LG Optimus 4X HD gets Android 4.1 update

04 Apr 2013


LG has announced that it is finally making Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available to owners of itsOptimus 4X HD smartphone.

Launched last year, the Optimus 4X HD was designed to be the company's flagship handset. An impressive 4.7in in-plane switching (IPS) display with a 720x1,280 resolution, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz, 16GB of storage and rear-facing eight megapixel camera made this one of the highest-specification phones when it launched.


Thankfully, the Optimus 4X HD is no longer so far behind: LG has confirmed that an update to Android 4.1 is now available for customers across Europe. The update will bring the advantages of the new operating system, including significant performance improvements under a project codenamed Butter by Google, to existing owners of the Optimus 4X HD. While not the very latest version, which includes new features such as a photosphere panorama mode for the camera, it's an upgrade smartphone users should be pleased to receive.


The handset also included Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, albeit a version of the software heavily modified with LG's own user interface. At the time, that was an up-to-date version of Google's mobile operating system, but we've since had the improved Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its even better Android 4.2 successor.



To update your Optimus 4X HD, you'll need to connect it to your PC and run LG's own update software, as there's no over-the-air release. The software is availabledirect from LG, although an over-the-air version of the update may be released in due course if you don't want to perform the installation manually.

LG has not confirmed plans to bring Android 4.2, which it already offers on its Google-branded Nexus 4 handset, to the Optimus 4X HD.


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