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The Motorola XPRT, that BlackBerry-like keyboard phone on Sprint, has finally made its move to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Along with bumping up to the next platform version, the update brings a decent grouping of bug fixes for the device:

  • Email User Interface fixes.
  • Contact User Interface fixes.
  • UXD fix to color backgrounds (remove red).
  • Fix the ability to use Bluetooth car kits.
  • Improve EAS GAL (Global Address List) Search.
  • Improve EAS First Sync timing.
  • Fix Forward / Reply markers to original email. (this is if you reply or forward an email from your phone, it would not¬†display in your EAS email account.)
  • SMS fix when using () in SMS body.
  • Bluetooth toasts when syncing contacts improved.

The latest software version, 4.5.1-110-kns-46, is available now and your device should prompt you to update. If you haven't been updated yet, a quick trip to Settings > About phone > System updates should remedy that. As far as Ice Cream Sandwich goes, we think this is probably the end of the road for updates on the XPRT.

Source: Sprint Support

 

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Motorola XPRT update brings Gingerbread and bugfixes

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The only phone running froyo I know of was my og d1 I still have, for a music player and alarm system. I didn't know there was another device still on froyo till now.

Since this phone is rather unique design for people I am kind of shocked that it got gingerbread. I know it wasn't a hot seller for Sprint, but I will give Moto and Sprint some credit for the update.

About par for course for Sprint, considering the Verizon version of this phone (Droid Pro) recieved a GB update about a year ago.

Actually, 95% of the time Sprint updates their phones with newer software before Verizon. So, par for the course, you have no idea what you're talking about.

Honestly, its a nice update for the phone. I almost bought this one, and really miss the real keyboard in a portrait form factor.

So im a techy and I bought my wife this phone because she said she just had to have physical buttons. Thank you for the post but my phone is still at 2.2. I followed the directions to update it but all then I get three options after that "update motorola firmware' 'UPDATE porfile" and "update prl" I did all three and nothing yet.

I'm experiencing the same thing. Entirely. Techy with wife who just wants physical keyboard, no update found. Try try again.. :'(

Just spoke with tech support at Sprint, if you have not received the notification to update your phone you have to take it to the Sprint Store for a manual software upgrade. That's where they are sending me. I told the tech there were a lot of people not receiving the update notification and they need to push it back out but he said I had to go to the store.

Scratch that previous post. I drove 30 miles to the store to be told by the tech in the store that it comes out in batches. Have to just wait my turn. Then I called to complain that I was sent to the store and a supervisor told me to master reset the device and see if it grabs the gingerbread update than. WTF ???

Keeping you guys updated. Now I am on the phone with Motorola, after sprint rep transferred me and they say they are going to "Push the update to my phone". I will keep you posted. Seems like a lot of crap to get a software update that should come automatically OTA.

Okay folks, here is the real "truth" I swear. Finally a tech found the software bulletin which states "Starting on 9/26/12 the update will be pushed to 5% of customers daily until October 1, then 25% per day until updates are completed because of the large update file size OTA. So just wait for it, when your time comes, you will get the notification to update your software. Hope this has helped you out.

Okay folks, here is the real "truth" I swear. Finally a tech found the software bulletin which states "Starting on 9/26/12 the update will be pushed to 5% of customers daily until October 1, then 25% per day until updates are completed because of the large update file size OTA. So just wait for it, when your time comes, you will get the notification to update your software. Hope this has helped you out.

Bought this off eBay for a family member who loved the BB form factor but wanted the flexibility of an Android phone...glad to see updates rolling out! A big plus is gingerbread allowed some more flexibility with font sizers for those getting a bit older and who don't like reading glasses to read their e-mail. I love my GS2..but to each their own, and glad to see the support!

The XPRT is still my favorite Android phone and if it didn't have the GSM radio crippled by Sprint, I'd still have mine.

I saw the headline and actually thought there'd been a database error, and the site had regurgitated an article from last year.

That's good that it finally was updated, though. Surprising, too!

/Kevin

That looks like a Blackberry Bold keyboard, which is a good thing, but why can't we have a Bold-style keyboard coupled with decent internals?

Honestly, I love this phone. Couldn't be happier with the phone itself. But, with apps, could you get them to work with Android 2.3? Or, you know, update it from 2.3!? For pete's sake, some systems are in the 4.0's! Please, lots of good apps aren't working due to it! Plus, it's been 9 months. How hard is it to format a program for a different device?