Although it has stopped being the most anticipated Android smartphone of this fall after LG Nexus 4’s intensive rumor rounds and HTC J Butterfly’s unveiling, the Optimus G still looks like a device to be excited for.
After all, you can’t just find a Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered handheld with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP camera and a 1280 x 768 pix res 4.7-inch screen anywhere (yet). And if the running of ICS seemed like a major downside, there is some hope that the independent dev community will take care of that in no time.
At least for the Sprint version of the Optimus G, which has already been rooted. That’s right, the phone that’ll be up for pre-order starting on November 1 and that’ll only start selling on November 11 has its road wide open to “software freedom”.
Android Central’s Jerry Hildenbrand is the mind behind the root, although he didn’t actually do that much. The heavy lifting was already done, but he does deserve some credit for being inspired enough to try out a root method of the Korean Optimus G, which happened to work on Sprint’s version, too.
As the phone is yet to be released, we can’t be sure how glitch-free and smooth is the root. What is clear is that on one Sprint version of the G this looks to be working with no problem. We’re also (almost) certain that the tool won’t work on AT&T’s model, though that should be taken care of sooner rather than later as well.
The instructions for rooting Sprint’s G are pretty simple and straightforward, but you should still be careful and keep in mind that you’ll be voiding your warranty if you proceed. That said, you’ll need as little as an LG driver, a Windows-based PC, a USB cable and a couple of minutes to get everything done. Oh, right, and your own “copy” of the unreleased phone.
Rooting the LG Optimus G so early is certainly a promising sign for future unofficial custom ROMs and kernels, but it is just one step. We might be seeing some partially working Jelly Bean-based software packages as soon as in a few weeks, but for everything to go down fast and furious the device’s bootloader should be unlocked, too. And that might take a little while…