We might have jumped up a version of Android to Jelly Bean, but manufacturers are still playing catch up with Ice Cream Sandwich. At least LG is working slowly but surely, with AT&T announcing that the ICS update for the LG Nitro HD will be coming on July 31st. The update will bring all the benefits of Ice Cream Sandwich, plus LG’s new Optimus 3.0 UI, offering a cleaner visual aesthetic plus some new features.

The update won’t be delivered OTA, however: NItro HD users will have to download the upgrade to their computers, then plug in their phones via USB, and follow the instructions using LG’s PC software. Once everything has been applied, you can look forward to multitasking improvements, new fonts, additional lock screen actions such as jumping straight into certain applications, and a redesigned gallery app and photo editor.

The home screen has also seen some tweaks, and standard ICS functionality such as improved folders is onboard. The keyboard has been given a jumpstart, promising an better typing experience with improved error correction. The ICS data usage application is along for the ride, and the famous Face Unlock feature is fully functional with the update as well. There’s only a couple of days until the update hits, so sit tight for now and make sure to fire up LG’s update tool on July 31st.