T-Mobile Officially Announces Gingerbread For The G2x, Devil Buys Jacket To Stay Warm

In what can only be described as the single most amazing event in the history of the T-Mobile G2x on T-Mobile, Gingerbread is now officially officially available. It has of course been unofficially available for a few days for those willing to go at on their own. T-Mobile has indicated what changes one can expect from the G2x with Gingerbread:

  • Improved battery life
  • Improved front-facing camera operation when using Qik record and share
  • Improved disabling Car Home
  • Helps address unexpected reboots

We hope that while T-Mobile isn’t talking about it, this update also addresses a number of the issues that were so prominent in the G2x being taken off the shelf in the first place.

If you want to see the fixes with really pretty pictures you can check out our post from yesterday.

T-Mobile Support Site

LG Website (Get Gingerbread now!!)

It’s hot enough this summer to bake Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2x! That’s right – it’s here! http://goo.gl/0HpVe
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  • Hslxsmd

     as of last night i have froze/rebooted 5 times within hours after the update. I then thought it might be launcher pro plus. I have had no issues since i turned launcher pro plus off. any others have issues with launcher pro/g2x gingerbread?

  • Velanche Stewart

    Just to keep people in the loop…

    I’ve received a replacement G2X a few days ago. I’ve experienced reboots and crashes since (several times a day for battery pulls). 

    I’ve spoken with T-Mobile several times, and have spoken with LG several times. I’m currently unable to use the LG Mobiel Update because I get a message that my software is the latest version. LG says that the software being pushed out was not official. I have version V10f, and the updater’s software version for my phone was match.

    Back to T-Mobile, who told me that the rollouts are going out by IMEI number, but that she didn’t had access to a list of IMEI groups or dates. She did mention that it would be sometime between now and August 10th that I would get my update.

    I will be patient; again, just wanted to keep people here informed of the goings-on.

  • bbsher

    i don’t have a twitter :( 

    what’s LG’s twitter page? 
    i’m a twitter newbieee ><

  • Dp4609

    So the ota began its wonderful journey, downloading the update to my phone yesterday morning…until it reached 79%…And from there, became unresponsive for an hour. Never moved past 79% and I couldn’t cancel the download. So try to guess what happens next…It’s no brain buster, not by a long shot…The phone freezes up and reboots randomly. I thought that “hey maybe the percentage thing just got screwy and it finished downloading, and now its installing my holiday cookie os. Nope, still left in the cold with my frozen yogurt. Now when I try to update the phone through settings. It says I have the current version, and the only thing that got updated was the market layout. After I figured maybe restarting the phone, then later factory resetting it would lead for the servers to recognize that in fact froyo is not gingy. I’ve got an original g2x at time of when it originally came out with minimal screen bleed. So I’d imagine if the updating is going by imei number I shouldn’t have to wait long at all, which originally I didn’t but now do. My question is: Has anyone else had a problem with downloading and trying to restart the update? And if so how did you get around the “current version” bull honky if you even did?

  • Dp4609

    So the ota began its wonderful journey, downloading the update to my phone yesterday morning…until it reached 79%…And from there, became unresponsive for an hour. Never moved past 79% and I couldn’t cancel the download. So try to guess what happens next…It’s no brain buster, not by a long shot…The phone freezes up and reboots randomly. I thought that “hey maybe the percentage thing just got screwy and it finished downloading, and now its installing my holiday cookie os. Nope, still left in the cold with my frozen yogurt. Now when I try to update the phone through settings. It says I have the current version, and the only thing that got updated was the market layout. After I figured maybe restarting the phone, then later factory resetting it would lead for the servers to recognize that in fact froyo is not gingy. I’ve got an original g2x at time of when it originally came out with minimal screen bleed. So I’d imagine if the updating is going by imei number I shouldn’t have to wait long at all, which originally I didn’t but now do. My question is: Has anyone else had a problem with downloading and trying to restart the update? And if so how did you get around the “current version” bull honky if you even did?

