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Difference Between Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Android 2.3.2 (OTA)

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) vs Android 2.3.2 (OTA)

With the release of many phones that are running Google’s Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, it is inevitable that people would bump into bugs that were previously unknown. This is common in all software, and most companies release minor updates to correct the issues. This is the big difference between Android 2.3 and Android 2.3.3. 2.3 is the latest version while 2.3.2 is the minor update to fix a problem.

The problem that Android 2.3.2 seems to be addressing is the SMS bug that many people encountered in Android 2.3. After extended use of the handset, the SMS you send will not always get sent to the person you intend it to. This is problematic as you are not sure if the person you need to contact got the message or if a confidential message went to someone who doesn’t need to know. With Android 2.3.2, you can rest assured that the message was sent correctly unless you made a mistake, of course.

Another key difference between the two is how you get it. Android 2.3.2 is pushed by carriers OTA (Over The Air). You simply get a prompt to install the patch, and once you’ve confirmed it, the phone would download the patch and install it on your phone. This is not the case with Android 2.3 as it is a major release. If you have Android 2.2 (Froyo), you need to manually have your phone updated to Gingerbread if and when the manufacturer of your phone releases a Gingerbread update. It is also possible to install Android 2.3.2 manually, but you do need some technical know-how to achieve this. It is simply better to just wait for your carrier to push the update to your phone and do it from there.

Summary:

Android 2.3 is the latest version for smartphones while Android 2.3.2 is just a minor patch.
Android 2.3.2 fixes the SMS bug found in Android 2.3.
Android 2.3.2 is sent directly to the phone while Android 2.3 is not.


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