Will Verduzco · Mar 24, 2014 at 03:00 pm

How to Flash the Leaked 4.4.2 Build onto Your LG G Pad 8.3

The Google Play edition of the  has had official Android 4.4.2 KitKat for quite some time. Despite this, its vanilla variant still is stuck on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. And although ports of the GPe ROM exist for the standard device, many actually enjoy LG’s customizations on the mid-sized tablet.

Luckily, XDA Forum Members Aeras76 and aicjofs were quick to share and examine an as yet unreleased update for the vanilla G Pad. The build comes in the form of an LG-specific TOT file. It displays build number v50018a and bumps up your Android version to 4.4.2. While the firmware is technically a leak, its build.prop shows release-keys, indicating that this update will possibly be delivered via an official OTA in the near future.

Despite the leak’s availability, one little problem remained: Many found it quite difficult to update their devices using the leaked TOT file. Now, XDA Senior Member Jessooca has created a thorough guide explaining every step one must take in order to flash the “leaked official” build. The guide covers the tools required, as well as how to use them, so anyone with a G Pad v500 can get in on the KitKat goods. And rather than previous attempts, Jessooca’s method doesn’t involve extracting the TOT file, making things even easier and more straight forward.

If you’ve got a vanialla G Pad 8.3 and want to try out the latest leaked firmware, head over to the guide thread to get started!

[Many thanks to AdamOutler and Jessooca for the heads up!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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