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LG has just announced plans to roll out its latest flagship, the Optimus G, globally to 50 new countries. The Optimus G may seem like "old news" to some of us -- the phone has been available in the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan for some time now -- but it hasn't rolled out globally until now. Coming first to Singapore at the end of January and to dozens of other countries afterwards, this model of the Optimus G will have LTE connectivity onboard in any country that supports it. LG is really pushing the idea that their LTE technology and knowledge is top-notch, hoping to make an impact launching the same device with the fastest network capabilities in multiple countries.

Interestingly enough, the press release stipulates that the Optimus G heading out globally will also be running "the latest Jelly Bean OS and improved software," a huge upgrade from the original devices that ran Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. That said, Android 4.2 isn't specifically mentioned, so it wouldn't surprise us in the least if we see Android 4.1 instead.

The full presser's after the break.

Optimus G to be Available in Over 50 Markets, Expanding LG’s LTE Leadership

SEOUL, Jan. 22, 2013 – 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.”

Since the launch of Optimus G last September, the smartphone has been enthusiastically received by audiences as one of the most advanced 4G LTE devices currently available. Optimus G has been receiving accolades from consumers and industry thought leaders alike for its powerful performance and thoughtful user experience. Optimus G’s unrivaled power originates from its innovative hardware design which includes Qualcomm’s advanced Snapdragon™ S4 Pro Quad-Core processor. The device also delivers blazing fast data transfer speeds using today’s 4G LTE telecommunication network.

“LG’s long history of LTE know-how is evident in the DNA of the Optimus G,” said Dr. Park. “As such, we hope consumers will take a deep, hard look at Optimus G when deciding which smartphone will give them the best 4G experience.”

The Optimus G will be available starting at the end of January in Singapore followed by other markets worldwide offering 4G LTE service. 


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LG Optimus G begins its worldwide availability rollout with Jelly Bean on board


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I see LG is improving their image big time in the Android Game... The real test will be to see how long after Key Lime Pie comes out, will (IF?) it takes for LG to update the Optimus G. Samsusng had to work for 2 years to improve its image after the Galaxy S fiasco, with its problems in hardware and updates. LG is in the process of doing the same...

Very true. I got to use an Optimus G over the weekend. Very nice. It is immediately apparent that the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G are related. if you need a phone and you can't wait on the Nexus to become available again, you could do worse.

Hmmm, I wonder if that means there will be a JB upgrade to exisitng Optimus G's? Remember, LG has a poor track record in providing OS updates in a timely manner, so despite that the device will now be rolled out elsewhere, I'm pessimistic that my Optimus G will get a JB update anytime soon. And I've owned many previous LG mobile devices, including the much forgotten and obscured Optimus Pad ( or G-Slate) tablet, to know better.

I wanted JellyBean back in December when I bought my Sprint GSIII. Had the Optimus G had it avaliable Samsung wouldn't have got my money.

(Nice going LG. I could have had a Sprint LTE Nexus if your products got updated better.)

@lg please don't forget about updating your first dual core phone in the us. Just saying the International version received their ice cream Sandwich update during the holidays. Either that or tell us not to expect anymore.

-a g2x owner

I'd say your chances of getting an official ICS build for the G2X are about the same as winning the PowerBall jackpot 3 times in a row.

The international Optimus 2X does have an available ICS build, however there's only a handful of regions that have it available using the LG Support Tool; if your handset (even though it's SIM Free and unlocked) isn't from one of those regions, you're still on GB. You can manually flash the official build if you're crafty, but LG will disavow any and all support if you do.

The Optimus 3D was promised ICS in Q3 2012 and, to this day, only the Korean variant (SU760) has an official build - incompatible with the international P920 (unless you use the hacked port from XDA, and that has plenty of bugs and carrier bloatware). Even worse if you bought the AT&T Thrill 4G - still has the buggy baseband with "ghost calls", and no word on any update to fix it.

The Optimus G was slated to receive JB in December - and hit Korea (predictably late) just last week - and this is their 3 month old flagship!

LG makes amazing hardware, but their software support is terrible. Any LG phone on a carrier other than Verizon is a sure bet to be abandoned after a single point-release at most... witness G2X, myTouch and myTouch Q, Thrill 4G, Connect 4G. Also, getting them to admit that an update is delayed or cancelled? Multiple emails and tweets people have had with LG support are either boilerplate "We have no information at this time", or finger-pointing at the carriers.

LG is as bad (or worse) than Samsung with the US Galaxy S series, or Motorola with the Atrix 4G and Cliq series. Do yourself a favor - flash the software yourself, or go with CyanogenMod.