Apr 10 AT 9:51 AM Edgar Cervantes 28 Comments

T-Mobile G2 expected to have a Gingerbread update soon

A few days ago, JR Raphael, from Computer World (Android Power), treated us with a nice, long list of devices that were expected to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as well as the ones that weren’t, and the maybes. After re-posting his work here, at Android and Me, it came to my attention that some of you were asking why the T-Mobile G2 was not on the list.

The device is actually the HTC Desire Z, which actually was on the list, but it goes with the name of T-Mobile G2 in the United States. For those that prefer to have specific information about the U.S. version, JR Raphael has actually posted an article stating that the G2 will, in fact, get a 2.3 upgrade within the second quarter of 2011, and he has also updated the information on his upgrade list.

The details on the G2′s update came to Raphael via an HTC spokesperson, which makes this information reasonably legitimate. We know that these “I was told by an employee who’s name I can’t disclose” news can be a bit shady, and sometimes not very accurate, so let’s just sit tight and wait to see what happens. For now, this is something to cheer your day and get your spirits back up, G2 users.

Via: Phandroid

Source: ComputerWorld (Android Power)

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  • http://Website Skythe

    Desire Z and G2 are very different phones software-wise though, there’s Sense vs. Stock Android = they’d have to essentially release the upgrade for 2 phones.

    • http://Website Gay2

      G2 is an old obsolete shitphone!

      • http://Website Paul

        Shit phone? My G2 is running CM7 for months now, is overclocked to 1.5ghz stable with no voltage mods, runs just about anything I throw at it, it’s keyboard rocks, it’s stable as hell. My G2 will run circles around most Android phones. I love my G2. I think I’ll hold out for a Tegra 3 before I upgrade, no sense in jumping to dual core just yet, there’s not really any apps that I can’t run.

      • http://www.brandon-dean.com BrandonJD

        The G2 actually runs smoother than many phones with faster processors. You can seriously put it up against the user experience of most the high end phones right now, and if no one told you, you would think it had the high clock speed.

        I love mine, and despite newer phones being out, I go into the store, and my phone still feels snappier than many of the high end.

        Stock android + Really good build quality (aluminum and soft touch plastic) = a really good phone I dont mind having for a while.

    • http://Website Gay2

      G2 is an old obsolete shitphone!!

  • http://Website StarMoogle

    You could just root your phone and get Gingerbread now for any version of the G2… Like you’ve been able to for months. Stock or Sense versions, because open source gives you that freedom and by all means you should use it.

  • http://Website Trollhater

    Not too sure about what monumental upgrades gingerbread will have over froyo. Nonetheless it’s welcome.

    • http://Website StarMoogle

      Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) supports the following features in addition to existing 2.2 features:

      New user interface design with new themes (Black themes save power)

      Extra Large Screen Size supported

      SIP Communication Supported (SIP Video and Audio Calling, In an operator point of view, this is feature will decrease their voice calling revenue where as user can call each other for lower rates or even free if they have good data connection)

      Supports for NFC (High Frequency High Speech Data Transfer in short range)

      Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding

      New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost

      Improved Copy and Paste functionality

      Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard

      Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers

      New sensors support (i.e gyroscope)

      Download manager for long running HTTP downloads

      Enhanced support for native code

      Improved power management and application control

      Support for multiple cameras

      Not sure what counts as monumental, but this is what it has that Froyo didn’t quite have.

      • http://Website Trollhater

        Wow. I’d say all of that qualifies as monumental. Thnx 4 the info.

      • http://Website Paul

        Well when you apply it to the G2 specifically, it’s not crazy monumental, but worth having. Why?

        - New user interface design with new themes (Black themes save power)
        Yeah it’s slick, but nothing theming Froyo couldn’t do.

        - Extra Large Screen Size supported
        G2 has a standard 3.7″ screen size, same as Nexus One.

        - SIP Communication Supported (SIP Video and Audio Calling, In an operator point of view, this is feature will decrease their voice calling revenue where as user can call each other for lower rates or even free if they have good data connection)
        They reviewed this on several SIP forums and providers and deemed it to be severely lacking versus alternatives like SIPDroid. When I use SIP on my G2 running 2.3 Gingerbread via CM7, I still use SIPdroid. SIP integration is in it’s early stages still.

