Android 2.3 Update List: Phones That Won’t Be Getting Gingerbread
Alright, so Android 2.3 Gingerbread has started to roll out to phones other than Google’s Nexus One and the Nexus S and it’s probably got a lot of people wondering. Will my phone be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update?
Well, lucky for you, we have a complete rundown of the phones that are getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. But how about the phones that aren’t going to be getting it? This little companion guide will touch on some of the more popular devices that have officially been shunned by Gingerbread.
HTC Droid Eris: Considering HTC and Verizon confirmed that the HTC Droid Eris, one of the first Droid-branded devices, would not be getting Froyo – it’s safe to say that the Eris will not be getting a bump up to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
However, there are Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 ROMs out there for rooted users so you can unofficially get Froyo and Gingerbread on your Eris if you so choose.
HTC Hero: Like the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Hero didn’t officially get an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo which means that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is out of the question.
But again, like the Eris, you can get Froyo or Gingerbread up and running if you root your device.
Motorola Charm: Motorola has confirmed that the Motorola Charm will be staying on Android 2.1 Éclair. And because Motorola runs such a tight ship with its devices, it doesn’t appear to be any way of getting Froyo onto the device at this time.
Motorola Cliq: No surprise here. The Motorola Cliq will be sticking with Android 2.1.
Motorola Cliq XT: Sadly, the Motorola Cliq XT will be staying on Android 1.5. Long story short, Android 2.1 did not meet the basic performance requirements needed for the update to become official. If you want the long story, head here.
Motorola Devour: The Motorola Devour will be sticking with Android 1.6. A shame for the seven of you that own one.
Motorola Flipout: Flipout owners should be thankful that this phone got Android 2.1 Éclair. No Froyo or Gingerbread in its future.
Motorola i1: Different device, same story. The i1 will stay with Android 1.5 and not get any further updates.
Motorola Milestone XT720, Motorola Milestone A854: Moto has confirmed that both of the Milestone devices will stay with Android 2.1 Éclair and will not be getting a scoop of Froyo or a piece of Gingerbread.
Motorola Motoroi A854: This device, found in Mexico, will be staying put at Android 2.1.
Samsung Behold II: There was a lot of commotion about this phone not getting Android 2.2 two years ago. It’s staying at Android 1.6. There is a ROM out there that brings it to Android 2.2 if rooted. Have not seen unofficial Android 2.3 yet.
Samsung Moment: The Samsung Moment is sticking to Android 2.1 and that means that it won’t be getting Android 2.3. Like the Behold II, the Moment definitely has Android 2.2 available in the form of ROMs.
Sony Xperia X10 Mini: Sony Ericsson just announced the refreshed version of this device with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The older model will not be getting the upgrade.
Sony Xperia X10 Mini Pro: Same thing with the Xperia X10 Mini Pro. There is a new model coming out this year, with Gingerbread, and Sony will not be updating the older model with new software.
There is one recognizable phone that you do not see on this list. That phone of course is the original Motorola Droid which is currently at Android 2.2 but has received nothing official in regards to whether it will or will not get a boost to Gingerbread. We feel like its pretty unlikely but seeing as though Gingerbread is already available for it via ROM, it’s not that big of a deal if it never arrives.
If we have forgotten any devices, be sure to let us know, and if we hear any good news we’ll be sure to update this page accordingly.
05/19/2011 at 7:13 pm
Motorola’s many locked bootloader phones are also not getting Gingerbread, for example Milestone (european version of Droid) and there is no way that owners can fully upgrade it to Gingerbread or future versions thanks to Motorola locking/encrypting bootloader. Perhaps a scheme by Motorola to force owners to buy newer models….
One thing is sure, you should stay away from Motorola devices. They are the worst supported Android devices on the market!
06/03/2011 at 4:24 pm
I’m running 2.3.3 on my rooted DROID 2….pretty amazing upgrade. So it can be done.
06/03/2011 at 4:53 pm
You are running 2.3 with kernel shipped with 2.2. If you bought a device which was not as restrictive as Motorola’s devices, you could run Androıd 2.3 with the intended kernel which is version 2.6.35.
