Will the LG Optimus One get Gingerbread – Android 2.3?

This was the question I’ve asked myself after Google announced its new smartphone Nexus S, successor to the Nexus One, earlier this week. As every Android fan may already know, Google has already released the latest iteration to its popular Android operating system. Also known as Gingerbread, this latest major version release as of this writing is only available on the Nexus S.

Initially, a LG representative announced on its Facebook page that the Optimus One will not be getting an upgrade to Gingerbread. The reason was that the latest Android iteration needs a 1GHz processor minimum requirement.

So there we go, it would appear that no update will come for Optimus One phones. Or not!

From what I’ve read in the latest tech blogs, the supposed hardware requirement for Gingerbread is not true. It has been refuted by Android developer Dan Morrill via Twitter as “complete nonsense.” Hardware requirements for Gingerbread is said to be the same as Froyo, and it could even run better on that same hardware.

LG Optimus One owners may have some hope yet after all.

Then LG announced this piece of good news:

LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue.

Hurray! Rejoice Optimus One users.

The release date for the update has not been announced yet, it seems. I am already very excited and can’t wait for this upgrade to come out.