Are you an Android user on AT&T? If so, we've got some news that could help you break out of your Monday funk. The carrier just announced that all postpaid Android phones introduced this year will be getting an update to Gingerbread. That means that owners of the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover, and the Samsung Infuse 4G can all expect Android 2.3 at some point in the future. AT&T also said that the Samsung Captivate — or the "Samsung Captivate 4G," as AT&T calls it — will eventually be getting its own taste of Gingerbread. Atrix 4G owners can expect Gingerbread to hit their handset sometime in the next few weeks, or they can download it manually right now. Meanwhile, AT&T says that the HTC Inspire 4G's Gingerbread update should become available next month. No other update details were given.
So there you have it. Pretty exciting news if you happen to own an Android phone that's hit AT&T any time this year, although it's still unclear how long some of you will have to wait for that Gingerbread update to come. When we learn more, you can bet we'll let you know.
AT&T Customers to Enjoy Gingerbread
Android 2.3 Debuted in the AT&T Portfolio with HTC Status, All Post-paid Android Smartphones Released in 2011 Planned to Receive 2.3 Upgrade
Dallas, Texas, July 25, 2011
AT&T* confirmed that upgrades to the Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform are planned for all post-paid Android smartphones already introduced this year.
Motorola ATRIX™ 4G users will receive an update to Android 2.3 beginning today and HTC Inspire™ 4G users will receive the update in the coming weeks.
Motorola ATRIX 4G update will also provide the ability to download applications from third-party stores.
HTC Status™ arrived in stores July 17, the first AT&T smartphone running Android 2.3.
Customers who purchased an Android smartphone from AT&T introduced in 2011 can expect to receive an update to Android 2.3. All of these devices are planned to be upgraded from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3, also referred to as Gingerbread. In addition, Samsung Captivate™ owners will be able to upgrade to Gingerbread.
Delivery methods will vary by device. Whenever possible, upgrades are delivered over-the-air (OTA), however in some cases the size of the file needed to install the update will require the user to connect via Wi-Fi or connect the phone to a PC to install the update. Factors such as manufacturer-defined software and other device performance improvements result in each device requiring a separate update which will vary in timing.
Beginning today and continuing over the next few weeks, Motorola ATRIX 4G users will be prompted to install the update. To download the update, users must be connected via Wi-Fi. In August, HTC Inspire 4G users will be notified that the update is available and can be downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network. AT&T smartphone users can access at any one of the company’s more than 26,000 Wi-Fi hotspots at no cost.
The AT&T smartphones planned for a Gingerbread update are:
HTC Inspire™ 4G
Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
Samsung Captivate™ 4G
Samsung Infuse™ 4G
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Gingerbread delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, refined copy/paste functionality and speed enhancements. The upgrade offers improved power management that offers a more active role in managing applications in addition to an improved on-screen keyboard with multi-touch support that makes typing faster and more accurate.
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