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Topic # 85168 15-Jun-2011 08:44
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Gee who'd have thought that under 150MB of internal space would become a liability?

Shame as it is an otherwise stonkingly good phone.



No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC
We didn't put enough Ram in, admits manufacturer

By Caleb Cox

HTC today told Desire smartphone users they won't be getting a Gingerbread update after all because it didn't put enough memory in its handsets. Oops.



The company made the announcement on its Facecrack page, claiming the handset lacks memory for both Gingerbread and the Sense UI.

Solution: give users the choice to upgrade to Android 2.3 at the cost of Sense.

HTC Desire
Can't catch the Gingerbread patch


Customers who have bought the HTC Desire since it launched a year ago are beginning to vent their frustration.

"I suggest you fire all you engineers, they're all a bunch of bullocks," wrote one commenter on HTC's Facebook page. "They don't know sh#t. I hope you understand you just lost all the clients that were Desire owners, and remember, we were the ones that put you on top. We will unite and go buy only Samsung phones from now on."

Said another: "This is nonsense. I don't believe for a second the Desire can't handle Gingerbread. This is more about pushing new products and planned obsolence for the original Desire."

Not sure if everyone will be following these guys to the Samsung store. However, they could be right with their assertion that this will annoy some users sufficiently to switch loyalties.


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  Reply # 481306 15-Jun-2011 08:45
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I have a Desire HD and got the message to upgrade yesterday. Working fine here. Shame that they don't roll it out to Desire owners!

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  Reply # 481320 15-Jun-2011 09:20
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I'm pretty sure that a few ROM cooks have managed to fit GB Sense in NAND without requiring SD, perhaps the problem is once you do that you have hardly any internal space for apps.

Oh well, i'm happy with custom roms, and I don't use sense anyway.

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  Reply # 481348 15-Jun-2011 10:21
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It shouldn't stop you using a gingerbread custom rom if your phone is rooted.  A lot of the custom ROM developers move as much as they can onto the SD card to free up memory anyway so you should still be able to run sense if you want to.

But yes a major design fault considering the phone is only 12-18 months old.


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  Reply # 481379 15-Jun-2011 11:06
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The HTC Desire was announced on 15 Feb 2010, so using annual replacements and 6 monthly facelifts that HTC seems to work to, the model is coming up 1.5 generations old. If you want the time scales look at the progression Magic - Hero - Legend - Desire - DesireHD.
So for the same reason as I had to go the cooked rom path to get Eclair working on my old Hero, Desire owners will need to do the same if they want GB.
The main benefit I see on my DHD with GB is battery life which doesn't appear to be a problem with the Desire anyway.
The same thing happens in the world of fruit, the 3GS Applites bought only 18 months ago will upgrade to iOS5 but only run portions of it.
Ah the joys of planned obsolescence.............




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  Reply # 481695 16-Jun-2011 07:51
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Good news for Desire owners! Looks like HTC has done a U turn and will provide Gingerbread!

http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/15/htc-pulls-a-180-now-says-gingerbreads-coming-to-desire/

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  Reply # 481701 16-Jun-2011 08:20
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Im using the latest Kingdom Sense at the moment... Our Desires are awesum we will be able to run the latest ROM's for ages still.




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  Reply # 481707 16-Jun-2011 08:41
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Wow a U-turn a policitian would be proud of. 

i wonder how all of a sudden they can fit gingerbread/sense onto the phone now when they couldn't yesterday.  My guess, some of the sense features may not be upgraded.

 

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  Reply # 481711 16-Jun-2011 08:52
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Or maybe to do it they will be following some lessons learned by the Devs who have been putting 2.3 on Desires for several months now?


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  Reply # 481716 16-Jun-2011 09:01
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I'm using RCMixS its amazing and I got huge battery life yesterday. there's a video on my site in my sig of it running.




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