Over the past few weeks the amount of Android phones receiving the Gingerbread 2.3 update has been on the increase. The Motorola Atrix 4G and Droid 3 got their update last week, so now it is the turn of the Droid X2, Xperia X10 & Galaxy Tab. All three are getting their updates as we speak, so you should check to see if it is live for you.
All three devices were starting to feel a little old, but this new update will give them a spring in their step. There are a ton of changes that will improve the performance and features more than you would know. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Will now have Facebook integration, Wi-Fi Hotspot and an improved music player. If you have saved data on your phone, then you had best back it up on your memory card, as it will be overwritten once you begin the update process.
One phone that has needed the update more than most is the Motorola Droid X2, as it was starting to feel left behind — well not next to the HTC ThunderBolt, which is still waiting on the Gingerbread update. Some features that have been needed the most are the download manager app, new user interface, improved stability and much more. Thanks to Android Central.
The final device that is now receiving Gingerbread today is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, not the 10.1, but the small 7-inch model instead, as repoted by Euro Droid. This update is for the UK and will need Samsung’s Kies in order to start the update process. One of our friends recently used this to update his original Galaxy S, and for some reason he bricked his device. One week later and he now has his phone back, complete with Gingerbread.
We do not need to go over the same details about what changes there are, as we have covered them so many times before already. We have to laugh at how long it has taken Gingerbread to be updated on these Android devices, as Android 2.3 has now been available since December 2010.
The funny thing is Ice Cream Sandwich is just around the corner, which means that ThunderBolt and other such handsets might be two versions of Android behind. However, all Android handsets will be able to run the next version, so they might be holding off updating so that they can implement this more universal version instead?
Why do you think that Gingerbread has had a slow uptake?