LG released source for Optimus 2X ICS

Posted by Mark Raby

LG has officially released the source to the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Optimus 2X phone.

The company previously rolled out the update to phone users in Korea, but then abruptly halted plans to do the same in the US. Now, it has released the source file to the update so modders can install it on their device if they want.

It remains unclear if or when LG will officially roll out the updated firmware to subscribers. In the US, the phone runs exclusively on T-Mobile.

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 saw 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.

Of course, the release of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, sort of quashes those hopes. Around 2% of all Android devices are already running the Jelly Bean software.