HTC Desire: no Android Gingerbread upgrade

Fury as HTC claims insufficient memory for upgrade

Users left fuming after HTC goes back on word to update year-old phone.

HTC has used Facebook to confirm that its year-old Desire handset will not now be getting an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Taiwanese mobile maker claims this is due to a lack of memory space on the device.

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In a statement, HTC said, “Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.”

The news sparked fury on the social network, as over 300 people piled in with angry complaints. The company had promised back in February that the Desire would be getting a boost to Gingerbread.

Many disgruntled owners have asked why the company loaded the Desire with just 512MB of memory in the first place, choosing to focus on its Sense custom skin instead of the Android operating system.

With iOS 5 capable of supporting the year-old iPhone 4, Desire owners are likely to be even more unhappy. For Google, this represents another major blow in its attempts to stymy problems surrounding the fragmentation of its Android OS.

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