Echo Gingerbread

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you -- the Kyocera Echo, in all it's dual-screen glory, is slated to get updated to Gingerbread on August 1 according to the latest Sprint playbook leaked to the fellows at SprintFeed.  Besides all the great behind the scenes changes that comes with Gingerbread, like better battery life and memory management, the Echo update will also roll out with Swype 3.0, Exchange Mail enhancements, "eco" mode, and security fixes.  It's going to follow the standard Sprint OTA rollout, with the lucky 10 percent to get it first, then slowly migrate it's way to the rest over a four day period.  That is, until someone gets the OTA location, then all bets are off.  The best place to stay on top of that situation will be the Echo forums, so pull up a chair and join in.

Source: SprintFeed

 

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Kyocera Echo to get Gingerbread update August 1 says leaked Sprint playbook

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Was about to say the same thing myself. The phone with the most modified iteration of Android is going to get Gingerbread before an HTC phone that is essentially the same phone as the Evo, a phone that's been out for almost a year?

I'm dumping my TBolt for the next Nexus, and will probably not get an Android phone that's not a Nexus ever again. What a disgrace.

Agreed on the Thunderbolt comments. But vzw is always the worst when it comes to updates b/c of all the bloatware. Look at all the TMO phones getting gingerbread

not true look at the vzw phones getting gb(inc2,x,x2,) It is just that htc is slacking with the thunderbolt's updates because they knew that phone was a fail from the start, and I have one and can admit it.

That's what I have said from the beginning. Why would anyone on these tech sights have bought the Thunderbolt with last year specs.

the thunderbolt is basically the same phone as the evo and we have had gingerbread for a while now, so my bet is that its VZW thats having the issue.

Not entirely true. It has a newer version of the Snapdragon and its possible that the Sense version is different than on the old Evo.

Correction: They WERE the worst. It looks like they have turned things around with Gingerbread.

They are ahead of all the other US carriers in # of different phones being updated OTA to Gingerbread.

Funny, cause I still don't have Gingerbread for my Samsung Vibrant. If TMO phones are being updated, then why did people tell me the slow Froyo update was BECAUSE of TMO?!

Frankly, I don't care anymore because they finally did put Froyo on it -- which is all I wanted and what they promised to give anyway.

Face it peeps....Sprint has their A game face on. I have the EVO 3D but i have played with Echo. It's seriously not a bad phone. You can entertain yourself for hours just playing around with hinge on it. With the GB update, it is a worthy phone. The dual screens are pretty awesome. That's my 2 cents

Knowing that its getting GB now, I'm thinking my wife is in need of an upgrade. She still has a Palm Pre! She loves it but I think its time for her to move on to Android. She doesn't need 4G, and all the bells and whistles I do. She just needs her texting and FB fix. I think she would love the dual screen for texting as it looks like a mini laptop that way. Heck, she ( cough cough) NEEDS this phone!!! (......can't wait to play around with it......)

Uhhh, if he's talking about getting his wife an Echo, then she is on Sprint. Sprint isn't getting the Pre3. Heck, no one knows when the other US carriers are getting it. It went from Summer to Fall for arrival dates. Read PreCentral.

Weren't tech bloggers and the ding dongs yelling the seriously overused"fail!" saying this phone would never get an update?

I'm loving all the hate the TBOLT gets with each new story about another phone getting Gingerbread. It reminds me of my headaches with the Fascinate & it's dismal treatment. Face it peeps, the carriers are killing Android with this fragmentation and bloatware. I don't know what I'm doing come upgrade time in May but at this point, if no pure Nexus type phone is available on Verizon, I'll probably go back to iPhone. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth but that's the breaks.

Agree if the next nexus doesnt come to verizon I will check out the iphone and maybe even WP7. I wish google would do what apple and microsoft do and dont let the carriers touch the OS so every phone gets updates when it is available.

I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. I'm not trying to be a jerk, I just really need to understand. What differences between Froyo and Gingerbread must you have to make your experience more usable? How does fragmentation affect the average user? If bloatware, and not having the latest and greatest version, really bothers you, then why not root and flash ROMS? If you want to really be cutting edge, wouldn't you be willing to work for it?

In fact my Fascinate is rooted and de-Binged running Comm Rom 2.1 so I get ya totally. The point with me has always been, and always will be, the customer pays big money for these phones. Full price upfront or subsidized into the contract; It should be THEIR choice as to what is on the phone as far as apps and services that THEY are paying for. Raise your hand if you use City ID... How about the EA stub apps that cost an xtra $5 or more to get the full version?.?.? Anyone... No? That's my point.

This is the same thing that killed Windows Mobile. Phil was around then and can attest to it. I had a Win Mo phone myself that was crippled completely thanks to AT&T's bloat & lack of software updates. Got the iPhone 3G & my eyes were opened to a whole new world of how this software upgrade stuff should work. Oh and carrier bloat and crap ware... won't find it Apple land.

I love Echo. It really is a great phone but it's release date with the EVO 3D looming right behind it (along with that press event) is what screwed up it's entrance.

Yeah every one here in the forums trashed the phone after the sprint event ptedicting it would be a "pos" and a huge "fail" and, best of all-- that it would never see an update! It actually got great reviews. Just goes to show that most of the people here are band-wagon jumping know-nothing blow hards who cant think for themselves and will parrot what ever they hear everyone else saying. Haha! Wrong on every account!

I own a Droid x by the way. But I can still appreciate a novel and innovative idea even though its trendy to hate on it.

Yeah every one here in the forums trashed the phone after the sprint event ptedicting it would be a "pos" and a huge "fail" and, best of all-- that it would never see an update! It actually got great reviews. Just goes to show that most of the people here are band-wagon jumping know-nothing blow hards who cant think for themselves and will parrot what ever they hear everyone else saying. Haha! Wrong on every account!

I own a Droid x by the way. But I can still appreciate a novel and innovative idea even though its trendy to hate on it.

Correct me if I'm wrong but samsungs phones all seem to be having a problem getting gingerbread, but not just that. all there phones including the infuse and indulge have shipped with froyo. I believe it's on purpose to push sales for the galaxy s 2. Once the gs2 is released and a large bulk of money is made . Gingerbread will come to anyone who hasn't already replaced there older samsung device. Sad really I would've loved the infused with touch wiz 4.0 on top of gingerbread . It's not always the carriers, it's the same tactic htc uses. Purposely holding back software updates that improves a device is deceitful and bad for the end users.

I could root, get rid if bloat, add on CM7, etc. But held off to see what update the Dinc would get. And the echo gets an update first? I know the full GB update would probably kill the Dinc, but come on. At least a few good tweeks won't hurt.

The Echo is almost stock android besides the couple of dual screen tweaks. It's probably not that hard to make the update.

I was under the impression that this article was about the Echo. Why is everyone talking about the TBolt?

I'm glad the Echo is getting the GB update. I've been menaing to take a look at the phone since it came out but haven't gotten a chance to go to a store. I would rather play with it myself than blindly follow what's said online about it.

As usual people MISS THE POINT. I am happy for Echo owners regardless who has the device it will get gingerbread. Sprint is and has been the leading carrier in the industry when it comes to device support and updates. Other carriers SHOULD TAKE NOTE sprint already has the MOST DEVICES THAT HAVE GINGERBREAD and are not peddling new devices with FROYO. I commend them for that.

I think it's funny. We don't get any love at all from devs, but we're getting GB before half the flagships that launched before ours do and that are far more supported by the hacking community.

Still, I guess it won't matter though, seems the only ones who love and support the Echo are people who actually have a Echo