HTC admits compromise for Gingerbread Desire update

The Gingerbread-gate saga rolls on for HTC Desire users with the news breaking that the Taiwanese phone manufacturer is planning a compromise to get Android 2.3 onto the popular 2010 smartphone.

Speaking again via its UK Facebook page, the company admitted:

"To resolve Desire's memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion."

Gingerbread-gate began on Tuesday when HTC stated that, despite previous announcements, the HTC Desire would not be getting in on the Android 2.3 action due to there not being "enough memory to allow...Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire".

Just a day later however, it backtracked and said: "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire."

Pocket-lint raised concerns that there may therefore be "a compromise on user performance just to alleviate some bad press" and it seems that we were right.

If HTC first considered that the Gingerbread / Sense experience would not be favourable to users, then what apps does it now consider not important enough so as not to affect the device's performance? Who is the judge as to what apps are crucial, and which apps are expendable?

We are hearing that you'll be able to add the slashed apps after you've updated, but surely this means that you'll be approaching the memory capacity problems that HTC first admitted to. And how many other other app installations will Desire users be permitted until their device begins to clog up and perform badly?

Our advice would be to not upgrade straight away. Take some time to read the various HTC and Android forums to see how other people's Desires perform after the upgrade.

Are you a HTC Desire user? Will you be upgrading to Android 2.3 when available, or are you worried it will be the end of your phone? Let us know using the comments below.....