By Stephen Schenck | October 5, 2011 12:41 PM
Casio launched its G’zOne Commando ruggedized Android back in April. With colorful accents and exposed screws, it almost looked more like a piece of hiking gear than a smartphone, or at least more so than traditional-looking ruggedized handsets like the Motorola Defy. While the smartphone doesn’t have top-of-the-line specs, its 800MHz processor and 512 of RAM are solid mid-tier components. The one thing you might have taken issue with at the time of the phone’s launch was the inclusion of Froyo; that’s all changing now with the release of the Commando’s Gingerbread update.
We’d forgive you for initially being skeptical about the Commando’s update prospects, not being too familiar with Casio and its attitude towards Android, but it looks like you’ll have nothing to worry about. Gingerbread’s on the hook for Commando system software C771M070, but that won’t be all; Casio’s throwing in a handful of device-specific bugfixes and improvements.
A problem with the phone’s proximity sensor has been corrected, so your screen should now properly dim when taking a call, and screen behavior has been tweaked for when the phone’s docked, as well. You can now read existing texts stored on your phone without automatically creating a new draft reply, and will get the option of adding a signature to texts. Casio doesn’t divulge the details of what’s changed, but it says users should notice less lag after updating; sounds good to us.
If you haven’t seen the update notification just yet, try your luck at manually checking for its availability.