After a few months of waiting, it looks like T-Mobile G2x owners will have a software update coming soon. The handset, built by LG, arrived on the scene back in April, pairing then cutting-edge hardware with the older Android 2.2 (s goog) version of software. On Thursday an XDA forum member noticed a downloadable update for the phone and has confirmed that it upgrades the software from Froyo (2.2) to Gingerbread (2.3). Although T-Mobile will eventually push out any updates over the air, LG’s software updater application can be used boost the G2x to Gingerbread.
When I tested out the G2x a few months ago, I said at the time it was the fastest T-Mobile phone yet. That’s because the dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 (s nvda) processor powered a stock Android interface; LG didn’t bog the phone down with many software customizations.
But some G2x owners have complained of random reboots — I’ve seen this myself from time to time — and other software or performance glitches. It seems as though the software is holding the hardware back, so hopefully, the firmware update addresses some of the current issues. I’d also like to see LG push out Android 2.3.4, and not 2.3.3, which is what this version is. Why? It’s seems a shame that the handset’s front facing camera can’t be used for Google Talk video chats, which requires Android 2.3.4.
Note that the stock camera interface, not LG’s custom app, is part of this ROM, so this may not be the final version. And the ROM will remove root access for those that have it. Regardless, the updated software will be welcome by those G2x owners that like to tinker or try new ROMs. If you have a G2x and would rather not wait for an over the air upgrade, Phandroid has a link to the software updater package, which runs on Microsoft Windows (s msft) computers.