LG is in the throes of pushing out the much-anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat over-the-air update to all Optimus G devices in Taiwan. The upgrade brings Android’s latest operating system, coupled with a truckload of bug fixes, speed enhancements and stability improvements.
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Following LG’s announcement in July, notifying consumers that it would be removing the word “Optimus” from the names of its upcoming flagship devices and replacing it with the letter G, there has been a lot of speculation suggesting that we could be seeing a new high-end Android tablet – dubbed the G Pad – which is due to be unveiled next month at the IFA in Berlin.
The Optimus G Pro launched in Korea, back in February, and has steadily expanded to other countries around the world ever since. LG has officially announced that it plans to increase the availability of the G Pro, making it available in 40 countries throughout the period of Q3; this includes countries in Europe, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), Latin America and the Middle East.
LG has confirmed that it will use Qualcomm’s latest high-end Snapdragon 800 processor in its next Optimus smartphone. The Snapdragon 800 is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 600, which is currently shipping inside the latest flagship smartphones, including the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has dethroned the LG Optimus G to become Consumer Reports’ new top-rated smartphone.
It “delivered top-notch performance in the most critical areas of our tests, including the camera,” the report reads, before praising the handset’s display, and its “gesture- and sensor-based tools.”
AT&T has begun rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to select users with the LG Optimus G, almost three months after it was released by LG. The 345MB update, which comes with the JZO54K build number, will be available to download over-the-air.
LG has attempted to overshadow Samsung’s massive Galaxy S IV billboards in Times Square by erecting a few of its own — directly above them. LG’s are bigger, brighter, and higher up, and they mock Samsung’s use of the number 4 in its “be ready 4 the next Galaxy” slogan.
Sprint has today pushed out its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the LG Optimus G. The software comes with the usual set of Jelly Bean enhancements, including Google Now and Project Butter, plus better voice search, a new and improved camera app, and lots more.
LG has today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, during which the South Korean company sold 15.4 million cellphones and saw a 2% increase in sales and revenue of $2.58 billion. 8.6 million of those devices were Android-powered handsets, with “premium LTE smartphones” like the Optimus G and the Optimus Vu 2 leading the way.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has today unveiled the LG Optimus G Pro, a successor to the flagship Optimus G, which offers a much-improved display, a faster processor, and a bigger battery. The device comes just four months after the Optimus G was announced, and it aims to compete with the latest crop of smartphones that pack a full high-definition 1080p display, such as the HTC Droid DNA, and the Sony Xperia Z.