LG expects to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade to select devices starting in Q2 2012

LG expects to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade to select devices starting in Q2 2012
Now that Christmas is behind us, we’re certain that a some of you might’ve received a nifty gift from the man in the big red suit, but if you happened to get an Android powered smartphone from LG, you ought to pay more attention to the news about LG’s plans.

Last time around, we heard that LG was planning to bring the LG Optimus 2x and several other high-end devices from its portfolio up to snuff with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well folks, this morning brings us yet additional news regarding the highly anticipated update.

Taking a look at LG’s Facebook page, the Korean based company outlines its plans on brining Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – though, not everyone is going to be pleased by the news. Specifically, the LG Optimus LTE, Prada 3.0, Optimus 2x, Eclipse, Optimus Sol, and my Touch Q will all be getting ICS sometime in Q2 2012. Meanwhile, the LG Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2, and Optimus EX will getting the tasty treat around Q3 2012. Naturally, it’s nice to know that these select devices are going to be treated to the latest and most up-to-date version of Android, but the wait is still rather lengthy.

Interestingly enough, there are several top-notch devices of late from LG that aren’t included on the list – such as the T-Mobile G2x, LG Thrill 4G, and Nitro HD. When you think about it more, LG doesn’t mention any US specific devices, so it’ll be intriguing to see whether or not these highly esteemed smartphones will be getting their taste of ICS. At this point, we’ll have to simply wait and see if the carriers are going to move forward and give the green light.

We've reached out to LG regarding the matter surrounding the missing devices and will update things when we hear a repose.

**Updated**
And right on cue, we received news from LG directly regarding the matter at hand. Not surprisingly, LG tells us that the carriers have the power in making the call – meaning, LG’s technical account teams work with the carriers to determine compatibility. Therefore, “the carriers make the decisions as to which devices receive what upgrades and when.” At this point, it’s a matter of playing the waiting game and hearing word directly from the respective carriers as to when they’ll treat their LG devices with the tasty dessert.

source: LG via TmoNews & The Verge

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23 Comments

1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

LG getting ICS Sony Getting ICS But Samsung... Why not bringing ICS to Samsung Galaxy? Don't believe the customization issues, it's all about money...

2. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

samsungs also getting ics on the devices which they can...they cant bring ics to sgs beacuse they cant remove touchwiz...and with touchwiz it will not run well on old hardware..:(

3. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> Don't believe the customization issues, it's all about money... Yes, it IS about the money. Samsung knew what it was doing when it rolled out the Galazy S and counted all its profits the way to the bank. Now it realizes, it would cost too much money to fix the software, so they just throw their hands in the air and hope their Galaxy S customers would believe the bullspit. The problem is a software issue. It can be fixed.

5. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

LG and Sony wil get ICS to 2011 devices .. samsung also will do the same why asking only samsung to update galaxy s that was released on 2010 ? wht about X10 from sony ?

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

that's what I've been saying all along...whys everyone complaining about Samsung not updating a 2010 phone when infact no other OEM is updating there 2010 phone...it would be nice but why is no one complaining about the other oem's...LG have basically just told us that the US carriers control the updates...guess we know why everyone outside the US knows when they are likely to get ICS...

16. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

We're not complaining about the Galaxy S, we're complaining about most of the 2011 line up. Only 3 out of 11 phones are getting ICS while all the Xperia Lineup is getting it. Also, SGS+ is a 2011 device.

4. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

thats why you guys need to realize windows phone is an upgrade for android.....Get updates straight from microsoft....

6. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Are you kidding me? The Optimus 2x is getting ICS, but not the G2X in the US and they're the SAME PHONE?! What kind of _____ is that?!

8. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Its all about the money. The carriers would rather have you cancel your contract to buy a new phone with ICS installed, and sign a new 2 year contract in the process, than put money toward upgrading lesser devices. Rinse and repeat

7. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

if you want updates on an android device in a timely manner you better own a htc or a nexus

18. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

HTC? Hmmm Thunderbolt anyone? lol

9. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

It seems all the most recent phones in the past month and all new phones will get ICS with no problem. While older phones from the past few months are on the fence. Even tho most phones are more then capable of handling ICS, we have to wait longer. Really sucks i tell u that

10. EasyMade

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

This is the main reason why I got rid of the LG THRILL 4G cause nobody knew when it was gettin' GINGERBREAD and now their talkin' ICE CREAM SANDWICH...I BET MY MOTOROLA RAZR GET ICE CREAM SANDWICH...Stick to what your good at, HDTV

12. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

oh android...you never cease to amaze me.

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Cm9 is due on the g2x within a few months. Who needs official updates anyway.

14. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Smh... ill just wait on the xda devs :-)... f*** LG ...

15. Jericho unregistered

Lg is awesome. And carriers are just brain less parasite who are supposed to suck the blood out of your brain. And samsung is okay. Sony, will see in 2012. Htc not even in their league. Except stupid and hypocrite americans buy htc devices.america is all about war,money, and racism.

19. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

And with a comment like that, you fit right in. HTC has great build quality, phones and software. Its LG's fault as they dont have there phones on others carriers. What high end LG phone is on Sprint? None that i know of, its there fault so dont blame americans because at least HTC whos how to update software. My old Evo got Froyo and gingerbread before almost any other phone besides the nexus.

17. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

And this is why my friends, you should get a Sony Ericsson...

20. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Yeah I only got the G2X because it was FREE at the time. I will get a Sony phone when they come to T-Mobile (unlocked phones are out of my price range for now).

21. simonfrady

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

bad thing for Optimus Pad too, the LG doesnt mention about Optimus Pad :(

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is good news for LG Owners. Just wish all manufacturer would do the same so they won't mess up the updates on ICS only on certain device

23. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1357; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

What everyone must realize is that it is not always the manufactures fault ( yes their UI enhancements the place on top of Android causes delays in upgrades but if the UI enhancments are not to deepley intergrated then they should be able to upgrade their devices in a reasonble amount of time.) The Carriers have so much more say in what devices get the upgrade. 1. Is it a big seller if so then proceed to #2 if not proceed to #7 2. Include our bloatware then proceed to # 3 if not then proceed to # 7 3. Test our bloatware for effectiveness then proceed to #4 4. Add more Bloatware then proceed to #5 5. two months worth of testing and certification if good procced to #6 if not repeat from #2 6. allowe OTA or manufactures website update ( since we dont want to cripple our network. 7. Your phone is to old (even though you purchased it 6 months ago -It's reallynot a seller and not worth investing our resources on).

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