There’s good news for owners of the Motorola Droid X and HTC EVO 4G: upgrades to the latest version of Google operating system are available for their smartphone now, or will be very soon.
Verizon’s Motorola Droid X was recently replaced by the Droid X2, but the original is getting an upgrade to Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) before its successor. This is being sent out now as an OTA (Over The Air) update to users of this device, or they can manually request it by going to Settings > About phone >System updates > Check New on the device.
The HTC EVO 4G is still Sprint’s flagship smartphone — at least until the EVO 3D is released. According to a document that has leaked out of this carrier, an OS 2.3 upgrade for the EVO 4G is going to start being sent out on Monday, June 6. However, starting tomorrow users will be able to manually request this upgrade by going to Settings > System Updates > HTC Software Update > Check Now. This will be an OTA upgrade.
What’s New in Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Google says that Gingerbread is the fastest version of its operating system yet, and it offers an improved user interface with an on-screen keyboard that many think is easier to type on than the previous one. In addition, the process for cut-and-paste has been enhanced by a set of movable bounding arrows.
Installing a system software upgrade take around 15 minutes, and users should carefully follow all instructions. Failing to do so can result in “bricking” the device.