One of the most discussed topics among the Android community is the OS update policy of various hardware manufacturers. Even for actual smart phones it lasts very long until new firmware versions are available. For some smart phones these companies disclaim new major update releases.
Currently none of the major manufacturer has released an update to Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread). This includes also Googles Nexus One (still running Android 2.2). The only phone running Gingerbread is the Nexus S, but this phone was already shipped with Gingerbread.
The Android Community instead proves that it is possible to update a wide range of devices. Developers of the CyanogenMod projects introduced the first release candidate for CyanagenMod 7 which is an alternative firmware using Android 2.3.2.
Therefore the CyanogenMod project is faster than all commercial companies eventhough it is available for a wide range of devices, including Google Nexus One, Desire Z, Evo 4G, MyTouch 4G, etc. Beside Android 2.3 CynaogenMod includes several custom features, like the Theme-Engine, adapted from T-Mobile, music applications, lock screens and gestures support.
CyanogenMod 7.0 RC1 can be downloaded for free. The installation is very ease if the phone is already rooted. More detailed instructions for installation can be found in the related Wiki. A final version of CyanogenMod is expected within a few weeks.
(Warranty may be lost after installing a third-party firmware on your device)