LG announced today that one of their former flagship phones, the Optimus 2X, will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. LG announced the news on its Indian Facebook page. This stands in stark contrast to other Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Motorola, who have all committed to bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to their current high-end smartphones. In the United States, the Optimus 2X is known as the T-Mobile G2X.
T-Mobile and LG committed to updating the software to Gingerbread back in April, and the update is available via a cumbersome PC tool. G2X users became increasingly irate, and it wasn’t until July, eight months after the release of Gingerbread, that the software made it to the phone via OTA. International versions of the Optimus 2X are STILL running Froyo. It doesn’t help that many of them purchased the G2X for its high-end specs, including oneof the first dual-core mobile processor to hit Android. LG did not give a reason for the refusal, but some of our readers have speculated that 512MB of RAM may be insufficient for Ice Cream Sandwich.
This sort of fast-paced obsolescence is an unfortunately common occurrence on Android devices. While community work-arounds like custom ROMs often deliver the latest software to advanced users, most Android enthusiasts are of the opinion that it’s the manufacturer and carrier’s obligation to deliver timely software updates. This isn’t always the case, even with high-profile devices like the Optimus 2X /G2X – just ask ThunderBolt users. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that manufacturers and carriers aren’t required to update their phones, and in at least a few cases have some economically-motivated reasons not to. I’d encourage those who want the latest official software on their Android devices to vote with their dollars, and go with a manufacturer that commits to timely software updates.