TAIWANESE SMARTPHONE MAKER HTC has had a sudden change of heart and announced that its Desire smartphone will get the upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread after all.
On its Facebook page, HTC appears to have given in to the uproar and demands for the Gingerbread upgrade from its Desire users. It was only yesterday that the firm had announced, to the disappointment and anger of its customers, that the HTC Desire wouldn't be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.
Today's message reads, "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire." Almost as if yesterday's post was a mistake.
The problem was supposedly a memory issue that meant the upgrade from Android 2.2 Froyo to Android 2.3 Gingerbread would mean sacrificing Sense, HTC's overlay user interface for Android.
We've contacted HTC to find out why it has changed its mind and whether the update will still mean the loss of Sense. Unfortunately HTC has been unable so far to give us any further details other than the one-liner on Facebook and we'll update this report if it responds with a comment.
Nevertheless the statement has been received fairly well, with users commenting, "Today HTC realised this and have a tiny window of reversal. Good on them for opening their eyes." And, "At least HTC listen. You can at least give them that."
It goes to show that if customers kick up enough fuss then the company will listen instead of ignoring what customers want. Maybe the users who were planning on ditching HTC will have a rethink.
Mobile operator Three refused to give us comment on yesterday's announcement and has only given The INQUIRER the extremely informative statement, "There's been a turnaround in HTC's decision to launch Gingerbread for the Desire. Once we have more info we'll let you know."
We're still waiting to hear from Orange for its reaction. µ
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