The Optimus G has been a widely successful smartphone for LG ever since its launch in fall. Even more so with the unavailability of the Google Nexus 4, which features the same specs as the Optimus G but minus the 4G LTE chip. The smartphone however was only launched in limited locations over the globe with countries like the U.S, Canada, South Korea and Japan being the only countries to get the device. It was expected that LG would soon launch the smartphone in other parts of the world as well, but we weren’t quite sure as to when. And today we have good news for global customers as LG has decided to launch the smartphone in 50 new countries over the coming days. This includes carrier based and off contract versions. Europe will be a key market for the smartphone, but sadly LG hasn’t exactly specified as to which countries will be getting the smartphone.
LG claims that this version of the Optimus G will pack the “latest Jelly Bean OS and improved software“, we’re not quite sure if LG means Android 4.1 or 4.2, but we’re going with the former. The Optimus G as it is available now features Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a Jelly Bean update said to be in the works. So this is certainly a bonus feature for the new rollout. There’s still no word on when the existing versions of the Optimus G will receive the update with Canada apparently slated to get the update in early Q2.
The highlight of the LG Optimus G is the gorgeous design, and the 13MP camera sensor, which we were hoping to see on the Nexus 4. The company perhaps is a little too late in launching the device in global markets as smartphones like the Sony Xperia Z have been teased now and is slated for a March release. So there’s a high likelihood that people will wait until then to see what other manufacturers have to offer. So the timing seems to be very poor by LG.
Here is an excerpt from the official presser:
The Optimus G, LG’s most premium and powerful 4G LTE smartphone, will begin its global roll-out into over 50 countries this month. The Optimus G has already been launched in the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan to very favorable reviews and LG is aiming to build on the excitement already generated to launch the device in other LTE markets.
“As 4G LTE availability expands on a global scale, we will leverage our strong LTE technology and expertise to offer consumers the best 4G experience through our devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the latest Jelly Bean OS and improved software, Optimus G will make a strong case for the title of ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone.”