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Sometime after the initial launch of the LG Optimus G, Europeans are finally getting a chance to sample it for themselves. We'd previously heard rumors that the Optimus G would be available in European territories before the end of Q1, and low and behold here it is. Better yet, the Optimus G has been 'enhanced and improved' during its long voyage to Europe. 

The big news is of course that the Optimus G now ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on board. For whatever reason, LG decided to ship the Optimus G -- essentially the same hardware as the Nexus 4 -- on Ice Cream Sandwich, but that's old news now at least as far as prospective European customers should be concerned. 

With the Jelly Bean upgrade, the Optimus G receives the usual Google flavored treats such as Google Now and Project Butter, but LG has thrown in a couple of goodies too. QSlide, which allows users to use multiple applications at once as transparent layers on top of each other is included, as Safety Care and Privacy Keeper. 

Initially the Optimus G will go on sale in Sweden sometime before the end of the month, soon to be followed by other markets including France, Germany and Italy. Despite being somewhat overshadowed by the Nexus 4, the Optimus G is still one whole heck of a phone. The full press release and a video walkthrough can be found after the break. 

ENHANCED AND IMPROVED,LG OPTIMUS G ARRIVES IN EUROPE

Optimus G to Captivate European Consumers with Upgraded OS and Additional UX Features

SEOUL, Feb. 22, 2013 – LG Electronics (LG) rolls out its most advanced smartphone, Optimus G, in Europe this month with features that have been enhanced since the de-vice first launched in select markets at the last quarter of 2012. LG’s well-received smartphone makes its European debut in Sweden this month followed by other Europe-an markets, including France, Germany and Italy.

“Since the successful initial launch of Optimus G, LG has continued to improve the smartphone to offer better usability and value for our customers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We’re excited to be bringing to Europe the improved Optimus G, our most powerful Quad-Core device optimized for 4G LTE networks.”

The European Optimus G will feature Google’s latest Android Operating System, Jelly Bean 4.1.2, to provide the most premium user experience for European customers. LG’s superb True HD IPS Plus display together with Zerogap Touch technology will make its debut in Europe in the Optimus G. LG applied its new Zerogap Touch technology to the True HD IPS Plus display to offer not only the sharpest and most vivid display but also the smoothest, most sensitive touch experience on a smartphone today. All this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display protected by scratch resistant Gorilla? Glass 2.

LG’s original Optimus G UX received positive feedback from customers and the en-hanced UX is expected to be even more popular with its additional user conveniences, such as:

•QSlide: Upgraded for 2013, the QSlide function allows users to operate multiple applications at the same time, as transparent screen layers as opposed to side-by-side frames. The size, position and transparency of the QSlide screen can be ad-justed according to the user’s preference. In addition to the included video play-er, QSlide now works seamlessly with the included browser, memo, calendar and calculator apps.
•Safety Care: Safety Care provides real-world assistance by automatically send-ing location information to user-designated persons via text messages in certain situations such as when emergency services is dialed, when the phone goes un-used for a certain length of time and after the user has ended a call with a desig-nated contact.
•Privacy Keeper: Privacy Keeper allows users to hide a caller’s information — such as the name, number and photo — in an incoming call. The caller’s infor-mation can be viewed by swiping the icon on the screen.

Additional features such as Google Now, Filmstrip View and Expandable Notification will also be available in the enhanced Optimus G. Google Now offers personalized information in real-time whenever it’s needed. Filmstrip View simplifies the viewing and deleting of images and Expandable Notification allows users to see more notifications at a glance and preview certain content directly in the notification area. 

 
There are 9 comments

unixpsycho says:

Why haven't us poor Sprint users got JB yet??? booooooo

angryGTS says:

one word: Sprint

Ron Reyes says:

The long wait for the European launch is so much worth it! All these goodies right out of the box! :D Sooo excited for this! Watch this video from LG explaining all the enhancements of the European version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO0oSqwKgD8

crward94 says:

Kinda makes me mad that I'm stuck on ICS... Still love my OG though =)

Dangertrek says:

To LG, here you guys go again repeating your own terrible history with your Android devices. Lack of updates for these devices bought by loyal customers here in North America, however plenty of empty promises of "1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, 4th quarter coming update..." I for one you have lost, no matter how many industry 1st you come up with in the future. Other customers are following suit. Goodbye LG, forever!

QMaverick says:

Yeah, I'm pretty ticked that I don't have JB on my Optimus G right now. Guess I'm going to have to hack this thing after all.

Matt120- says:

I'm in the same boat...I bought my OG (AT&T) about a month ago and LOVE it! Yes, I would like JB, trust me, but the phone is fast enough now to where its not really a deal breaker. I would love Google Now but I'll wait. I'm over rooting phones at the moment (did it to my last 2) and there are always some issues that detract from the phone. Camera not fully work, wifi is glitchy, gotta wait forever to get working bluetooth, garbled text sometimes, etc. etc. I'm over it.

gmon3y says:

It's worth it. I converted to a nexus 4 a while back I'm now on CM 10.1 4.2.2 everything works including the SD card, hardware buttons, LTE, full storage, plus you can always run any rom made for the n4 if you get bored... Actually I bought the phone just because of the conversion.

Dangertrek says:

I had 4 other LG Android devices I bought when they came out; Optimus 2X, Optimus G2X, Optimus Pad 3D, Optimus G-Slate...waited 2 years for LG to update the OS, never did happen. Shame because they were and still are up to date hardware.

I've rooted and installed 3rd party ROMs in the past...two weeks ago I did just that with my Optimus G 2600. It was a bit hairy because of all the different versions of this phone, sketchy details, and got it stuck on the famous red exclamation mark on the android guy symbol. Luckily managed to recover it thanks to ensuring there was one before starting the whole ordeal (always a good strategy including your own documentation).

Now I'm running JB 4.1.2 unofficially and there are bugs which is the nature of hacking and is an accepted given. However, this is not the way to update your phones OS for many if not most people.

I agree, it's worth doing because of the false LG hopes. But I'm waiting for my Nexus 4 order to be filled, at which point I'll dump my Optimus G 2600 despite the superfast 2600MHz LTE band.

As for the Optimus G pro and future LG products...I'll consider Huawei over them.