Last week we got our hands on the Sprint Playbook which indicated that the Kyocera Echo would be receiving a firmware update to Android 2.3. Accordingly, a page has now gone live on the official Kyocera Echo webpage confirming that an update to Android 2.3.4 is imminent. By the looks of the Echo webpage this update will bring some major features and enhancements to this unique device.


As indicated in the Playbook the update will include Swype 3.0 with "Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List" (i.e. predictive text), an improved "Downloads application", and the eponymous "Echo Mode" which is essentially an app to manage the device's battery. Additionally, the update will bring pinch-to-zoom to the browser, gallery, Maps, and Sprint Navigation apps.

However, what was not mentioned in the Playbook is that the update will also include support for near-field communications (NFC) technology and (presumably) free internet calling over a wireless network. Engadget correctly points out that no mention of a NFC chip was previously made by either Sprints or Kyocera and so the fact that the device will now be able to interact with "posters, advertisements, [and] products" using NFC technology is indeed a surprising and welcome addition.

Finally, according to Engadget, the update should be rolling out to users any time now. So, keep an eye on your Echo!

Source: Kyocera Echo via Engadget

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.


    Wi-Fi Calling??? Ummm hello, can I get some of that for my EVO?

    • derk

      it should be built into gingerbread. i think all they are referencing is the SIP functionality that was released with gingerbread. Its lame cause SIP droid can call over 3g ;)

  • jgalan14

    Is sad how the epic ie thunderbolt haven't get official gingerbread

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    People are missing the point on this one. This shows In my book how great sprint is when it comes to the update business. Every carrier has to have there own niche and trust me sprint is industry leading when it comes to the update game. I wish Echo owners well they deserve all they can get

  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin Ben Marvin

    I think a Sprint rep was quoted as saying the NFC and Wifi calling we're left over from a 2.3 spec sheet (nexus s maybe) and were premature for the Echo. I don't know if any Echo owners actually exists so I don't know who to ask to verify if the update actually brings those options.

  • fizil

    i would skip this update until they settle the bricking issue. saw 2 at work today.