  • Dp4609

    So the ota began its wonderful journey, downloading the update to my phone yesterday morning…until it reached 79%…And from there, became unresponsive for an hour. Never moved past 79% and I couldn’t cancel the download. So try to guess what happens next…It’s no brain buster, not by a long shot…The phone freezes up and reboots randomly. I thought that “hey maybe the percentage thing just got screwy and it finished downloading, and now its installing my holiday cookie os. Nope, still left in the cold with my frozen yogurt. Now when I try to update the phone through settings. It says I have the current version, and the only thing that got updated was the market layout. After I figured maybe restarting the phone, then later factory resetting it would lead for the servers to recognize that in fact froyo is not gingy. I’ve got an original g2x at time of when it originally came out with minimal screen bleed. So I’d imagine if the updating is going by imei number I shouldn’t have to wait long at all, which originally I didn’t but now do. My question is: Has anyone else had a problem with downloading and trying to restart the update? And if so how did you get around the “current version” bull honky if you even did?

  • meh

    I tried using the LG Updater last week and that bricked my phone (probably my fault for not making sure I had all the drivers needed). Went to the store on Friday and they offered to replace. Received replacement on Monday. My original G2X was flawless, I loved it. The replacement felt faster for whatever reason but it has noticeable screen bleed. When I say noticeable I mean I can notice it, no one else can.

    So Tuesday I read this article and my heart sinks because I know refurbs have issues with being identified by the updater tool (“current version” crap) and waiting for OTA sucks. Had I been patient I could still have my original phone and maybe been OTA updated by now.

    So I headed over to XDA and read and read and read. I was against rooting/flashing/modding (thought “hey my phone is stock and I like it like that”). I figured if I had rooted, flashed a recovery, and then tried updating I wouldn’t have had any issues cause if it got stuck updating i could boot into recovery and get my phone back. So instead of waiting for OTA I followed some simple directions and, voila! I’m running GB. Phone is snappier, faster, more responsive. My battery life was good before now is better. Only complaint would be the screen bleed but I can live with that (even though I shouldn’t cause I paid a premium for this phone).

    Would I buy another LG phone? Probably not. Am I happy with the carrier? Not really. TMO/LG dropped the ball with this phone. Too bad cause it’s really an awesome phone.

  • Jordan Wight

    I wish I had not updated my phone. Now the UI is less smooth, more jumpy, it freezes a lot, and the app drawer doesn’t work-at all. I updated my rooted phone via usb to my PC.

  • Jordan Wight

    I wish I had not updated my phone. Now the UI is less smooth, more jumpy, it freezes a lot, and the app drawer doesn’t work-at all. I updated my rooted phone via usb to my PC.

    • http://twitter.com/Rjz2685 Rj Zarate

      i had similar problems too.  Then i factory reset my phone and its back to being awesome!  Try that… 

    • http://twitter.com/Rjz2685 Rj Zarate

      i had similar problems too.  Then i factory reset my phone and its back to being awesome!  Try that… 

  • O.O.

    Any Houston, Tx G2x owner with gingerbread? 

  • O.O.

    Any Houston, Tx G2x owner with gingerbread? 

  • Swaggaboystackz

    Anymore people from new york got the update

    • Will_Blake

      i did a factory reset on my phone, and clicked the software update button in the settings and it was there. I’ve had it for almost a week now, in Brooklyn NY

  • Swaggaboystackz

    Anymore people from new york got the update

  • Swaggaboystackz

    Anymore people from new york got the update

  • Caplive

    I did the LG update,went very well and now better battery life and no reboots,so far,:)

  • O>O

    @ Caplive, was your phone ever rooted before you updated it?

  • Swaggaboystackz

    Im gettin soo tired of waitin for this ota man can somebody tell me what it looks like when u get the update

    • MrMr

      Ditto. Still waiting.. 

  • O>O

    Just did my update over 4g and it works really good. It seems a lot faster and I am really loving the green and black theme. Houston, Tx 

  • O>O

    Just did my update over 4g and it works really good. It seems a lot faster and I am really loving the green and black theme. Houston, Tx 

  • O>O

    Just did my update over 4g and it works really good. It seems a lot faster and I am really loving the green and black theme. Houston, Tx 

  • Gator

    The new update for the camera looks a lot better in my opinion.  it seems to move faster on video than it did on froyo and it much smoother.  This is definitely a big improvement.

