August 1, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been almost nine months since the LG G Pad 8.3‘s official release. At about the same time, Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and the LG-manufactured Nexus 5. While the majority of current generation devices have since been updated to Android 4.3 or 4.4, the LG G Pad 8.3 (Verizon variant) has been stuck on 4.2. Luckily, things have just changed for the better. Users of this mid-sized tablet should feel happy, as the Verizon variant of the device has been updated from Android 4.2.2 directly to Android 4.4.2 via OTA update.
The update codenamed VK81022B comes in at rather hefty 404 MB, and it brings lots of new features and bug fixes. The G Pad 8.3’s screen can now be unlocked with the new Knock Code lock, which was already available on other LG devices. Of course, all major features introduced in KitKat (Immersive Mode, printing, and so on) are available as well. A few previously reported bugs have been squashed, and hopefully this update will bring no new major issues.
From a power user’s point of view, you must know that OTA can’t be flashed using TWRP recovery. In other words, you’ll need to revert to stock recovery and stock firmware. Your device must be in vanilla state, so forget about root for the moment.
If you can’t wait for Verizon to push the OTA for your device, XDA Senior Member paperWastage has captured the file for your sideloading pleasure. If you are an LG G Pad 8.3 owner, you can visit the KitKat update information thread to learn more about this update and apply it on your device.
[via Android Police]
March 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The Google Play edition of the LG G Pad 8.3 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!]
January 30, 2014 By: Samantha
The LG G Pad 8.3 GPe is probably the only 8-inch tablet that ships with the pure Android experience, making it a standout choice for a growing trend of tablets armed with a screen of around 8 inches. Of course, by getting a GPe device, in this case the G Pad 8.3, one hopes to have greater lease of freedom regarding open development. And with this in mind, XDA Forum Member sleekmason has written a tutorial on kernels for the G Pad 8.3 GPe.
Basically covering from head to toe everything kernel related for your GPe G Pad 8.3, the tutorial has a main focus on teaching you how to download the kernel source of the tablet, compiling a new custom kernel with the source, and installing it onto your tablet. Users of the Linux operating system may find the tutorial easier to understand and follow, as sleekmason does note that the guide assumes a basic knowledge of the PC platform.
Sleekmason keeps the steps and explanations brief and simple without skipping on the important details. This is accompanied by plenty of examples of code and commands and links to external resources so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be doing when you compile and install your kernel onto your device.
So if you’re looking to compile your very own kernel for your G Pad 8.3 GPe, you can get started by visiting the original thread for more information.
December 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
A few days ago, we saw the Android 4.4.2 OTA start rolling out for the original two Google Play edition devices: the HTC One GPe and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe. Now, the time has come for the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe as well.
The LG G Pad 8.3 was recently added to the Google Play edition stable just under one week ago. Featuring the same hardware as the highly regarded G Pad 8.3, the GPe device breaks free from its OEM-skinned chains and delivers a pure Google experience. And now with today’s update, it runs Android 4.4.2, which brought a grand total of four code commits.
The 52 MB incremental OTA update is currently rolling out in the form of a staged update. However, those wishing to get their hands on the OTA love a bit early can do so by downloading the update directly from Google’s update servers and performing an adb sideload <filename> from recovery. And don’t forget to visit our LG G Pad 8.3 forums!
Have you already updated your LG G Pad 8.3 GPe to 4.4.2? Do you own a standard G Pad 8.3, and are you planning on using system dumps from the GPe device to build a ROM for the skinned variant? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
[Thanks Ryan for sending in the OTA URL!]
December 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Two new devices have entered the Google Play edition family. They are the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Curiously, though perhaps indicative of Sony’s commitment to provide a true Google experience, they’ve dropped the Xperia moniker in the Z Ultra.
Both devices have landed in the Google Play Store, packing the same hardware that we’ve seen in their retail variants, but devoid of their typical OEM skins that normally obfuscate the Android experience. They both pack Android 4.4 KitKat, although it is unclear if they will have the newly released 4.4.1 or 4.4.2 goods.
The G Pad 8.3 GPe comes in at a relatively wallet-friendly price of $350 USD. For this money, you get a device packing an 8.3″ 1080p display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2 GB of RAM, a 4600 mAh battery, and an all-aluminum back coming in at just 8.3 mm.
If the G Pad 8.3 GPe is the world’s first Google Play edition tablet, the Z Ultra GPe is the world’s first Google Play edition phablet. The Z Ultra GPe will set your wallet back a bit more, at $650 USD. For that price, you get a 6.4″ 1080p display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, 7 bands of LTE, and a 3000 mAh battery.
You can get your hands on the two devices by visiting the Google Play edition Devices Page in the Google Play Store. You can also find direct links below, for your convenience:
Are you planning on making one of these devices yours, or would you rather buy the standard variant and load a GPe-derived ROM like what we’ve seen available for the other two GPe devices? Let us know in the comments below!
[Thanks to OEM Relations Manager jerdog for the tip!]