We never understood why the LG Optimus G launched with Ice Cream Sandwich while its nearly identical brother, the Nexus 4, launched with Jelly Bean 4.2, two major updates ahead. But that doesn’t matter, because Sprint’s model of the Optimus G is one version closer with the Jelly Bean update rolling out now.
Not only does it come with Google Now and Project Butter (that makes an incredibly smooth device even smoother), it also includes expandable notifications, QuickTranslator, an improved camera app, Chrome to replace the stock browser, and the ability for third party launchers to add widgets without root access (this feature is pretty awesome of them to include). Here’s a full changelog:
- Android 4.1.2 Jellybean
– Google Now™
– Expandable, actionable notifications
– Android Beam™ to send photos and more
- QuickTranslator application downloadable from the Application Manager
- Smoother user interface. Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android
framework, including application rendering, touch events, screen composition and display
refresh; and triple buffering in the graphics pipeline
- User-installable keyboard maps
- Ability to turn off notifications on an app specific basis
- Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items
to fit on home screens
- Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam
- Improved voice search
- Improved camera app
- Android mobile version of Google Chrome replaces stock Android browser
- Ability for other launchers to add widgets from the app drawer without requiring root access
However, we do notice that some custom LG apps from the international Jelly Bean builds are missing, namely Q Slide. Q Slide allowed pop up windows with customizable transparency, and there is no mention of it. Hopefully it wasn’t forgotten.
The update is rolling out in stages, to be patient if you don’t get it immediately. Go to Settings > About phone and check for new updates. If you get it, tell us if you find anything interesting!