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LG backtracks on Android 2.3 upgrade for Optimus One

The Optimus One to get next-gen Android
The Optimus One to get next-gen Android

LG's PR faux pas over a possible Android 2.3 update to the Optimus One has been mitigated by a new promise from the Korean firm.

The electronics firm originally claimed that the Android 2.3 update wasn't coming for the budget phone, as it couldn't be run with a meagre 600MHz processor.

Erm... no?

But as that was swiftly confirmed as utter rubbish by developers and fans alike, LG has moved to change its mind completely and confirm the update now IS coming via its US site:

"LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course.

"We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue."

It takes some steely nerve to completely admit fault over something like this, but the fact it initially tried to pull the wool over its users eyes, wittingly or not, isn't likely to be forgotten anytime soon.

Via Engadget

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.