You can have your doubts about when your phone maker will finally get around to delivering an Android 2.3
update (March if you're with HTC, June if Samsung, 2017 if you're unfortunate enough to own a Sony Ericsson), but the smartphone dev community doesn't work that slowly. The guys who build custom ROMs just for the sheer pride of it have already begun work on delivering Gingerbread to owners of HTC's EVO 4G
, Droid Eris
, and Wildfire
. It's all in the very nascent stages and warnings abound that you should only install these ROMs if you intend to contribute to the development process, but it does give us hope for a consumable new OS in the not so distant future. One thing that does look ready to be gobbled up, however, is Gingerbread's new software keyboard
-- you'll find the download and installation instructions at the Droid-Life
link below, just remember to bring your rooted Android phone along.