Sure, it might work to some degree, but you wont be able to use functions which require support from within the kernel. For example compcache, swap and other functions.
While mostly 2.2 and 2.3 kernels are not that different, when Motorola devices only had 2.1 kernels it was not possible to make an upgrade to 2.2 because the changes required the new kernel. So when a new android version comes and it has incompatible kernel requirements, you will be left out on the street.
Because of these reasons, locked devices are not officially supported by 3rd party ROMs such as CyanogenMod etc. Because it is immensely difficult if not impossible to get things working properly.
So, I wouldnt call it being on 2.3 really… You are on poor man’s workaround to the actual problem….
09/02/2011 at 9:07 pm
Well, Google herad that I guess, they bought Motorolla :)
09/02/2011 at 9:25 pm
Unfortunately, I believe that Google bought Motorola for gaining access to some patents. I believe google wont touch the business end that much. But I guess we will see… in either case, it still looks like Motorola is just getting worse and worse still…
05/20/2011 at 7:40 am
Any chance you have heard if the Dell Streak will be getting gingerbread or even honeycomb? I doubt Dell will try to make any of their customers happy…lol….however I was speaking to one of their tech support agents and she mentionned she heard rumors…Let us know if any updates are coming please…and thanks
06/24/2011 at 2:00 am
I have the Motorola Droid X unrooted, and I received the upgrade on 6-6. It wasn’t OTA, but when I went to my settings, and checked out about phone, and system updates, I received the update for 2.3
06/28/2011 at 3:43 am
06/28/2011 at 10:07 pm
The motorola cliq and cliq xt are covered. What about the cliq 2 which is already running 2.2 froyo?
07/03/2011 at 1:06 am
Samsung galaxy PREVAIL For DROID UPDATE?
11/14/2011 at 4:18 am
i just got gingerbread w and paying still 50 bucks
11/16/2011 at 11:07 pm
I just got the update today for the samsung previl 2.3.4 gingerbread
07/12/2011 at 7:16 am
What about the SAMSUNG GALAXY PREVAIL
11/13/2011 at 9:26 pm
I have a prevail and it runs android 2.3 from an OTA
07/18/2011 at 7:23 am
hey can someone help me with upgradeing my Alltel Motorola Milestone a854 to the newest things, rooting it, overclocking it, how to do all this and how to go about doing it, in the easiest possible terminology, please respond to me at [email protected]
07/19/2011 at 12:40 pm
what abt htc aria
07/26/2011 at 5:51 pm
Does it work in huawei IDEOS? my ver is 2.2 and i like update my mobile OS….
08/02/2011 at 9:41 pm
Do you know if the Samsung prevail will be getting the update?
08/11/2011 at 2:01 pm
what about the galaxy indulge from metro pcs?
08/21/2011 at 3:37 pm
how about my galaxy tab samsung can i upgrade it to 2.3 gingerbread
09/13/2011 at 7:02 am
11/17/2011 at 3:12 pm
what about motorola triumph ? will it get an update ? its currently 2.2.2
12/15/2011 at 4:17 pm
Motorola version 2.2.2 is under 2.6.35 kernel. I think motorola is up to date and have a good updating platform..
01/04/2012 at 7:40 am
Can anybody help me with my MI 720 TAB which is running on an Android 2.2 (froyo) OS. I am desperately looking for some way I can upgrade it to Android 2.3 (Ginger Bird) OS. please mail me @ [email protected]
02/25/2012 at 3:35 am
There’s this local phone called Firefly S070 ( https://www.compexinternational.com/products.php?cat_id=1 ) which I am interested to know if it can be moved from Froyo to Gingerbread..
11/02/2012 at 2:03 am
it’s china-android. no suite, no usb driver.. useless disposable…
03/18/2012 at 1:16 pm
i am having htc hero 1.5 version
i wanted to know that whether it is safe to root?
’cause i have heard that rooting htc hero for 2.3 version cost some people to loose htc sense…..
05/15/2012 at 2:32 pm
I’m off to buy new phone !
08/23/2012 at 8:35 am
tengo un motorola charm i quiero actualizar el android para tener mejoras en las aplicaciones i en el facebook, alguien sabe a donde tengo que ir para descargarmelo?[