Yesterday, handset maker LG had announced that Android 2.3 Gingerbread would require a minimum mobile processor clock speed of 1 GHz; the company used this requirement as justifications to why its Optimus One smartphone (which is available in various variants for U.S. carriers), would not be upgradeable. However, it looks like LG is retracting its statement, stating that it has jumped the gun, and the company is saying that it will wait for the Gingerbread Compatibility Definition Document to be made public and re-evaluate the upgradeability of Optimus Series smartphones at that time.
LG released information prematurely regarding the minimum processor upgrade requirements for the LG Optimus. Google recently announced the Gingerbread platform and has not yet published the Gingerbread Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) or the public branch open source code. Once the CDD and the source code is public, LG will evaluate the upgradability of the Optimus Series. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding. We will alert you as soon as more information on this topic is available.
Even if smartphones do meet the minimum requirements for upgradeability, it is up to carriers and manufacturers to decide on whether they want to release an upgrade path for Android-based handsets. For this reason–and the fact that a few capable handsets in the past have been left behind in the Android upgrade lifecycle–industry watchers have complained about Android fragmentation. Rivals, like Apple and Microsoft, are now bypassing carriers and OEMs for upgrades, and are pushing out upgrades directly. Apple is making upgrades for its iOS platforms available via iTunes while Microsoft is implementing direct to consumer Windows Phone 7 upgrades over the air, a process that can now be achieved since the company had issued minimum specs requirements to Windows Phone 7 makers. With phones of similar or same specs, it’s easier now for Microsoft to target all Windows Phone 7, despite the fact that they may come from various manufacturers.