Aug 10th, 2011

Due to bugs (and not so much due to a very misleading changelog), Kyocera had to delay the Gingerbread update for their dual-screen Android on Sprint. Whatever issues were still lingering around must be fixed up now, though, because it’s just about ready to pop out of the oven. Changes are the same as before – save for NFC and WiFi calling, of course.

[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.]

[Thanks Anthony!]

Android 2.3.4 upgrade (Gingerbread) features:

  • An upgrade to the Swype 3.0 virtual keypad, with Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List (predictive text)
  • An improved Downloads application, offering easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application
  • Pinch-to-zoom in Browser, Gallery, Maps, & Sprint Navigation

Eco Mode
A customized app from Kyocera that helps users manage battery life on their devices. User can pre-set a point (Based on percentage of battery charge remaining) at which their phones will go into low-power-consumption mode. When in Eco Mode, Echo automatically will change various settings – chosen by the user – to conserve power, including Screen Timeout, Display Brightness, Wallpaper, Auto-Sync, Haptic Feedback and Auto-Rotate Screen.*

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