Verizon LG Spectrum Gets A Software Update

Earlier this year, LG launched the amazing LG Spectrum at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the company’s second smartphone with 4G LTE capabilities. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. The LG Spectrum originally runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Verizon has already announced its Android 4.0 update plans for a number of smartphones including the LG Spectrum.

Verizon will soon roll out a new software update for the LG Spectrum. No, this is not the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for which you have been waiting for months. However this update comes with many fixes and improvements. It also bring the updated version of the apps including the NFL, VZ Navigator, Amazon Kindle, My Verizon and more. Check out the complete specs after the break.

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Changelog:

Device Features:

  • EAS password follows security policy, requiring an 8-digit password minimum.
  • Application launch will not cause force close when the device is scanning for available Wi-Fi networks.
  • Improved outline for multiple calendar view.
  • Calendar reminders send notification at accurate time.
  • Successfully sync Optimum Online accounts using POP3.
  • Pinch zoom in Camera Preview mode to select zoom level.

Web Browsing & Email:

  • Sync and Connect email maximum count is 500 regardless of server settings.
  • Browser launches immediately upon selection.
  • Added ‘Select Search Engine’ option in browser settings.
  • Google Search is now set as default search for a better user experience.

Applications & Widgets:

  • Google GMS (Google Mobile Services) is upgraded to Gingerbread R9.
  • Updated Google Play (v3.3.12) with enhanced user experiences.
  • Updated Gmail (v2.3.5.2) with a series of security fixes.
  • Talk2 (v1.3) includes updated video chat capabilities.
  • Updated YouTube (v2.3.4) includes enhanced editing functionality.
  • Visual Voice Mail connection has been updated for a better user experience when syncing email.

Updated Apps:

  • NFL v4.0
  • VZ Navigator (v7.5.1.54)
  • Amazon Kindle (v3.3.2.3)
  • SmartShare (R2.0)
  • Verizon Video (v6.1.34)
  • My Verizon (v10.0.7)
  • V CAST Apps (v3.03.41)

The latest update is numbered VS920ZV5 and it bumps the LG Spectrum to Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Verizon and LG Unveil The LG Spectrum; Sports a 4.5-inch True HD IPS Display

LG and Verizon have just announced the company’s second phone with LTE capability to hit the United States biggest carrier, the Spectrum.

The Spectrum comes with a massive 4.5-inch True HD IPS display with a whopping 720p (1280×720) resolution screen, with a eye-popping 329pixels-per-inch Unlike the Galaxy Nexus 720p HD PenTile display, the IPS display on the Spectrum has a RGB pixel arrangement. Internally, the handset packs in a 1.5GHz S3 processor from Qualcomm and an Adreno 220 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and an microSD card slot with 16GB microSD card pre-installed.

The Spectrum also has all the other usual features like GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and the usual bunch of sensors. At the back of the Spectrum is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. Like all other high-end Droid handsets, the Spectrum is also capable of shooting videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.

The handset is powered by a 1830mAh battery, and will also come with an extended 3000mAh battery at its launch. Sadly, the Spectrum will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich later on. However, looking at LG’s history, I don’t think the Spectrum will get the update anytime before late Q2 of 2012.

The Spectrum will hit Verizon’s 4G network on January 19th, and should cost $299 on a two-year contract.