‘End of July’, that’s the eta that HTC has announced for the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to roll out to the long-serving HTC Desire. We heard about the confirmation of the update roll out last month, rather excitedly writing it up after first hearing that Android 2.3 might not materialise on the Desire.
We spoke to HTC asking for further details on how the update will be delivered as well as what features would have to be removed to make way; there's been nothing further to add yet other than what has been posted on the Facebook page:
"Hi everyone. As some of you have seen already, we have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July. Thank you again for your support."
As we understand it, the update process is to be optional. Because some HTC Sense features are due to be removed to make way for 2.3, you’re effectively being given a choice on whether or not to keep Sense or embrace the Gingerbread. We therefore don’t expect to see this being pushed out over-the-air in the usual manner, as it looks to be a case of, ‘if you want it come and get it.’
We’re doing some digging on this, trying to find out how much storage space you’ll need on your HTC Desire, what you’ll need to back up (if anything) and exactly what you’ll need to do to get the update. Stay tuned for more news on this as we hear it and everything you need to know about getting Gingerbread on your Desire.