August 1, 2011 | by Charles West
Sprint’s dual-screen smartphone called the Kyocera Echo will be getting its fix of Gingerbread today. The “Now Network” officially announced it is pushing out the Android 2.3 update as we speak.
The update brings the usual features that come along with Gingerbread, including a download manager app and improved performance, as well as the latest version of the Swype 3.0 keyboard with Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice list.
Also, within the update, comes Eco Mode, a built-in app that helps manage battery power life on the device. The user can 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.
For those of you out there who can’t wait for the OTA to pop up in your notification bar, there’s the easier option. To access the update, take these steps: From the home screen, press Menu > Settings > System Update > Update Android. This will initiate the upgrade process, and after that you should be golden.
Sprint and Kyocera did well to get the Echo onto Gingerbread, something that other carriers have yet to do despite having phones on the market for a longer period of time. It’s especially surprising since the Echo has not lit-up the sales charts. If you’ve received the update already please feel free to enlighten us with your opinions in the comment section below.