Android 2.3 upgrade list: Is your phone getting Gingerbread?

After months of warming in the oven, Google's Android 2.3 operating system -- better known as Android Gingerbread -- is finally starting to make its way to handsets around the world.

Android 2.3 provides faster speed, better battery life, and a refreshed user interface. It also introduces a new and improved keyboard with a more intelligent cut-and-paste system. More Gingerbread goodness may be on the way, too: Some reports suggest Google is working on a follow-up release numbered Android 2.4.

So how do you know if your phone will get the upgrade -- and if so, when? We've made it easy. This list has everything there is to know about the Gingerbread upgrade, broken down by device. It'll be updated regularly as new info becomes available, so you can always check in to get the latest info on your phone's status.

Want a more detailed look at Android 2.3 and what it'll do for your phone? Click over to our Android Gingerbread FAQ. And when you're ready for a real eye-opener, be sure to check out our in-depth report: Android upgrades: Which manufacturers can you trust?

[Page last updated: July 8, 2011]

Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones That Have Received (or Are Receiving) Gingerbread


• HTC Nexus One [UPDATED 7/5/11]: After a longer-than-expected delay -- from users' perspectives, at least -- Google started sending the Android 2.3 upgrade to its Nexus One flagship phone on February 22, 2011. In early July 2011, meanwhile, Vodafone made the software available to Nexus One owners using its network.

• Samsung Galaxy S [UPDATED 7/8/11]: Samsung started rolling out Gingerbread to Galaxy S phones in parts of Europe, including Germany and Holland, on the weekend of April 16, 2011. On April 18, meanwhile, Vodafone in the U.K. made the Android 2.3 upgrade available to its Galaxy S users, as noted in a posting on one of the company's forums. And on May 16, Samsung announced that Gingerbread would hit remaining Galaxy S phones in "the U.K. and Nordic countries" starting in mid-May and would then be "gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan." Thus far, no elaboration has been provided on that "regional plan," including any kind of firm date for when the rollout could reach American users. Unsubstantiated rumors, however, suggest the Epic 4G could be the first to see Gingerbread, with an upgrade around the 24th of July. Previously, Samsung's U.S.-based handsets -- including the Samsung Captivate on AT&T, Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint, Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Samsung Fascinate on Verizon -- have been fairly far behind other Galaxy S devices in getting Android upgrades.

• HTC Desire HD [UPDATED 7/5/11]: HTC announced the start of the Gingerbread rollout for its European Desire HD phone on May 4, 2011, fulfilling its promise for a second-quarter release. HTC began pushing the update to users with unlocked Desire HD devices on May 16. In late June, the software became available as a manual download for Desire HD users on Telus. The same month, Gingerbread was made available for Desire HD users on Orange and Three.

• HTC Incredible S [UPDATED 5/16/11]: In late April, HTC made the Android 2.3 upgrade available to Incredible S in Italy. In early May, the company announced a wider rollout for customers across Europe. HTC began pushing the update out to users with unlocked Incredible S devices, meanwhile, on May 16. 

• Meizu M9 [UPDATED 5/3/11]: China's Meizu M9 received the Android 2.3 upgrade in early May 2011.

• Samsung Galaxy Tab [UPDATED 7/5/11]: According to user reports, some owners of original 7-inch Galaxy Tabs in Italy received Gingerbread on their devices in mid-May. And in early July, Sprint announced the availability of the Android 2.3 upgrade for Galaxy Tab 7 users on its network. Samsung has said it intends to bring the Android 2.3 upgrade to all Galaxy Tabs; thus far, however, no other specific timelines have been revealed. Samsung has also not remarked on the possibility of upgrading the original Tab to the more tablet-focused Android Honeycomb release.

• Sony Xperia Arc [UPDATED 5/26/11]: Sony started rolling out the Android 2.3 upgrade to its European Xperia Arc handset on May 26, 2011. The update is being sent over-the-air to users in waves, starting with those on unbranded handsets; Sony says it could take some time for the software to reach everyone.

• Sony Xperia Play [UPDATED 5/26/11]: Sony started rolling out the Android 2.3 upgrade to its Xperia Play handset on May 26, 2011. Like with the Xperia Arc, the Xperia Play's update is being sent over-the-air to users in waves. Sony says it will start with unbranded handsets and gradually make its way to the various branded editions.

