HTC Desire Android 2.3 update now available via the developer center

After going back an forth about releasing the Gingerbread update for the Desire, HTC has finally announced that it is available as of today. But get this, it will not come in the form of an OTA and has to be downloaded manually via HTC developer’s center. The best way to do it is to wipe your Desire clean, do the install using your PC and also make sure you back up your personal data.

The major changes in this update include:
All customizations, including operator applications, will be removed.
All wallpapers, except the default wallpaper, will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
Several HTC applications will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.
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.

Once you have Android 2.3 installed, you will notice that your carrier applications are gone, a couple of wallpapers have been deleted and some of HTC’s own applications are not there. HTC claims that this update is for advanced users only and that you may experience the loss of some “functions” such as MMS and SMS. Folks with HTC Desire variants from Germany, North America, South Korea and Japan will not be able to get the update.
Update your HTC Desire here

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