Ah, the poor LG Spectrum. Soon after it was released with mediocre Gingerbread-based software the Samsung Galaxy S III showed up to rain on LG's parade. Well, the Spectrum is getting a big update to Android 4.0.4 that should make owners much happier. Watch out, though. It clocks in at a whopping 384MB.


Many of the new features will be familiar to users of ICS on other devices, but some of it is part of LG's Android skin. Features include:

  • Customizable lock screen shortcuts
  • Customizable home screen launch bar
  • ICS system theme
  • ICS-style app drawer with widgets
  • ICS multitasking
  • ICS-style notifications
  • Quick settings in the notification panel
  • New power saving functionality
  • ICS data usage monitor
  • Verizon Remote Diagnostic Tool (if you're into that sort of thing)

Yes, Jelly Bean has been out for months, but this was not a terribly well-received phone. Usually only the top-tier devices get the best update love. Ice Cream Sandwich is at least modern software, and it's a huge leap ahead when compared to Gingerbread – really, the old LG UI was incredibly ugly. The update should hit devices in the coming week or so. Check the Verizon update docs for more details.

[Droid Life, Verizon]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Tyler Chappell

    Sadly, the new LG UI is not much better. The worst part about it is how arrogantly LG insists on separating your downloaded apps from the apps that come pre-installed, even when you choose to order them alphabetically. You have to move them all one-by-one if you really want them ordered alphabetically. I put the ICS update on my mom's LG Lucid today, got a respectable score of 3100 in Quadrant.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dhalamar David Miller

      I've got this phone and one of the first things I did was stick the Holo Launcher and Holo Locker on it... couldn't stand LG's PlaySkool UI. I really do like the phone, but damn. I'm never using that stock UI again. lol

      • Tyler Chappell

        Good combination, I was using the Holo Locker and Holo Launcher on my Thunderbolt for a time, I may try it for my mom but she will probably be confused by the totally unfamiliar look of a new launcher lol

  • Jop990

    what's about the Optimus 2X?