• Motorola Droid X [UPDATED 5/27/11]: Verizon Wireless started sending Android 2.3 to the Droid X on Friday, May 27. If you haven't received it, you can now manually download the upgrade. You can find full details here as well as at Verizon's Droid X update page. 

• HTC EVO 4G [UPDATED 6/3/11]: Sprint released Gingerbread for the EVO 4G on June 3. The upgrade can be manually downloaded via the phone's settings menu; Sprint started pushing it out to users in waves on June 6. 

• HTC EVO Shift 4G [UPDATED 6/16/11]: Sprint made the Android 2.3 upgrade available for its HTC EVO Shift 4G phone on Thursday, June 16. You can manually retrieve the software by selecting the "HTC Software Update" in the "System Updates" section of your phone's settings menu. If you don't want to start the download yourself, Sprint is also pushing the upgrade out over-the-air to users as of Monday, June 20.

Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Expected to Get Gingerbread

• HTC Desire [UPDATED 7/8/11]: HTC has done some serious flip-flopping on its plans for the HTC Desire and Android 2.3. After promising an Android 2.3 upgrade for the Desire, HTC said on June 14 that it had determined the phone would not be able to handle the Gingerbread software along with its integrated Sense UI. In a statement posted to Facebook, HTC announced it was "forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow [it] both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire." Then, a day later, following (understandable) outrage among users, HTC posted another message to Facebook: "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire." HTC says it will "cut select apps from the release" in order to make it work. On July 8, HTC indicated it would begin rolling out the upgrade "by the end of July."

• HTC Desire Z [UPDATED 5/5/11]: The Desire Z is on-track to get Gingerbread, according to an HTC spokesperson quoted at SlashGear. The Desire Z's update is said to be scheduled for sometime in the second quarter. More recent information taken from an HTC support page indicates the update could arrive before the end of June.

• HTC Droid Incredible [UPDATED 5/24/11]: According to an email said to be from an HTC rep and published by Android blog Droid-Life.com, the HTC Droid Incredible is set to receive the Gingerbread upgrade. The email says the upgrade will be made available "before the end of the second quarter of this year." A tipster, meanwhile, tells Engadget the Incredible's upgrade should happen in "late June." Neither HTC nor Verizon has officially confirmed any of the information.

• HTC Droid Incredible 2 [UPDATED 7/8/11] While there's been no official announcement about Gingerbread for Verizon's HTCDroid Incredible 2, the non-U.S. variation of the phone received an Android 2.3 upgrade in late April (see "HTC Incredible S," above). Verizon also updated its website in mid-July withspecific info about a 2.3 upgrade for the Incredible 2. We don't know a rollout date at this point, but all these clues certainly suggest an upgrade is coming -- and coming soon. 

• HTC G2 [UPDATED 6/9/11]: HTC has confirmed its T-Mobile G2 will get Gingerbread. The phone is on-track to receive the upgrade sometime in the second quarter of this year, an HTC representative tells me. In early June, T-Mobile gossip site TmoNews reported that G2 warranty replacement units had started shipping with Android 2.3 preinstalled, leading to speculation that a rollout could be close to beginning.

• HTC MyTouch 4G [UPDATED 5/2/11]: An apparent chat between a user and an HTC customer service representative suggests the MyTouch 4G could receive Android 2.3 sometime this summer. The chat, posted by mobile blog TmoNews.com, is accompanied by a rumor that T-Mobile retail employees will be testing Gingerbread on MyTouch 4G devices over the next few weeks. HTC has thus far declined to provide any official confirmation. In late May, however, an apparent test build of Gingerbread for the MyTouch 4G surfaced, leading to fresh speculation that a rollout could be growing closer.

• HTC Thunderbolt [UPDATED 6/20/11]: An email said to be from an HTC rep and published at Android blog Droid-Life.com claims the HTC Thunderbolt will get its Android 2.3 upgrade sometime in the second quarter of 2011. A second email, published at the blog TalkAndroid.com, mentions that same time frame. In mid-June, a purported leaked document surfaced on the Web suggesting that the upgrade would arrive on June 30. Thus far, neither HTC nor Verizon has officially confirmed any of the information.

