At long last, after going through some “ayes” and “nays” to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire, here it is on an official basis right from the horse’s mouth. HTC UK has announced the availability of this update that will deliver a Gingerbread experience although the HTC Sense interface will be compromised, coming as a ROM. Just what does this mean? Well, your device will undergo a factory reset, and it does not guarantee smooth running afterwards, either. Basically, go for this ROM update only if you have all your data safely backed up, and you do not use the Desire as your primary handset.

This update has been recommended only for expert users who want to experience Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Desire, where it will face a bunch of limitations no thanks to memory constraints. A handful of applications have been removed from this update as well.

You can download the update here, but bear in mind this is meant for development purposes only and not for general public consumption. Your MMS and SMS might run into trouble too after re-flashing the ROM, and HTC washes its hands from any potential loss and/or leakage of any personal data after a ROM re-flash. Bear in mind that if your Desire is from Germany (Telekom Deutschland), North America, South Korea and Japan, this ROM will not work.

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