Few weeks after LG Hong Kong confirms a Jelly Bean update for the LG Optimus 4X HD, LG Optimus L9 and LG Optimus L7 on the first half of the year, an Android 4.1.2 update for the LG Optimus 4X has been leaked in a Chinese site and spread on the XDA developers forum. The leaked version, dubbed V20A also made a brief appearance on the official LG testing servers. Was it worth waiting for? Read on..
Early reports from some who tried the firmware praise the smooth operation, good battery life, improved network signal and new (and nice) features. However, before starting to download the leaked firmware and flash it straight to your P880, you should remind that this is a beta testing firmware with some flaws: some applications are missing, lacks the NFC stack, OTG not working and above all.. non unlocked bootloader yet. Furthermore, going back to an official firmware in case you're not happy with the beta is not as straighforward as before.
The good news is that the leaks of V20A version indicate that the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean isn't too far away from public. LG should be about to complete the development of the Jelly Bean update for the LG Optimus 4X HD P800 quite soon (and hopefully for the L9 and L7 too). My advice (unless you're a true geek) is to hold your horses a little bit more and wait for the official upgrade to rollout in order to avoid any trouble. If it takes too long for LG to deliver, you can always revisit this post and click on the download links :-)
Personally, I can't wait for the final version. Not only because a new version of the OS is always welcome but also because I'd like to start playing with the Ubuntu touch distribution on the 4X HD as soon as the bootloader gets unlocked.