LG Smartphones to Receive Ice Cream Sandwich, Customers Still Unhappy
December 27, 2011 10:13 AM
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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.
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12/27/2011 12:01:15 PM
You could say the same stuff about any phone. I remember when gingerbread came out and ppl said "oh but you could root and have it over a month ago". True but if they look i guarantee there are some issues with the os on a device when it has not been thoroughly tested and maybe tweaked. I remember on some phones the app store didn't work right. Wouldn't it be better to wait for official release and support than to try to deal with issues like that? I think so personally. Further, how do we know there isn't some agreement with samsung to keep the new android os exclusively on the galaxy nexus for a limited time? It is possible, but i realize unlikely given the openness of the os in general. Any number of reasons can be surmised about the delay if you want to call it that. However, using the argument that someone who rooted their phone could have it now is ridiculous. You could also grab a copy of windows 7 from torrents before it released. You just had to deal with some issues that were inevitably fixed when the official release surfaced. It's not much different here. They should be happy they get it at all. Hell LG doesn't have to keep updating multiple devices with different specs.
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