HTC Desire owners with root access: care for some Gingerbread?

December 19, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson

Android Hacks, HTC

Gingerbread on HTC Desire

It was only two days ago Grandmaster G released Gingerbread’s source code, but Android 2.3 ROMs are already all over the place. The Nexus One got one very early, and then the Samsung Galaxy S received Gingerbread through a port of the Nexus S firmware.

Now a surprisingly functional ROM of Android 2.3 for the HTC Desire has appeared, courtesy of AdamG at the XDA. Gingerbread Oxygen v2.0 is a pre-beta release, but it’s probably one of the most stable custom Android 2.3 ROMs yet for any phone. Nearly everything works: Wi-Fi, voice, GPS and even the camera, but the last pieces will only fall into place once the Nexus One gets an official Android 2.3 upgrade.

My first Gingerbread impressions: love the new black menus, and the screen off animation is just as fun and slick as it looks in videos. So, Desire owners with root access who want to try out the latest version of our favorite mobile OS — look no further and visit the xda-developers. If you make a backup with Clockworkmod before flashing the Gingerbread ROM, you can go back to your previous setup whenever you feel like it.

Update: An even more polished release now available.