        - Supports for NFC (High Frequency High Speech Data Transfer in short range)
        G2 doesn’t have a NFC chip so doesn’t apply.

        - Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding
        Now that’s a nice feature to have.

        - New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost
        Again, a nice feature.

        - Improved Copy and Paste functionality
        Yeah I do like how 2.3 handles copy/paste better. Again, a nice feature.

        - Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
        Hmm, haven’t really tested this feature. Good feature I guess.

        - Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers
        Kewl enough. But ‘stock 2.3′ on G2 would mean CPU is limited to 800mhz, not sure how well it’ll do games. OC’ing is nice though.

        - New sensors support (i.e gyroscope)
        Invalid. G2 doesn’t have these extra sensors.

        - Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
        Good feature to have.

        - Enhanced support for native code
        Not sure what this means for the end user.

        - Improved power management and application control
        You mean the stock power widget?

        - Support for multiple cameras
        Invalid, G2 only has 1 camera.

        Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still a definite upgrade to Froyo and a step in the right direction and I’ve been running it for some time. I like the ext4 support and such on the backend. But if I HAD to roll back to Froyo, I wouldn’t miss it too much. I’ve been considering trying a SenseUI ROM based on Froyo instead of using CM7. If 2.3 was that much better I would never considering going back to Froyo; But I see they’ve got SenseUI based ROM’s using Gingerbread now. 2.1 to 2.2 was a big leap due to the JIT and such. 2.2 was a smaller step.

  • http://Website Bob

    So im guessing the MTHD isnt getting upgraded?

  • JackkiH

    YAY!!

  • AME

    “…get your spirits back up, G2 users.”

    -Is the G2 bad or something? I’ve only heard good things about it.

    • http://Website Paul

      The G2 is a great phone. I left my Nexus One for the G2 and haven’t looked back. I have yet to be so wowed by a new phone that I considered leaving my G2. Solid performer, great features, lots of support from the hacking community, etc.

      • http://Website Trollhater

        Well i now have all of the information i need about gingerbread thnx to these well informed comments. I agree with u that the G2 is a very good phone. It’s well beyond my expectations. Please don’t fall into Gay2s trap to entice an argument.

      • http://Website Trollhater

        The G2 is a very good device. Well beyond my expectations. Now that i know what gingerbread has to offer, it’ll only get better. Don’t fall into Gay2s’ trap to entice an argument. He knows not what he speaks.

  • http://Website Mark

    YES!!! I was starting to feel down thinking that this phone would never receive it. I just wish Google wouldn’t announce these new updates until they were fully ready to be deployed in like a week or so. Gingerbread was announced nearly 4 months ago. Yikes! That’s a long time in the mobile world.

    • http://Website Frank

      I’d rather have Google take their time and making sure the G2 receives a great, bug less build of Gingerbread specifically for this phone. 4 months is not bad imo. Anything past six months and that would be something to be frustrated about. Remember even the Nexus S had it’s learning curve so in essence that was the guinea pig for 2.3. Now the G2 will be gracing a proper more updated 2.3. Gotta look at things from the bright side buddy ;)

  • http://Website Trollhater

    4give me 4 the near identical comments. Ttly new 2 this.

  • http://www.brandon-dean.com BrandonJD

    I have no complaints with my G2. I upgraded from a CLIQ, and I used to be constantly bellyaching about when would the update come. That was because the CLIQ’s software SUCKED and I was wanting anything to make the piece of crap more useable.

    My G2 on the otherhand has been a dream. Never freezes or hangs, despite what I do on it. I havent even really been concerning myself with whether it would get an update, since it already came with froyo, and most phones are still trying to upgrade to that! Many of the features of Gingerbread arent quite as dramatic as the ones added in froyo, so I am a happy camper either way, update or not.

  • RonWeez

    I have been a loyal android fan since my g1 but at this point I can’t take it anymore. It’s clear that Google has more than a little work to do to make android as reliable as the iphone. I mean after own the nexus s “Google’s phone” I’m pissed this shit freezes cuts off on its owns and reboots. You want my money and you want me to have the full “Google experience” but your phone is shit. Its unusuable ill put it Down for five minutes and it will cut off and require a battery pull. I love android but its time to be honest. Its nowhere near optimal using ability. Sad to say this bit I’m going to apple until android is usuable in my opinion. Sorry but I needed to vent

    • http://Website Paul

      You put it down for minutes and it will cut off and require a battery pull? Do you think this reflects everybody’s Android experience? Everyone with a Nexus One has this same issue and Google’s done nothing about it? Or is it more likely that there’s something wrong with your specific Nexus One or some SW combination you are using to make the device unstable, and it’s more of an isolated incident and to blame Google for making a crappy OS is a little harsh?

