T-Mobile G2 owners have been waiting for quite some time for their upgrade to Gingerbread and it appears that one guy waited long enough as he has released an official version of T-Mobile’s Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update, the same update that has been apparently shipping out with refurbished G2 devices.
Now, before you get too excited, one, this might not be the build that T-Mobile rolls out so if you download it, do so with that in mind. However, because this is the software that T-Mobile has rolled out with the refurb devices, this is likely going to be the real deal. And two, there are some cons to installing the update this way:
- No 3-botton reset.
- Long pressing the camera buttom makes the phone vibrates.
- You cant root the phone once this is done. There’s no way to downgrade again to 2.2.
- Some people had reported problems with their backlight keyboard (I dont have any)
Fortunately, there are also some pros that go along with those cons and you might find them to outweigh the negative aspects of this update:
- Better radio (No, not AM/FM radio)
- Better audio codecs
- Faster boot up… (under 30 seconds on my phone)
- Faster response.
- Better GUI
- Bug Fix on bluetooth and Wifi.
Still interested? Well, here are the instructions for all of you G2 owners out there who have been starving for some Gingerbread:
- Download the file.
- Save it on you SD card on the Root, not on a folder.
- turn your device off and then on by holding power on and volume button together. This will boot you into t-Mobile G2 bootloader.
- once your device boots into the bootloader, it will automatically search and detect PC10IMG.ZIP file. Please remain patient as this can take some time.
- Once it detects and scans the file, you will need to press the volume up button on your phone to restore you device. This will again take 5 to 10 minutes so patience is advised. During this process, the phone will reboot and and resume installation of stock firmware.
- Once the flashing / installation is complete, press the power button in order to reboot.
- Once you have completed all these steps, connect your phone again to the computer, mount SD card and delete PC10IMG.ZIP file.
That’s it. Keep in mind that you can’t root this phone if you upgrade, so that’s another thing to keep in mind before you upgrade. But if everything looks good to you and you decide to take the plunge, do let us know how it goes.
Via: Android Police