Dec 15 AT 4:45 PM Taylor Wimberly 32 Comments

Gingerbread headed to Verizon Android phones within the coming months

Google’s Gingerbread update (Android 2.3) is generating a lot of buzz and Verizon just released an internal memo to their employee which details the pending software release. Verizon says that Google is in the process of releasing the Gingerbread source code and they are working together to determine which devices will receive the update.

Based on previous comments from several Googlers, it sounds like Gingerbread will be easier to integrate than previous Android updates. Android engineer, Brian Swetland, recently said, “Any device that runs well with Froyo should run even better with Gingerbread. The base hardware requirements have not changed. Of course OEM updates do depend on individual OEM efforts, and I can’t speak for the OEMs, but there’s no technical reason devices able to run Froyo shouldn’t be upgradeable. I think the Froyo->Gingerbread migration should be less painful for device developers than Cupcake->Donut or Eclair->Froyo.”

Verizon has the most phones already on Android 2.2 and they have been pretty good with software updates on their Droid family of devices, so I expect that most of their current handsets will be updated. Based on recent history, I predict that Verizon will begin to update some phones to Android 2.3 as soon as February.

How soon do you think Verizon can push out an Android 2.3 update? Which device do you think will receive it first? Will it be the original Droid or a newer phone like the Droid X?

Verizon Gingerbread

Verizon's internal memo about Gingerbread updates.

Source: Droid Life

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  • http://Website anthony

    Wow that’s a tough one there February to may I guess. I know one fact though that’s why you buy the nexus line. I say my nexus one still looks good ill let ya know how gingerbread works

    • elannie

      sure you will it has been 4 yrs and no reply

  • http://Website Cat

    Still waiting on 2.2 for my Fascinate/GalaxyS. I’d bet Verizon’s slowness to get it out when other GalaxyS have 2.2 is related to how close their ties are to Moto are.

    • http://Website Usman’s just Samsung support. Hopefully you’ve learned your lesson. Lord knows a lot of us did after the Behold II debacle.

  • http://Website katvo

    I’m still waiting on 2.2! :(

  • http://Website monkeydroid

    February seems like a long time. Especially since honeycomb could be out either then or not long before IO 2011

    • Taylor Wimberly

      HTC delivered their first FroYo update in about six weeks after the source was released. That is the benchmark.

      • http://Website Ivan

        And that was for the Evo 4G the best phone in the planet. Yee.

        • http://Website Derek

          Says you! Samsung Galaxy S is the best hardware out, but too bad samsung customer service blows chunks!

  • jjl84

    I’m really happy with this news. February really isn’t all that long considering the source code hasn’t been released yet. As Taylor mentioned, the first phone (other than the N1) to receive 2.2 was the EVO, which took 6 weeks. Even if Google releases the code today, it’s only two months to wait for the update. Hopefully this sets an example for all carriers to follow; a two month limit on getting the new versions compiled, streamlined, and thoroughly tested. Kudos to Verizon.

  • LukeT32

    The original droid is the only vanilla android phone that I know of on verizon. So I would assume it would be first. I believe it was 8 weeks last time for the droid. So the feb. Estimate would be correct.

    I will be sure to brag when I get it. :)

    • http://Website Tim

      I stopped caring when VZW would put out the latest build for the Droid when decided to put custom roms on my phone. I honestly don’t understand wanting to keep your phone stock. Even for warranty reasons you can flash back to stock.

  • Brandon

    I’m sure HTC is hiding somewhere in the bushes ready to surprise everybody with 2.3 updates.

  • http://Website swazedahustla

    Well HTC and sprint were FIRST and there is no reason not to expect them to do it again….although I’m certain cm7 will be out long before that so my evo will be rocking that gingerbread cyanogen style.

  • http://Website meazy

    Man! I am glad I got the N1 I hope 2.3 comes out next week for it. That would be cool right b4 xmas.

  • http://Website Fort

    These says everything about att. They suck

  • http://Website Jasper

    I would love to see 2.3 on my HERO, but thats never gonna happen. I can just as well through it out

  • http://Website yo

    I will believe it when I see it.

  • mrmikem513

    If the 2.3 update is anything like the near failure of the last 2 bug-ridden Froyo updates on the Droid X, I don’t have much hope.

  • http://Website jose

    I have the lg ally and still waiting for froyo…I read its coming in feb..but hope they might put gingerbread instead …I don’t blame it on verizon..since its probably lg fault..

  • http://Website Mike

    Verizon could have it out sooner for the Droid lineup if they and Motorola didn’t put all their crap on it.

  • http://Website Whimpleseth

    Well, hopefully Verizon is a little better at updating than T-Mobile. “Soon” has now become 7 months!

  • http://Website DyMiC

    I have the original MotoDroid. I have it rooted and overclocked at 1.25 GHz. I’m running a toned down version of the stock rom (it basically has a lot of the bloatware from Verizon removed). I prefer the stock roms because they’re usually the most stable. And I’m hoping that Gingerbread comes to the Droid. A lot of you complaining about updates being buggy or no updates need to go check out and see about rooting and whatnot. You can always unroot and then re-root if needed. And when you root, you can flash custom roms. Sometimes they port rom builds from one phone to another… so some of you that don’t have Froyo now can get Froyo. And when Gingerbread comes out, some of you who can’t get the Over-The-Air Update can find a ported rom and have Gingerbread.

    I hope this helps a lot of you.

  • http://Website Derek

    This pisses me off!! I have a samsung galaxy S (Captivate) and cant even get 2.2 out of Samsung and verizon is going to be giving out gingerbread? Damn I hate samsung. I knew I shouldnt have bought that F’ing phone! I’ll never buy another samsung product as long as I live.

  • http://Website cece

    My droid x updated to 2.3 this morning…..maybe they’re rolling this out sooner than everyone thinks

    • http://Website jjl84

      That’s the system version (2.3.340), not the Android version (2.2.1). Sorry, but Google hasn’t even released the source, so your phone isn’t running it.

    • http://Website mc2k

      Same here. My droid x updated to 2.3 as well

      • http://Website mc2k

        Jjl is correct. Android Version shows 2.2.1

  • http://Website Lea

    My husband new droid x got the update today! I have the original droid and have not received it yet

    • http://Website Yrina

      My DroidX updated to 2.3 but it is the SYTEM UPDATE, not the ANDROID VERSION. That still remains at 2.2 Froyo

  • http://Website Barry

    I just got my gingerbread update this morning. I have Droid X.

  • http://Website jake

    Just got Verizon 2.3 update on my phone ( droidx) not sure what was included in the update…. anybody know?