It took them almost a year, but LG has finally started to update the LG Optimus One to Gingerbread. Sprint’s version of the Optimus One, the Optimus S is the latest in the Optimus family to receive the 2.3 update, with the company announcing today that Optimus S users should receive Gingerbread over the coming days. Included in the update are the following new features and improvements:
- Volume adjustment from handset when backlight is off and in a Bluetooth call
- Initiation of a 3-way call in certain markets
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)
- New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
- Improved cut/paste functionality
- New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
- Updated camera application
- Power management and task killer applications
If you want to get all those goodies inside your Optimus S, simply head to your phone’s Settings menu, tap on “About phone” and then tap on “System Updates”.
As for the rest of you out there using an Optimus T, Optimus V, Optimus U, Optimus M, Vortex, Thrive or Phoenix, I’m sure your update is coming soon. At least I hope so. Even though the Optimus One is like the Galaxy S of the low-end Android world, LG is surely not in a rush to update these devices; the company took more than ten months to get these phones from 2.2 to 2.3. On top of it all, carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile are certainly not helping with their many customizations and extra bloatware.
As an LG Optimus T user, I feel your pain. Thankfully, it looks like the wait is almost over. Hang in there.