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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latest OS = new need for latest phone
12/28/2011 8:56:57 PM
It is very simple. Manufacturers want to maintain their revenue stream. If they release OS updates for most of their older phones, a lot of people will have no reason to buy a new phone to get the latest features. If HTC releases ICS for my Incredible S, will I be more or less inclined to buy a new phone? Most likely, I will be less inclined. However, it is a double-edged sword. If they don't provide updates for a certain period on relatively new phones, people will shun their brand and buy another. The only manufacturer who can do this successfully without a heavy backlash is Apple. Apple makes decent products but I am sad to say the blind stupidity of a lot of Apple fans allows them to get away with murder in the market. Just look at the price of Apple accessories and you will understand. Their customers flock to get gouged. Now, the Android variants, taking their cue, are using the same tactics.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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