Sprint Announces HTC Evo Shift to receive Gingerbread update

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Gingerbread is a hot commodity for the latest Android devices. Either we want all the newest phone to be released with it, or we’re doing our darnedest to get it released as an update to our current devices. Well Sprint has announced that starting June 20th they will be releasing an over the air (OTA) maintenance update. As the norm for update installs from Sprint, you will receive notification that an update is available. Okay, enough about the OTA update. If you have be on the edge of your seat waiting for this Android 2.3 update, and this article has pushed you over the edge, I’m here to tell you you can get it a few days early. All you need to do is go to Menu>Settings>System updates>HTC software Update. This will manually start the proccess.

So pull out your HTC Evo Shift 4G and try the above manual user update. If that doesn’t work today, never fear. Give it another shot tonight, then tomorrow. But without a doubt, via word from the Sprint Community Blog you will have it by Monday June 20th.

Oh, and by the way, along with Gingerbread you’ll also be updated with SWYPE, an optional replacement for the stock keyboard. Hit the jump for the full Sprint announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT

HTC EVO Shift 4G from Sprint will receive the Android 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over-the-air maintenance release beginning on Monday, June 20.

Sprint will send update notifications to users in waves. The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.

  1. Users will receive a notification that Android 2.3 is available for download.
  2. Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.3, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade starting today. To access the update – from the home screen/Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update. This will initiate the upgrade process.

The software release upgrades HTC EVO Shift 4G to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application. It also fixes the devices ability to stream media through certain applications for the device.

It also adds SWYPE text entry capabilities for HTC EVO Shift 4G.

[via sprint]


About the Author: Adam Johnson

Adam was born and raised in Florida. Once a grown man traveled around the country working as a contract 3D mechanical designer. Finally settled in Gainesville, FL doing the same work in a permanent position for a global medical device company. His interest in mobile devices started with his Motorola Q9h which sported Windows Mobile 6.1. Unfortunately he was captured by the enemy and owned an iPhone3G for a short while, but that didn't last long through some dealings with the mobile carrier at the time. Finally he found a happy secure place among the Android community, starting with his HTC EVO 4G and hasn't looked back. All during his time with these various smartphones, he's dug deep into them, hacking away to get the best performance he could, all the while making his devices unique. As new Android devices are always on the horizon, he can't say what his next device will be, but he is Android for life, and his passion for all things Google will stand fast.