LG has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for one of their most successful Android handsets – the Optimus One (P500). Even though the Korean company missed its promised deadline, it still is better than nothing.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Optimus One brings an improved copy-and-paste mechanism, a Download manager and an overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. Sadly, not all is rosy with the update. Most Optimus One owners over at XDA forums are reporting major problems with the update. Majority of the owners complained that the phone felt sluggish after the update. They also encountered lots of bugs with the Gingerbread firmware.
The list of bugs is also pretty long, and contains some serious issues like the microphone of the phone not working for the first 2-3 seconds of a call or Apps2SD not working properly. The growing list of bugs can be found on this thread on XDA forums.
LG would soon start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the world’s first dual-core powered phone, the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black. Hopefully, unlike the Optimus One Gingerbread update, the quality of the final firmware of the Gingerbread build of these two handsets would be much better and less buggy.
LG’s Optimus One Android handset has been one of the most popular budget Android devices in recent history. It is the LG’s bestselling handset and set a new sales record by selling 1 million phones in 40 days after launch.
Now, it has also crossed another milestone. LG just sold its Optimus One #2,000,000 in just 25 days after the first milestone, which makes it a total of 2 million phones in just 65 days.
It is one of the cheapest Android smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and will also be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This makes it one of the few phones slated to receive the update, and the cheapest phone which has been confirmed to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
LG’s most popular Android phone to date, the LG Optimus One P500 has been launched in India. It is now available for just Rs. 13500, which makes it one of the best budget Android phones in India.
LG hasn’t had much success with its Android lineup, but the Optimus One has been seeing spectacular sales. It just passed the 1 million milestone a week back.
It is probably the best budget phone right now. It is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 600 MHz processor and 419 MB RAM. It has 170 MB internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 32 GB.
It comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, which is much better compared to the QVGA resolution of most budget Android phones. It also has a 3.15 MP camera and offers all the basic connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP etc. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
At this price point, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a budget Android device.
LG Android based handsets are not very popular. The plummeting sales and profits of the LG mobile division is a testimony to this fact. However, it looks like LG has met with some kind of success with the LG Optimus One. In a press release, LG just announced that they have managed to sell more than one million units of the Optimus One. Keeping in mind that the Optimus One still has not been launched globally, it sure is no easy task!
The LG Optimus One is a low-end Android based phone. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600MHz processor and packs in 178MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Compass, external memory card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
According to me, one major plus point of the Optimus One is that it runs on Android 2.2. LG is now expecting the Optimus One to be its first handset to breach the ten million mark in terms of sale.