Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Good News: Gingerbread is here for HTC Desire

Let start with the good news: HTC Desire users can now get the longly awaited Gingerbread update for their handsets. The bad news is that it is only available through a Rom Update Utility straight from HTC's developer channel and not through the standard OTA channel. You might be wondering, why not through OTA? Well the answer is simple: since HTC couldn't fit certain bundled apps together in the Gingerbread release, they have decided to release it separately and almost pretty much for "expert users only" and at "your own risk".

Not all regions are supported with this new "update" though, countries like Japan, Germany, North America and South Korea are out of luck as updating may lead to loss of basic functionality such as SMS and MMS. You will be getting a stripped down version of the HTC Desire with Gingerbread, with a lot of apps gone and bundled stuff removed.

Read more after the jump for the full list of changes and FAQ.

Here's the word from HTC themselves:

This update is only recommended for expert users who want to experience Android 2.3 and understand the limitations which apply to this update. Due to memory constraints several applications have been removed from this update and we are only offering the ROM upgrade utility (RUU) for you to download. Please note that flashing this ROM will erase your previous customizations, including any messages, emails, contacts, and other personal information. We suggest you take advantage of your Google account and other backup solutions available on the Android Market to ensure you do not lose your personal data. Your SD card will not be erased or modified.

The major changes in this update include:

  • 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.
  • Note: This ROM update is for development only and not for general public use.Upgrades to non-authorized phones may result in loss of functionality.In addition certain functions may no longer be usable after re-flashing the ROM if you are using an excluded variant (listed below), including but not limited to MMS and SMS and HTC also disclaims liability for any unusable functions.HTC disclaims liability for the loss and/or leakage of any personal data resulting from the re-flashing of the ROM. 

Exclusions: The following regional variants are not-compatible with this upgrade: Germany (Deutsch Telekom), North America, South America, South Korea, and Japan.

Is this the official update for HTC Desire to Gingerbread?
Yes, this is the official update for HTC Desire to Gingerbread.

Will this release remove the ability to send SMS / MMS like in the disclaimer?
Only certain regions, specifically the ones listed below, will have some functionality removed. For the majority of regions, there is no impact to your SMS / MMS functionality.

Why is this only for developers?
Due to the complicated nature of the update we suggest only expert users proceed. We have provided the update in as user friendly way as possible and also included the instructions in the download file but we were unable to provide the update by our usual over the air method.

When can I download the upgrade for my phone?
You can still access the download at http://developer.htc.com for the upgrade for your phone, unless you are in the regions listed below.

Will HTC issue an over the air (FOTA) for HTC Desire update to Gingerbread?
No, this downloadable RUU is the official update to your phone. The update required that we conserve space by removing customizations and wallpapers, we had to release the update as a downloadable update.

So if you're still game on to grab it, head on over to the source link below to grab it. Be sure to backup everything before you attempt this, as there's no turning back!

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