For those who bought the LG Optimus 2X, known as the G2x here in the U.S. on T-Mobile are in for a rude awakening as LG has announced that they can’t update that device to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s worse is for international owners of the Optimus 2X they are still stuck on Froyo, Android 2.2.
You may remember that LG was quick to rush out the Optimus 2X and make it the first dual core smartphone, worthy of a Guinness Book of World’s Records entry. It wasn’t too far after that, that problems started being reported.
Despite it’s Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core architecture the phone has been prone to bugs including random reboots, factory data resets and not receiving signal in excellent coverage areas. The list went on in forums and there were rumors that went back and forth as to whether or not T-Mobile was pulling the device. For a short time they did pull it off their website but it quickly returned.
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The device entered the world with a dual core processor and Android 2.2 Froyo however the T-Mobile version was updated to Android 2.3, Gingerbread, via an update using LG’s PC based software update tool. For whatever reason the overseas versions weren’t lucky enough to get the same upgrade.
Despite being the third largest provider of mobile phones by revenue in Q3 2011, LG has been plagued with numerous problems in their mobile division. In 2010 they made some major executive changes and vowed to come back by pledging great products, and a concentration on Android.
Another LG phone, the LG Optimus Black, came to the United States as the LG Marque just a few weeks ago. The problem with that is that LG Optimus Blacks were shipped to journalists for review, (including us) before MWC which was in February. Why it took 8 months to get the LG Optimus Black here is beyond comprehension. By the time the device arrived, it’s super phone specs for February 2011 were just good enough to get the mid-range designation when it arrived at Sprint.
LG has had 4 devices that should have been worthy of top shelf status; the LG Revolution on Verizon Wireless, The LG Thrill (Optimus 3D) on AT&T, The LG G2X (Optimus 2X on T-Mobile), and the LG Marque (LG Optimus Black). However each one of these devices has either been extremely late, riddled with problems, or now, in the case of the G2X, riddled with problems and not upgradeable.