With AT&T having increasingly been loading up on Android devices, they've now taken the issue of software updates head on and have now reassured customers that all of their 2011 postpaid line-up of Android devices will indeed be upgraded to Gingerbread.

As we saw most recently, the Motorola Atrix 4G received it's update in a somewhat timely manner and more devices such as the HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Captivate will also get their updates when ready. The LG Phoenix and Pantech Crossover are in the mix, too.

Now, while we applaud AT&T for having so many devices that will eventually run Gingerbread, this announcement is pretty much a tooting of their own horn here. Most of the devices on their list were assumed to be getting Gingerbread at some point anyhow. Full press release can be found after the break.

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

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

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Gingerbread delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, refined copy/paste functionality and speed enhancements. The upgrade offers improved power management that offers a more active role in managing applications in addition to an improved on-screen keyboard with multi-touch support that makes typing faster and more accurate.

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Reader comments

AT&T bringing Gingerbread to every postpaid Android phone released in 2011


It's a shame that AT&T doesn't ever acknowledge the Dell official build of gingerbread to work off instead of a hacked together version would be nice.

att doesnt acknowledge the dell streak because it is only sold by dell and bestbuy. it is just able tow ork on att network. att doesnt even support the dell streak.. dell would be the best person to talk to for those updates :)

Dude. Why would say that? There have already been numerous updates for bug fixes, etc. Don't be trollin'

Inspire 4G FTW!!!

Wow, I'm gonna get Gingerbread on my Inspire?! Next you're going to tell me that the NFL players and owners are done fighting over money and we'll get to have a football season this year. That would make for an awesome Monday!

I was just thinking the same thing! On a side note... I applaud them for coming out & making a blanket commitment on the record. They'd more than Verizon has done with it's stable of Android phones.

never heard of it... all i have is my captivate... which is non-4g phone, unless at&t suddenly crossed out 3g in the dictionary and wrote in 4g :)

Gingerbread, check. NFL season, check. Win a free Android tablet from's keep the roll going, Phil!

I'm a Thunderbolt owner on Verizon who was itching for GB for a couple reasons but they were all addressed in various other updates. 1) the random reboot issue was fixed with a separate update and 2) everyone made it seem like GB was necessary to get Netflix but it was just added in the 1.3 app update. So to be honest the only added benefit GB gets me is Skype Video chat. At least I assume that's the case. If Skype updates the app first then I don't really care when the phone gets GB. All it will really bring me is a different lock screen and some menu changes. Perhaps better battery life but to be honest juice defender helps manage the radios so I get a full day unless I really watch videos all day.

While i applaud ATT for getting the upcoming update out, lets hope its handled in a better manner than the "third party applications" update that came out in May, but most of the tech support people either dont know about or give some of the most assinine reasons as to why i/we dont have it installed yet.
Lets just say i'll believe it when i am actually able to download it onto my inspire and actually be able to use it without issue.
And as a side note, im still not getting the 3rd party apps update despite it "being sent to your device" on more occasions than i care to count. I hope the gingerbread update doesnt follow suit.

you dont know what your talking about, call in and ask for the update if you dont have it yet... the captivate is not programed to check the box like many other device, it is either there or it isnt... if you are really itching to get the unknown sources then download super one click, root your phone... and add it on your self :)

Right, doesn't say it now,

It must have said 4G at one time, because every single news source echos the 4G bit.

The story (above) is a cut and paste job, so it clearly said 4g at one time.

Now the question is, if those updates will be coming in a timely matter, or are we going to see some of these devices getting their update in February 2012 when everybody is going to be all over Ice Cream Sandwich...

Oh, and I almost forgot: Sorry LG Thrive owners.

the captivate froyo update was indeed a cluster but - I think the leap from eclair to froyo was a lot more monumental in terms of features than froyo to gingerbread. I'm hopeful it will go smoother.