LG released a number of high end smartphones to the United States in 2011 including the LG G2X, LG Nitro HD, LG Thrill and in some eyes the LG Marquee. While all these devices are U.S. based models they released all of them overseas with other names.
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According to LG’s Facebook page they have plans to update a number of their high end Android devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While this is great, their roll out time frame seems a little long. The LG Optimus LTE, Optimus 2X, Prada 3.0, Optimus Sol, and MyTouch Q will all get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2 of 2012. The only device in that list released in the U.S. is the MyTouch Q.
Those with the LG Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2, and Optimus EX are set to get Android 4.0, in Q3 2012.
Other than the MyTouch Q none of the other LG devices released in the United States were listed on LG’s Facebook page. While some may make the assumption that since their International counterparts are getting Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, their U.S. models will too, that’s unfortunately not the case.
LG gave a statement to Phonearena’s John Velasco today:
“the carriers make the decisions as to which devices receive what upgrades and when.”
Of course this may seem like a no brainer to you and I, update the devices to make people happy, a lot more goes into carrier decisions about upgrades. Carriers need to think about how an upgrade will affect their network. Will an upgrade cause an uptick in data consumption, and things like that go into these carrier decisions.
More importantly they need to weigh the amount of time the phone has been on the market vs the devices that are coming out next month. Carriers want/need customers to buy new phones every time their contract is up or close to being up so the decision to stick with the carrier is easy.