This is sad news indeed. An LG rep has confirmed that the Optimus G “doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader.” This means that hacking AOSP on that thing is very unlikely, if not impossible. That’s disappointing, and defeats the purpose of an Android device. When happened to the openness of Android? I guess it’s just more reason to buy Samsung devices and hope that they’ll never change their stance on locked bootloaders. It’s just depressing to see such a good device ruined for so many people.
If you were going to buy an Optimus G to hack away, you might want to save your money. Does this change your mind? Were you going to buy it but are rethinking it? Or does it not matter? We’d love to hear your opinion!