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.