At the beginning of August, Kyocera Echo users on Sprint started receiving an update to bring their dual-screen Androids up to Gingerbread. Sadly, it looks like some more testing might have been in order, since once that update started going out, Echos started dying. When Sprint saw so many users bringing in bricked phones to its stores, it put a halt on the update’s distribution. Now, it looks like Kyocera and Sprint are making another go at it, with the updated update heading back out to users today.
The companies haven’t revealed just what the problem was with the first release that caused those bricks, but they assure users that the issue has been addressed. Now that the OTA is flowing again, they expect the Gingerbread update to hit all Echos within a few weeks’ time. We’ve seen reports of users who have installed the new update without major issue (even though the post-update phone displays the same 2.002SP software version as before), so we’re keeping out fingers crossed that things really have been fixed this time around.