A couple weeks ago we reported that the LG Optimus 2X would not be getting an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That report was based on a tweet made by LG Canada indicating the update had been cancelled despite earlier statements from LG promising an ICS upgrade for the handset. The situation has changed again, this time via a tweet from LG Korea. They indicate work on an ICS upgrade for the Optimus 2X has been conducted and some testing has already been completed.
It seems at this point that the statement from LG Canada may have only been applicable to the Canadian market. The question now is whether the tweet from LG Korea is valid for any other markets outside of Korea. Except for general statements issued in the past about the ICS update being available in Q3, no other details about a release schedule are available.
Some sad news coming from LG Canada’s Twitter account today. The LG Optimus 2X won’t be receiving an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich as previously stated. The statement was issued in response to a tweet asking if the device would receive the delicious update. LG Canada did not explain the reason users would not see ICS, just stating “the original announcement was a general statement issued from HQ.”
Well this is a sudden turn of events. After previously stating that the phone would not be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich, LG has confirmed Android 4.0 will be coming to the Optimus 2x as well as other high-end handsets. Hit the break to see the official statement from LG’s Facebook page.
“LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.
Thank you very much.”
LG Optimus owners have been eagerly waiting for their Gingerbread updates, and it looks like LG is finally ready to roll in Europe. The Optimus 2X will start on November 1, the Optimus 3D will start November 21, and the Optimus Black will kick off on November 28. Please understand that these dates are for the unlocked and carrier-unbranded versions. For those of you that own any of these devices through a carrier, you will have to wait a little longer. If you are outside of Europe, we are expecting a push globally, but no timetable has been set.
LG has announced, via their official web page, that they’ll be offering a new service for those who have purchased a product from their Optimus lineup. The new “Remote Call Service” will allow LG to be the very first handset manufacturer with the ability to provide remote maintenance to diagnose a software issue or push an OTA directly to your device. With the aid of 3G and WiFi networks, LG has eliminated the necessity to visit a customer care center when a problem arises.
“Convenience is what LG is about and remote call services fit our brand character perfectly,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG is leading the way in virtual services and follow-up care for our customers everywhere. Being there for customers from A to Z is a key priority for us.”
The services will be available for those who own a handset from their premium Optimus lineup such as the LG Optimus 2X, Optimus Black and Optimus 3D. The service is made possible thanks to LG’s “Remote Call” app that’s pre-installed on the device, no need to leave your home. Hit the break to check out the full press release and to see how LG plans to pull this off. We think this is a great service and other carriers and manufacturers should pay attention. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
The LG Optimus 2X has been on the radar of every gadget aficionado since its announcement, in no small part due to its first phone to dual-core processor status. Well, apparently gadget freaks like myself weren’t the only ones impressed, as none other than Guinness World Records has awarded the Optimus 2X…well…a record for its multi-core rocking abilities. This is great news and press for LG, as the Optimus 2X has some sturdy competition coming later this year. While it may have landed the first blow in the dual-core brawl, time will tell how it contends against the likes of similar powerhouses coming from Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. Anyone care to make some claims as to which they think are going to rock the world? Feel free in the comments!
[via guinness world records]
When Cyanogen tweeted that he bought a T-Mobile G2X, the hacking community must have fainted on the spot in joy of what was about to happen to their dual-core powered pocket beast. Cyanogen has been hard at work and we too want to thank his lady for being patient with him, as he hacks away on behalf of the dev community. It truly means a great deal to us, as he is definitely our most beloved nerd hero. That being said, the highly custom ROM, CyanogenMod7, is now available for you G2X and Optimus 2X owners. I can’t even begin to imagine how fast these builds are going to allow the device to go. Keep in mind that these are nightly builds, so there may be a few bugs initially. According to XDA, known issues include video capture, audio playback and a few auto-brightness bugs.
So, if you’re dying to get your hands on some CM7 sprinkled with Gingerbread, head on over to the XDA thread via the respective source thread. And feel free to ignore this if you just want to wait for the official 2.3 Gingerbread OTA that will be sent by T-Mobile. Please make sure you know the difference between the two devices. The T-Mobile G2X based in the US is similar to its cousin, the Optimus 2X but is based overseas and has slightly different software on board. And as usual, TA is not responsible for anyone who bricks the smack out of their device. Do this at your own risk. If you’re not familiar with the rooting process, get a friend who is or steer clear of it for now. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for some screenshots and to snag the XDA thread links.
The LG Optimus 2X is a beast of a smartphone by anyone’s standards today. What typically happens with deadly phones like this however, is that the carrier or manufacturer decide to pre-load it with a bunch of apps they think will improve the overall use for the consumer. As this is a much larger subject as to why they should just leave the OS alone and let US decide what apps to install, the LG Optimus 2X will be launching with little more than stock Android 2.2, with an upgrade to Gingerbread right after launch. NICE!
That said, there’s always a need to put a little more than stock Android on your beastly device right? So, the LG Optmius 2X, also known as the T-Mobile G2X when they launch it, has gotten some custom coding courtesy of Paul from MoDaCo. Paul successfully built a custom recovery, kernel and custom ROM for the Optmius 2X, which means that when it launches, which we hope to be very soon, you’ll be able to bring it home and start loading it up with some CM7, or maybe a few other ROMs that may be available by the time this hits the market. Head on over to the xda source link below to stay up to date on the developments available for the Optimus 2X.
[via intomobile, xda]
T-Mobile has made the LG G2x official at CTIA and it will be available this spring. The rest of the world knows it as the LG Optimus 2X. This will be a pure vanilla android device, but it will come with preloaded apps like Qik, Need for Speed Shift HD, T-Mobile TV, and DTS Ultra Mobile sound enhancer. The G2x will ship with Froyo. Other specs include:
- Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor from NVIDIA
- 4 inch display with 480 x 800 resolution
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
- 1080p video recording
- HSPA+ 4G network
NVIDIA reported that the G2x will be the first phone to ship with Tegra Zone. With the Tegra Zone app, users will be able to easily find games that are optimized for the Tegra mobile processor.
Are you guys excited for vanilla android?
It looks like LG is coming in a little later than expected (or stated) when it comes to releasing the LG Optimus 2X in Europe. We heard from LG it was going to be in January, but now we can see it’ll be sometime “this month”. Good things come to those who wait I guess is the most appropriate saying to throw in right about now.
The Optimus 2X will ship with Android 2.2, but will be updated to Gingerbread as soon as they can make it available, which is a promise from LG. The current pricing found in Germany for the LG Optimus Speed is around €500 and should be similarly priced at launch in other European markets.
Full Press Release below.