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Verizon LG Spectrum Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update finally available for download

If you own an LG Spectrum under Verizon network, there’s a reason to be happy today because Big Red just rolled (finally!) the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for your device. Some owners reported they were able to receive the update early this morning and that the process went smooth and successful.

LG Spectrum was released in January running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a promise that ICS would soon be rolled out. Back in July, owners should have been excited because the announcement about the update was made but it caused frustration as it was pushed back with both LG and Verizon haven’t provided an ETA. But all of it is over now because everyone can now taste the sweetness of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Android 4.0 ICS update for Verizon LG Spectrum is a huge package because the core architecture of the OS will be replaced. Typically, it will take around 10 to 15 minutes before the process is completed depending on the speed of your internet connection. So, it is advisable you double check if you have a stable connection before taking the first step. Here are some of the features Spectrum owners can enjoy after the process.

Face Unlock. ICS is the version wherein the facial recognition technology is introduced. You can now unlock your LG Spectrum using your face. You should remember, however, that Face Unlock is more of a convenience or “cool” feature rather than a security feature.

Better, Faster Web Browsing. It’s for real. ICS brings along dramatic improvements when it comes to browsing the web or simply navigating through your phone. While Gingerbread was known to be the most stable Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich comes with hundreds of tweaks and improvements making it way faster than GB and one of the aspects developers focused on is browsing performance.

New User Interface. There are noticeable differences between GB and ICS plus the latter is made even more interactive. The UI should be among the first things you can easily appreciate after the update as everything is almost resizable.

Data Management. You can cap your data usage and set warnings so that you will be notified by the time you reach a certain data threshold. Of course, this is important especially for people who don’t have unlimited data plans.

More Improvements. Bugs have been fixed and almost every aspect of your LG Spectrum is improved. It is logical that the battery would last longer than before. One owner reported his battery can now reach up to 7 hours of straight browsing using 3G network. Of course, that’s way longer than the previous 5.5 hours of browsing based on reviews.

Verizon’s support forum is now busy with people reporting they have already updated their devices. Based on the posts today, only a few are complaining about some errors. If you want to share your experience, we encourage you to visit it. Just find the link below.

[sources: Verizon Support Community]

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  1. thank you so much for your link. It worked perfectly and without your advice, I couldn’t find any help.

  2. this is the worst thing to happen to my Spectrum. this new download is causing my battery to die faster than it ever did and I’m not interested in any of the bells and whistles that it’s offering. Now Im just going to have to go out and get a new phone

  3. I can not stand the update. It downloaded all my contacts back into my phone so now I have duplicates and have to manually remove them. Trying to text is a pain in the butt. My settings are gone. Answering the phone is a pain. My battery drains faster and does not last nearly as long. The only nice aspect is I can move pictures from one album to the next.

  4. Now I tried it from the Windows 7 Update assistant tool and it made my phone completely crash…no home screen, no apps, no 3g, no nothing…

  5. This is the 10th time of me trying to install it. I have 3G and Wifi on, but it seems to cut out before even getting past 10%. The battery is fully charged and I am sitting right next to my router.

  6. To those who ate having fail issues… make sure u dont have and task killers or battery savers. It could possibly be cutting off the update causing the error…

  7. Updated yesterday. i go to check for updates today and have to redownload. Vzw hosed us all on this phone. my loyalty is beyond low with vzw, and i have 2 spectrums. i use one as a hotspot and browse. hiw you like me now big red? I’m running netflix 24 7 365 just for their greed!!! Nothings unlimited

  8. My LG Spectrum on Verizon says error in downloading the update. =( They are sending me a new phone as tech support couldn’t resolve the problem. Horrible. What’s real bad is my boyfriend has a Spectrum also on my account and his went through fine…

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