• LG Optimus 2X [UPDATED 5/2/11]: The LG Optimus 2X -- known in the U.S. as the T-Mobile G2X -- is confirmed by both LG and T-Mobile to be in-line for the Android 2.3 upgrade. While no official announcements have been made about upgrade timing, a support page on LG's Danish website, first discovered by Engadget, says the phone will be updated in June or July. LG has not explicitly said whether that same time frame will apply to handsets in the U.S. or other countries. T-Mobile, meanwhile, has said via Twitter that new G2X owners "won't have to wait long" for the upgrade. An apparent leaked build of Gingerbread for the G2X surfaced in early May, heightening speculation that a rollout could be near.

• LG Optimus Black: Despite the fact that it ships with Froyo, LG's upcoming Optimus Black smartphone will eventually enjoy the taste of Gingerbread, LG has confirmed. No specific date has been announced.

• LG Optimus One [UPDATED 7/5/11]: LG has confirmed that all of its Optimus One phones will receive the Android 2.3 upgrade at some point in the foreseeable future. This includes the Optimus S on Sprint, the Optimus T on T-Mobile, and the LG Vortex on Verizon, as well as the Optimus C on Cricket Wireless, the Optimus M on MetroPCS, the Optimus U on U.S. Cellular, and the Optimus V on Virgin Mobile. In early July 2011, LG announced it was preparing to push the upgrade to Optimus One users in Romania and Russia. As for other countries, including the U.S., LG has not announced any specific time frame, saying only that details will be "announced locally in due course." 

• Motorola Atrix 4G [UPDATED 6/22/11]: Motorola has indicated it plans to upgrade its AT&T-based Atrix 4G phone to Android 2.3 at some point in the future. In late June, the website briefmobile.com showed an apparent leaked test build of the Gingerbread software customized for the Atrix. The site claims the upgrade will roll out "sometime in July," though it doesn't provide any source for that information. Motorola and AT&T have thus far released no official details.

• Motorola Droid 2 [UPDATED 5/23/11]: Motorola has confirmed that the Droid 2 will be receiving the Android 2.3 upgrade. The upgrade is said to be scheduled for sometime "before the end of the third quarter or sooner," depending on the speed of Verizon's approval.

• Motorola Droid 2 Global [UPDATED 7/5/11]: In mid-June, Verizon stated via Twitter that its Droid 2 Global would begin receiving Android 2.3 on Wednesday, June 15. The carrier also updated its Droid 2 Global software status page with additional details about the upgrade. Soon thereafter, however, a Motorola employee posted a note stating that the upgrade was not, in fact, quite ready to roll out. More recently, leaked documents have suggested the Droid 2 Global's upgrade could come "soon after" the launch of the Droid 3. That phone appears to be set to arrive in mid-July.

• Motorola Droid Pro [UPDATED 5/31/11]: Motorola has confirmed that the Droid Pro will be receiving the Android 2.3 upgrade. The upgrade is said to be scheduled for sometime "before the end of the third quarter or sooner," depending on the speed of Verizon's approval. A small number of Droid Pro users apparently started receiving the upgrade in late May, but thus far, Verizon has given no indication that a widespread rollout has begun.

• Motorola Droid X2 [UPDATED 5/18/11]: Verizon Wireless and Motorola have confirmed the new Droid X2 will be getting the Android 2.3 upgrade. Thus far, however, no specific time frame for a rollout has been announced.

• Motorola Milestone X [UPDATED 6/9/11]: The Milestone X on regional carrier Cellcom will receive the Android 2.3 upgrade, according to a posting on the company's Facebook page. A time frame for the release has yet to be announced.

• Samsung Droid Charge [UPDATED 7/5/11]: While there's been no official confirmation about an Android 2.3 upgrade for Samsung's Droid Charge, signs of potential progress are starting to pop up. In late June 2011, a video surfaced showing an early build of Gingerbread running on the Droid Charge. Soon after, a similar version of the 2.3 software for the Charge started floating around the Web. Again, we've seen no announcement about an official release -- so don't hold your breath just yet -- but the recent leaks certainly suggest the development process is well underway.

• Samsung Galaxy Ace [UPDATED 5/16/11]: Samsung has confirmed its Galaxy Ace phone will receive the Gingerbread upgrade. The company has not, however, given a firm time frame for the rollout.

• Samsung Galaxy Fit [UPDATED 5/16/11]: Samsung has confirmed its Galaxy Fit phone will receive the Gingerbread upgrade. The company has not, however, given a firm time frame for the rollout.

