Sprint’s Kyocera Echo is an Android-powered smartphone that truly stands out. The dual-touchscreen device has its very own unique selling proposition, that’s for sure. However, it’s been pretty much a niche device ever since it launched. That may have been caused, in small part, by the operating system version it shipped with.
In a world that was getting used to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Kyocera Echo was released running Android 2.2 Froyo. Yet it looks like Kyocera wasn’t standing by during this time, and was working on a Gingerbread update for the Echo. That’s especially worthy of praise since I’m guessing the dual-touchscreen hardware required a decent amount of rewriting drivers and such. So kudos to Kyocera and Sprint.
Oh, did I forget to mention the big news? Yes, Kyocera Echo owners will be blessed with a piece of Gingerbread starting on August 1. That’s the coming Monday, so only a few days of waiting are left.
Aside from all the bits and pieces that Google has baked into Gingerbread, the update will also bring an updated version of Swype and some security patches.
The update will come over-the-air and the rollout will take 4 days to reach all the Echos out there. So if you don’t get the update on August 1, don’t panic. The phone will naturally tell you that there’s an update available and ask you to install it. After you’ve updated, make sure you have the newest version of the software (2.002SP) by going to Settings > About Phone.
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