      I’ve owned a G1, a Nexus One, a G2 and my wife’s had a Cliq and a Behold II and then a MyTouch 3G Slide. None of them have frozen or cut off excessively. Mine has done it a few times over the course of 6-8 months but that’s most likely due to the crazy things I do with my phone like running hacked firmware’s and ROM’s that are still in beta status and also maybe due to me overclocking my phone and such, but with all the crazyness I do to my phone, the damn thing is fairly stable all things considered.

      I would suggest using warranty on your Nexus One, or selling it on EBay and picking up another phone, go with the G2, you’ll then see what a well behaved phone running Android can do for you.

      • RonWeez

        1st you obviously didnt read my post… i have a nexus s 2nd its not only my device cause ive checked tmobile forums and nexus s forums and there are plenty of people with the same problem and this is my second NExus s so its not just my device its most of the Nexus s phones out there. and ive had over 20 android phones and about 15 of them have had a serious problem. so please dont tell me its not android. check some forums for yourself the NExus S is a failure. its not even useable. i still have my BEst buy insurance but thats no the point i want a different phone because thats twice this phone has failed. like i said its the OS or lack of attention to detail my the manufacturers but either way Google should have done a better job since this is THEIR PHONE. PIECE OF SHIT SERIOUSLY AND IT HURTS ME TO SAY THAT

        • http://Website Frank

          It hurts ALL of us to hear you spaz out about Android, then when someone here on androidandme gives you some pointers you have an attitude and continue to b!tch some more. So please do us all a big favor stfu, get an iPhone & be happy with Steve Jobs fingering you!

  • http://Website ANNA-MARIA90

    i SWITCHED TO IPHONE 3GS LATELY AND I NEVER LOOKED BACK!
    THE IPHONE 3GS IS INCREDIBLE

    • http://Website Frank

      Good for you..(pat on the back)..now why the F&*% are you even in here?!! Here let me guide you out here..(swift hard kick to the @ss & out the door)… http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=201 Bye bye!

      • RonWeez

        thats funny that you think he gave me “pointers” cause i didnt see any. theres no way around the fact that Googles phone is a piece of shit

        • http://www.tumalditamadre.net Tu Maldita Madre

          So if 15 of 20 Android phones have given you problems, why continue to use it? If 75% of my phones had a serious problem, I would look into something else.

  1. SkytheGuest 4 years ago

    Desire Z and G2 are very different phones software-wise though, there’s Sense vs. Stock Android = they’d have to essentially release the upgrade for 2 phones.

    • Gay2Guest 4 years ago

      G2 is an old obsolete shitphone!

      • PaulGuest 4 years ago

        Shit phone? My G2 is running CM7 for months now, is overclocked to 1.5ghz stable with no voltage mods, runs just about anything I throw at it, it’s keyboard rocks, it’s stable as hell. My G2 will run circles around most Android phones. I love my G2. I think I’ll hold out for a Tegra 3 before I upgrade, no sense in jumping to dual core just yet, there’s not really any apps that I can’t run.

      • BrandonJDGuest 4 years ago

        The G2 actually runs smoother than many phones with faster processors. You can seriously put it up against the user experience of most the high end phones right now, and if no one told you, you would think it had the high clock speed.

        I love mine, and despite newer phones being out, I go into the store, and my phone still feels snappier than many of the high end.

        Stock android + Really good build quality (aluminum and soft touch plastic) = a really good phone I dont mind having for a while.

    • Gay2Guest 4 years ago

      G2 is an old obsolete shitphone!!

  2. StarMoogleGuest 4 years ago

    You could just root your phone and get Gingerbread now for any version of the G2… Like you’ve been able to for months. Stock or Sense versions, because open source gives you that freedom and by all means you should use it.

  3. TrollhaterGuest 4 years ago

    Not too sure about what monumental upgrades gingerbread will have over froyo. Nonetheless it’s welcome.

