AT&T Updating Android Phones to Gingerbread
AT&T announced it will update some of its Android phones, including all of those released in 2011, to Android 2.3 Gingerbread over the next few weeks.
Android Gingerbread was officially available early this year, but few networks have gotten around to actually updating their phones. Part of the problem is that networks or manufacturers insist on putting their own interface layer over the Android experience. For instance, Motorola Android phones use the MotoBlur interface on top of the Android operating system.
AT&T said that the following phones will get the Gingerbread update:
- HTC Inspire
- LG Phoenix
- Motorola ATRIX 4G
- Pantech Crossover
- Samsung Captivate
- Samsung Infuse
The Motorola ATRIX 4G will get the first over-the-air update starting today, while HTC Inspire 4G owners will be notified when the update is available in August. All other phone owners will need to look for the update periodically because there is no set release schedule.
The HTC Status, which launched on the AT&T network last week, already comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread installed.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread includes numerous improvements to the user interface and menu system, as well as new capabilities to access Near Field Communication (NFC) payment systems.