Dec 17 AT 3:39 PM Taylor Wimberly 53 Comments

Gingerbread source code released, let the race to Android 2.3 updates begin

Early this afternoon, Google began pushing the source code for Gingerbread to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This means all the code for Android 2.3 is now public and device manufacturers and carriers can begin to port it to their devices.

During the last round of Android 2.2 updates, Sprint and HTC were the first to deliver a software upgrade when they pushed it out to the EVO nearly six weeks after its release.

Sprint stated in an internal memo that Android updates were a “high priority for competitive reasons”, so we expect they might be the first carrier to release an update to Android 2.3. Verizon was also close behind with an update for the original Droid, so look for them to deliver as well.

An Android engineer has said that “Gingerbread migration should be less painful for device developers” so hopefully the first round of updates comes a little sooner. However, based on recent history we don’t expect to see any over-the-air updates till February at the earliest.

Every time we talk about software updates, we also have to mention Samsung. All of their Galaxy S phones are still on Android 2.1 and we have no idea when any updates are coming. A few test builds have leaked out, but it could still be a couple months till most of their phones are updated to Android 2.2.

Which carrier and handset maker do you think will deliver the first update to Android 2.3? If I was a betting man, I’d place my money on Sprint and HTC.

[Photograph by Candy Caldwell]

Via: Droid Life

Source: Android-Building

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • http://Website rahlquist

    And here I sit with no official 2.2 for my captivate. …..

    • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

      Well, thats huge bummer! Im already on version 4.2 btw
      cheers, Ben

      sent from my iPhone 4

      • http://Website ST

        What is a iPhone 4 loyal user doing on an Android blog?

        You love your iPhone4, that is fine with us. Go and enjoy your phone and your life (if you actually have one). Leave the rest of us alone.

        • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

          MOM, i told you to stay away from my pc. Thats pretty embarrassing for me right now!

          • http://Website very interesting….

            Did you say you owned a PC???? So…..the guy who wants to gargle steve jobs balls for making the iphone doesn’t even own a mac…

      • mac08wrx

        Seriouly wtf are u doing. Why the f would u post on a topic that has nothing to do with your icrap4.

      • http://Website Joe

        This has to be the dumbest sh*t I’ve ever seen someone say…this definitely is an android forum…who gives two f*cks about ur lame *ss iPhone???

      • http://Website Cappy Owner

        hmm. how is it that 2.1 > 4.2? ahh that’s right, it’s android vs iphone. android > iphone so even though in school i learned 4.2 > 2.1 in terms of software, 2.1 > 4.2

  • http://Website asdf

    “All of their Galaxy S phones are still on Android 2.1 and we have no idea when any updates are coming.” ???

  • @nick_elliott

    Nexus 1 should get OTA in a week or so. Certainly not as long as February.

    I have both nexus 1 and S. Can’t wait to see if the n1 will see the dramatic performance increase the NS has with 2.3.

    • http://Website B

      Question. What are you basing the “performance increase” of the Nexus S on? The Galaxy S? Because the Nexus S has only used 2.3, never 2.2.

  • http://NA Dr. All Reeds

    It would be a lovely xmas present if we (SPRINT/HTC EVO) customers could have our 2.3 update by xmas time,…

    Bought the EVO over the summer (July) and got the 2.2 update quickly…

    Just hoping that Sprint/HTC will be gracious enough to OTS the update as soon as they adjust it and debug their own idiosyncracies in the software.

    Happy Holidays to all….

    • Brandon

      Same here man, my chrimbus list says, no (or at least less) bloatware, stock UI. That’s all I want from HTC Claus.

    • Alan Reboli

      Better that that, Cyanogen just tweeted he got WiMax working on CM6

  • Prince77

    I will continue to knock Samsung for the rest of my life. After I wasted my time getting that Behold2, I will repeat every chance I get that I will not buy another Samsung phone ever again. I left Tmobile early just to go back to Sprint and get an EVO on day one. I would say Sprint and HTC should push it out first with Verizon and Motorola coming in second. But if they were to flip flop I wouldn’t care, I just know that I will be getting it sooner than anyone with a Samsung device.

  • http://Website Samer

    what do you mean all thier handsets are on 2.1, is that only in States?
    in canada , bell and rogers have officially updated the galaxy S phones to 2.2 (froyo)

    • http://Website Derek

      I cant speak as to what Bell has done with their Vibrant, but Rogers has not updated to 2.2.

    • http://Website cristid

      Well we have the 2.2 update for galaxy s in romania too.

  • http://Website Steffen

    10 bucks says the CM team wins the race for most devices.

    • Mhm

      I second that!

      • Prince77

        The question was which carrier and handset maker??? Not who will have the rooted version

        • http://Website Steffen

          I’m aware of that. I was just making a point that despite the resources and talent that carriers and manufacturers have, the small CM team will beat them all to it.

        • http://Website Yolie

          Prince77 I think your cute ;)

  • http://Website Alex

    That picture is epic

  • ipaelo

    In Europe we have 2.2 official in our Samsung Galaxy S.