    • http://twitter.com/Mike_N42 Mike F

      Apparently you never used the LG Camera app, so let me give you a rundown of why the new one sucks. Although you may like the UI, which I guess is subjective, I don’t see a reason for them to put borders around the screen and waste that space with unnecessary UI elements.  At 8mp, Superfine quality the images the Gingerbread app is saving are a little over 1mb jpgs. The LG camera app saved them as 4.5 mb jpgs. I regularly had people commenting about how good the photos coming out of my phone were (for a phone.. I use a Canon 5d MkII and have no delusions that a phone camera can compare even to a decent point-and-shoot). 

      The photos from the Gingerbread camera app are garbage compared to the LG app. Maybe all they really need to do is use less agressive jpg compression in Gingerbread.

  • D2broker

    My camera now suck! We need to complain to  get the camera back in the next update. why would they change  it to such lame looking camera? This update sucks! 

  • Daniel Dumandan

    can we get an article on this camera problem please.  the gingerbread camera is nowhere near as good as the stock LG cam that was on.  FFC is terrible now, mad grainy.  much less options all around. camera out of date with update.

  • Anonymous

    I’m running CM7 on my phone. My 2 brothers running rooted stock 2.2 (I did it for them). Just wondering will they get update from T-mobile OTA, or I have to update it manually? I asked my brother a couple time but he said didn’t get any message from Tmobile yet.

  • Anonymous

    Just received my new FREE G2X yesterday and configured it like I did my Nexus One. No reboots, not issues at all. Battery life isn’t quite as good as my Nexus One on android 2.3.4 but it’s fine. Thus far it’s one sweet machine. I set it to WCDMA only and my battery is at 86% after just under 6 hrs of light use today with a live wallpaper, and the CELL STANDBY is at 14%. Prior to setting it to WCDMA only, cell standby would be 22-28% approx. After first day of setting up and using it more than usual, it was at about 30% battery after about 10 hours. For those doing the update, do a factory reset right after the update is completely done. Before you add your apps back in.  Not all your apps will be listed in MY APPS in the market so make a list of them so you can hunt down those that didn’t populate MY APPS in the store. I have many apps (mainstream) like Dropbox, Note Everything, etc. and no issues at all. Mine was upgraded by T Mobile or LG and given me as a free upgrade with Gingerbread already installed. Maybe that’s the best way to go? I used the previous LG camera UI and seem to recall you could zoom photos or video while shooting with the volume rocker. Androids UI doesn’t do this, and that is one feature I miss. I like the border so I know what is in the shot vs outside the shot window. Otherwise, it’s fine….I use a real camera when it really really matters. I thought the camera was quick in its focus and shoot so very pleased with the G2X thus far. I had returned the first one due to screen bleed….not worried about this one at all as yet. 

  • Anonymous

    Just received my new FREE G2X yesterday and configured it like I did my Nexus One. No reboots, not issues at all. Battery life isn’t quite as good as my Nexus One on android 2.3.4 but it’s fine. Thus far it’s one sweet machine. I set it to WCDMA only and my battery is at 86% after just under 6 hrs of light use today with a live wallpaper, and the CELL STANDBY is at 14%. Prior to setting it to WCDMA only, cell standby would be 22-28% approx. After first day of setting up and using it more than usual, it was at about 30% battery after about 10 hours. For those doing the update, do a factory reset right after the update is completely done. Before you add your apps back in.  Not all your apps will be listed in MY APPS in the market so make a list of them so you can hunt down those that didn’t populate MY APPS in the store. I have many apps (mainstream) like Dropbox, Note Everything, etc. and no issues at all. Mine was upgraded by T Mobile or LG and given me as a free upgrade with Gingerbread already installed. Maybe that’s the best way to go? I used the previous LG camera UI and seem to recall you could zoom photos or video while shooting with the volume rocker. Androids UI doesn’t do this, and that is one feature I miss. I like the border so I know what is in the shot vs outside the shot window. Otherwise, it’s fine….I use a real camera when it really really matters. I thought the camera was quick in its focus and shoot so very pleased with the G2X thus far. I had returned the first one due to screen bleed….not worried about this one at all as yet. 

