Update: This upgrade is now live! It will be rolling out over the air starting today. Just be patient. Or repeatedly hit that "Check now" button. Either way.

The Optimus G, LG's powerhouse which serves as the base for the Nexus 4, is going to be released on Sprint on November 11th. At launch, it will receive an OTA to version LS970ZV8, we learned today from internal Sprint documents.

The update will bring the following enhancements and fixes to this quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro beast:

  • Intermittent freezing/locking up
  • Intermittent device reset during  YouTube playback
  • No power on due to Wi-Fi crash
  • Sprint ID icon randomly shows as Mobile ID icon
  • MSL protection for ##DIAG# should be on
  • Reply to All in email: Device was including the sender name, outside of normal.
  • Hidden Menus HW version. Version was not showing accurately: "1.0" should be "10."

Pretty minor stuff outside of the freezes and lock-ups as well as resets during YouTube playback - those could turn your hopefully otherwise pleasant experience 180 degrees.

On a more personal note, November 11th is also the pre-eve of the Nexus 4 release, which will mark the week I will be getting the heck off Sprint after being a customer for 13 years. Enough is enough - good deals and unlimited plans just don't justify the terrible service and speeds. I may be back when LTE is fully deployed, but until then - au revoir.

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Thanks, anon!

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  • lordmerovingian


    Are you moving on to Tmobile or AT&T?

    Like you, i've been on Sprint almost 13 years. A few months ago, i "stumbled" upon an iPhone 4S and decided to try it on Straight Talk (AT&T) for a month. Came away impressed (signal, data speeds) despite AT&T's bad reputation etc.
    Reason i'm still on Sprint, i'm still a relic holding on to an old-as-sin Free and Clear plan (less than $40 after taxes even, data/sms/pic/n&w) whose equivalent today would be nearly $90 when all said and done.
    These Nexus devices always lack something. I went through the fiasco that was the Nexus S 4G (just eww!!). I have a feeling LG/Google might pull a "Nexus 7" and release a 32GB version down the road.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I haven't decided yet - it'll mostly depend on testing. I am leaning towards AT&T, but T-Mobile's prepaid plans are looking pretty good. Or maybe one of those other MVNOs. I have an AT&T LTE/HSPA+ hotspot which I bought about a year ago because I was so fed up with Sprint, and AT&T LTE is pretty amazing. I'm very impressed with it. HSPA+, on the other hand, is pathetic. Oftentimes, it's connected to HSPA+ but no data is coming through. Maybe it's the modem, but on LTE it never happens. That's why I'm double wary about having no LTE on the Nexus 4 and having to deal with HSPA+. Ping is another factor - latency on LTE is amazeballs.

      • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

        I'm thinking about Verizon even though I do have att lte in my area. Money is less of an object for me with my employer giving me discounts across the board anyway. Do you care to explain the lte ping thing? I always thought the 30-40 my friend gets on his rezound was acceptable.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          It is. It is not, however, nearly as good on HSPA/HSPA+.

  • FlamingoAttack

    I've been with Sprint the whole time I've ever had a cell phone and I'm on one of the crazy good value Sero plans but I'm leaving for T-Mobile with the Nexus 4 because I can't even consistently stream Spotify or Pandora on low quality without buffering pauses. Not to mention horribly slow Web browsing. Unlimited data is going to be extremely valuable but I can't deal with such sucky quality of service anymore.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yup, same experience here.

      • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

        Hate on Sprint thread? I'm there.

        • fixxmyhead

          Same here I fucking hate this shitty ass carrier. Don't know why anyone would actually sign a contract on this garbage network

  • J_Grouchy

    These really should be shipping with - or at least updating to - Jelly Bean on Nov. 11.

  • Eludium Q36

    Like others here, been on Sprint since it was Spectrum but I've had it too, and I've got Wimax in the DC/Nova region. I'm looking hard at Nexus 4 on StraightTalkSim with primarily a T-Mobile sim to get their fastest HSPA+ and an AT&T backup sim for areas where T-Mo falls to Edge. I'll owe a freakin' $150+ ETF but hopefully the T-Mo connection will be a more consistent fast than Sprint's sometimes Wimax, sometimes EVDslow.