SMILEY FACED LG will bring Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its Optimus 3D smartphone in October, which will allow it to convert 2D apps and games to 3D display.
This morning we trekked down to Canary Wharf to LG's Optimus 3D Launch Pods where we had a look at the glasses free 3D phone. We spoke to one of LG's technical gurus who gave us some insight into what the handset will be able to do in the future.
LG launched the Optimus 3D smartphone in the UK market running Android 2.2 Froyo and the company confirmed with The INQUIRER today that the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread will come in October.
When the update appears it will bring the usual changes but a notable and interesting feature will be the ability to convert 2D applications and games into 3D. So yes, you will be able to play Angry Birds in 3D on the Optimus 3D.
The only requirement is that the application must be based on Open GL. The handset can already convert 2D content such as photos and video into 3D and it also has a depth control so you can suit the effect to your visual taste.
We asked why the firm hadn't been able to launch the phone with the most up to date version of the operating system. LG said that it didn't want to delay getting the handset to market by spending time sorting out Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It essentially put priority on fielding the first glasses free 3D smartphone to market over having the latest operating system version.
We had a go on the phone at the Launch Pods today - we went in the red one of course - and were impressed. We've managed to come away from the event with an Optimus 3D handset to try out so look for a video demo and review soon. µ