T-Mobile updates G2X and Radar 4G
T-Mobile planned out a pair of updates for key smartphones this week. It confirmed that it was restarting its Android 2.3 update for the G2X. Updates had gone properly for the LG phone before, but T-Mobile hoped to catch those who either missed the update or had bought phones that still had 2.2 after the 2.3 upgrades finished.
LG India said Optimus 2X won't get Android 4.0
The LG Optimus 2X may not ever get an official update to Android 4.0, LG India indicated through a response to a Facebook question. While the response has since been removed, a record of it remains and is embedded below. This also likely means the renamed version of the phone for T-Mobile, the G2X, won't get the update either.
List of supported devices slowly expands
Hulu has continued to slowly expand the list of Android devices supported by the company's Hulu Plus app. The latest release adds support for a variety of smartphones, including HTC's Incredible 2, EVO 3D and Sensation; Motorola's Droid 3, Bionic and X2; and LG's Revolution and G2X. Aside from the handsets, the app can also be accessed from HTC's Flyer tablet.
Public release follows internal distribution
T-Mobile has finally begun rolling out Android 2.3 updates for LG's G2x handsets, just in time to meet the company's commitment to a July release. Confirming earlier reports, T-Mobile suggests the Gingerbread release is claimed to bring improved battery life and enhancements to the front-facing camera operation when using Qik.
Public launch expected to follow internal pilot
T-Mobile has reportedly begun releasing an Android 2.3 update for the G2x, however the internal pilot program is currently said to be limited to the carrier's employees. A leaked screenshot posted on TmoNews suggests staff with the G2x will receive the Gingerbread update as an over-the-air download pushed to the handsets.
Price after rebate goes up $50 to $250
Last month, when T-Mobile first introduced its G2X smartphone, it carried a price tag of $200 with a two-year contract, after an instant rebate of $200, and a mail-in rebate of $50. Faced with supply problems, the wireless carrier has now increased the net price to $250.
T-Mobile G2X out of stock due to high demand?
The T-Mobile G2X is out of stock on the carrier's web store, with one TMoNews source claiming this is due to quality issues with the handset. T-Mobile, however, has denied the claim on Twitter and said the dual-core Android phone is facing "inventory constraints" due to "high demand." It claimed that it was working with the phone's maker, LG, to address the shortfall and hoped to have them return to normal in the coming weeks.
Specific date remains unclear
T-Mobile has finally narrowed its time-frame for bringing Android 2.3 to its G2X handsets. The information, which arrived as an official Twitter post from the carrier, follows a recent preview video that showed the device running Gingerbread with a new keyboard, copy-and-paste functionality, and optimizations that improve responsiveness and scrolling performance.
T-Mobile G2X Android 2.3 gets unofficial look
T-Mobile's promised Android 2.3 upgrade for the G2Xwas given an unofficial preview on Sunday showing what to expect. Along with the expected new keyboard, copy-paste text, and other 2.3.3 features, the dual-core phone gets visibly improved scrolling and touch responsiveness. This is my next also spotted working Wi-Fi calling and all the other preloaded T-Mobile apps carrying over, such as the Tegra Zone game browser.
LG makes ARM deals for Cortex-A15 and Mali video
LG early Tuesday showed its hand for some of its future mobile plans with licenses for a slew of high-speed ARM chips. Along with getting direct access to the Cortex-A9 MPCore it previously had to buy with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 in devices like the G-Slate and G2X as well as TI's OMAP chips, it now has design rights to the upcoming and much faster Cortex-A15. Its deal further landed ARM's Mali-T604 graphics and its CoreLink interconnect part.
Danish LG site promises Android 2.3 due in summer
The first indication from LG of when its dual-core Optimus 2X smartphone will get an upgrade of its Android OS came from the FAQ section of LG's Danish website. Currently running on Android 2.2 in markets outside of North America, the handset will reportedly get the Android 2.3 update either in June or July, the site promises. Whether this means all handsets will get the upgrade at that time, including the G2X due for T-Mobile, remains to be seen.
LG Optimus 2X now shipping at Expansys
UK-based electronics retailer Expansys is now offering the dual-core LG Optimus 2X smartphone for sale. The device uses NVIDIA's 1GHz Tegra 2 chip and is priced at £450 (about $722) without any associated contracts. To sweeten the deal, Expansys ships the phone with a £10 car charger. UK providers like T-Mobile, Vodafone and others offer it with contracts for free.
T-Mobile G2x alone wil support AT&T bands
The T-Mobile G2x is the first and only phone that, should the deal between AT&T and T-Mobile be approved, will support AT&T's 850 and 1,900MHz bands. It otherwise has support for T-Mobile's 3G/4G bands and the global roaming 2,100MHz frequency. AT&T plans to use T-Mobile AWS network for its future LTE-based 4G network.