T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread OTA Update Begins Today

Greeeeeeat news T-Mobile G2 owners as today is a magical day for you. That’s right I’m talking about a Gingerbread OTA update that begins today and will rollout over the next few weeks to all G2 owners. This has been a great week for T-Mobile Android owners who are finally seeing a long promised Gingerbread update arrive. Let’s just get right to the meat of this and tell you what’s in store:

  • Android 2.3.3
  • Google Books added
  • Notification color scheme is now black
  • New battery indicator, phone and web icons
  • Color-coded network icon and signal indicator
  • Pressing the power key on a call disables the proximity sensor
  • Wi-Fi improvements
  • New SMS and email notification improvements
  • Improvements to sending MMS from the Gallery

If you aren’t willing to wait for the OTA to come to you, you can try and go to it by using the following steps:

  1. Press the MENU key
  2. Tap SETTINGS
  3. Tap ABOUT PHONE
  4. Tap SYSTEM UPDATES

Note this line from the support document which I’m emphasizing in bold capital letters so people are sure to read it:

IMPORTANT: DO NOT CALL T-MOBILE TO RECEIVE THE UPDATE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1. THE TIMELINE FOR RECEIVING THE OTA CANNOT BE EXPEDITED. T-MOBILE CANNOT MANUALLY PUSH THE SOFTWARE TO CUSTOMERS WHO ASK TO RECEIVE IT. 

Hope you all got that last part!

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  • Travis Quiller

    New keyboard on 2.3.3 G2 sucks ass. The space bar is half the size it used to be.

  • TMoFan

    I updated to Gingerbread last week and since then my G2 has been randomly restarting and once in a while I’ll get no connection for a few seconds. Has anyone else have issues like this? And does anyone know how to revert back? Do I just do a factory reset?

    • Ben

      Shortly after upgrade my G2 started turning on car mode randomly going to speaker phone on and off, force close stopped it for a few seconds and then the same thing again.  I couldn’t use the keyboard to enter anything because car mode would come on and clear all the data I entered.  It got to the point where I couldn’t even enter a phone number.  Got a new G2 in the mail yesterday, I’m not going to upgrade to Gingerbread

      • abeke

        I had the same exact problem, and finally T-mobile is sending me a new phone in the mail as of today, because this update sucks big time I am not upgrading at all!

    • Smilekeith

      Yes, yes and yes. Even to #4 in arash’s comment above. On the touch screen the u and the b keys don’t even work.

  • Angelalvarado0311

    My phone over heats a lot after update and now won’t power.

  • Arash

    I hate this UPDATE. 
    1) Keyboard bacvklight doesnt turn on anymore making the phone useless to me
    2) Screen doesnt turn off when you put the phone to your ear to talk so you end up dialing numbers
    3) Screen doesnt turn back on when you remove the phone from your ear to hang up or dial and extension. This is the worse part. You have to push the power button and slide across to turn the screen on just to hang up.
    4) Screen is unresponsive  A LOT you have to push the power button on and off to make it work.
    5) Button E on the keyboard acts as shortcut button a lot of times but not all the time.
    6) When FORCECLOSE shows up there is no WAIT option anymore only TELL HTC (f*k HTC with their intrusive update and sneaking in the TELL HTC privacy issue)
    7) No way to downgrade, or very very difficult and large number of steps and hundreds of megabytes of SDK to download and install on your PC to downgrade including many steps you can do wrong and brick the phone.

  • sheesh-ka-bob

    I’m just adding my experience to the mix. I got the update ota, it didn’t change my settings, updated some apps, (I like the older versions of twitter and facebook better, after a month of experience) and my battery dies quickly just being on standby, (10 + % an hour, without much installed in addition to factory apps.) even with careful attention to what’s running in the background, etc. I got a new battery and later another phone, which is fine because it’s not updated yet. The update notification pops up all the time though and it’s annoying.I know once I update I’ll be back where I was. No one there knows the deeper cause, and I can’t believe after 2 months they don’t have an answer or solution. I don’t know who’s really to blame for the botch of a working and functional update, but I pay voice stream, uh, I mean t mobile monthly, so now they should give a crap about a fix or solution or additional update to fix the BS!
    Ha! It says the certificate from the site is from a untrusted source when trying to post this. Nice & ironic!