Where is your Gingerbread update?
With four months having passed since it was initially announced, we take a look at when Android 2.3 is likely to land on various handsets.
Given that four months have passed since Google and Samsung ushered in the Gingerbread era with the Samsung Nexus S, I thought this would be a good time for an update on might land on your phone.of the
Of all the manufacturers building Android handsets, HTC is arguably the most vocal in its plans. Take for instance the
I'd also look for something official out of T-Mobile's camp over the next few weeks in regard to the
Recently, HTC indicated that both Sprint's
At one time Motorola was rather transparent with its Android update schedule, but recently it has shied from being so public. The company has practically abandoned the software upgrade page of its forums, so getting anything official will be tough. And considering Moto's track record for leaving phones behind with older versions of Android, I don't have much hope for its 2010 devices without a Droid moniker.
Motorola has a Atrix 4G and should see Gingerbread, but Moto hasn't given any indications as to when.with Motoblur phones, so it's difficult to forecast whether the , , or will move beyond version 2.1. Newer devices such as the
The share of leaked Android 2.3 updates over the last few weeks. Perhaps the rumors are a signal that official announcements from Verizon are coming in short order. As for the original , however, the situation is a little muddier. While the handset is more than capable of running Gingerbread, it might be time for Motorola and Verizon to focus their efforts on the rumored Droid 3.and have seen their
Aside from the
A recent document discussed on Android Central reportedly said that a test build of Gingerbread is being prepped for the . An actual release date hasn't been disclosed. So far, that's the only indication that U.S. versions of the Galaxy S phones are getting Gingerbread.
Other handsets such as the
Within days of the Android 2.3 announcement, that its budget-friendly
Sony Ericsson recently announced that it would offer Android 2.3 on its . This comes as welcome news to folks who bought one of the first "super phones" only to find it hampered by inadequate software. While the hardware is not on the same level as the new Xperia line, at least users will be able to download and run most apps.
As we learned back in December, devices capable of running Froyo should be able to handle Gingerbread. But this doesn't mean that your carrier or handset maker wants to put in the time and energy required for an update. With smartphone competition getting fierce and the ongoing battle for top devices, providers sometimes end up scrapping plans for software updates. One consolation this time around is that the differences between Android 2.2 and 2.3 are not as dramatic. Should you get left with Froyo, things may not be as bad you think.