AT&T is the exclusive home to the LG Thrill 3-D 4G handset, and they recently announced an upcoming upgrade from the out-of-the-box Froyo 2.2 Android operating system to Gingerbread 2.3.4. This announcement covers the LG Thrill as well as their other 4G handsets, and will come in the form of a firmware over the air update with a notification preceding it. No technical knowledge is required of the handset user, and on-screen prompts followed by a system reboot is all that is needed to download the new Gingerbread OS.
Android has worked in concert with wireless service providers and handset manufacturers to ensure the timely upgrades to their operating system are pushed out to handsets as quickly as possible. Also announced recently was a retail price drop from the September 4 launch price of $99 to the current retail of $19 with a two-year activation. The LG Thrill, known as the Optimus 3-D overseas, is the second mobile handset to offer 3-D viewing technology without the need of 3-D glasses or extra 3-D hardware.
The LG Thrill also delivers the capability of recording 3-D images and video in 720P HD, and 1080P HD for 2-D images. Dual five megapixel rear facing cameras are used to record simultaneous video or still images, and then these slightly different images are sent to the 3-D graphics processor which then renders them for viewing on the 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen display. When recording in two dimensions, only one of the five megapixel rear facing cameras is employed.
A more powerful processor is required to handle this 3-D rendering, and LG chose a dual core 1.0 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4 processing chip set and 512 MB of RAM memory to handle the job. A 3-D graphics hardware accelerator and the above-mentioned Froyo 2.2 operating system rounds out the software set. Accompanying the 3-D technology is an onboard FM radio and audio player that supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV and MIDI file formats. There is also a built-in video player which supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, WMV, AVI and 3GP with video, and a built-in YouTube player for proprietary YouTube viewing.