The Motorola ATRIX 4G will get its Gingerbread 2.3 update today, which will be the start of an upgrade for all of their 2011 models. The next in line for the latest version of Android will be the HTC Inspire 4G, which will then be followed by the LG Phoenix, Pantech Crossover and the Samsung Captivate and Infuse 4G.
The HTC already came with Gingerbread pre-installed, and was the first AT&T handset to have the update. This is a big deal for the carrier and will anger some Verizon customers, especially those with the HTC ThunderBolt 4G, who are still waiting for Gingerbread, which as we know was dealt a huge blow a few days ago.
According to PR Newswire there will be a number of ways for you to get this update, but as always the best way is via OTA, but in some cases you might have to do it via Wi-Fi or connect the handset to a PC, just like you do with the iPhone. The reason for this is because the update file might be too large to do over-the-air. Times will vary on this update, as different phones and UIs will require a larger or smaller update.
As for today’s ATRIX 4G update, this will have to be done via Wi-Fi and not using the AT&T network. You do not need to be in your home or the office to do this; you can choose one of 26,000 Wi-Fi hotspots for free. If you do not know where your nearest AT&T Wi-Fi location is, then you can use this handy locations tool.
We first informed you that the ATRIX had already got the update a couple of days ago, but that must have been limited to certain areas. However, what has not changed from what we reported was how Gingerbread will add to the handset. Maybe AT&T have forced this issue of offering the update to 6 smartphones because of the constant pressure being put on them by Verizon and their Droid Bionic and other such handsets.
Some of the best new features have to be improved performance, copy and paste, refined UI, better power management, better on-screen keyboard and so much more. Gingerbread 2.3 is the final update from Android until Ice Cream Sandwich is released later this year. Smartphones missed out on Honeycomb, as this was specifically made for Tablet devices. Android 2.4 or 4.0, whatever it will be designated as will work on all Android devices — even the older ones.