LG Optimus 2X finally gets Ice Cream Sandwich

While LG’s Optimus 2X was a fine phone in its heyday when it comes to specs, it’s no secret LG dropped the ball on the software side of things. If experience-breaking bugs that took forever to fix didn’t steer you away from the device then the lack of timely software upgrades likely did nothing for your level of happiness, either.

Those who might still be hanging onto the LG Optimus 2X can relax, though, as the device has finally gotten Ice Cream Sandwich! Folks in Korea have had it for a while, and the development community has helped deliver it to those not opposed to tinkering with their devices, but those who’d rather get their upgrades straight from the horse’s mouth are finally in business.

In this age of Jelly Bean it might be a bit weird to be so excited about Ice Cream Sandwich, but the most important thing here is that folks are on a modern version of Android. This gives them access to apps with the new Holo UI, and it means there won’t be many apps that they can’t run as opposed to being on Gingerbread. It’s a shame that it took so long, but it’s better late than never.

This won’t be your typical OTA update so note that you’ll need a PC to download companion software to get this upgrade loaded. Also note that this upgrade will be for the international version only — roll-outs for carrier specific devices are still subject to carrier approval. Yep, that means T-Mobile G2X owners here in the states are also part of that group that will still have to wait.

But you’re doing yourself a disservice if you have yet to root your device. Be sure to head to the G2X’s All Things Root section at AndroidForums.com to learn how you can root your device and get Ice Cream Sandwich (and later!) yourself.

Trust me, if you follow instructions and go about everything carefully it’ll be a lot less stressful than trying to wait on the official upgrade to get to your device.

[via XDA, thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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  • Durandal_1707

    Sorry LG, I already ditched my crappy G2x for a Samsung GS3, which actually works. Not that it matters; I’d bet that even with the ICS upgrade (which is of course being released now that it is fully two versions behind), the stupid thing would *still* lock up all the time. Lesson learned; I’ll never be buying an LG phone again, that’s for sure.

    • guitarist5122

      Lol, I’m ditching my g2x next week. The ics they are releasing is probably as buggy as their froyo and gb releases. I see the light at the end of this long and painful tunnel.

  • BigCiX

    About damn time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ansul Gupta
  • UMA_Fan

    Really LG?

  • Micha Ols

    I just hope they release all sources soon, so that CM can build a bugfree CM10.1

  • Spence from KC

    Sorry LG, but you lost me some months ago to Samsung. (Love my GS3!)

    So, I no longer use my G2x, and am sad that their support for that awesome phone was so bad and behind the times. But I’m a Sammy fan now and will never pay for an LG device again in my life.

  • Darknut

    Still using a G2x.. upgrading to an Optimus G soon.. I don’t like samsungs phones that much, the display is the most important component and LGs displays trump the Amoleds samsung uses, in brightness and in clarity. Build quality is good and looks nice too.. the S3 is a decent phone (I’m personally not a fan) I think the best phones out right now are the Optimus G or Nexus 4 anf then the Note 2.

  • ty

    Got rid of that g2x many a months ago

  • erni74

    I can’t believe it, but it’s true, after one year of Android Ice Cream Sandwich Release this Smartphone is getting the Update!!!

  • Jerry Marshall

    yeah i sold my g2x for an S3 and won’t look back. it’s good that it’s coming for the LG phones, but it’s too little, too late. moved on, nothing to see here :)