Unveiled back in May, the Ascend G300 manufactured by Huawei was shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system at launch.However, the Chinese company promised that an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade would be available for download soon after release.
True to its promise, the handset maker deployed the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Ascend G300 a few months later.
Earlier this month, it was Vodafone UK customers’ turn to download and install this update, but in the end, it proved a big mistake.
It looks like most Huawei Ascend G300 owners who updated via Vodafone had their phones turned into unresponsive and slow smartphones.
One of our readers advises Huawei Ascend G300 users not to upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich due to these issues:
“Beware! Do not upgrade to Vodafone's Android 4 on Huawei G300! You will end up with very slow phone – it freezes, buttons unresponsive all the time. Desktop loads few seconds when you hit home button. I wish I didn’t upgrade, the phone which was good, now is rubbish and there is no official option for downgrade!”
Fortunately, Vodafone and Huawei acknowledged the problem and announced recently that they would release a new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Ascend G300.
Until the new update is released, which promises to solve an issue with the broken dictionary and some of the problems reported by Ascend G300 owners, Huawei offers users the option to downgrade to Gingerbread.
Eurodroid reports that Vodafone and Huawei are now expected to come out with a new update for the Ascend G300 and have issued the following statement:
“I’m pleased to say that Huawei will begin rolling out the new G300 software (B952) that will address the broken dictionary issue, from Wednesday 28th November. We’ve tested the other problems you’ve reported and haven’t been able to reproduce them in this new software.”