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LG Android devices will receive 4.0 in 2012

Not to be outdone by the likes of Samsung and HTC, LG Mobile announced yesterday on its official Facebook page that its Android phones would also be receiving Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

The Seoul-based electronics manufacturer has been taking a beating in the smartphone market, despite its Optimus line of Android devices.

But it hasn't given up on Android, as evidenced by yesterdays announcement of a "global upgrade" for its range of devices, beginning in the second quarter of 2012 with the LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, my Touch Q, and the LG Eclipse.

The LG Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2, and Optimus EX will also receive Ice Cream Sandwich, but not until Q3 2012.

"LG will be taking all possible measure to offer a smooth OS upgrade in a timely manner. The exact start dates can vary by market, as each country can have different requirements, depending on the carrier and the smartphone model," the company said on its Facebook page.

While the news would appear to be welcome for Optimus users, the comments on the Facebook post have been less than glowing. "[G]et off your ass LG... if hackers can get a basic version working in less then 2 days.. you really should work harder," wrote one commenter.

"This is the worst Christmas gift you could give us :( What the hell takes you 6 months? You write Android from scratch again? No I know what it is. It's that crazy "launcher" you put on the well designed ICS one," wrote another.

Source: LG Mobile Facebook

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The advantage of a Google phone
By jRaskell on 12/27/2011 11:52:59 AM , Rating: 4
This was probably the single greatest reason I waited for and upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus. After having two Motorola phones, and repeatedly being disappointed with their support of future versions of the Android OS (and seeing that all the other manufacturers had varying levels of support as well, none of them exactly stellar), I decided to hold out for the next Google phone, the one platform that has always had excellent (if not perfect, very near so) support for new releases of the OS. I just hope that track record doesn't fall apart now that I've jumped on their bandwagon. At the very least, I don't have to wait for ICS.

RE: The advantage of a Google phone
By cooperaaaron on 12/27/2011 11:59:48 AM , Rating: 3
Now that Google owns Motorola's phone division, you might wanna rethink that....

RE: The advantage of a Google phone
By jRaskell on 12/28/2011 9:50:17 AM , Rating: 2
It'll be at least 6 months to a year before we start seeing how all that plays out with new phones, so no, there's nothing to rethink there. It may very well have an influence on my future purchases, but that's 2 years down the road now.

RE: The advantage of a Google phone
By phantom505 on 12/27/2011 12:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
I have ICS (CM9) on my Droid 3. It's not perfect, but perfectly functional. Phone doesn't work, some codecs are buggy. I don't use the stupid camera on phones, so that's not even a worry.

Hardly worth saying that's a reason to not like a company. Where there is a will there is a way.

By phantom505 on 12/27/2011 12:37:32 PM , Rating: 2
Phone doesn't work

CAMERA... doesn't work <sigh>

By Chadder007 on 12/27/2011 12:41:26 PM , Rating: 3
Perfectly Function /= "Phone doesn't Work"

RE: The advantage of a Google phone
By jRaskell on 12/28/2011 9:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
I had my OG Droid rooted in the first week of owning it. Went through nearly a dozen different ROMs. None of them were anywhere near as stable as the phone was unrooted. I spent over a year trying out different ROMs and dealing with all sorts of problems. Just about every single ROM would give me some random Force Close on an app at least once a day, some far more often, and others had more severe issues, like the phone just locking up, requiring a battery pull to reset.

After dealing with all that, I finally just unrooted my phone, and it worked 10 times better after that. So, I won't be doing any more rooting and playing with any more custom ROMs. Just not something I want to deal with.

By StanO360 on 1/3/2012 1:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
I think the point of your post is, buy a phone based on how it is sold (imagine that!) and assume that is what your going to get. If it gets better, great, if not you won't be disappointed.

FYI, I rooted, but didn't change the rom on my Optimus V and it is infinitely better due to the hardware limitations of that cheap phone.

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