HTC Desire Gingerbread update canned

HTC Desire users, prepare yourselves for some bad news - the planned Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for your handset has been cancelled.

Speaking via its UK Facebook page, HTC said:

"OurĀ 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."

It isn't clear if scrapping HTC Sense on the Desire would lead to there being enough memory for the Android update, but HTC is very protective over its UI so the chances of this happening are pretty much zero anyway.

Looks like it's Froyo to stay then...