New mod transforms your LG Optimus G into a Nexus 4

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 15, 2013

LG Optimus G

Considering the LG Optimus G as an alternative to the elusive Nexus 4, but just won’t settle for anything less than stock Android? A new mod could be the solution to your problems, transforming the Optimus G into a Nexus 4.

Obviously the “transformation” doesn’t change the fact that the LG Nexus 4 and Optimus G look different on the outside, but the real magic will be on the inside. The special mod will overwrite the LG Optimus G’s firmware and replace it with the stock Nexus 4 firmware instead, that includes bringing Jelly Bean to the device without any of LG’s custom skins and bloatware.

This modification comes from hard work performed by G33k3r, Rohan32 and several others over at XDA Developers. The mod swaps everything out from the boatloader to the AOSP software, removing all internal software from the original LG Optimus G firmware. As you’d expect from such a giant mod, it isn’t recommended for the inexperienced.

If something goes wrong with the mod you could end up with a bricked device. In other words, only do this if you are 100% sure you can effectively carry it out without issue.

There are also a few sacrifices you will have to make if you decide to go through with this firmware change. Once “transformed” into an LG Nexus 4, you will find that your Optimus G can’t access LTE and storage will be capped at just 8GB.

For those that own or are considering purchasing an LG Optimus G, this could certainly be a fun way to get the pure Android experience without having to continue to wait it out for the LG Nexus 4 to surface at Google’s Play Store.

Keep in mind that this is a “rough” mod at the moment and could possibly improve with time. Here’s to hoping they eventually find a way to keep LTE and all the benefits of the Optimus G while also providing the stock Android experience.

What do you think, is this a mod you would consider flashing  to your Optimus G or do you feel that the risks and limitations outweigh the potential benefit?

  • Anything about the Optimus 4X HD? Cos we don’t get the G in the UK

  • MasterMuffin

    So only 8Gb and no LTE? Why would you do this (if not just for fun)

    • LTE is present in the Nexus 4 software, just disabled (since the chip is non-functional with the exception of LTE band 4/AWS) but the software can be reenabled through te fieldtest menu, therefore, I assume that the trick works on this port as well, however, I don’t have an Optimus G to test it on. Though if someone does, the instructions are below if someone wants to give it a shot.

      *#*#4636#*#* in the phone dialer and switching the access mode to “LTE/GSM auto (PRL)” or “LTE only” to enable LTE support.

      • MasterMuffin

        I know that but the bands don’t work in all areas :(

        • This is true for the Nexus 4, but unless there is some other software restriction then this should fully enable LTE on the Optimus G with the port (assuming LTE APNs)

          • MasterMuffin

            Great! So only thing anymore is the 8Gb problem but they’ll fix it (probably). Oh there’s one other problem though. It’s just a wannabe nexus, not a nexus :( :D

    • the nexus 4 is made without lte to keep the price down and not every where even has lte EG:uk currently. and you can get 16 gb nexus’

      • MasterMuffin

        Thanks Captain/Sherlock… Answer honestly, did you read the article?

        • yes i did but the point im making is that u may as well just buy the nexus 4, its cheaper and you get more memory and in my opinion the hardware is better

          • MasterMuffin

            I won’t buy either of them, I’m keeping my sgs3 maybe until sgs4 :)

          • im getting the nexus 4 when they next come on sale

          • MasterMuffin

            IF it comes on sale (thanks LG). Just wait for the next Nexus that is made by someome else than LG :)

          • supposedly from leaks its 5″ which in my opinion is too big

          • MasterMuffin

            If it were an edge-to-edge screen, it wouldn’t be so big with the soft keys. And it may come with the super sharp 4,7″ screen!

          • I hope it’s a 4.7 or i won’t be buying

  • NicholasMicallef

    If you want any, at least, decently popular phone but would rather have stock android, wouldn’t you be better off with a CM 10.1 build? I mean I have an actual Nexus device, yet I still choose to use that …

  • I’ve been thinking about it. If the Nexus Optimus and G 4, theoretically, have the same hardware, the Nexus ROM 4 should not run smoothly on Optimus G.

    But what he says on the subject there are some minor differences that prevent direct installation.

    I think installing CM10.1 would be simpler and would bring more benefits … But already exists CM10.1 for Optimus G? All drivers are available? The bootloader is unlockable by default?