Some of you may have remembered a story on the Portal a few weeks back about a great tutorial on implementing the Split View feature into your own LG G2 KitKat ROM. Although welcomed by the LG G2 community, it wasn’t a very efficient solution as it required a ROM to be modified accordingly every time you have a fresh ROM installed, and it could only be undertaken by those who know their way around smali and baksmali editing.
XDA Forum Member GrAndAG has developed an automated installer of said mod that may provide an alternative method for those who may not be able to complete the tutorial. Based on the aforementioned tutorial and mod, the installer comes in the form of an APK, which once installed and running, automatically implements the Split View mod into your ROM. Because the installer handles the entire process–including the disassembling, patching, assembling, installing, and the odexing–all you need to do is press the ‘Create MOD’ button and wait for about 15 minutes or so for the installer to work its magic.
So if you haven’t had the time to go through the tutorial itself but would still like Split View on your LG G2, be sure to check out the Split View installer thread for more information.
July 13, 2014 By: Samantha
OEMs have been coming out with some pretty innovative cases and folios for their devices recently, two of which being the the LG G2 QuickWindow case and the LG G3 QuickCircle case. Both cases feature a screen, which when connected to their respective devices, display a range of handy information that you can quickly glance at without having to go through the actual phone. However, because they’re two entirely separate accessories, the apps they run are not interchangeable between the two.
Wanting to get a taste of LG G3 QuickCircle apps on the G2, XDA Forum Member Ashrockr managed to port some of the LG G3 QuickCircle apps to the LG G2 QuickWindow case. The ported apps include the:
Installation is very straightforward, requiring you to simply download the provided ZIP package and flash it through a custom recovery on your G2. It should also be noted that this port is not compatible with the official 4.4.2 firmware as of now.
If you would like to check this out for yourself, be sure to head over to the ported QuickCircle app thread for more information.
July 7, 2014 By: Samantha
A few months have passed since the LG G2 started receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and with it, G2 owners have been enjoying some new features and benefits. Unfortunately, the one of the most standout features seen in other LG devices, Split View, didn’t quite make it into this update. No need to panic, however. Those who have gotten used to the feature on the G2 previously thanks to a port from the G Flex can now enjoy it once again because XDA Senior Member xdabbeb has written a tutorial on how to get it back.
Written specifically to work on the G2, xdabbeb’s tutorial enables you to implement Split View into a ROM that’s based on the official KitKat firmware. In order to do this, you’ll need to know your way around smali and baksmali, and know how to make minor Dalvik and smali edits. Other than that, all you need to do is follow the steps provided and you should be well on your way. To help you get started, xdabbeb has also provided handy ZIP packages with all the files you will need during the process.
So if you’re a ROM developer who’s looking to implement Split View into your ROM, be sure to head over to the original thread to check out the tutorial.
May 23, 2014 By: Conan Troutman
The LG G2 was always destined to have a difficult time thanks to sibling rivalry with the very similar Nexus 5, which was released shortly after the G2. Unsurprisingly, many consumers opted to wait for the Nexus-branded device over over the G2, despite the latter’s slightly better specifications. Despite this, many have chosen the G2, and it has amassed a loyal fanbase and development community.
One such G2 user, XDA Recognized Developer dr87, recently received a few requests for help from others in the community regarding the process of updating their custom ROMs to make full use of the 4.4.2 Android sources. In response, he posted some useful information that should help other developers avoid the issues associated with moving to a full 4.4.2 device/kernel/vendor tree.
Dr87 provides links to an updated device tree that incorporates some RIL fixes, a vendor tree that is stripped of unnecessary files and containing only the required blobs for the hardware in question, and he points to a clean kernel branch that incorporates various fixes required for some of the audio-related bugs associated with 4.4.2 on the device. There are also some other miscellaneous files and commits to merge when updating.
If you currently building a 4.4.2-based ROM for the LG G2 and are experiencing some issues with your build, this might be well worth a look. Check out the original thread for more information.
April 18, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over the last few months, we’ve seen Android 4.4 KitKat roll out first to the Korean variant of the LG G2, and then to various US carrier devices such as Sprint’s, AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s. Many were left wondering when the Verizon LG G2 would get its turn. Then just about two weeks ago, a leaked build appeared for the Verizon variant. But now, the update is finally here in official form, though it isn’t quite as easy as a standard OTA update.
Just like we saw in the T-Mobile update, the Verizon model’s update is not yet available as an incremental OTA update. Rather, it is currently available in the form of a 2 GB complete installation can be installed directly from a Windows PC using Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant application.
But what if you don’t happen to own a Windows PC or you’d rather not bother with Verizon bloatware on your PC? Well, you can also download the KDZ directly from LG. But this is XDA, and we want root, right? Luckily, XDA Recognized Contributor MicroMod777 also cooked up a pre-rooted and debloated build that can be installed from any custom recovery.
Head over to the comments section below and the KitKat update thread to get in on the discussion. And if you want to update manually, either download the KDZ directly or head over to MicroMod777′s pre-rooted and debloated version.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
April 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Although it’s nearing its first birthday, the LG G2 is still a very high end, flagship-level device. As such, it has been shown some official KitKat OTA love in various regions, starting all the way back in November of last year for the Korean version! But while T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint variants of the G2 have all received their official 4.4.2 OTAs, the Verizon model has apparently been left out in the cold.
