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New ROMs give most Android phones a taste of Gingerbread

Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread is not yet officially available for devices, but a few ROMs have made their way onto the Internet to give you a sneak preview. You’ll need to have a rooted phone, but these ROMs quite literally give your Android phone a “taste” of the Gingerbread yet to come.

To be fair, these ROMs cannot really be used on a daily basis for your regular web browsing and mobile tweeting needs. Instead, they’re just the SDK. What this means is that some basic functions won’t work when you flash your phone with these ROMs.

On the bright side, while flashed and rooted, you’ll have the opportunity to see what Gingerbread will look like on your phone when it’s finally ready for some 2.3-flavored primetime. When you’re done previewing, flash it back to your old ROM and you’re as good as new again.

Among the Android phones that can get a Gingerbread preview are the Droid Eris, Evo, and HTC Incredible.

[Life Hacker]

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  • Lewis

    Ronny… the reason I rooted my phone is for the performance. Before I rooted my EVO, it was a little too laggy for me. Now with the rooted EVO, this is by gar the fastest handset I have used. Removed all the bloatware, overclocked my cpu so its fast when I use it, and saves battery when I don’t. BUT the main reason I rooted… was for FREE mobile hotspot using a wireless tether app.

  • xrahull

    I think theese roms are interesting and an awesome development!

  • Ronny

    why flash rom and root when you can wait 2 months and get the 2.3 ota update? dont be stupid people its not worth it. htc and sprint pushed out 2.2 in less than 2 months for the evo. htc has a pre released version of 2.3 that they had way before december 6th so they could work on it to be compatible with their phones and get a head start. gingerbread will be out for evo before march. probably early february