One of the most popular budget-friendly Android smartphones available on the market, the LG Optimus One already received its Gingerbread upgrade a long time ago.
However, several carrier-bounded Optimus One models have been left out from the initial deployment of the upgrade. One of these carrier-branded models is AT&T’s LG Phoenix, which is available in the United States since April 2011.
By today’s standards, the affordable smartphone has crappy features, but as an LG Optimus One clone, the Phoenix had its moment of glory when it was launched on the market last year.
Today, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the LG Phoenix is getting a new Android update, which is meant to improve users’ experience. AT&T and LG have teamed up to offer customers the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for LG Phoenix.
Unfortunately, the update is not pushed OTA (over the air), so LG Phoenix owners will have to download and install the latest LG Mobile Support Tool software on their Windows PCs in order to be able to update their smartphones.
For the time being, LG Mobile Support Tool is only compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, so there’s no support for Mac users.
Keep in mind that you will need to download and install the LG United Mobile Driver to ensure that you have the latest driver for your mobile phone.
After the installation successfully completes, restart the computer and install the LG Mobile Support Tool.
Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 50% charged and save any personal data that you have stored on the phone. It’s also recommended to remove any microSD memory card inserted, and make sure the “Mass storage only” mode is not enabled.
Then connect the LG Phoenix to the PC using an USB cable and make sure you do not click on the “Turn on USB storage” option that will appear on the phone’s screen.
As soon as the phone is detected by LG’s software, click “Start Updating” within the LG Mobile Support Tool and the updating process should begin. The phone requires a reboot after the process is successfully completed.