Great news for owners of LG Optimus handsets. LG has officially announced that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) updates are on the way to high-end LG phones, but for now the delightful treat is still being prepared in the kitchen.
Recent rumors circulated claiming LG won’t be bringing the latest Android version to the LG Optimus 2X, which as released just this year. The rumors have caused LG customers to openly express their disappointment towards LG. Some even said they have lost confidence in the company and its ability to provide needed updates to its Android smartphones.
LG, of course, denied the rumors’ claims and spoke up on its official Facebook page with an official statement:
Hot on the heels of the discrediting rumors, LG has officially confirmed just last October 31 that Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrades–at last–will be sent out to the three premium Android smartphones in the LG Optimus series, namely the Optimus 2X, the Optimus 3D, and the Optimus Black.
In its official announcement on Facebook, LG Mobile said that the upgrades will start arriving on handsets for those in Europe, but only for unlocked (not tied to any carrier) or open models. Gingerbread will start arriving on the LG Optimus 2X in Europe beginning November 1, on the LG Optimus 3D beginning November 21, and on the LG Optimus Black beginning November 28.
A global rollout of the Gingerbread update is expected to arrive in different territories worldwide after that, although LG could not pin down a specific time frame for the upgrades, owing to “different requirements in each country with respect to domestic operators and models.”
The Gingerbread update could pave the way for the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich, although a lot of people remain skeptical, especially since LG has quite a reputation for long delays–some describe it as utter neglect–for sending out Android upgrades to its Android smartphones.