Ever since last week, the Gingerbread finally washed away Froyo, as the new king of firmwares from the Google Android OS, and it’s going to surely increase now that Sprint is going to finally update the Samsung Epic 4G to Gingerbread.
Being similar to the supremely long wait to get Froyo in February, the updates for Gingerbread was super late and not without it’s own problems. Instead of coming to the device in June, as previously thought of being the release date, the update is going out right now in stages that will appear to be an on-screen prompt. You can turn on the update by pressing Menu>Settings>About phone>System Updates>Update Android. (Also make sure you have at least 75% of battery life left). Just imagine doing an update and your device dies, and not being able to use the phone after that!.
I’d personally wait a day or two before doing the update. It’s been seen int he past that the latest and greatest updates can sometimes just not work properly and just end up messing up your phone rather than making it work better. So in my mind there is no harm done waiting a bit for a some-what-predictable success in doing the update then. So we have waited this long already for Gingerbread.
Aside from the benefits of having better battery life and some of the behind the scenes things that you probably won’t even notice or even care about, it is said by Sprint that a couple or more small changes have been included. Here is the changelog so far:
- Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
- Audible Sprint AIRAVE™ notifications when answering call
- SMS messages sent without area code
- PRL and Profile update
- EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML
- Bluetooth headset sound improvements
- Fully visible date on device lock screen