When will your LG smartphone get Android's Ice Cream Sandwich update?

Will your LG phone get Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich update and how long will it take?

LG's Optimus Black is one of four Android phones that the company has confirmed will be updated to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android

LG's Optimus Black is one of four Android phones that the company has confirmed will be updated to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android

The latest version of Google's Android software — 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich — has been released but when will your LG smartphone get it?

Why your smartphone is waiting for Android's Ice Cream Sandwich update
Top rated Android phones: January 2012

The good news is that LG has already released some details about its upgrade process. The bad news is that most of these upgrades will take a significant amount of time — the company's global ICS upgrade schedule will begin in the second and third quarters of this year (April at the earliest).

In the second quarter of 2012 LG has promised to upgrade the newly announced Prada Phone by LG 3.0, and the Optimus 2X, which was the first dual-core smartphone in the world. Vodafone will exclusively launch the Prada Phone in March, while the LG Optimus 2X originally launched through retailer Harvey Norman but is now stocked at mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Crazy Johns.

LG's Optimus 3D (Optus) and Optimus Black (all carriers) will be upgraded in the third quarter of 2012 (July at the earliest).

LG ICS An LG document outlining the company's Android update schedule

LG has been clear to point out that the exact time frame for each of these upgrades will vary by market, depending on the carrier and the particular smartphone in question. We detailed these issues in our feature on why it takes so long for Android phones to receive the latest software updates.

LG's original Optimus, the Optimus One and the Optimus Me (P350) will not be receiving Android's Ice Cream Sandwich update. The company says it is currently "evaluating the future software upgrade" for LG's Optimus Spirit, a pre-paid smartphone exclusive to Telstra in Australia. As it's an inexpensive prepaid handset, the odds of the Optimus Spirit getting an ICS update are very low.

We have compiled LG's ICS upgrade information into a convenient table below for your reference and will keep it updated as local information comes to hand.

LG's Android Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule:

LG model Prada Phone by LG 3.0 LG Optimus Spirit LG Optimus 3D LG Optimus Black LG Optimus Me (P350) LG Optimus 2X LG Optimus One LG Optimus
Confirmed for ICS update? Yes TBC Yes Yes No Yes No No
Update time-frame Q2 2012 (April, May, June) TBC Q3 2012 (July, August, September) Q3 2012 (July, August, September) N/A Q2 2012 (April, May, June) N/A N/A
Australian carriers Vodafone Telstra Optus Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Crazy Johns Allphones, Telechoice Crazy Johns Crazy Johns, Virgin Mobile Virgin Mobile

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