The real draw of the Optimus One, though, comes from the software bundled into the smartphone. While many Android smartphones are still on older firmware, the Optimus One comes preloaded with version 2.2 (Froyo) of the Android operating system, which claims to offer significant performance gains in various tasks such as web browsing and multi-tasking.
In addition to having the most recent version of Android, the Optimus One also comes with two exclusive apps preloaded, the first of which is the LG App Advisor. Designed to work alongside the Android Marketplace, LG App Advisor aims to eliminate the hassle of searching through the Marketplace’s huge database of applications by automatically trawling the Android’s application repositories and recommending the 10 most highly-rated applications every fortnight.
The other application unique to the Optimus One is the NDrive navigational app which provides step-by-step driving directions around Asia. LG has stated that NDrive was chosen to replace Google Maps’ Step-by-step feature due to the latter’s lack of support for the Asian region.
The LG Optimus One will be available for retail in Singapore in mid October this year, although its price remains unconfirmed. However, LG has stated that the recommended retail price for the Optimus One will be made available at a later date, so do check back for updates.