August 1, 2014

An Early Glimpse at the G2X with Official Gingerbread Build

While we know our friends on the Cyanogenmod team have entered into nightlies for the G2X, many people who are not either into or able to root their devices have been wondering when they will see their shiny new G2X devices receiving Gingerbread in an official way.  The answer may be sooner than later.

Thisismynext.com has gotten their hands on what they believe to be a near final build of the official version of Gingerbread that is going to roll out soon from T-Mobile.  Their findings and video report can be found after the break.

  • What we’ve got here is Android 2.3.3, so I wouldn’t expect 2.3.4 (with Google Talk-based voice and video calling) when this starts getting pushed out over the air.
  • Scrolling and touch sensitivity are definitely improved. Places where I specifically noticed this were on the lock screen (it now consistently registers my swipe on the first try) and in the app drawer, where a vertical swipe now moves the grid the number of rows I’d expect it to. I don’t know whether the inertial scrolling algorithm has actually been tweaked or if the improved scrolling is simply a side-effect of higher touch sensitivity — but either way, it’s better.
  • The major features of Gingerbread are all intact: the new keyboard (Swype is still available, of course), improved text highlighting, and so on.
  • There’s no Tags application. No surprise there, since the G2x doesn’t support NFC.
  • The cool new system sounds that debuted on the Nexus S aren’t here, which would suggest to me that they’re Nexus S-specific, not Gingerbread-specific.
  • The revamped UI is in full effect, including menus, the status bar, and the dialer, plus the glowing effect when you hit the end of a list.
  • WiFi Calling functionality worked right out of the gate with no tweaks. Interestingly, it immediately started nagging me to update my 911 contact information from T-Mobile’s website; I’ve never seen that before.
  • This build has reverted to the stock Gingerbread camera app, which is a shame — LG’s customizations in the Froyo build are actually quite nice and functional. I don’t know whether it’ll all be back in the final build, but I hope so.

They were also nice enough to include a video of their findings. All credit goes to thisismynext.com.