  • zps

    still no OTA update.   most likely i’m only buying nexus androids after this.   pure fail, t-mobile and lg.  

    • Infonaught

      It’s rolling out in waves. If you haven’t got it yet, you will soon.

      • zps

        when?  this wait is ludicrous.  

    • Infonaught

      It’s rolling out in waves. If you haven’t got it yet, you will soon.

  • Demj1308

    its now august 5th and still no update for me, called customer support and they said there not even sure if the ota update is still being done, anyone else still waiting ?

    • Swaggaboystackz

      The same goes for me im still waitin and I also called tmobile and they keep sayin I gotta wait for the OTA soo annoyin

      • MrMr

        Yup. Same here (in Seattle, next to T-Mobile’s headquarters… *sigh* )

    • zps

      SAME.  los angeles user, and VERY frustrated.  the communication from t-mobile is appallingly bad.  why buy anything but a nexus phone with experiences like this.

  • Demj1308

    its now august 5th and still no update for me, called customer support and they said there not even sure if the ota update is still being done, anyone else still waiting ?

  • zps

    finally bit the bullet and upgraded with the LG tool.  worked fine.  took about 10 minutes.  the new camera app sucks hard.  such a shame to lose that great froyo cam app.  damn.  

    • zps

      holy crap does gingerbread look better, though.

  • Antoinette

    i upgraded to gingerbread,but i agree with A LOT of people…this camera,front facing especially really sucks bad! Grainy pics. I want my 2.2 camera back. Even taking pics,forget taking any at night,can’t see a damn thing…help!!

  • Velanche Stewart

    I’m writing an update about my G2X tales. I’m planning to blog about my overall experience, but here’s the gist of my story. 

    A replacement G2X was delivered to my home last Monday because I wasn’t able to get the Gingerbread update to fix the crashes and reboots on the previous device; the replacement has Gingerbread installed. The first evening was all cool. I installed a number of third-party apps, and asides from an unexpected reboot, the phone held steady. 

    The next day, everything fell apart: the reboots and weird sleep modes happened again, a few times the home screen displayed nothing but the wallpaper, and when I was able to get the home screen up, all of my widgets were broken. 

    Shortly after I’ve done a factory reset so that I can make the phone usable with just the bare minimum, I called T-Mobile, told them I had it, and I was being shipped a G2. I called late afternoon here on the West Coast, meaning that the overnight shipping was going to be a two-day affair. 

    Yet, a funny thing happened: for those 48 hours of waiting, the phone was the most stable it’s ever been. I had a few third-party apps installed too, and absolutely no problems sprang up. Curious, I called LG’s tech support. I had a really good convo with the rep, who told me that the main reason that most of the G2X phones freaked out has to do with compatibility issues with some third-party software. He said that yes, Google did pull out a number of bad apps, but with over 300,000 apps in the Android Market, it’s not an easy thing to find out which apps didn’t play nice with others, or with other software, or even with the handset. He said that T-Mobile knows about this issue, and doesn’t understand why this is not passed on to G2x customers. 

    He’s asked me to pass on some advice, which is sound. So here it is: start with the stock install, and add one app at a time and wait for two days (I’d say even 24 hours would be fine). If your phone holds up, add another; if not, then the app may be a bad apple. Remove it, and see if the issue clears up. It might be a laborious process, and I dare say that there are apps that you can trust and know are rock solid and stable enough that you can go ahead and add without testing anyway, but it’s a good first step to find out if it’s a phone issue or a software issue. Granted, there has been some hardware issues that have been known, but I think this is an approach worth trying for G2X users. 

    Now that I’ve done it, it’s been four days with a number of third-party apps running and no glitches. I did had problems when I randomly tried T-Mobile TV (it rebooted my phone), but I know what not to use. 

    I hope this helps some of you; otherwise, this is potentially a great handset. Don’t give up easily, if you can help it.