Android Gingerbread Update For All AT&T 2011 Smartphones

We’ve got some great news today for those AT&T customers who like to upgrade their Android smartphones with the latest mobile operating system. It seems that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is set to come to all AT&T Android post-paid smartphones introduced this year, starting with the Motorola Atrix 4G from today.

We’ve recently informed readers about the HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update still being delayed which has vexed a lot of Verizon customers but if you’re an AT&T Android smartphone user this is much better news and just a few days ago our Tim Ollason told how the Atrix Gingerbread update was nearly baked. Now we have heard that the OTA rollout for the Motorola Atrix 4G 2.3 Gingerbread update has begun and will take place over the next few weeks.

The 2.3 Gingerbread update will then come to the HTC Inspire 4G at some point “in the coming weeks,” according to Brad Molen over on Engadget, sourced from AT&T. If you’re a new HTC Status owner you’ll know that you were the lucky ones who already had Gingerbread and now those with other 2011 models will know they are also to get the update although the timeframe has not yet been spelt out.

Other handsets that will be receiving the Gingerbread upgrade are the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Pantech Crossover, Samsung Infuse 4G and also the Samsung Captivate. Those who are already starting to receive the Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G will receive a prompt to install and will need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download the update. After the update Atrix 4G owners will then be able to download apps from third-party stores.

Other benefits for users upgrading to Android 2.3 Gingerbread are enhancements to the user interface, speed improvements and better copy/paste functionality. Managing applications will also be made easier thanks to improved power management and also on-screen keyboard with multi-touch will mean a heightened typing experience. We reckon this news will please an awful lot of consumers waiting for Gingerbread although Chris Parsons over on Android Central makes the valid point that most of those were expecting the Gingerbread update soon anyway and that this is more a case of AT&T blowing its own trumpet.

While that may be true, it’s always good for smartphone owners to have it spelled out in black and white that an OS update will definitely come to their handset. Are you an owner of one of these handsets and pleased to see confirmation of the Gingerbread update for your smartphone? Let us know with your comments.

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