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[UPDATE 2, 2:02PM CDT 8/10: Sprint will restart the Gingerbread update to Kyocera Echo users beginning today (August 10). In an effort to provide the best possible customer experience, Kyocera and Sprint have addressed a previous issue with the update raised last week. The Gingerbread update will provide Kyocera Echo users with performance enhancements including faster response, improved power management, enhancements for gaming, and more. See below for full list of new features and enhancements.]

 

[UPDATE: The over-the-air push of the Gingerbread update was started yesterday, which provides performance enhancements for Kyocera Echo customers. A handful of customers have reported issues as a result of the upgrade, so we have suspended the update to ensure the best experience for our customers. Sprint and Kyocera product managers are investigating these reports. Any customers who have experienced an issue should visit their local Sprint store. Further communication will be posted here, and we apologize for any inconvenience.]

 

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Kyocera Echo from Sprint will receive the Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over the air maintenance release beginning on Monday, August 1.

Sprint will send update notifications to users in waves. The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.

1.    Users will receive a notification that Android 2.3 is available for download

2.    Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

 

Can’t wait to get the notification?

For existing users who just can’t wait to get Android 2.3, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade starting on Monday, August 1. To access the update - from the home screen/Settings/System Update/Update Android. This will initiate the upgrade process.

The software release upgrades Kyocera Echo to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application. It also implements Swype 3.0 adding two new capabilities: Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List (predictive text).

Specific to Kyocera Echo, this software release will install Eco Mode, a new pre-loaded app that helps the user manage battery power life on the device. The user can pre-set a point at which the phone will go into a low-power consumption mode. When in Eco Mode, the phone will change various settings automatically, such as Screen Timeout, Display Brightness, Wallpaper, Auto-Sync, Haptic Feedback, and Auto-Rotate Screen so that the phone conserves power. The user can select which of these settings are implemented in Eco Mode.

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