HTC Desire Android 2.3: How to get Gingerbread Update

Many have asked the question if the HTC Desire will be getting Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread update soon, well according to sources below it looks that way indeed. The HTC Desire HD, which is the flagship handset, is on the list for an update also but this is not for sure at the moment.

After reading Android Community via TechRadar HTC has been contacted about Android 2.3 and they came back saying that a number of its phones will get the update, basically in a nutshell it is a matter of sit back and wait patiently.

We thought we would look into this a little more and came across Ali Waqas site and they have an ‘To Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread On HTC Desire’, please do remember you do this at your own risk and like Ali Waqas says “Use these instructions at your own risk. Aliwaqas.info won’t be responsible for any bricked devices and / or other software damage.”

A new Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the HTC Desire called ‘GingerNinja’ has been developed by XDA member AdamG, this new ROM uses ramdisk.img and system.img to enable the Gingerbread port on HTC Desire, please remember that things are never stable unless they are official and this ROM is raw and cannot guarantee stability.

There are a few features within this new ROM that works and few that does not, the few that work includes APN List, Hardware Keymap, LED Activity During Charging and Radio [Calls, Data], plus SD card storage and Correct screen density. However, Sound, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi do not work.

Here is the following step-by-step guide via Aliwaqas.info

1. The first step is to make sure that your phone is rooted with ROM Manager and ClockworkMod recovery installed.

2. Now download Gingerbread for desire zip file from here and save it on your desktop.

3. Once done, connect your phone to the computer, mount SD card and copy the downloaded ZIP file to SD card root.

4. After you have copied the file, launch ROM Manager and boot into ClockworkMod recovery.

5. Once in the recovery, make a backup of your phone, WIPE data and then apply ZIp from SD card.

6. Wait for the installation / flashing procedure to finish.

7. Once the installation is complete, reboot your device.

And there you go! You now have Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on your HTC Desire Z. You can consult the official XDA thread posted here for support and further information.

If you are brave enough to do the above please let us know how you got on, as soon as we hear the official information about HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread update we will let you know.


16 thoughts on “HTC Desire Android 2.3: How to get Gingerbread Update”

  1. Curtox says:

    I just wanted to point out that this article at different point refers to THREE different handsets entirely. The Headline and twice in the article make reference to the original HTC Desire. Then the photo for the story uses the HTC Desire HD…. and the article makes mention of it as well. And then the quoted text makes reference to the HTC Desire Z.
    This needs to be fixed, as all three of these devices run on completely different hardware, many readers will be mislead utterly confused.

  2. guys this is Ali from aliwaqas.info. This guide is intended for HTC Desire users only and has nothing to do with Desire Z or Desire HD variants. I am sorry for the Desire Z typo in my original post.


  3. linkjack says:

    Just to update, oxygen RC2 is gingerbread produced by AdamG. Head over to xda developers forums for HTC desire and look at it, been running it for days with no problems.

  4. effzee says:

    It would be good to see some of the other Desire HD software touches (car panel, transfer data and the updated sense "add widgets" homescreen button) make it to the original Desire with the 2.3 update. Plus wireless-N and fastboot.

    Although HTC tout these features as specific to the desire HD (implying hardware) they are all in fact software tweaks (yes, original Desire hardware can do wireless-N and fastboot). Given the massive popularity of the original Desire plus its position as HTC's android flagship for the last 12 months it would be churlish for them to play the Apple game of forcing people into handset upgrades to effectively obtain improved software. This is especially the case where the latest flagship handset (HD) has a number of hardware deficiencies compared with the original Desire (screen, form factor and battery life – I just turned down a free upgrade to the HD even with all the improved spec features due to the washed out screen and bulky size).

    There is also the argument that the whole android ecosystem is promoted on the idea of modularity, and that provided hardware is compliant software can be dropped in and out. Google have positioned themselves in line with that thinking with the Nexus One and Nexus S, though HTC's "value adding" by way of the Sense UI and other software addons over vanilla android muddies the water somewhat. Come on HTC, play nice with your customers. Short term profits might be lower but long-term customer loyalty will win bigger bucks in the end.

    Desire 2 should win over Desire zealots by improving the hardware (3.8-4" iphone 4 res IPS screen, 3rd gen Qualcomm snapdragon chip, more ROM/RAM like the HD and nicer battery life), not locking old users out of new software.

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