• Samsung Galaxy Gio [UPDATED 5/16/11]: Samsung has confirmed its Galaxy Gio phone will receive the Gingerbread upgrade. The company has not, however, given a firm time frame for the rollout.

• Samsung Galaxy Mini [UPDATED 5/16/11]: Samsung has confirmed its Galaxy Mini phone will receive the Gingerbread upgrade. The company has not, however, given a firm time frame for the rollout.

• Samsung Galaxy Player: It isn't technically a phone, but Samsung's new Galaxy Player Android device will be upgradeable to Android 2.3, according to a press release put out by the company. No target date has been announced.

• Sony Xperia X10: Sony disappointed countless customers when it said its Xperia X10 line of phones wouldn't be upgraded past Android 2.1 earlier this year. Now, however, Sony has reconsidered its stance and said it will upgrade the Xperia X10 to Android 2.3. According to a company blog posted in late March, Android 2.3 -- 2.3.3, to be specific -- will hit Xperia X10 phones late in the second quarter or early in the third quarter of 2011. A more recent update from Sony says the update is likely to hit in early August 2011. Before you get too excited, though, note that Sony says the upgrade will be delivered to "generic trade versions" of the phone -- and that carrier-customized versions may or may not be included. "We will have to get back with more information on this at a later stage," Sony says, "but we want to be very clear already at this stage on the fact that some of you may not get this upgrade." Sony also notes that Xperia X10 phones will not be upgraded again beyond the Gingerbread level.

Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Where Gingerbread Looks Iffy


• Motorola Backflip: Neither Motorola nor AT&T has said a word about the Backflip even receiving Froyo -- so while there's no official denial of Gingerbread for the device, a 2.3 upgrade certainly doesn't seem like a strong possibility.

• Motorola Cliq: Motorola accidentally announced a Froyo upgrade for the original Cliq last fall, then quickly deleted the apparently typo-caused mention. Since that time, the phone has been stagnant at the 2.1-level on Motorola's corporate upgrade list -- a sign that isn't very encouraging when it comes to the newer 2.3 release.

Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Not Expected To Get Gingerbread

• HTC Droid Eris: Verizon has confirmed that its HTC Droid Eris device will not receive even the Froyo upgrade. The phone is no longer sold by the carrier.

• HTC G1: The T-Mobile G1 was denied Froyo due to hardware limitations, and the same restrictions will keep Gingerbread from officially reaching the device. "Like Froyo, Gingerbread is too large to fit on the G1's system storage," Android team member Dan Morrill explained via Twitter.

• HTC Hero: The Hero got a "no" for Froyo, so it seems safe to say the phone won't be receiving Gingerbread, either.

• Motorola Charm: The Charm will not receive upgrades beyond its current 2.1 level, according to Motorola.

• Motorola Cliq XT: Motorola said Froyo "could not meet the basic performance standards required" while running on its Cliq XT device. As such, the phone is now set to remain at Android 1.5, the company has confirmed.

• Motorola Devour: Motorola says the Devour will remain on Android 1.6.

• Motorola Flipout: The Flipout will not receive upgrades beyond its current 2.1 level, according to Motorola.

• Motorola i1: The Motorola i1 will remain on Android 1.5, Moto says.

• Motorola Milestone XT720: Motorola has said its XT720 tablet phone won't be upgraded beyond its current 2.1 level.

• Samsung Behold II: Samsung has confirmed its Behold II handset won't be upgraded beyond Android 1.6.

• Samsung Moment: Like the HTC Hero, the Moment was given a no-go for Froyo and consequently isn't likely to receive Gingerbread.

• Sony Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro: Though it changed its mind on its upgrade stance for the Xperia X10, Sony says it's sticking to its guns with the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro; neither device is scheduled to receive the Android 2.3 upgrade. "We have had to prioritize our resources and have therefore focused on delivering the upgrade to Xperia X10," Sony says.

Android 2.3 Upgrade List: The Rest of the Phones

If a phone isn't listed here -- like the original Motorola Droid, for example -- it's likely because there just isn't much clear info available yet about its fate. Odds are, we'll soon be hearing more and more details with each passing week.

So set your bookmarks now: I'll continue updating this page as new information becomes available for any Android device. You can also follow @AndroidPower on Twitter to get notified by tweet when changes are made.

I can promise you one thing: This list will evolve quickly and frequently. Stay tuned.



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