LG Spectrum "very close" to getting Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted by Mark Raby

The next phone to get Android version 4.0 could be the LG Spectrum.

A company representative posted a message on an official LG forum in which he wrote that the update to the recent version of Android, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is "very close to release."

It seems that the only part of the process still needing to be finalized is on the Verizon side of things.

Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, and includes such features as scanning your face to unlock the phone, a much more robust speech-to-text software program, and an entire platform of data sharing that focuses on Near Field Communication (NFC).

Several other manufacturers have pledged support for the new update, and a bunch of phones currently running an older version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now powering a decent amount of active Android devices, despite having a slow initial rollout in the early part of the year.

Google sees Android 4.0 as a big reset button on the mobile platform, since it has much stricter hardware guidelines that it hopes will help prevent fragmentation in the future. This is a goal we've heard in previous rollouts of Android, so we'll see if it actually is realized this time.