Gingerbread Update for the T-Mobile G2 Starts Today


The T-Mobile G2 is one of my favorite Android-powered smartphones on the market today. It’s only drawback has been its lack of Android 2.3 Gingerbread (something I remedied by rooting and loading up CyanogenMod ROM).

Today, that’s about to change. According to a press release from T-Mobile, starting today G2 owners will begin to receive an OTA update to Android 2.3.3. The update will be rolled out in waves over the coming several weeks, and T-Mobile doesn’t want you bugging them to try and get the update sooner, but take heart in knowing that your update is on its way.

On a sad note, since the G2 has officially been deemed “end-of-life”, this is likely the last update the G2 will be getting.

On July 27, T-Mobile G2 devices will begin to receive an Over-The-Air (OTA) update to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). The update will roll out to customers in waves over the coming weeks.

The update provides the following enhancements and improvements.

New features:

Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)

Tell HTC

Google Books added

Notification bar color scheme is changed to black

New battery indicator, phone, and web icons

Color-coded network icon and signal indicator added. Green when connected to Google servers. Grey when not connected.

Pressing the power key while on a call disables the proximity sensor

Fixed or improved issues:

Wi-Fi calling improvements

New SMS and email notification improvements

Improvements to sending MMS from the Gallery

Your phone will show a notification when you have received the update. Alternately, to check if your phone has the update, follow these steps:

From Home screen, press the Menu key.

Tap Settings.

Tap About Phone.

Tap System Updates.

Important: Do NOT call T-Mobile to receive the update before September 1 (2011). The timeline for receiving the OTA cannot be expedited. T-Mobile cannot manually push the software to customers who ask to receive it.

Do you own a G2? Let us know when you get your update in the comments below!

Source: T-Mobile

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.