LG, specifically its US wing, has made an outlandish claim on its Facebook page that Android 2.3, AKA Gingerbread, requires handsets to be packing at least a 1GHz processor.
In an attempt to explain its reasons for not updating its Android-powered Optimus range to the latest firmware, a Facebook post by LG USA Mobile has caused furore from fans and critics alike.
It said: “So, the Optimus line won’t be getting the Gingerbread update because they they have a 600MHz processor and the minimum requirements for Gingerbread require 1 GHz processor.
In other words: it’s not possible to update the processor, unfortunately.”
However, Android engineer Romain Guy, tweeted in response, saying:
“Random note: there's no hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Trust me, if there were I'd know. ;) (via @morrildl)”
Fans have been less diplomatic, though, as they made their anger known on LG’s Facebook wall. LG has since removed its post and has yet to comment on it.
The question is, would a processor requirement really be such a bad thing? Android’s fragmentation situation isn't getting any better, with games like Angry Birds not working properly on handsets with lower-powered processors.
Sure, a hardware requirement right now may leave current owners of sub-1GHz handsets out in the cold, but in the long run it may become necessity to keep the platform unified.
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