Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Made Available And Then Halted For Reportedly Bricking Devices

It’s been a pretty hectic day today in the Sprint Kyocera Echo…echo….echo dept as a frenzy of tech blogs jumped on the news which confirmed the update’s release, as expected being August 1st and all, along with a quick follow up of its suspension.  The 2.3.4 Gingerbread update became available and offered a slew of features such as pinch to zoom support in the web browser, gallery and Sprint Navigation & Maps.  The update also installed an new “downloads” application and adds the newest version of Swype 3.0 with “Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice list”.  Due to a poster prematurely released by Sprint, it was thought that the device would also gain support for calls over WiFi and the enabling of a supposed built in NFC chip.  According to Brief Mobile, a Sprint Rep explained that someone screwed the pooch and tossed up the feature page prematurely.  The device will not be receiving those features.  Sorry to break your hearts Echo owners.

But wait, the news gets even more interesting.  Some time today, according to Android Central, it appears a majority of their readers were complaining that the update was bricking their devices.  Say what?!  Yep, looks like Sprint pulled a Sammy on this one and for now, choosing to error on the side of caution, have suspended the update until they can troubleshoot the issue.  So, if you’re one of those 10 users that bought an Echo, just be patient and hang in there, it’s not worth bricking your investment.  And if you have bricked your device, feel free to use our comments section below to rattle off how you truly feel.  We’re sure Sprint and Kyocera are listening.

[gingerbread update via kyocera]

[update suspended via engadet 1, 2]

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Born and raised in New York City, Axl Logan is an avid tech junkie and Starbucks attendee. He enjoys everything digital from the latest cameras, tablets and mp3 players to the hottest smartphones on the market. He considers there to be no greater honor than to rock an Android phone and to be reporting the latest and greatest on Google and the hottest OS to ever hit a handset. Making the move from Windows Mobile to Android, functionality and productivity have never been better. Armed with a passion for Android, his Droid Razr and a cool as hell name like Axl, he aims to report everything and anything Android related. Axl currently works as an IT tech for a major firm in NY and loves to ride bike, play video games, and read a good book in his spare time.

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