    • StarMoogleGuest 4 years ago

      Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) supports the following features in addition to existing 2.2 features:

      New user interface design with new themes (Black themes save power)

      Extra Large Screen Size supported

      SIP Communication Supported (SIP Video and Audio Calling, In an operator point of view, this is feature will decrease their voice calling revenue where as user can call each other for lower rates or even free if they have good data connection)

      Supports for NFC (High Frequency High Speech Data Transfer in short range)

      Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding

      New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost

      Improved Copy and Paste functionality

      Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard

      Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers

      New sensors support (i.e gyroscope)

      Download manager for long running HTTP downloads

      Enhanced support for native code

      Improved power management and application control

      Support for multiple cameras

      Not sure what counts as monumental, but this is what it has that Froyo didn’t quite have.

      • TrollhaterGuest 4 years ago

        Wow. I’d say all of that qualifies as monumental. Thnx 4 the info.

      • PaulGuest 4 years ago

        Well when you apply it to the G2 specifically, it’s not crazy monumental, but worth having. Why?

        - New user interface design with new themes (Black themes save power)
        Yeah it’s slick, but nothing theming Froyo couldn’t do.

        - Extra Large Screen Size supported
        G2 has a standard 3.7″ screen size, same as Nexus One.

        - SIP Communication Supported (SIP Video and Audio Calling, In an operator point of view, this is feature will decrease their voice calling revenue where as user can call each other for lower rates or even free if they have good data connection)
        They reviewed this on several SIP forums and providers and deemed it to be severely lacking versus alternatives like SIPDroid. When I use SIP on my G2 running 2.3 Gingerbread via CM7, I still use SIPdroid. SIP integration is in it’s early stages still.

        - Supports for NFC (High Frequency High Speech Data Transfer in short range)
        G2 doesn’t have a NFC chip so doesn’t apply.

        - Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding
        Now that’s a nice feature to have.

        - New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost
        Again, a nice feature.

        - Improved Copy and Paste functionality
        Yeah I do like how 2.3 handles copy/paste better. Again, a nice feature.

        - Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
        Hmm, haven’t really tested this feature. Good feature I guess.

        - Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers
        Kewl enough. But ‘stock 2.3′ on G2 would mean CPU is limited to 800mhz, not sure how well it’ll do games. OC’ing is nice though.

        - New sensors support (i.e gyroscope)
        Invalid. G2 doesn’t have these extra sensors.

        - Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
        Good feature to have.

        - Enhanced support for native code
        Not sure what this means for the end user.

        - Improved power management and application control
        You mean the stock power widget?

        - Support for multiple cameras
        Invalid, G2 only has 1 camera.

        Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still a definite upgrade to Froyo and a step in the right direction and I’ve been running it for some time. I like the ext4 support and such on the backend. But if I HAD to roll back to Froyo, I wouldn’t miss it too much. I’ve been considering trying a SenseUI ROM based on Froyo instead of using CM7. If 2.3 was that much better I would never considering going back to Froyo; But I see they’ve got SenseUI based ROM’s using Gingerbread now. 2.1 to 2.2 was a big leap due to the JIT and such. 2.2 was a smaller step.

  4. BobGuest 4 years ago

    So im guessing the MTHD isnt getting upgraded?

  5. “…get your spirits back up, G2 users.”

    -Is the G2 bad or something? I’ve only heard good things about it.

    • PaulGuest 4 years ago

      The G2 is a great phone. I left my Nexus One for the G2 and haven’t looked back. I have yet to be so wowed by a new phone that I considered leaving my G2. Solid performer, great features, lots of support from the hacking community, etc.

      • TrollhaterGuest 4 years ago

        Well i now have all of the information i need about gingerbread thnx to these well informed comments. I agree with u that the G2 is a very good phone. It’s well beyond my expectations. Please don’t fall into Gay2s trap to entice an argument.

      • TrollhaterGuest 4 years ago

        The G2 is a very good device. Well beyond my expectations. Now that i know what gingerbread has to offer, it’ll only get better. Don’t fall into Gay2s’ trap to entice an argument. He knows not what he speaks.

  6. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    YES!!! I was starting to feel down thinking that this phone would never receive it. I just wish Google wouldn’t announce these new updates until they were fully ready to be deployed in like a week or so. Gingerbread was announced nearly 4 months ago. Yikes! That’s a long time in the mobile world.

