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LG Optimus G gets Jelly Bean 4.1.2 in South Korea

LG has released Jelly Bean 4.1.2 for the Optimus G in South Korea. No confirmation on when those in other countries and carriers can expect the update.
January 10, 2013

LG might be making a big splash in the Android smartphone marketplace today with the Google Nexus 4, but the Korean company is not forgetting those who have the late-2012 flagship LG Optimus G, with a Jelly Bean 4.1.2 release for users.

The LG Mobile site has announced the release of Jelly Bean for the following models:

  • LG-F180S (SK Telecom)
  • LG-F180K (KT)
  • LG-F180L (KG U+)

While this Korean release might not really be applicable to Optimus G users in the rest of the world, we’d like to think that updates for other countries and carriers are likely to be just around the corner. Remember, though, that Android smartphone updates are highly carrier-dependent. For one, this is due to the differences in technologies employed by carriers. But of course, the bigger concern here is that carriers often want to add in their customizations, often called crapware or bloatware from among the enthusiast community.

This is why Nexus-branded smartphones are great. They not only give you that pure Google experience, but you can also expect timely updates, which are independent of carrier.

LG launched its Optimus G line in September 2012 as a flagship model. Even mere months after, fans of the brand have been hoping for an upgrade at CES this year, with the rumored Optimus G2, but sadly that did not materialize. LG focused more on its other consumer electronics products at CES, particularly its television sets. But of course, there’s still the Mobile World Congress in February, which might be a more apt trade show to launch or feature new products.

Are you excited for the Optimus G2? Or is the prospect of a Jelly Bean upgrade just as good?