LG vows Android Jelly Bean upgrades for some Optimus smartphones

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LG Electronics announced plans to update a number of devices in its Optimus smartphone line to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.

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LG will upgrade the Optimus LTE II to Android Jelly Bean next month, with the Optimus G following in December.

According to The Next Web, LG will upgrade the Optimus LTE II to Android Jelly Bean next month, with the Optimus G following in December. The handset maker will not push the update to the Optimus Vu and Optimus Vu II until the first quarter of 2013. The LG website does not make any mention of the Optimus 4X HD, which it launched this past August.

LG notes that the Android Jelly Bean updates will roll out sequentially, kicking off in the company's native South Korea before expanding to additional international markets in the weeks and months to follow.

Android Jelly Bean, unveiled in late June during Google's annual I/O developer conference, promises a smoother and more responsive UI highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content along with Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates. LG plans to customize the update with UI improvements including its split-screen Q Slide feature, as well as browser enhancements.

LG rival HTC will begin updating its One X and One S smartphones to Android Jelly Bean later this month. Samsung Electronics is kicking off its Android Jelly Bean rollout with its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, and the company plans to extend the update to no fewer than 15 additional smartphones and tablets.

Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that 1.8 percent of devices run Android Jelly Bean, up from 1.2 percent a month ago. Its predecessor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, now powers 23.7 percent of devices, and 55.5 percent of devices still run Android 2.3, a.k.a. Gingerbread, which Google first released in late 2010.

For more:
- read this Next Web article
- see this LG release (in Korean)

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