We can’t say that we’re surprised, but it sure took a while to hear anything about the availability of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2. Whatever the case, we’re just happy to say that it’s finally happening. According to ComputerWorld, the G2 will be getting the much-wanted update this summer.
While we had very little doubt that the handset would be receiving the Gingerbread treatment, it’s comforting to hear a date, even if it’s terribly vague. A HTC representative spoke with JR Raphael of Android Power, claiming that the T-Mobile G2 is on track to receive the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update sometime in the second quarter of the year. So if you haven’t already installed CyanogenMod 7, or any other Gingerbread custom ROM on your handset, you may be running it by summer time.
Technically speaking, handsets that run vanilla Android, or that have no custom user interface running on top should be easier to update than those that do. The G1, G2, and soon the G2x, all run stock Android, but the G2 has only received one update in its short life, which gave it WiFi calling, and mobile hotspot features. So what gives? With the exception of the T-Mobile applications pre-installed, the T-Mobile G2 is just about as stock Android as you can get.
That said, Android 2.3 was announced in December, and it wasn’t even that long ago before the Nexus One got the update, so whatever is taking HTC so long could be justifiable. Still, it may not be soon enough for some users, as summer will officially begin on June 21st, so we still have a few months before you can expect the update to pop up, and that’s being generous.
Either way, G2 users, you haven’t been forgotten, and will be able to enjoy Gingerbread in due time. That said, who’s getting the G2x?