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Brave Enough To Install HTC Desire Gingerbread Update

Under: Google Android, HTC
Date: August 1st, 2011

The new HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has been released, but are you brave enough to install it? This new OTA update is far from being simple; it has been heavily modified so that it can fit into your HTC desire’s memory.

HTC cancelled the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update because the smartphone’s memory could not handle it, but now the Gingerbread ROM has been stripped down meaning that several apps have been slashed including the official Facebook app and a few wallpapers from default.

The missing apps will still be on offer separately, you can download the wallpapers, facebook app via the Android Market after the Gingerbread install.

The reason we ask if you are brave enough to install the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread update onto your HTC Desire, because HTC has put a warning out saying that SMS and MMS may not work post-update, apparently the default settings list has been removed to save more space, which means you will have to add the missing features separately.

HTC recommends only experts update for the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread onto the HTC desire, now do you understand why we ask if you are brave enough.

This update is for “expert users” and even then “for development only and not for general public use.” If you are brave enough you can install the upgrade via http://developer.htc.com/.

This is what the HTC site says, “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:
1. All customizations, including operator applications, will be removed.
2. All wallpapers, except the default wallpaper, will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
3. Several HTC applications will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
4. The official Facebook application will be removed and is downloadable on the Android Market.

If you do decide to install the new update please do let us know how it went and if you encountered any problems. Thanks

Source – Android Community

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  • Anonymous

    Well, I was brave enough to install the update. I must say there is quite some improvement in terms of os responce and battery life so far (at time of writing this). There are missing apps as stated by HTC but on trying out the SMS and MMS they worked fine with no problems at all. and both features are present in the update.
    No problems to report… yet.

    • http://twitter.com/manuz92 manuz92

      It seems there is no problem after the upgrade. Everything works fine. I can’t understand why HTC doesn’t recommend to install this upgrade. RUU HTC Upgrade tool is as easy to use as KIES Samsung upgrade tool. Perhaps, HTC doesn’t want to support a lot of brave users…

  • http://notes.rholas.eu/ Richard H.

    I was brave, too. Everything went well, but after update, there is a problem with Market. Apps like Foursquare, Tweetdeck etc can’t be found in Market, even when I send a link to them from my desktop, market says that they’re not available…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Salman-Malik/759860631 Salman Malik

      if sumthing u cant get in market try…mobile9.com u cn select ur fone there and can search app u want almost all missing apps in market are available there…

      • http://notes.rholas.eu/ Richard H.

        One factory reset later and everything is OK.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Salman-Malik/759860631 Salman Malik

      if sumthing u cant get in market try…mobile9.com u cn select ur fone there and can search app u want almost all missing apps in market are available there…

  • http://notes.rholas.eu/ Richard H.

    I was brave, too. Everything went well, but after update, there is a problem with Market. Apps like Foursquare, Tweetdeck etc can’t be found in Market, even when I send a link to them from my desktop, market says that they’re not available…

  • Giuseppe Raimondi

    upgraded today, no problems so far. Just need root it again

  • Giuseppe Raimondi

    upgraded today, no problems so far. Just need root it again

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.tum Daniel Tumilty

    all went well however unable to install origonal htc wallpapers so they show in the wallpaper section instead of gallery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.tum Daniel Tumilty

    all went well however unable to install origonal htc wallpapers so they show in the wallpaper section instead of gallery.

  • Anonymous

    Would you please let me know if everything works fine with the latest apps? Richard, could you please let us know.

    • http://notes.rholas.eu/ Richard H.

      Everything is OK. I reset my phone one more time and everything is great now.
      WolframAlpha is the only app not compatible with Desire and Gingerbread I found.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks a bunch. :)

  • Anonymous

    Would you please let me know if everything works fine with the latest apps? Richard, could you please let us know.

  • Amrut Athavale

    everything is running well even after 2 days of doing the upgrade. haven’t been able to figure out, how to put the htc wallpapers inside the mobile….

    • Matt268uk

      Did you ever find a way to fix this as i have the same problem, maybe if you could let me know how you got around it,thankyou
      regards Matt.

    • Matt268uk

      Did you ever find a way to fix this as i have the same problem, maybe if you could let me know how you got around it,thankyou
      regards Matt.

  • http://twitter.com/udaya Udaya

    upgrade was very easy even for a non-tech-savvy like me. and my desire is running smooth now without any hiccups so far.

  • Anonymous

    The language is English US and doesn’t seem to be able to go to UK, but it still seems to work okay and I can’t install the wallpapers either. Only ever used the default anyway. No probs with it. Let’s be honest, Windows default language is US English as are most emails packages and it hasn’t killed any UK citizens. I’m sure my Desire’s predictive text chose US words before anyway.

  • gomezz34

    I tried to update it, but an error kept coming up saying it was not the right utility for the ROM or something like that

  • m Grumpy7

    Upgraded as well. Came from Image version 2.29.405.5. No problems encountered. Reminiscent of the Windows Mobile Upgrades. Missing a few things. Passthru connection,  Widgets, wallpapers, paging option when viewing apps. Would like to know exactly where on the HTC Developer website are removed applications, widgets etc.

  • Shawncy

    I have upgraded to Gingerbread,htc desire. I am not the most mobile savy person but tried it, to see if I could do it. It worked easy enough. All systems work.You will lose all installed apps,contacts,calander events.You will lose the ability to turn on and off gps manually, but there is an app that you can use to do that.There is less memory available for apps.The power button used to have more features,such as turning on mobile broadband,that is gone, and restart makes no sense. I don’t see a need to upgrade really. No major difference. Don’t waist your time unless absolutely neccesary. Like I said No major changes,or speed increases ,and battery life seems to last the same as before.

  • Cecile

    I am seriously kicking myself for updating to Gingerbread. I was prepared for the disappearance of all the apps on the phone although I thought the ones saved to the SD card would remain but nevermind. My biggest problem is that I do not have access to the market to download my missing apps anymore. Every time I click on the market app it takes me to a Google Play Business and Program Policies page… I’m definitely not an expert and I just wish I hadn’t tempered with a phone which until now worked perfectly. I’ve gone online and saw that people having problem with the android market just advised clearing the cache on the Market app, but that didn’t make any difference to my problem. Is there anything I’m missing here? Anyone has any solution?

    • Paul Bulley

      Probably you’ve sorted this by now, but if you’re a UK user…
      I did the Gingerbread thing on my Desire. The problem is the locale – i.e. the language setting. The Gingerbread ROM contains limited locales and the English one (unsurprisingly) is English (United States). Market therefore directs to the US Market site based on the Android language setting, as well as date being mm/dd/yy, week starts on Monday, etc. I downloaded an app called ‘Any Locale’ and chose the ‘English (United Kingdom’ locale. There’s another called ‘MoreLocale 2′ that does the same thing, amongst others. This sorts these issues, although you do need to manually change date format and week start day in calendar. Most significantly though it directs you to the UK Market site. The test is to see that app prices are in £ not $! The other oddity was that Android Market did not update to Google Play. I did have a backed-up APK file of Google Play and I installed this to replace the stock market app.

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