November 2, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
You know what’s not a good idea? Sitting on your thumbs and not anticipating a storm of questions that are sure to pour in once people start wondering if your flagship device will get update to the latest version of Android. You know what’s even worse? Answering those questions by saying “No” and then backtracking when a storm of another kind rages.
Responding to questions about whether Ice Cream Sandwich would be delivered to the Optimus 2X, a social media rep for the Indian LG page said No. People immediately took that to me that none of the Optimus 2X line in any country, including the G2X on T-Mobile, would be updated.
Well, earlier today, LG downplayed these “rumors” – you know, the rumors started by its own employee either prematurely revealing something the company wanted to keep quiet or foolishly spreading false information – and issued a non-committal statement:
LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.
So, there you have it. We’re not sure if the G2X, Optimus 2X, Optimus 3D, Thrill, or any LG phone currently available will see the ICS update. And neither is LG. They’re planning to do it, meaning there’s a very good chance of it happening if all goes according to plan.
You have to remember that Ice Cream Sandwich has not been open-sourced and LG cannot effectively say whether or not it will be able to bring the update to its phones. Remember that it will take several months for the company to re-skin ICS in order to maintain continuity, and then it has to deal with carriers taking a look at the results before you see an update. If you see an update. (Gingerbread is just now being delivered to many Optimus 2X users.)
The same is true for every current phone in the wild today. The only phones with realistic shots of seeing ICS are the popular devices released in 2011. And of those phones, none other than Nexus S can expect to see it before 2012.