for Gingerbread. After some outcry and pleading from Desire owners, HTC decided to give them some 2.3 love, minus several apps. Then the update entered the testing process, with an end of July release date.

Well, they’re a day or so late, but the Gingerbread update is finally here for Desire users. HTC launched the update in the form of an RUU (ROM Update Utility), and it’s available directly from their Developer Center. It’s not an OTA update, so you’ll have to do everything manually. HTC made it clear that this update should be installed by “expert users only,” as it’s unstable and may cause issues with data connectivity or SMS/MMS messaging. In short, if you’ve never tinkered around with your Desire, this update is probably not for you.

Now it’s time for some bad news. HTC said that the update is not for Desire users in North America, Canada, Germany, South Korea, South America or Japan, because the variants are not compatible with the update. So, has anyone applied the update to their Desire yet? How buggy is it? Drop a comment below!

Source Engadget

  • Joost Tempelman

    It’s super for the memory and energy it give my desire a boost

  • Fernando

    My impressions so far (there was a half day running since the update).
    It´s not buggy. No issues with calls, sms, using bluetooth for calls and music. 
    The browser seems to be smoother and the battery is seems to last longer.
    Its the same old Sense (even if the version may be different, looks the same Desire´s stock Sense).
    The elements of the Google apps (and maybe for the others apps) came from gingerbread.
    Screen transitions are smoother but there is no old CRT on/off effect. :-(
    I´ve sincronized and updated the Google apps with the Market. But I couldn´t find Google Talk.

    Apps installed:
    Cerberus
    Chrome to Phone
    Google Docs
    Facebook
    Gmail
    Goggles
    Google Translator
    Google+
    Google Maps
    MoreLocale2
    Voice Search
    Twitter

    Sincronization:
    Exchange Account
    Gmail
    Contacts from Facebook using HTC Sense
    Twitter

    Internal free space: 40mb

  • Mik Ray All

    As above, no problems yet and all went smoothly. 20 minutes was all it took.

  • Steve Linden

    I had no issues performing the update but it took some time to re-install the apps I wanted, and trying to remember passwords!
    No problems with the phone and I can’t really comment on the battery yet but it seems a bit better.
    Things seem a little quicker but that might be a perception thing or the fact that it cleans everything out.

  • Steve Linden

    I had no issues performing the update but it took some time to re-install the apps I wanted, and trying to remember passwords!
    No problems with the phone and I can’t really comment on the battery yet but it seems a bit better.
    Things seem a little quicker but that might be a perception thing or the fact that it cleans everything out.

  • Avinash

    Is WiFi working???….. could anyone let me know the version of sense….

  • Zoltán Fodor

    I have installed this new Gingerbread ROM. It’s working properly WIFI, SMS etc. There is only one problem it is not Gingerbread, I mean the UI, it’s like Froyo but a lot of apk and wallpaper missing as they said.

  • Vignesh

    I have been using Gingerbread for more than 3 days … haven’t found any bugs….. and moreover the battery backup is really good….. 

    • Ashok Karri

      Vignesh,
      i would really appreciate a detailed answer – concerning – installation of GB, battery life and other functionalities. Am a little apprehensive – why fix what aint broke? – but the reason am considering GB is because – i want more space for my apps! and better battery life; everything else is really good

  • rayzorlk

    Seems faster and battery performance possibly a little better but wifi is not working properly now. Only when signal is very strong.