Lately I was fed up with the firmware situation of my HTC Desire, which was somehow stuck at Android 2.2. HTC has merely released a developer-only release of Android 2.3, which has the following disadvantages:
- Stuck at Android version 2.3.3
- Has security vulnerabilities
- Will never see an update any more
- Crashes sometimes immediately after taking a photo
The installation went smooth using the detailed instructions on the Cyanogenmod wiki.
To root the device, the popular unrevoked method did not work since it assumes you have a Froyo-based firmware.
After all was up and running, I spent some time finding widgets as substitute for HTC Sense. As it came out I only needed Simple Calendar Widget, the stock Gingerbread-weather widget provided to be good enough.
Eventually I can say that I do not look back, and that I am happy to have prolonged the live of my not so ancient HTC Desire (18 month old), and breathed some fresh air into it’s soul by using Cyanogenmod.
And it is good to know that I will continue receiving updates for some time.
HTC, it was a really nice time with your firmware, but since you decided to provide no more firmware-updates for one of your most successful devices, I chose to defect. And, as said, I do not look back and recommend it to everyone in my situation. Cyanogenmod is truly a nice, polished, fast and beautiful experience.
We have a Samsung Galaxy S at home as well, and it received the Cyanogenmod-love as well, as early as yesterday. On a side note, that has really blown oyxgen into the Galaxy S, especially since the Samsung-RFS-fuckup became history through the flashing.
I think, a must-have criteria for buying devices in the future will be that they are able to run Cyanogenmod.