I am getting emails from the Android web site that the new Android 2.3 is out. I have been waiting on this for quite sometime now and just yesterday I get a e-mail saying that now they are about to release 2.4. Where the heck is my updates?
Also, does anyone know of a problem with the Shifts screen cracking real easy on any of the four corners? I have dropped my phone 1 time from a distance of two feet. ( it fell from my hoodie pocket.) At the time it was not cracked. ( I checked everywhere because I had only had the phone for about five minutes and I had already dropped it!) Two months later I was looking at it and I notices in the corner, opposite side where it hit when i dropped it, was a little tiny crack in the screen. Just wondering if this was something I did or this was a design flaw.
I've read in a couple different places that an update for both the EVO and EVO Shift will be coming out some time during the 2nd quarter of this year. That would be sometime in April, May, or June. I've also read that they're waiting for the new EVO 3D to be released first, and will then release the 2.3 update for EVO and EVO Shift after EVO 3D is released. The EVO 3D will have 2.3 already on it when it's released. The release date for EVO 3D is currently only listed as "this summer."
I've not heard of the glass on anyone's EVO Shift cracking, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened to anyone. It's possible that your drop caused the glass to weaken or caused a crack too small for you to notice at that time, and then other things you did to the phone later on cracked it or made the crack big enough for you to see. Something like that might be covered under insurance (if you have it) as accidental damage, but wouldn't be covered under the standard warranty. If you have the insurance and filed a claim on the cracked glass you would have to pay a $100 deductible and your phone would be replaced with a refurbished phone.
Search for Android 2.3 features. They're not very exciting. I wouldn't worry about it. Android 2.2 (Froyo) was a really big deal, however.
Not very exciting?
Performance enhancements, Sense II (from HTC), added features, better battery life, plus more. Thats worth the update and then some.
Android 2.2 – Linux Kernel 2.6.32
Android 2.3 – Linux Kernel 2.6.35
Android 2.2 supports Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi. On top of these, Android 2.2 supports Wi-Fi hotspot functionality that can connect 6 devices. In the sense, you can use Android 2.2 phone as a wireless broadband router.
Android 2.3(Gingerbread), in addition to all existing features, supports for NFC (Near Field Communication) which is a high speed data communication mechanism operates in high frequency within a short range (10 cm).
In addition to standard voice calling, Android 2.3 supports for SIP audio and video calling. If you have a good 3G or Wi-Fi connection and a SIP account you can make internet calling. It breaks the boundary of regionalist concept and flies in the global domain.
Power Management is one the critical tasks in these kind of Mobile operating systems. Even if you have all these fancy features, if the battery life of the device is couple of hours, then there is no use in the added features. Android 2.3 handles it in a better way than Android 2.2. Here in 2.3 the OS manages the applications and daemon application which are running at the background and closes the unnecessary applications.
Android 2.2 (Froyo) supports the following features:
Android 2.2 had two revisions. Android 2.2.1 was the first revision released in May 2010. Android 2.2.1 included some improvements and bug fixes. Improvements were mainly on Gmail application and Exchange Active Sync. It also received an update to Twitter and refreshed weather widget. Android 2.2.2 was released in June 2010. It was released mainly to address the email bug that randomly forward the text messages in the inbox. The email bug randomly select a recipient from the contact list and forward a random message in the inbox on its own. This bug was fixed with the Android 2.2.2 update.
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) supports the following features in addition to existing 2.2 features:
Good summary of the 2.3 features. Personally they put me to sleep.
* Sense II isn't part of Android 2.3 - Sense II is on top of Android, not part of it. Getting 2.3 doesn't imply getting Sense II.
* The Shift doesn't have an extra large screen or multiple cameras to support.
* The Shift uses an LCD screen, on which white themes use slightly less power than black themes. Black themes save power on OLED screens only, because each pixel is lit individually, rather than one backlight lighting everything and it being blocked or not as it is on an LCD on our phones.
And finally, if you think the SIP support is going to stay intact on its way out to Sprint users, you're nuts.