Well, here's a bit of a nice surprise: one lucky XDA user just got an update to 4.1.2 on his Sprint Optimus G. And then another. And another. And some more. All with nary a word from The Now Network, which is usually pretty on top of announcing updates for devices. Ergo, at this point, we're not entirely sure if this is the start of a full-on rollout or just a "soak test" of sorts. We're thinking the former, but until official word is muttered from the lips of Sprint, it's a crapshoot.


Anyone ever actually seen a screenshot like this before? It's... weird.

But enough of the logistics – let's talk about the actual update. As stated, it's Android 4.1.2, and build LS970ZVB. Of course, there's only one thing you want to know: can I have it right now? Yes. Yes you can. Well, maybe.

Earlier I said an XDA member got the update. You know what that means? He pulled said update and shared it with everyone. Of course, in order to flash it, you need to be running a locked system. If you've unlocked there are several ways to go about re-locking, most of which can be found on XDA. Past that, it should install like any other OTA – but keep in mind that you will lose root access unless you first apply OTA Root Keeper.

To grab the 474MB download (which we did verify to be legit, by the way), head over to XDA. If you're having issues, there is some good advice scattered throughout the thread. Otherwise, you can wait for Sprint to officially announce that the update is rolling out, which could very well happen within the next couple of days.

As always, we'll keep you posted as any new info arises.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Aaron Berlin

    Wow, leapfrogging the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Impressive or depressing?

    • Bob G

      Depressing because Verizon killed Nexus dreams for all.


    It seems to be displaying the internals of the update.zip file. In fact, if you ignore the crazy text, it looks a lot like Google's updater on Nexus devices. (See: http://goo.gl/ZPPUq and [especially] http://goo.gl/J0xc9 )

    I guess LG eschews proprietary update systems - it most likely works like the Nexus updates, since I believe the updater may be part of AOSP.

    Looking at the title of the update, it's similar to how Google labels updates, and the text displayed, instead of a description, is an internal message about the software the device is running now and will run after. This is, again, extremely similar to Google's system, and other manufacturers use this as well. In my opinion, not enough do it this way. :)

  • heat361

    Its really a shame to those with an optimus g that this is 4.1.2, because lg has had access to 4.2.2 for a while now being partnered with Google with nexus 4.

    • Alec

      Everyone has access to 4.2.2...it is open source. LG has no upper hand on anyone else. The Optimus G drivers might be similar to the Nexus 4, but that isn't a game changer.

      • heat361

        They had 4.2.2 access before it was pushed to aosp because they were working on the nexus 4.Why take so long to update the optimus g to 4.1.2, when they should of just updated it to 4.2

  • Krista Sanderson

    Any news on the AT&T update?

  • RocketScience11

    Here is the guide to update if you are already rooted: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2169074
    Don't worry about losing root since there are already root methods for JB.

  • Austin Beckring

    Do I need ZV9 because every once in a while I get the notification to install ZV9, but then I get the red triangle android. I'm stuck on ZV8. Is there any way to update to ZV9 without unlocking my phone?

  • Monkeyboy

    How about for the Ls970zv9?