HTC Desire Android 2.3 Upgrade

HTC released their version of what is to be most likely the final update for the HTC Desire on the 1st August. However, this will not be an OTA update (as you will see below) but is aimed at “expert users” that wish to have Android 2.3.3 (GingerBread) on their phone. The preamble below is the official release noted from HTC (when you download the ROM from them)

This update is only recommended for expert users who want to experience Android 2.3 and understand the limitations which apply to this update. Due to memory constraints several applications have been removed from this update and we are only offering the ROM upgrade utility (RUU) for you to download. Please note that flashing this ROM will erase your previous customizations, including any messages, emails, contacts, and other personal information. We suggest you take advantage of your Google account and other backup solutions available on the Android Market to ensure you do not lose your personal data. Your SD card will not be erased or modified.

The major changes in this update include:

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

Note:This ROM update is for development only and not for general public use.Upgrades to non-authorized phones may result in loss of functionality.In addition certain functions may no longer be usable after re-flashing the ROM if you are using an excluded variant (listed below), including but not limited to MMS and SMS and HTC also disclaims liability for any unusable functions.HTC disclaims liability for the loss and/or leakage of any personal data resulting from the re-flashing of the ROM. Exclusions:The following regional variants are not-compatible with this upgrade: Germany (Deutsch Telekom), North America, South America, South Korea, and Japan.Is this the official update for HTC Desire to Gingerbread? Yes, this is the official update for HTC Desire to Gingerbread. Will this release remove the ability to send SMS / MMS like in the disclaimer? Only certain regions, specifically the ones listed below, will have some functionality removed. For the majority of regions, there is no impact to your SMS / MMS functionality. Why is this only for developers? Due to the complicated nature of the update we suggest only expert users proceed. We have provided the update in as user friendly way as possible and also included the instructions in the download file but we were unable to provide the update by our usual over the air method. When can I download the upgrade for my phone? You can still access the download at  for the upgrade for your phone, unless you are in the regions listed below. Will HTC issue an over the air (FOTA) for HTC Desire update to Gingerbread? No, this downloadable RUU is the official update to your phone. The update required that we conserve space by removing customizations and wallpapers, we had to release the update as a downloadable update.

Ok so I’ve tried many custom ROM’s for the HTC Desire in the last 12 months. I’ve used both AOSP and Sense based ROM’s some with good results and some not so good. Now one of the main draw cards for me as to why I decided to purchase an Android phone was the option to one day have an attempt at either making a ROM from scratch (AOSP source) or modify an existing Sense ROM. Well finally I have got around to the latter, I chose to try my hands at Sense because as much as I’ve cursed it (for being slow/bloated/over sized) I keep coming back to Sense! The tools needed to modify this ROM source are fairly straight forward, You need dsixda’s HTC Android Kitchen and your rooted HTC Desire (it can be either S-ON or S-OFF) I’ve only added nine items (listed below as “YES”)

Working folder information

 Android OS version             : 2.3.3
 Device                         : bravo
 Model                          : HTC Desire
 ROM Name                       : 3.14.405.1
 Rooted (Superuser.apk + su)    : YES
 Rooted (unsecured boot.img)    : YES
 BusyBox installed              : YES
 BusyBox run-parts support      : YES
 Apps2SD (Apps to EXT) enabled  : YES
 /data/app enabled              : YES
 Custom boot animation allowed  : YES
 Nano text editor installed     : YES
 Bash shell support             : YES
 /system/framework is deodexed  : NO
 /system/app is deodexed        : NO
 radio.img found                : NO
 ROM will wipe all data         : NO

I’m not going into detail on how to use the Android Kitchen, as you can read all about that on the link provided above. Bear in mind that this ROM is stock there’s no added item to the ROM other than what has been added by making the ROM rooted and adding BusyBox, Apps2SD, nano & bash support. the flash light application and teeter (game) are provided in the source .zip for manual installation should you want either of them along with the default HTC wallpapers.

If you would like to grab a copy of this ROM then you can do so on the link provided below, I must state that although this ROM  is working fine for me, it comes with the usual disclaimer of no liability or guarantee “SO USE AT YOU OWN RISK!” be sure that you understand that this can not be used on branded phones as mentioned above in the first insert.

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