HTC’s Desire handset will not be receiving the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, the company has confirmed.
A post on its Facebook page explained to users of its most popular device so far there wasn’t enough memory on the Desire for Android 2.3 – codenamed Gingerbread.
“Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones,” the statement read.
“However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.”
The news has led to a massive backlash on its Facebook page, with hundreds of users complaining and one even posting the email addresses of HTC board members, calling on frustrated Desire owners to hassle the people at the top.
A report in December – released the same week Google announced Android 2.3 – showed HTC Desire users downloaded 41 per cent more data than iPhone users. If Facebook comments are anything to go by, they won’t be downloading on the device for much longer.
UPDATE: HTC has since reversed its earlier statement. "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire," the company stated. It would seem that customers' online anger has caused HTC to perform a hasty backflip.
This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk