LG may have had a big year in 2012, with the release of the Optimus 4X HD, the Optimus G, and the Nexus 4, but they still have done nothing to get rid of their tarnished reputation when it comes to OS updates. Apart from the Nexus 4, even the company’s high-end models are still stuck on Android 4.0, with their mid-range devices still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Well, after a long wait, if you’ve had reason to hold on to your LG Optimus Black, we have some good news for you! After an announcement back in August last year that the Optimus Black would be receiving an official update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,  the rollout has finally reached the shores of India. The update, which takes the OS version to Android 4.0.4, is currently available from the LG Mobile Support Tool. We have no indication yet as to whether the update will eventually be available OTA, or will only be possible via the desktop tool. You can check for an OTA update by following the simple instructions here.

The upgrade to Android 4.0 will introduce standard ICS features such as folders, smoother multi-tasking, and faster performance, along with some UI enhancements from LG including updated gesture features, smoother boot animation, and the availability of the LG Quick Memo app.

The LG Optimus Black is quite a popular phone in India even though it was released almost two years ago. The low-cost of the device, and the fact that it is from an internationally-renowned manufacturer have gone a long way in keeping the device relevant in the eyes of consumers, and the availability of the Android 4.0 ICS update will make things even better! It feels like I’ve been saying a lot of “it’s better late than never” when it comes to OS update cycles of OEMs, but as long as it happens eventually, the wait is certainly worth it.

What are your thoughts? Do you own an LG Optimus Black? Have you received the update to Android 4.0 yet? If yes, share your experience in the comments section below.

Ankit Banerjee
My primary profession lies in the Network Design Engineering field. I have always been passionate about the latest trends in mobile communication advances around the world.
  • Mike Bastable

    They have not updated the optimius 3d yet in europe OTA, LG is a disgrace. Also no Mac tools….

  • Arun Rathi

    The recent update has come with lots of bugs or issues.
    Main issues with the update are….
    1- Not all HD videos of 1280*720 resolution are supported by stock player. Even MX player doesn’t support them.
    2- On/off audio is missing.
    3- Hindi fonts are not displaying properly in 3rd party apps and in editting windows.
    4- Phone ringtone is automatically set to default LG ringtone everytime phone starts.
    5- System font styles have been reduced to three.
    6- LG keyboard does not have hindi language.

  • Raul

    Hi need your help on 2 things…
    1. The Blue Led light on the 4 touch senstive keys on the front has become white nd gets on even if i touch the screen of the phone…is it normal
    I used to love the blue led light..is dere any way i can get it back…?
    2. How can i get a nexus 4 in India…?

  • MG

    Merge si in Romanica upgradul la Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.!Felicitari!!!!!!!

  • MG

    Merge si in romanica noastra upgradul la Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich! FELICITARI LG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Much better after the ICS update.
    – the led light are now back to life and you can control how long they stay lighted
    – the hands free speaker performance is much better now
    – the Chrome browser is very fast
    – overall performance is smoother and faster
    The only negative after ICS update is the camera. Now quality of pics is by far less than when in Gingerbread.

  • Mukund Tambe

    I am using LG Optimus Black P970 (ICS. 4.0.4). But the problem is i am not able to view hindi font properly. I rooted my device did everything but still the problem persist. Pls help.