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Desire Z Smartphone Gingerbread update, HTC Thunderbolt setback

We were surprised to learn that we have not spoken about the HTC Desire Z in anyway shape or form, and were even more shocked to learn that there is to be a Gingerbread update. Now is it me or is this just rubbing salt in the wounds of the Thunderbolt, as it seems as an Android update for this handset is being passed over in favor of some older models?

HTC do not do many slide-out QWERTY keyboards, so those who stick with this Smartphone for that very reason will be happy to learn of this update. Owners have had to be very patient, so you could understand why they would get upset with Thunderbolt user’s moaning about something that they have been waiting on for quite some time.

The Gingerbread update for the Desire Z is not ready yet, but ITProPortal reports that it is the final stages of testing. The OTA updates are expected to begin in the coming weeks, so not long to wait. In the meantime, if you know anyone with a Thunderbolt device — now is the time to start annoying the hell out of him or her.

We cannot say for certain which version of Gingerbread UK customers will be getting, but the smart money will be on version 2.3.4. However, one has to assume that the Desire Z is nearing the end of its lifecycle, as most other 2010 handsets have since been updated. Looking at the specs we can see that one is needed soon, although there are still a few Android phones coming to market that are still unable to compete — well mid-range anyway

The specs are as follows: single-core 800MHz processor, 1.5GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch screen. Now we would not expect a huge spec bump, as this is seen as a low-priority handset. If we had to make an assumption as to what the specs will be in the newer version, then we would guess a single-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. We would not expect a megapixel increase, but maybe an improved lens. Apart from that it is a little hard to say.

Having said that, the update to Gingerbread will give the Desire Z a new lease of life, and could extend its life by a few more months at least. How do you Thunderbolt owners feel that you have missed out yet again, even the Droid Incredible 2 now has the update?

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Written by Peter Chubb

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