If You Bought an AT&T Android Phone This Year, Gingerbread's Coming Soon

Fragmentation who? AT&T is pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to several handsets, including all Androids released in 2011. The ATRIX 4G gets the OTA update today, and the HTC Inspire will receive it in a few weeks. Other affected handsets are listed below. [AT&T]

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, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —
Key Facts
· 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.

Upgrade Details
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
· LG Phoenix™
· Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
· Pantech Crossover™
· Samsung Captivate™ 4G
· Samsung Infuse™ 4G



Got the update on my Atrix on Saturday. I like the update overall, especially the neat new locking animation that looks like an old-school TV turning off. Access to the Amazon app store is also a long awaited plus with the update.

The only thing that bugs me is the stupid new AT&T branded web browser icon that just doesn't look like it has anything to do with the web. Anyone know a quick way to change it back to a standard globe-type internet icon without having to mess around with rooting the device?