AT&T boosts LG Optimus G to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, adds Isis support


AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is rolling out Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update to the LG Optimus G smartphone. Subscribers may upgrade the device over-the-air by pulling down the notification panel, selecting Settings> General> About Phone> Software Update> Update Now and following the prompts. 

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

In addition to core Android 4.1 features like the Project Butter UI engine, a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic, the AT&T update simplifies the user experience via expandable/collapsible notifications, enhanced notification options, a new Tasks app to sync activities in Outlook and a data usage calculator.

The Android Jelly Bean update also makes the Optimus G compatible with Isis, the Near Field Communications-based mobile commerce network AT&T launched last year in partnership with Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and T-Mobile USA. Optimus G owners may begin making contactless purchases at participating retailers after going to any AT&T store in the Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City trial markets to obtain the required Isis SIM card and downloading the Isis app from the Google Play digital storefront.

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean 4.1 currently powers 23 percent of all devices worldwide, up from 14.9 percent a month ago. The spike follows Google revising its approach to measuring Android operating system version adoption, collecting data from each Android device that visits Google Play instead of tracking devices checking in on its servers.

For more:
- read this AT&T Consumer Blog post

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