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AT&T: Gingerbread coming for 2011 Android phones

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Do you have an Android phone on AT&T? If so, you're about to get some Gingerbread -- that is, as long as you bought your phone this year.

AT&T said Monday that it plans to push updates to all of its Android phones purchased in 2011 that will move the devices over to Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread.

Currently, the only AT&T Android phone to run Gingerbread (the newest version of Android) is the HTC Status. But the Status, known for its Facebook button, has a small screen and not a lot of computing power or storage space, which makes for a far different user experience than more powerful handsets.

Gingerbread handsets have been for months available on Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile -- though only on a few models such as the Nexus S and the HTC Thunderbolt -- and as such, AT&T Android users have been left a bit behind. After all, the new Android build, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is expected to arrive sometime before the end of the year.

The first phone to be updated to Android Gingerbread will be the Motorola Atrix 4G, AT&T said, adding that the new OS should hit users sometime this week as an over-the-air download.

In August, HTC Inspire 4G users will receive the download and later on in the year, Gingerbread will be made available for the Samsung Captivate, Samsung Infuse 4G, the LG Phoenix and the Pantech Crossover.

Gingerbread's adoption on Android phones has been held back in large part by the fact that Wireless carriers and phone makers, and not Google itself, control when a specific handset gets upgraded to a new version of Android. Many older handsets across carriers have yet to receive software updates.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
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Image: The HTC Status, and its Facebook button. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times

 
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