Jul 25 AT 12:22 PM Edgar Cervantes 15 Comments

AT&T promises Android 2.3 Gingerbread for entire 2011 Android device lineup

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 Inspireâ„¢ 4G
  • LG Phoenixâ„¢
  • Motorola ATRIXâ„¢ 4G
  • Pantech Crossoverâ„¢
  • Samsung Captivateâ„¢
  • Samsung Infuseâ„¢ 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
Android 2.3 Debuted in the AT&T Portfolio with HTC Status, All Post-paid Android Smartphones Released in 2011 Planned to Receive 2.3 Upgrade

DALLAS, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

Key Facts

AT&T* confirmed that upgrades to the Androidâ„¢ 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform are planned for all post-paid Android smartphones already introduced this year.
Motorola ATRIXâ„¢ 4G users will receive an update to Android 2.3 beginning today and HTC Inspireâ„¢ 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 Statusâ„¢ arrived in stores July 17, the first AT&T smartphone running Android 2.3.

Upgrade Details

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 Captivateâ„¢ 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 Inspireâ„¢ 4G
LG Phoenixâ„¢
Motorola ATRIXâ„¢ 4G
Pantech Crossoverâ„¢
Samsung Captivateâ„¢ 4G
Samsung Infuseâ„¢ 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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About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates — AT&T operating companies — are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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Via: Engadget

Source: PRNewswire

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Marcus

    Finally an other thing about AT&T that’ll make me like the carrier

  • http://Website johnny

    They better add the LG Thrill 4G. That’s my next purchase!!! Soon

  • http://Website thaghost

    They are sloooowly moving in the right direction. if they add another data option for maybe 5gb that would make me wanna consider them.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Samsung Captivate? Really? I don’t know if I should be impressed or still deterred to buy Samsung products (at least not on AT&T!).

    But Samsung did say they are going to try and update their phones recently, didn’t they?

  • http://Website Wessywes

    Thank god, about time Infuse gets any kindof update…. Now is we could just get Dev support

  • http://www.letstalktablets.com letstalktablets

    This is good news for many of us, and hey, better late than never right?

  • BiGMERF

    Good news for ATT users and I guess future Tmo users. Now lets see if they can get them out before ice cream drops

  • Richard Yarrell

    I don’t know rather to really believe this or not. My only problem with At&t has been they never took android serious all they ever cared about was iphone users. Maybe the game has changed somewhat but the jury is still out as to exactly how serious they are about android as well as treating android users just as well as the iphone users on the network they have. Actually they are a far cry from tmobile or sprint when it comes to android in the real world but I guess we will see how much they are willing to be better. TIMELY UPDATES ARE A GREAT PLACE TO START.

  • Uncle Rico

    Yep.. it’s obvious ATT has made the “reach around” in choice of Smart Phones to support.. they were all about the iPhone when they had it by “short n’ curlies”.. but now that it’s in the wild… they have figured out that Android is consuming the market.. and they NEED to get on it and provide the updates and the latest and greatest to stay competitive in this market!!! as well as the bandwidth and service availability to support the product!!
    Been with ATT-Ameritech-Cingular-Ohio Bell for ever… never had real issues with them.. except for being a year behind on updates… so this is a good sign for SURE! :)

  • http://twitter.com/iamXiV92a Allen Alpha

    What about the Dell Streak?! Having Official Gingerbread would be better than a put-together version…

  • sylar

    Fat chance! I will believe it when I see it!

  • rufus_xavier

    Now that the Motorola Atrix 4G has moved to the Android 2.3.4 (notice it is 2.3.4 and not 2.3.3 like the other unfortunate upgrades), it is back as the top phone in AT&T lineup. Next time you try one at the AT&T you will want to give up your HTC, LG, and Sumsung phones immediately. Sorry, but that happened to me, and I don’t regret it at all!

  • gotico

    my android is suck is only got 2.0.GB Memory i wat to get more memory to download more app for my phone

  • Marty Winger

    Edward,

    Here it is, November 2011 and still no Gingerbread from att for my Infuse! I have been on the phone with lots of fine folk at att but no results! I guess the best I can do is catch someone at CES to explain how or why it takes a year to upgrade. Samsung blames att, and att blames samsung!

    So far I got a location to send a letter (with no email address) to complain. I said they must be in Area 51 because they have no email address or phone number!

  • Adon

    It does not work on my pantech crossover and it shuts my phone down