    • FrankGuest 4 years ago

      I’d rather have Google take their time and making sure the G2 receives a great, bug less build of Gingerbread specifically for this phone. 4 months is not bad imo. Anything past six months and that would be something to be frustrated about. Remember even the Nexus S had it’s learning curve so in essence that was the guinea pig for 2.3. Now the G2 will be gracing a proper more updated 2.3. Gotta look at things from the bright side buddy ;)

  7. TrollhaterGuest 4 years ago

    4give me 4 the near identical comments. Ttly new 2 this.

  8. BrandonJDGuest 4 years ago

    I have no complaints with my G2. I upgraded from a CLIQ, and I used to be constantly bellyaching about when would the update come. That was because the CLIQ’s software SUCKED and I was wanting anything to make the piece of crap more useable.

    My G2 on the otherhand has been a dream. Never freezes or hangs, despite what I do on it. I havent even really been concerning myself with whether it would get an update, since it already came with froyo, and most phones are still trying to upgrade to that! Many of the features of Gingerbread arent quite as dramatic as the ones added in froyo, so I am a happy camper either way, update or not.

  9. I have been a loyal android fan since my g1 but at this point I can’t take it anymore. It’s clear that Google has more than a little work to do to make android as reliable as the iphone. I mean after own the nexus s “Google’s phone” I’m pissed this shit freezes cuts off on its owns and reboots. You want my money and you want me to have the full “Google experience” but your phone is shit. Its unusuable ill put it Down for five minutes and it will cut off and require a battery pull. I love android but its time to be honest. Its nowhere near optimal using ability. Sad to say this bit I’m going to apple until android is usuable in my opinion. Sorry but I needed to vent

    • PaulGuest 4 years ago

      You put it down for minutes and it will cut off and require a battery pull? Do you think this reflects everybody’s Android experience? Everyone with a Nexus One has this same issue and Google’s done nothing about it? Or is it more likely that there’s something wrong with your specific Nexus One or some SW combination you are using to make the device unstable, and it’s more of an isolated incident and to blame Google for making a crappy OS is a little harsh?

      I’ve owned a G1, a Nexus One, a G2 and my wife’s had a Cliq and a Behold II and then a MyTouch 3G Slide. None of them have frozen or cut off excessively. Mine has done it a few times over the course of 6-8 months but that’s most likely due to the crazy things I do with my phone like running hacked firmware’s and ROM’s that are still in beta status and also maybe due to me overclocking my phone and such, but with all the crazyness I do to my phone, the damn thing is fairly stable all things considered.

      I would suggest using warranty on your Nexus One, or selling it on EBay and picking up another phone, go with the G2, you’ll then see what a well behaved phone running Android can do for you.

      • 1st you obviously didnt read my post… i have a nexus s 2nd its not only my device cause ive checked tmobile forums and nexus s forums and there are plenty of people with the same problem and this is my second NExus s so its not just my device its most of the Nexus s phones out there. and ive had over 20 android phones and about 15 of them have had a serious problem. so please dont tell me its not android. check some forums for yourself the NExus S is a failure. its not even useable. i still have my BEst buy insurance but thats no the point i want a different phone because thats twice this phone has failed. like i said its the OS or lack of attention to detail my the manufacturers but either way Google should have done a better job since this is THEIR PHONE. PIECE OF SHIT SERIOUSLY AND IT HURTS ME TO SAY THAT

        • FrankGuest 4 years ago

          It hurts ALL of us to hear you spaz out about Android, then when someone here on androidandme gives you some pointers you have an attitude and continue to b!tch some more. So please do us all a big favor stfu, get an iPhone & be happy with Steve Jobs fingering you!

  10. ANNA-MARIA90Guest 4 years ago

    i SWITCHED TO IPHONE 3GS LATELY AND I NEVER LOOKED BACK!
    THE IPHONE 3GS IS INCREDIBLE

    • FrankGuest 4 years ago

      Good for you..(pat on the back)..now why the F&*% are you even in here?!! Here let me guide you out here..(swift hard kick to the @ss & out the door)… http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=201 Bye bye!

      • thats funny that you think he gave me “pointers” cause i didnt see any. theres no way around the fact that Googles phone is a piece of shit

        • Tu Maldita MadreGuest 4 years ago

          So if 15 of 20 Android phones have given you problems, why continue to use it? If 75% of my phones had a serious problem, I would look into something else.