JellyBean for the LG Spectrum 2!

Discussion in 'LG Spectrum 2' started by asianflavor, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. tjupille

    tjupille New Member

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    I had to use a PC to which the phone had not already been connected. I expect I could have simply gone to the windows device manager and uninstalled the phone there before reconnecting. Phone had USB debugging enabled, USB connection set to "internet". The update took a loooong time, and then the phone bootlooped until I did a factory reset. It was in JB after the reset. I then re-rooted and restored everything from Titanium. Fortunately, I had copied my Titanium backup to the external SD first.

    All is (now) well. Battery life seems about as good as before.

    -- Tom Jupille
     
  2. micrors4

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    I got the same thing I had to restore the phone with the CAB file then I just used the OTA update and it worked perfectly then I restored my apps with Titanium.
     
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    Does this version support iphone style group messaging? When my iphone friends text me mms, it's not showing up in a thread that shows all of the recipients... :( So frustrating!
     
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    Never tried it but I would be willing to bet their is an app to do it thanks to the openness of android.
     
  5. Zrunky

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    Did they change the color of the Google home screen search bar?
     
  6. ninelives1972

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    Ok, thanks for the explanation. I can understand wanting to get rid of the bloatware, because of the vast amount of it on the phone. It is ashame how much the carriers lock down the phones. I guess, I am still on the fence. But I appreciate your stance and reasons for rooting. What does it mean if you "brick" your phone and can it be reversed??
     
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    I have not noticed any marked difference.
     
  8. Zrunky

    Zrunky New Member

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    So... anybody? Is the home screen google search bar colored (grey), or transparent like ICS's? Because, if so, I think I'm going to pass on Jelly Bean. I use it for business mostly and from the video and written reviews I've seen, there doesn't seem to be that much improvement for that purpose. Yeah, it's a little smoother, but it seems to be overall slower except with video which is not meaningful to me. I have no use for Google Now or the changes to the notification screen. And I went through the rest of the changelog and I haven't seen anything that makes much difference to me.

    And if it has that awful grey search bar at the top then that finalizes my decision. I don't want to have to use a different launcher; I have enough addons running as it is.

    Here's the changelog:

    -Addition of Google Now
    I'll never use it

    -Take action directly from the notifications panel
    I don't want to

    -User can select an app to launch when user stops alarm
    I don't want to

    -Weather application and widget have been updated
    I use neither

    -NFC LG Tag+ help has been improved
    I hate NFC

    -Brightness option has been moved to notification panel for global access
    I use a third-party brightness app

    -Browser now loads Google account bookmarks
    I don't want it to

    -Improved readability for email conversation
    I don't have a problem reading email as is.

    -Optimized Bluetooth® connect/disconnect and audio stream switching implementations
    I never use bluetooth

    -User can back up contacts when the SIM is swapped to a new device
    That's not meaningful to me

    -Preloaded widgets including Social+, Today+, Finance, News and Power Control have been removed
    I don't really care

    So overall I'm disappointed. If JB on Spectrum 2 has a black or transparent search bar on the home screen, then I may consider replacing ICS because then at least JB won't be worse than ICS. But currently it has no redeeming features and that ugly grey bar would make the experience worse for me, so I won't update if it has it.
     
    #44 Zrunky, Apr 28, 2013
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  9. Layvin1

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    A "hard brick" is not good news. Sometimes it can be fixed but its usually rare it can be. A "soft brick" is the best thing you can hope for cause they are normally always fixable if you know what you are doing. To be more specific " hard brick" is usually the result of hardware in the phone going bad due to improper steps or freak accidents during a flashing or formatting. A "soft brick" is usually just the result of something in the data your trying to flash or remove from the system not being kosher or not following steps correctly.
    Hope that wasn't too bad of an explanation.

    Sent from the Best overlooked phone in the market. LG SPECTRUM²
     
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    It's also pretty hard to brick these phones, as far as I know only me and asianflavor have managed to do it sort of after flashing the korean ROM which did boot but the touchscreen was all messed up, reversed itself if I remember correctly. The employees at my local Verizon store know me pretty well at this point so they were suspicious, but they just gave me a new one anyways, so far that is the only way I have been able to brick the phone, and I have messed up flashing ROMs on it, but it can usually be saved by flashing the CAB. I recommend you just try rooting it, I have rooted phones more times than I care to count and have yet to **** one up, not to mention the process mordant found couldn't be easier.
     
  11. Zrunky

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    Ok LOL so after that last post I did end up updating to Jelly Bean. As I imagined, I'm unimpressed. However, I have been impressed with Nova Launcher which I installed to take care of the grey search bar. This wasn't needed as LG modded the search bar and it's transparent like ICS. I'd heard that Nova Launcher was glitchy and laggy, but I guess that's no longer the case since it's quite good.

    But yes, JB as implemented by LG is a waste of a download, IMHO. The only good thing I've found is that you can close all apps from the "recent apps" menu rather than swiping them all away. The notification menu is a joke. With all the crap that LG puts at the top, notifications don't start until halfway down the screen.

    And since I always have an alarm set, they start more like 60% of the way down the screen for me (screencap attached). Google Now is about as useful as I thought it would be (that is, pretty useless.) Other than those things I can't really see much difference other than much slower "media scanning" upon bootup which makes reboots and battery pulls a chore. I hope to god battery life isn't shorter or this will have been my biggest OS upgrade mistake since Blackberry v4.7. The one upside to JB is that RAM seems to be better utilized, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

    So overall thumbs down on Jelly Bean. It offers little of interest, and its several downsides outweigh its few upsides. Thumbs up on Nova Launcher. Especially the option where one can have it stay in "running memory" at all times so there's never a lag going back to the home screen. The only good thing I can say about Jelly Bean is that I would have never downloaded Nova Launcher without it.
     
    #47 Zrunky, Apr 28, 2013
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  12. agt7575

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    WOW.. seems to me that you wasted you money on a smart phone.. U seem like you'd be perfectly happy with a $50 flip phone. lol.. I must say, what a very in-depth, technically based user review of JB. HOw every useful of a review... LOL

    Not everything related to JB deals with just the GUI, there are actually enhancements to the core android system.. these enhancements u will never see visually or with an app, but will give the user a better experience, weatehr it be watching movies or productivity for work. JUst don't base your opinion on "I don't like it, I don't use it, I dont care, yada yadda yadda".
     
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