AT&T customers have been begging for some Gingerbread love for some time now. This comes as no surprise, since no AT&T device had Gingerbread until the HTC Status was released on July 17th. But do not despair! Those still living in a Froyo nightmare will soon have visions of Gingerbread dance in their heads. AT&T has just announced that their entire 2011 Android device lineup will be updated soon.
In fact, the Motorola Atrix 4G is getting the update today. Not only will the OTA update come with Gingerbread, but also the ability to install 3rd party apps. Finally! The Atrix will be followed by the HTC Inspire 4G. According to AT&T, this phone will get Gingerbread in the “coming weeks.”
AT&T devices to get Gingerbread
- HTC Inspire™ 4G
- LG Phoenix™
- Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
- Pantech Crossover™
- Samsung Captivate™
- Samsung Infuse™ 4G
AT&T may not have been the favorite carrier for Android fans before, but they’re definitely making some improvements. First they brought side-loading, and now they’re promising Android 2.3 to the whole 2011 lineup. AT&T is definitely becoming a better option. Thank you, AT&T! Check out the press release for more details, and let us know your opinions in the comments section! Have any of our Atrix users received the Gingerbread update yet? How’s it treating you?Show Press Release
DALLAS, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
AT&T* confirmed that upgrades to the Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform are planned for all post-paid Android smartphones already introduced this year.
Motorola ATRIX™ 4G users will receive an update to Android 2.3 beginning today and HTC Inspire™ 4G users will receive the update in the coming weeks.
Motorola ATRIX 4G update will also provide the ability to download applications from third-party stores.
HTC Status™ arrived in stores July 17, the first AT&T smartphone running Android 2.3.
Customers who purchased an Android smartphone from AT&T introduced in 2011 can expect to receive an update to Android 2.3. All of these devices are planned to be upgraded from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3, also referred to as Gingerbread. In addition, Samsung Captivate™ owners will be able to upgrade to Gingerbread.
Delivery methods will vary by device. Whenever possible, upgrades are delivered over-the-air (OTA), however in some cases the size of the file needed to install the update will require the user to connect via Wi-Fi or connect the phone to a PC to install the update. Factors such as manufacturer-defined software and other device performance improvements result in each device requiring a separate update which will vary in timing.
Beginning today and continuing over the next few weeks, Motorola ATRIX 4G users will be prompted to install the update. To download the update, users must be connected via Wi-Fi. In August, HTC Inspire 4G users will be notified that the update is available and can be downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network. AT&T smartphone users can access at any one of the company’s more than 26,000 Wi-Fi hotspots at no cost.
The AT&T smartphones planned for a Gingerbread update are:
HTC Inspire™ 4G
Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
Samsung Captivate™ 4G
Samsung Infuse™ 4G
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Gingerbread delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, refined copy/paste functionality and speed enhancements. The upgrade offers improved power management that offers a more active role in managing applications in addition to an improved on-screen keyboard with multi-touch support that makes typing faster and more accurate
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