HTC Desire to get Gingerbread—once HTC shrinks bloated Sense UI

by Peter Bijkerk

HTC Desire to get Gingerbread—once HTC shrinks bloated Sense UI: “

HTC has decided to downsize its UI overlay Sense on the HTC Desire so there’s enough room for an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the company announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday. Sense includes a number of proprietary apps that are skinned versions of Web services like Twitter or information aggregators like Friend Stream, and HTC will cut some of them to let Android 2.3 onboard.

The nearly identical Nexus One smartphone, also made by HTC, received the Gingerbread update four months ago. When customers pushed for the Desire to receive the update as well, HTC declared that despite its engineers’ attempts, both Sense and Android 2.3 could not fit on the phone at the same time. Customers quickly made it known which of the two pieces of software they’d rather have.

HTC has not yet stated which apps it will remove from Sense, though the discussion thread under the announcement is full of suggestions: the Twitter app Peep, the skinned browser, or the geotagging service Footprints. A few customers want Sense chucked altogether, as it seems to slow the phone down: Electronista notes that the comparable Nexus One is “much faster with the same software.”

No dates have been announced for the Gingerbread release yet, but HTC noted that customers should start looking for status updates on the upgrade next week.

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(Via Ars Technica.)