Yesterday, Google announced the arrival of Gingerbread. After all the dancing and singing that follows a new Android release I immediately started to wonder when my LG Optimus T will get Gingerbread. Will it be next month, in six months or never? Well, if we’re to believe the official LG Facebook page, it’ll be never. Not just the Optimus T either but the whole Optimus line. That’s a lot of phones left behind. The reason? They say Gingerbread requires a 1 Ghz processor. Now I’m pretty sure this is bogus. I’m mostly certain that Gingerbread doesn’t require a 1Ghz processor. Is this just a clueless employee or is LG trying to get away with murder and not update their whole Optimus line? If it’s the latter, they’re pretty much shooting themselves in the foot. In the smartphone market you don’t really want a reputation of not updating your phones, ask Samsung and their whole Behold II fight with the community.
UPDATE (by John Walton): LG’s Facebook rep incorrectly told Alberto, the author of this post, that the Optimus line of phones would not receive an Android 2.3 update because of a non-existant minimum clock speed imposed by Gingerbread. Android lead Dan Morrill set the record straight on Twitter:
Why an LG representative would choose to invoke erroneous Android limitations rather than offer up a standard cut-and-paste response is a mystery. A simple, “LG will be working hard on updating the Optimus line of phones to the latest version of Android, Gingerbread. We will announce a release window as soon as one has been established,” would have sufficed.
UPDATE 2: LG has now responded with the usual PR line while apologizing for the confusion. It’s okay LG we forgive you.
LG released information prematurely regarding the minimum processor upgrade requirements for the LG Optimus. Google recently announced the Gingerbread platform and has not yet published the Gingerbread Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) or the public branch open source code. Once the CDD and the source code is public, LG will evaluate the upgradability of the Optimus Series. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding. We will alert you as soon as more information on this topic is available.