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No Gingerbread This Christmas For Optimus

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With everyone getting excited about the Gingerbread launch earlier this week on the Nexus S, it was inevitable that attention would turn to when and where the update would be rolled out next.

Well it seems as if LG has ruled itself out of the game already, telling its Facebook fans that neither its Optimus One or Optimus Chic would be receiving the update. Period. In a post on it’s Facebook site LG explained the announcement: “The Optimus line won't be getting the Gingerbread update because they have a 600MHz processor, and the minimum requirements for Gingerbread require 1 GHz processor. In other words: it's not possible to update the processor, unfortunately."

This is an interesting take on the Android update considering Google has at no time specified what processor speed would be needed to run Gingerbread. As if to confirm this, an Android developer, Dan Morrill (@morildl) tweeted: “Random note: there's no hard minimum processor requirements for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I'd know. ;)” He then went on to reply to a number of questions regarding Gingerbread’s requirement adding that 2.3 hardware needs were the same as the previous iteration, Froyo “Android has never had hard processor reqmts, tho older devices do fall behind. GB H/W needs are similar to FY.”

So we are trying to figure out why LG would make such a statement (though the Facebook post seems to have now been taken down) and could see some owners return their phones if still within the 30-day limit, as one Facebook fan threatened: “If LG is using this as an excuse not to update a phone that came out literally 3 weeks ago, that is absurd. I'll most likely be returning the Optimus S inside the 30 day window if this is the support that can be expected on a brand new product.” This could be a lot of people considering the Optimus One sold one million units in just 40 days.

It seems that LG could have shot themselves in the foot with this announcement and we will have to wait for official word from the South Korean manufacturer on the subject. In the mean time it seems likely that HTC, producer of the best-selling Android phones, and Samsung who partnered with Google in building the Nexus S, will be the first manufacturers to get Gingerbread.

And so we start all over again with the update cycle. Some phones will never get the upgrade (for whatever reason). Some will wait for months to get it. Some will get it immediately. And others will start wondering if there will be an Android 2.4 update they can look forward to.

Update: Well it seems as if LG has had to back down from its earlier stance of "You'll never get Gingerbread" by issuing the following statement: "LG released information prematurely regarding the minimum processor upgrade requirements for the LG Optimus. Google recently announced the Gingerbread platform and has not yet published the Gingerbread Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) or the public branch open source code. Once the CDD and the source code is public, LG will evaluate the upgradability of the Optimus Series. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding. We will alert you as soon as more information on this topic is available."

So I guess that means don't stop buying the Optimus range of phones.

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