When we think of South Korea and tech gadgets the first word that comes to mind is Samsung, but this is not only giant manufacturer that has its home there. LG is the other big name in both the smartphone and the multimedia segments, but unlike Samsung it tends to focus more on budget and middle class segments of the Android smartphone market. One of the representative devices in the Android budget segment is the LG Optimus S made in partnership with Sprint. If the name sounds strange you may want to know that the Optimus S is simply an LG Optimus One adapted for the Sprint network. Just like its international brother, the Optimus S has received an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, so this article is dedicated to proving an easy and safe way of applying the update.
As with any software that is not our own creation, we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us. With this in mind you should not worry very much as the whole procedure presented here has been tested prior to its release and it should work flawlessly. Keep in min that this is also an official software pack so it has been thoroughly tested by LG before release. We also want to thank our friends from androidadvices for testing the procedure themselves.
Another important aspect that we have to mention before going any further is that this update cannot be safely applied on a rooted device, so please make sure that you are running the official software.
As with any official update, this one comes with quite a long list of bug fixes and improvements, and if you want to dig in to the official release notes, you can find them below:
- Device not charging has been fixed
- SD card unmounting error is now resolved
- Device not recognized by Windows SP, Vista, or 7 operating systems too has been addressed
- Predictive text with Android keyboard issue is fixed
- Voice call volume issue now stands solved
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS upgrade
- 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
The next part of this guide covers all the important aspects of backing up the information on your LG Optimus S. You can also use the official software provided by LG to backup the entire content on your smartphone, but as we have experienced in recent months, the official backup software might not support the update you will apply. As such, we advise you to use the application and procedures below to backup the important data on your device.
- Text messages – We will back them up with this application : SMS Backup & Restore
- Phone Contacts – You can simply synchronize them to your Gmail account or export them to the micro SD card as a .vcf file
- Call Log – We will use the following application to backup your call log : Call Log Backup and Restore
- Pictures, Music, Videos, and other files – Simply copy them to your microSD card.
- Internet & MMS Settings – Write down all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
You must also make sure that you have charged your LG Optimus S to at least 70% of its capacity in order to avoid the nasty problem of it running out of power during the updating process. Running out of juice in this critical phase might result in permanent damage to your Optimus S.
This particular update is safer than any tethered update because it comes in the form of an over the air package. All you have to do in order to apply it so follow the three four steps:
- Firstly you have to go to your home screen and from there press the Menu button and then select the Settings option. After this you have to scroll down through the Settings menu and go to the last option named About Phone.
- After entering the About Phone menu you should choose the System Updates option after which you will have to connect to a Wi Fi or Data network. Due to the size of the update we recommend connecting to a Wi Fi network in order to avoid additional expenses.
- From here on you will have to follow the on screen instructions and once the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has been downloaded, the LG Optimus S will automatically install it so all you have to do is wait for it to be installed. You will know when it has finished when the message “Your system is currently up to date” will be displayed.
- The last step requires you to restart your Optimus S for the update to take effect.
In the unlikely case you encounter problems during flashing you should follow the steps above again and re apply the firmware update. You might have to pull out and reinsert the battery of your LG Optimus S before attempting to redo the steps above.
If everything has gone according to plan you can celebrate as you have successfully updated your LG Optimus S to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although Gingerbread is not considered to be quite old, it is still way better than Froyo and it should bring a significant boost in performance for this device. It is highly unlikely that the Optimus S will ever receive an ICS update, so if you really want one you should head to the developer community.