When it comes to Android smartphones where their manufacturer has denied the possibility of an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, we’re running into surprise after surprise. First, we heard from Google that the Nexus One, despite being the flagship Android model at the time of its release, would not see an official update. The latest to join that club shows that not even dual-core handsets are immune, with LG posting that it will not distribute an Ice Cream Sandwich update to the less-than-a-year-old Optimus 2X.
Now, admittedly, LG hasn’t had a stellar reputation for getting updates to the 2X, but it’s hard to get past hearing that a dual-core Android will be soon be left behind. When the Optimus 2X first arrived in a world of single-core phones, it probably seemed like a great way to future-proof: “sure, I don’t really need that kind of processing power now, but you never know what next year’s software will need; better just make the investment now.”
LG revealed the 2X’s fate on Facebook, responding to a user’s direct question about the phone’s future with Ice Cream Sandwich. It stated, “we will not be introducing Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich updates on LG Optimus 2X P990.” While that sounds pretty definite, it oddly also recommended the user check back for updates on the situation. This exchange took place over a week ago, and as it came to the world’s attention this morning, it seems that LG has gone and deleted its response. Did it change its mind, or is it just trying to avoid the bad publicity for a little while longer?