    Take a look:

    I hope that we will have 2.3 quickly.

    • http://Website Derek

      Dont hold your breath. Samsung has changed the subject everytime they’ve been asked direct questions regarding 2.3 on Galaxy S. They dont want to invest a single dime in developing software for old phones. Once they get your money they dont give two shits about their customers. All they care about is getting their next new customer. Read my lips, “There will be no 2.3 update from Samsung for Galaxy S.” Hopefully some of the XDA devs can fix that for us.

      • ipaelo

        If what you said was true, Why did we get 2.2?

  • http://Website Me

    I bet you guys that the galaxy s phones will get gingerbread first……….. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (never actually).

  • http://Website Andrew Taylor

    Australia – Optus has released Android 2.2 for Galaxy S

  • Sylwia

    What? I have Froyo on my Galaxy for a month now. It is not OTA but still.

  • http://Website Eddie Android

    Good thing I have a Nexus One.

    • http://Website mjukis

      Do you think CM will beat Google and be the first to release Android 2.3 to Nexus One?

  • http://Website B

    All I want to know is when will they roll it out to my Nexus One.

  • http://Website Eero

    In Finland (and other europe countries i belive) we have had offical froy 2.2 for Samsung Galaxy S for two monthsnow , we have only one regural model no captivates ,vibrants etc.

  • http://Website Richard

    Truly…Christmas would’ve been great for the Evo…but Nexus One will be first before Christmas…Dam Google delay…Then I Bet HTC/SPRINT WILL BE FIRST AFTER THE NEXUS ONE FOR THE HTC EVO…The week of January 18-24th…MARK THAT DOWN…HTC first by a Month over MOTOROLA/VERIZON which means February 18-24 for Verizon…THEN WAY AFTER MARCH 15 FOR EVERYONE ELSE….HTC RULES SO DOES THE EVO 4G

    • http://Website B

      What do you mean damn google delay, and why are you typing in all caps?

  • http://Website Wasim

    only a matter of hours before we can manually update the Nexus One! cant wait!!

  • http://Website Boriqua2000

    My money is on MetroPCS. Any takers?

  • http://Website Kenny

    This picture is hilarious. Well done Taylor, well done.

    • http://Website Android FroDo (Frozen Donut)

      yeah someone jizzed on gingermans face and he doesntlike it

  • http://Website patrick

    Downloading it now on droid x!

  • http://Website Mark

    I have the mytouchslide from TMobile & am still at 2.1. I just hung up with technical support & there is still no information on when froyo will be sent out, let alone gingerbread. I wish there was a way I could put them on myself but am concerned I might screw the whole phone up… any thoughts?

    • http://Website ACR

      I have the mytouchslide too. You install like 5 apps and that thing can’t take anymore app with memory full. It’s still on 2.1 with no live wallpapper. Still waiting for 2.2 on both myTouch3G Slide and Vibrant.

  • http://Website Chris O


    “My G2 seems to have Gingerbeard on it. How did that happen? :) ”

    Tweeted from Cyanogen

    I say that the cm team has won!

    • http://Website Andrea Wimberly

      What is a gingerbeard? a Mustache? ugly.

  • http://Website MYEVOPRINTSF”NMONEY

    No question that HTC/SPRINT pushes 2.3 first. The EVO is their flagship device, the first “4G” phone in the USA. They will want to be the first to bring Gingerbread into the world OTA.

    Also, considering the last OTA, it’s evident that Sprint is getting it’s hardware in gear to start rolling out 2.3. Yes, I’m aware that developers will beat them too it..and I have been rooted since I got my EVO until today. (had to unroot in order for Sprint to order me a new one..had some burn in on my screen.) FYI…if you ARE rooted, and something goes wrong with your phone…don’t be like the guy next to me in Sprint today.

    “Hi, I rooted my EVO and now it doesn’t work, but I have insurance, so I’d like another one”- Customer

    “Welcome to Sprint, Sorry, but your warranty is voided and your insurance doesn’t cover custom roms. That will be 589.00 for a new one.” -Sprint guy

    “F*ck”. – Customer.

    Me: “LMAO”…..

    • http://Website RockinEvo

      lol too funny..hope that customer doesn’t quit his day job

  • dr3amcast3r

    “Gingerbread source code released, let the race to Android 2.3 updates begin”

    The winner is obvious

    It’s Cyanogen mod :)

  • pierce919

    I have a Droid X and I got Gingerbread at about 1:00 AM CST.

  • http://Website Jocelyn

    I have a Droid X and I just got 2.3! 10:18pm EST. So much for EVO beating us to the update!

    • http://Website swazedahustla

      You my friend are a liar whether it intentional or just unimformed but the DROID X, nor any other phone not named the nexus S, is NOT RUNNING 2.3. What you have is a dirty hacked up, bits and pieces of a O/S that is FAR FROM 100% everything working. So please just stop the lies because you ARE NOT RUNNING 2.3.