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LG delivering Ice Cream Sandwich in 4 to 6 months, clarifies release schedule

December 26, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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LG has already confirmed that it will update select phones to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, LG  provided more details about when that will take place: Q2 and Q3 2012.

The LG Facebook page states that the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will begin in mid 2012. The first round of updates will be applied to the LG Optimus LTE, Prada 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, myTouch Q, and Eclipse. Exact dates were not shared and release time may vary by region or carrier. For instance, the Optimus 2X bears that name in Europe and Asia, but is the T-Mobile G2X in the United States. The ICS update may arrive in one region prior to the others.

Ice Cream Sandwich will then be applied to these phones in Q3 2011: LG Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus big, Optimus Q2, and Optimus EX. The same variations on release dates will apply because “each country can have different requirements, depending on the carrier and the smartphone model.”

The comments section on LG’s announcement went from 0 to RAGE in 60 seconds, but that was to be expected. Practically every post LG makes, regardless of subject, is filled with people asking when, complaining about, or demanding an update. LG, like every other Android OEM, needs time to re-skin Ice Cream Sandwich and build its manufacturer and carrier customizations into the software before it can release an update. Exact dates for when that takes place will be revealed closer to each phone’s planned update.

[LG Facebook] Thanks, Sunil