Last week we brought you news that T-Mobile would update your G2 or MyTouch 4G to Gingerbread 2.3.4 in stores starting August 6th. While I’m sure many of you have taken advantage of that already, if you are out this weekend and decide to stop by T-Mobile for the update, be sure to check out our previous post for a rundown of what to expect. Or on the other hand, now you can do it yourself, thanks to XDA member atlp99. Atlp99 was able to copy the official update from the SD cards being sent out to T-Mobile stores. But wait, maybe you are kicking yourself right now for installing that leaked 2.3.3 update from a while back. No worries! This update should still apply just fine. The official instructions from the T-Mobile support forums are as follows.
T-Mobile has announced via Twitter that they are offering the G2 for free between now and January 20th if you sign up for a new 2-year contract and if you order online. The G2 may not be as coveted as the MyTouch 4G for example, but it is still a powerful device with a processor that, although it is only 800MHz, can out benchmark a Nexus One.
If you want to take advantage of this offer, hit up the source link below before the 20th.
Stephanie Vinge, a corporate communications manager with Sprint, today sprinkled a little trash talk on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network using her Twitter account.
“A little #4G math: # of T-Mobile 4G phones: 0 (oh wait, they don’t have a 4G network yet) # of VZW 4G phones: 0. # of Sprint 4G phones: 2.”
The words, “open mouth, insert foot” come to mind, in this clear case of misinformation. This is strangely ironic, since the ITU, those fellas responsible for defining what 4G is, just declared LTE, WiMax and HSPA+ to be labeled as legitimate 4G technologies. But what do they know? They have only been around for 145 years. In addition, to further add insult to injury, a few tweets later she states that the ITU is just one “perspective.” Really? That’s like saying a particular law ruled by the Supreme Court is not valid because it’s just one perspective.
T-Mobile G2 owners will finally get what they’ve been hearing and asking about. Wi-Fi Calling is being rolled out to G2’s with Google (version 1.22.531.8) starting today as posted on T-Mobile’s Forum!
The update will come OTA, where you’ll receive a completed install notification. The update also includes the following;
- Resolves device freeze and unexpected power-off issues
- Improves data connection reliability
- Optimizes radio recovery
Happy Wi-Fi Calling!
[via T-Mobile Forums]
Qik is looking for T-Mobile G2 owners to assist them in developing their application to run on G2. If you have an G2 and would like to help Qik beta test for your device, you can sign up by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “T-Mobile G2 Beta Test” in the subject line. (Or just click the email link)
I know, a front-facing camera on the G2 would be killer.
[via Qik Facebook]
You can pick up a new T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone for $50.00 on a new or re-signed 2 year contract through membershipwireless .com.
What are you going to do with that $50? Fill up your gas tank, pizza and beer for NFL Sunday, shiny new pair of fresh slacks or perhaps a new Android device like the G2! Which of those things is not like the other (Sesame Street)?
How much do we love what they do over at XDA-Developers? HTC Vision and T-Mobile G2 users are about to love them that much more since they’ve released a kernel module that will over-clock your Vision or G2 much further than what it ships with.
As always, we are not responsible for any damage done to your device by posting this, but if you aren’t afraid of bricking your phone, have a look at XDA-Developers blog post here and see the significantly increased performance you can get out of your CPU!
Watch video below…
T-Mobile has decided that it’s best to leave Wi-Fi calling and tethering unavailable for its Android 2.2 G2 users, despite the fact that Verizon and Sprint are allowing these features on the Evo 4G and Droid X, both also running Froyo.
T-Mobile has stated the following in response;
“Wi-Fi Calling and tethering/Wi-Fi sharing are not currently supported on the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile knows these features are important to consumers and we’re working to deliver them to G2 users in the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time.”
Does this burn you? Or was this expected? Let us know in the comments!
Comparing the T-Mobile G2 and the Sprint Epic 4G, we can see many similarities, as well as a few differences aside from them being two different manufacturers and carriers.
Download speeds are essentially the same, which was to be expected. Both smartphones have all the features you’d expect for an Android smartphone, but below we’ll highlight what you usually don’t see in feature spec details…processor speed tests and their results.
Without a doubt, the T-Mobile G2 has been their most anticipated device since rumors of the original G1 began to circulate. Not only does the G2 come with stock Android 2.2, but it also has a physical keyboard and an 800MHz CPU. All in all, it’s a very impressive device.
However, not all is well in G2-land, as several users have began reporting that their G2s have been dropping calls like an Apple device. Usually this complaint comes from AT&T customers, not T-Mobile’s. So I have to ask you all this, is your G2 dropping calls on you? Hows the reception compared to your G1? Let us know in our forums.
Thanks Caroline for sending this in!
[via tmobile forums]