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Carriers Finally Pushing Jelly Bean to LG Optimus G

Carriers Finally Pushing Jelly Bean to LG Optimus G

I'm a big fan of the LG Optimus G, particularly the Sprint version that wields a 13MP rear camera (versus the version on AT&T, which touts an 8MP camera). It's a solid phone with high end specs, like a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display. One of the knocks against it, however, is that it's stuck on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or at least it was.

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is slowly but surely finding its way onto LG's flagship device, particularly in Canada. According to Android Geeks, the Jelly Bean update is being pushed out by three big Canadian carriers, including Bell, Rogers, and Telus. What about LG Optimus G owners who live in the U.S.?

LG Optimus G Jelly Bean

Good news there, too. HotHardware can confirm that Sprint is finally pushing an over-the-air (OTA) update to Jelly Bean, and not a moment too soon. Sprint actually announced it would get the ball rolling a couple of weeks ago, but whoever was put in charge of hitting the "send" button must have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The big feature in Jelly Bean is the introduction of Google Now. Other enhancements include an improved Notifications area, longer battery life, smoother performance, bug fixes, and the list goes on.
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Yeah, they were pushing it out all week... or you could have had it for a month if you had taken the chance and looked at XDA http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2127346

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The Sprint version on XDA is an Alpha release. Beyond that, this is about an OTA update for a phone that really should have had Jelly Bean at launch four months ago. Users like my 16-year-old stepdaughter (who chose this over an iPhone, btw), believe it or not, don't visit XDA and wouldn't know how to proceed regardless.

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" Users like my 16-year-old stepdaughter...."

Those type of users probably aren't worried about having Jelly Bean or not. As long as it streams Beiber.

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Some I suppose fall into that camp, but not all. She was waiting patiently for the update, and with improvements like Google Now being introduced, I think there's a fair number of users wanting the latest software without having to root. I don't think it's fair to say that the only ones who care about Jelly Bean are those who dive into XDA's forums looking for custom and/or pre-release ROMs. In the grand scheme of things, XDA users represent a tiny percentage of Android users.

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