LG details its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans

The phone-maker sets expectations on which of its global Android phones it will bequeath with the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and when.

LG Nitro HD
LG's Nitro HD, also globally known as the Optimus LTE, will be one of the first to bite into Ice Cream Sandwich. Josh Miller/CNET

LG unwrapped more details about its Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade schedule for existing LG Android smartphones.

The news, which popped up today on LG's Facebook page, confirms much of what we already knew --that Optimus phones like the Optimus LTE and Optimus Black (known in the US as AT&T's Nitro HD and Sprint's LG Marquee , respectively) will indeed receive the latest Android operating system in 2012.

More specifically, the global updates will begin in the second quarter of the year for the LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, my Touch Q, and the Eclipse.

The third quarter will see Ice Cream Sandwich land on the LG Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2, and the Optimus EX.

Updates present a huge customer challenge for the manufacturers and carriers; pressure is high to release stable software quickly and smoothly.

While the second wave of LG's Android owners will surely chafe at having to wait months before receiving their Android 4.0 update, sharing plans usually helps keep the angry pitch fork-bearing populace at bay just a while longer.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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