The update for the LG Optimus S was announced back in January. It took another nine months for Sprint and LG to approve the Android 2.3 upgrade. It took about 48 hours after that for LG and Sprint to pull the update due to issues, and promise a re-release.
Since then, the only news on the subject was that LG offered up a downgrade tool to bring those that did get the broken Android 2.3 update back to Android 2.2 Froyo. Many were concerned due to the delay and offering of such a tool, combined with Virgin Mobile confirming that the Optimus V would never get Gingerbreadâ€¦ that those on Sprint proper would be stuck at Froyo forever.
Sprint representatives today confirmed to PhoneNews.com that LG and Sprint are indeed working on the update still, and hope to have more information shortly on an expected release date. While not confirming the news, it does show LG and Sprint have not aborted the update. Despite Virgin Mobile’s absurd and shocking refusal to offer Gingerbread for the Optimus V, it appears Sprint will at least make good on their commitment to postpay customers, and follow through with the update.
This has not been a good month for LG, let alone a good year for LG, on making good on firmware updates. The company is still encountering issues with the LG Revolution and its Gingerbread update. That phone too is several months old, and has suffered from a staggering delay in getting its Gingerbread update. These updates come on the heels of Android 4.0′s release with the Galaxy Nexus.
None of these affected LG phones are expected to ever officially be upgraded to Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich.