Telus LG Shine Plus Android 2.3 Gingerbread update coming in late September
In Canada, the LG Ally that’s on Verizon in the US is being sold by Telus as the LG Shine Plus. This midrange Android-powered device has been available in Canada since September 2010, and it’s probably selling rather well if it has managed to survive in the carrier’s portfolio this long.
LG Shine Plus owners should be happy to hear that LG and Telus do plan to issue an update that will make the phone run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. That’s not something that happens a lot with midrange devices, so kudos to LG and Telus.
There is one caveat however: the update will only become available in “late September”. That’s a lot of waiting still left to do on the part of Shine Plus owners. And these very late updates are becoming more and more common in the Android world, unfortunately. By the time it reaches the Shine Plus, Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be 9 months old. It’s obviously unclear what is taking LG and Telus so long. Perhaps the carrier would just rather you buy a new device than wait for such updates to reach you.
Anyway, if you don’t have the option of changing devices (perhaps you’ve signed into one of those trademark-Canadian three-year contracts when you bought your LG Shine Plus), then it’s time to be very patient. The latest OS version is on its way to you. It’s just coming by footman from South Korea, presumably.