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HTC Desire owners promised Gingerbread update by end of July

A couple of weeks ago we told you that HTC were entering the testing stage for the Desire Android upgrade. This followed earlier that month the company first saying the software wouldn’t fit the handset, then the following day changing their mind to say it will be coming but maybe with some alterations. Now in a further update HTC Desire owners have been promised the Gingerbread update by the end of July, maybe even next week.

The company once again took to Facebook to keep its customers up to date and posted that the testing for their build of the update had “gone well”. They said the Gingerbread update will begin rolling out by the end of the month.

If HTC did encounter any bugs with the software it must have been only minor ones, which Desire owners will be happy to hear. The update should come over the air and it is likely it will be staggered, and normally handsets which were purchased SIM free are the first to receive such an update.

Sometimes updates can get held up by certain carriers who can also stagger the over the air update. You can keep a check on the latest HTC Facebook postings here for news of the software update. Owners can also manually check for software updates on their Desire handset.

First you have to press the ‘Settings’ icon and scroll all the way down to the ‘About phone’ option. When pressing this you can select the ‘Software updates’ option, which gives you the option of going online to check for updates.

It’s best if you do this when you are connected to a wireless network especially when the Gingerbread update does become available. The update is quite a big one and will best if you download via Wi-Fi if available. All of your stored data is safe when you update, and will still be there after the handset reboots with the new Android Software.

It will be interesting to see what changes HTC have made if any, as originally they said the handset didn’t have sufficient memory to have the HTC Sense UI and Android Gingerbread running side by side. They may have had to cast aside certain applications to free up memory, but whatever the case Gingerbread is a nice improvement over Froyo.

Are you pleased to hear the update is only a few weeks away now?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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