HTC Desire Gingerbread

HTC has finally pushed out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to its Desire smartphone users, but before you rush off to download the release, there are a few limitations you should be aware of.

Firstly, Gingerbread won’t be available as an over-the-air update like traditional Android releases — you’ll have to download it manually using the ROM upgrade utility on your computer. Secondly, and most importantly, in order to get this release running under the memory constraints of the Desire, HTC has had to make some pretty significant changes to the release that includes stripping away a number of its most exciting features.

The major changes in this update, according to HTC U.K.’s Facebook page, are:

  • All customizations, including operator applications, will be removed
  • All wallpapers, except the default wallpaper, will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website
  • Several HTC applications will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website
  • The official Facebook application will be removed and is downloadable on the Android Market.

One thing that isn’t mentioned in that list is Gingerbread’s annihilation of your MMS and SMS functionality:

In addition certain functions may no longer be usable after re-flashing the ROM, including but not limited to MMS and SMS and HTC also disclaims liability for any unusable functions.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think a smartphone is all that smart if I can’t send an SMS message. I mean, your device is going to become a laughing stock when stuck in an Android versus iOS debate.

HTC stresses that this update is for “expert users,” and that it should be used for development purposes only and not for general public use. If you are an “expert user,” there is a chance you might be able to restore functionality to your SMS, but this is yet to be confirmed.

What’s more, HTC says Gingerbread isn’t compatible in Germany, North America, South Korea, or Japan.

While the release of Gingerbread for the Desire may be great news to a small few, I’m guessing that to the average user these limitations are a huge disappointment, and probably enough to discourage you from updating altogether.

Will you be updating your Desire to Gingerbread?

[via TechRadar, image courtesy of Gizmodo]