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Official Gingerbread With Sense 2.1 For HTC Desire OTA Rolling Out Now

Finally the wait is over for HTC Desire owners waiting for the official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. Multiple sources, including XDA and some other Android portals, confirm that Gingerbread awesomeness is on the roll now and all unbranded HTC Desire handsets are eligible for this update. Although we appreciate the OTA update from HTC, but this being only for unbranded handsets, will have nothing to do with carrier prisoned folks.

The rumor, which now looks to be true, started circulating earlier today at XDA where different users posted their chats with HTC Live Support reps confirming the GB rollout. Apparently the chat posters were blatantly grilled on offense of trolling the forums because none could confirm the existence of any such OTA notification.

Here is a confirmation chat excerpt taken from XDA and was originally posted by nickislauw, Senior XDA Member:

Nick : Good afternoon
Dries: Hi Nick, thank you for contacting customer support from HTC. Currently I am just to read your question.
Dries: It has recently begun rolling out but that happens, however, using the IMEI number. It is not known exactly when your device’s turn but when it does, you will automatically offer the update OTA.
Nick : Okay! that’s good news, but on the Facebook page of HTC is that he has not yet rolled out?
Dries: The Facebook page has yet to be updated.
Nick : Ah okay, but I’m talking about the old desire, not the desire Z
Dries: Yes, Desire of the wounded.
Dries: I apologize, I meant regular
Nick : Haha okay, and do you know which version of Sense’s on?
Dries: This is version 2.1

Updating through IMEI is something new that we have witnessed, as every carrier branded HTC Desire unbranded through unlocking bootloaders and root will not be eligible to receive this update. It is also evident from the conversation, if true, that this OTA is regarding regular HTC Desire and not for “Z’”, “HD” or “S” variants. For unbranded off-the-shelf HTC users with root, it is highly advisable to stay away from this OTA and wait for a custom ROM to induct the changes and updates integrated with this build. We, at AddictiveTips, don’t want you to brick your device just for the sake of getting the “official” version.

If you have an unbranded desire and haven’t received any OTA update notification until now, then probably you will need to wait for your turn for this to happen. Our comments section below is open, so feel free if you get to munch the Gingerbread.

Update: HTC has seeded Gingerbread for Desire update for developers. Click here for more information.


  1. I don’t know when these comments were made but i’m still on froyo with my unrooted, unbranded desire. Not that I care because my contract is up next week and i’m getting the beats sensation XE <3
    I only stumbled upon this thread while trying to find O2 when the XE gets 4.0 and sense 3.5 – probably this time next year knowing HTC

  2. Hi updated my HTC desire to 2.3 and its great. Here is the step by step guide to upgrade with backup and restore of contacts\apps


    The ROM download can be done at http://htcdev.com/devcenter/downloads as well

  3. I’m so confused… I got my HTC desire S from Telstra AU, does this mean it is branded?
    So in time to come will I be able to install gingerbread 2.3?
    Or best off getting another handset???

  4. we have all been here before..last time I contacted my contact..I was told that they were 3 or 4 days away from releasing the last update..only to find out that it was released the same day…this goes to prove to me that even within different HTC offices, they don’t have a clear and precise time or date..

    So I’m thinking that it will be no difference this time..they have hit a few problems when they took it off the test system and started testing the upgrade on a ‘real desire’…all I have been told is that it could be as late as Q3 so any time between now and Sept! I hope not, because I’m looking forward to the upgrade.

  5. This is obviously totally false, seeing as the conversation that you quote took place on the 26th, and not one single person has actually reported getting the update, as well as the facebook page not being updated.
    The original thread in question is here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1186791

    Why did you not even post a link to the thread in your ‘article’, and did you bother to read any of the (currently) 11 pages of comments that followed; virtually the whole comments section regards the original post being wrong.
    Very, very lazy article.

    • I totally agree. I called HTC Customer support yesterday. Guess what they told me? We are still on pace to release it by the end of this month. I asked about Sense 2.1, the Rep said they cant comment because they havent received anything on what sense version.. Also asked about IMEI relases, and again they had no clue. They are keeping a tight lid on everything… perhaps we should wait until it gets rolled out? I already upgraded to Gingerbread.. no I didnt get the OTA, Cyanogenmod 7. Once the OTA comes out for Desire, I will restore to stock firmware via 2.2 RUU and thats it.

    • Hi Dandy, thanks for commenting. The article has room for everyone to agree or to disagree. I have given both sides of the picture, and yes, in that process I might have missed a link or two. But you have the choice to differ.

  6. Well a senior member on XDA, with more than 1000 posts on his credit, is less likely to troll and receive bad reputation. The thing with IMEI is pretty new, so let’s see if some folks are able to get this OTA on their unbranded handsets identified through IMEIs. Even if this is wrong, we have left enough room for users interpreting the chat b/w HTC rep and the user according to their own wishes.

  7. Lol, this isnt true. HTC hasn’t posted on Facebook yet. I like the part where he says desire of the wounded lol.

    Also I saw this same “conversation” with the same two people on the xda forums…

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