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Kyocera Echo Sprint

The Kyocera Echo began getting its update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread back on August 1st, but at the time, there was one small problem with the new software: it was bricking handsets left and right. Sprint yanked the update right away to prevent the bricking of any other Echos from going down, but today the carrier announced that the dual-screened handset's Gingerbread update has started back up. The full statement from Sprint:

"Sprint will restart the Gingerbread update to Kyocera Echo users beginning today (August 10). In an effort to provide the best possible customer experience, Kyocera and Sprint have addressed a previous issue with the update raised last week. The Gingerbread update will provide Kyocera Echo users with performance enhancements including faster response, improved power management, enhancements for gaming, and more. See below for full list of new features and enhancements."

So there you have it, Echo owners. If you'd like to try and pull the update down manually, you can head into your Settings menu, then click System Update, and then hit Update Android. Understandably, some folks are a little nervous about installing the update after the trouble that it caused earlier this month, so if you're brave enough to download the new software onto your own beloved Echo, be sure to let us and your fellow Echo-ers know how it's working down below. For those of you that'd like a refresher, all of the goodies found in the update are:

  • Android 2.3.4 upgrade (Gingerbread) features:
    • An upgrade to the Swype 3.0 virtual keypad, with Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List (predictive text)
    • An improved Downloads application, offering easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application
    • Pinch-to-zoom in Browser, Gallery, Maps, & Sprint Navigation
  • Eco Mode: A customized app from Kyocera that helps users manage battery life on their devices. User can pre-set a point (Based on percentage of battery charge remaining) at which their phones will go into low-power-consumption mode. When in Eco Mode, Echo automatically will change various settings - chosen by the user - to conserve power, including Screen Timeout, Display Brightness, Wallpaper, Auto-Sync, Haptic Feedback and Auto-Rotate Screen.*

Via Engadget, Sprint

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