For all you Optimus 2X owners who are still reeling from the earlier news that your handset won’t be receiving the ICS update after 9 months waiting for the damn thing, here’s a tiny, itsy-bitsy little ray of hope for you to hang on to. It appears that LG will be updating the Optimus 2X to ICS after all… in Korea. Yup, that’s right. While an LG rep for Canada may have said that the handset wouldn’t be updated after all, LG Korea is still hard at work on the update, as evidenced by this tweet:
So it seems Korean Optimus 2X owners will be getting their happy ending while the rest of the world awaits some sort of official announcement.
The LG Optimus 2X has been rather controversial, and for all the wrong reasons. It was LG’s flagship Android phone for a while, beating other dual core handsets to the market, including the Galaxy S2. While it did take the crown as the world’s first dual core smartphone, it’s been plagued with firmware update issues ever since. Gingerbread 2.3 phones were already available in the market as early as December of 2010, yet it launched in February 2011 with Froyo 2.2 and didn’t get the Gingerbread update until November of the same year. That’s 9 whole months since its launch that it was running outdated firmware, and 11 months if you prefer to start counting from when Gingerbread was already available.
When Ice Cream Sandwich first came out, I’m pretty sure a lot of Optimus 2X owners were anxious to find out when they would get the update, however how long it would take. I can remember the outrage on a lot of the tech blogs I follow after they reported the news that LG wasn’t planning an ICS update for it. Sure enough, after a couple of days of having come under fire for its decision not to update the Optimus 2X, LG did an about face and promised an update for Q2 of 2012, which was then moved to Q3 after some delays.
Then, sometime in late July, LG Canada tweeted that the Optimus 2X would not be receiving the ICS update, saying the original statement was a general one issued from their headquarters in Korea. While there was a lot of outrage about THAT, it seems that the latest tweet means that international owners still have hope.
Still, it’s not a good idea at this point to do another about face and start believing that LG will be providing that ICS update in Q3 after all, especially when there’s been so many about faces already. Most Optimus 2X owners are probably thinking about getting their next phone anyway… and steering clear away from LG.