by Adrian Diaconescu, 6 months ago
While some seem to have learned their lesson and are extending a helping hand to the growing independent developer community, others are still stubbornly locking bootloaders and going out of their way to stop us…
LG Optimus G owners who would like their device to look and feel more like its close cousin the Nexus 4 may be getting closer to seeing their goal realized, but there's still a lot of work to go.
The LG Optimus G might have more internal storage and a sturdier build, but a lot of users really want the stock Android experience that the Google Nexus 4 offers, not to mention Jelly Bean. Despite the two phones being very close when it comes to hardware, this is proving to be harder to pull off than many would think. That doesn't mean that nobody is trying.
Since earlier this month, a build of CyanogenMod 10.1 has been available for Canadian Optimus G owners. It's a port of a Nexus 4 ROM, and is in a very early state. Right now, key features like Wi-Fi and capacitive keys are not working. Still, it's a sign of things to come.
There are a lot of roadblocks for LG Optimus G owners looking to run a custom ROM. First, there was the issue of the locked bootloader. This has since been remedied by Project FreeGee, but that's not the only problem.
The developers of this ROM aren't sure if it will work on a carrier other than Telus in Canada, and are positive that it won't work on the U.S. versions on AT&T and Sprint, since those models use a different firmware that isn't supported by the kernel used in the ROM. Still, hopefully the developers will end up with a fully functional ROM in the coming weeks, and then they or others can begin the task of porting it to other LG Optimus G models.
At this point, there isn't really a reason for most users to flash this ROM, but developers may be interested in taking a look at it. Now, it is worth pointing out: do not try to install a Nexus 4 ROM on your LG Optimus G. The hardware differences in the phones will leave you with a bricked device, and nobody wants that. If you want to know more about this ROM, check out the XDA link in the sources section below.
How long do you think it will take until LG Optimus G owners will be able to run stock Android? Are you one of these owners, or did you opt for the Nexus 4 instead?