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Android OS 2.3 Won't Be Available For LG Optimus Range

LG has confirmed via its Facebook page that the Optimus family of smartphones won't get Google's latest mobile operating system, Gingerbread.

The Korean manufacturer said that “The Optimus line won't be getting the Gingerbread update because they have a 600MHz processor, and the minimum requirements for Gingerbread are a 1Ghz processor at least".

LG currently has four Android smartphones in its line-up, the LG Optimus One, the Optimus, the InTouch Max and the Chic in its portfolio, all of which are mainstream models that may not be powerful enough to run Android OS 2.3.

However, Dan Morill, the Google open source and compatibility program manager, said that there's no absolute CPU requirements for Android OS 2.3.

The reason might lie in the fact that there is no strong financial incentive for LG and its partners to spend R&D to bring a free software update for users who will then stick to their existing handset rather than buying new ones.

Instead, expect LG, which has pretty much ruled itself out of the top-end market since the Chocolate, to make a comeback in 2011 with a bigger range of top of the range smartphones that are based on Android OS 2.3.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.