T-Mobile G2 Final Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

Gingerbread 2.3 on HTC Tmobile G2

So, the Gingerbread build for the HTC T-Mobile G2 has been leaked to the T-Mobile Support Forum, by a member called Rodraf. He includes a full list of pro’s and con’s, as well as an installation guide so you can ensure yourself that you’re installing it the right way. We could assume this to do the real deal, because it’s the same Gingerbread version that has been seen on refurbished versions of the G2 lately. HTC says the update for T-Mobile G2 users to Gingerbread is over due. This reads exactly like the last update we received with a similar list of enhancements and firm over-the-air date sometime around August 1st. The G2 was T-Mobile’s first 4G phone and as such it has a special place in our hearts so we hope that the powers that be at HTC and T-Mobile don’t make G2 owners wait any longer.
As for manual update:
While the arrival date of Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2 has thus far eluded us, a newly leaked screenshot gives hope that we aren’t far off from seeing an official launch. According to this shot and word from the ninjas at HTC are preparing to send SD cards to T-Mobile retail stores in an effort to avoid unnecessary equipment exchanges and to help assist customers with software updates. While the card is good for the myTouch 4G, and myTouch 3G Slide. The HTC T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread update will have many fixes & enhancements.

The update should refine the UI to make it quicker and easier to use. Text input will be faster and more intuitive following the update which will also bring one-touch word selection and copy/paste to the G2. Battery life should be improved thanks to the changes in power management that come with the update,along with an easier way to manage apps on the phone. And the software update will bring a 3G/4G vs. H signal indicator.

T-Mobile Stores To Update Customer Phones Using SD Card.

As we can see in the image both an OTA and SD version will be available for G2 owners to upgrade their devices to Android 2.3

However, using instructions provided to retail store representatives the SD cards will be able to upgrade the customers device right in the store allowing them to walk in with one software and out with another. We see this as a scenario for customers who are either uncomfortable with the upgrade process, don’t know about it or suffering device trouble that an update might fix in lieu of a warranty exchange. Given that the G2 update will also be OTA we imagine an announcement from T-Mobile/HTC isn’t that far off considering this screenshot is already making its way through entail stores.

Here are some pros & cons

There’s a few cons about the leak like:

– No 3-button reset.

– Long pressing the camera button makes the phone vibrates.

– You cant root the phone once this is done. There’s no way to downgrade again to 2.2.

– Some people had reported problems with their backlight keyboard (I dont have any)

However, the pros outweighs the cons:

– Better radio (No, not AM/FM radio)

– Better audio codecs

– Faster boot up… (under 30 seconds on my phone)

– Faster response.

– Better GUI

– Bug Fix on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

We’re still piecing together some details regarding this information but hopefully for G2 owners this gives you a little piece of mind that the Gods at HTC haven’t abandoned us with our 4g phones.


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