Pantech Crossover Gingerbread update ready for downloadAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
AT&T announced last year that all of its post-paid Android phones released in 2011 would be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and today another one of those handsets has indeed received its update. The Pantech Crossover is the latest AT&T handset to join the Gingerbread club, as it was just revealed that the Crossover's upgrade to Android 2.3 is now available for download. The new software will bump users up to Android 2.3.6 and also includes several UI improvements and other enhancements. As usual, we've got the full changelog available below.
Today's news is pretty exciting for owners of the QWERTY-packin' Crossover, as the phone has been stuck on Android 2.2 since its debut last June. This update may not be Ice Cream Sandwich, but I'd say that moving to Gingerbread is better than being stuck on Froyo forever. Plus, it's good to see AT&T sticking to its word about updating its 2011 post-paid Android phones to 2.3. The bad news for you Crossover owners is that rather than performing a simple over the air upgrade, the new software must be installed by plugging the device into your Windows PC and using a Pantech upgrade tool. Considering that you're getting Android 2.3.6 out of the process, though, the work is probably worth it. You can find all of the necessary files and installation instructions right here.
New User Features
- Native support for SIP VoIP internet telephony.
- GTalk now supports Video chat.
- Updated user interface design with increased simplicity and speed.
- Improved virtual keyboard (Android Keyboard Only)
- Improved accuracy
- Improved text suggestion
- Support for voice input
- Enhanced Copy/Paste functionality, allowing users to select a word by press-hold, copy, and paste
- Download Manager App to easily manage downloaded files
- Improved Gmail application.
- Shadow animations for list scrolling.
- Additional Improvement
Improved power management
- Fixes two known bugs
- Enhancements for Game Development
- Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, EGL for better multimedia performance
- Concurrent Garbage Collector technology embedded to reduce lags in playing games
- Increased support for native development