The HTC Desire is one of the more desirable Android phones on the market. Unfortunately, it turns out that the model released in Australia through Telstra has a bit of a GPS bug, though a fix is apparently on the way.
A brief PR statement from HTC this morning confirms the issue:
HTC and Telstra have been made aware of an issue relating to the GPS function on the HTC Desire smartphone in Australia. After investigating customer reports we have found that the software for this feature is set up incorrectly. The device’s GPS hardware is not affected and will operate once a minor software update is made. HTC and Telstra are working closely to resolve this issue as a matter of urgency and aim to rectify this issue in the shortest possible timeframe. Currently, we are working to develop, test and introduce a software update and will continue to update customers on our progress on a regular basis until this has been resolved
While that’s an unfortunate start for a phone which Telstra rush-released and which had our Gizmodo colleague Nick virtually drooling, it’s commendable that HTC has openly acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix. Run into any problems with your new Desire? Tell us in the comments.