No, unfortunately an official Android 4.4 OTA for the Verizon LG G2 is still not here. However, we at least have a very highly functioning leak. And now thanks to XDA Senior Member xdabbeb, who describes the process in great detail, you can install it on your own Verizon LG G2.
To install the leaked VS98024A KitKat build, you must first return to 100% stock and be on the VS98012B software build. This can be accomplished by using a TOT or KDZ file. After that, you must root your device, but not install a recovery or modify anything else. Then, you run a series of commands through ADB, and your phone will be updated to the KitKat leak. And if you want to install a custom recovery after getting the leak loaded on the device, you’re covered as well!
You can learn more about the procedure and download all the appropriate files by visiting xdabbeb’s original thread.
[Many thanks to workdowg for the tip!]
March 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Right at the tail end of 2013, the Korean version of the LG G2 started receiving its official OTA update to Android 4.4 KitKat. After that, we knew it was only a matter of time before the update would make its way to carrier-branded variants of the device. About two months later, we saw the update appear on the AT&T version of the G2, which was promptly followed by the T-Mobile variant. Then five days ago, the update appeared on various Canadian carriers. Now, the update has arrived for the Sprint LG G2.
The OTA comes in the form of a 618 MB incremental update from firmware version ZVA to ZVC—though Sprint decided to “rename” the update to ZVB in its provided literature. Aside from upping the Android version update to 4.4.2, the ZVC update also fixes the Next Radio audio issue.
So when can you expect the update on your device? Well, it’s currently being delivered as a staged OTA rollout, which means that your device may not be in the initial wave. However, XDA Forum Member James7Bond007 was lucky enough to capture the OTA download link direct from Google for your ADB sideloading pleasure. Head over to the Sprint LG G2 KitKat update discussion thread to share your experiences with the update.
Finally, LG also updated its Open Source Code Distribution Page for the Sprint LG G2 to include the GPL-mandated kernel source code files for the ZVC update. So if you’re a kernel or ROM developer looking to develop KitKat-based goodies for the device, today is a good day.
March 30, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The LG G2 offers some pretty nice camera performance out of the box. Thanks to its 13MP sensor and optical image stabilization, both pictures and 1080p video come out crisp and clean. However, this is XDA and we don’t ever settle for what’s given to us by the OEMs. Instead, we tweak and modify our devices to make them as good as they can possibly be.
XDA Senior Member xdabbeb recently created a handy mod for the LG G2 that gives it substantially improved camera capabilities. The stock camera application available for the device allows it to take 1080p video at 60 fps. But with xdabbeb’s mod, you can now capture 4k Ultra HD video at 30 fps or standard 720p video at 120 fps. In addition, this mod also allows you to enable HDR in your videos, and ISO 1600 for stills. And to add extra polish to your videos, the mod also allows you to enable electronic image stabilization in addition to the hardware optical image stabilization offered by the camera lens.
The mod should be compatible with various variants of the G2 running many different firmware packages. But given how many possibilities there are, it’s best to make sure you have a full Nandroid backup before flashing. Head over to the original thread to boost your G2′s camera capabilities.
March 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that late last month the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of LG’s flagship G2 were starting to receive their official updates to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. While the former arrived in the form of an incremental OTA update, the latter was disseminated as a 1.5 GB full KDZ firmware package. Luckily, we also covered how to create a flashable Zip from the aforementioned KDZ.
Now the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has appeared for Canadian carrier variants of the LG G2 D803. And as was the case with the T-Mobile update, it comes as a full KDZ update.
This update brings all the same goodies that we come to expect from LG’s take on 4.4.2. This includes UI refinements, improved battery life, faster performance, and an improved “knock on” feature. XDA Senior Member Idan73 was kind enough to share the KDZ link for the Rogers variant in this post. Not too long after, the other Canadian carriers were promptly added to Senior Member BigBoyPL‘s official firmware repository.
Make your way over to the firmware discussion thread as well as BigBoyPL’s firmware repository to learn more and get in on the discussion. And if you want to create a flashable Zip from the KDZ, be sure to head over to this guide by Senior Member somboons.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the heads up!]
March 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
There comes a time in every popular flagship device’s life when it grows up, finds an attractive carrier, and it makes many carrier-branded babies… Oh wait, I’m sorry. This is XDA-Developers, not Animal Planet. In any case, the story’s essentially the same, but with a few minor modifications.
Samsung recently unveiled its next generation flagship at Unpacked 5 in Barcelona just under one month ago. And even though the Samsung Galaxy S 5 has thus far seen mixed sentiment from consumers, the as yet unreleased device earned a well deserved place in our forums.
The LG G2, on the other hand, was released unto the world in the middle of last year. The powerhouse of a device features many of the same specifications as the highly praised Nexus 5, but with a few added perks such as a slightly larger display and strangely placed buttons that are generally a love-it-or-hate-it affair.
Now, we’ve gone ahead and created forums for the US carrier-branded variants of both devices. If you’re looking to purchase a US carrier version of either of these devices, head over to the links below to get in on the action!
Galaxy S 5:
March 11, 2014 By: Samantha
Not too long ago, we covered Android 4.4.2 KitKat making its way to the LG G2—or at least to the T-Mobile variant. Before it was available as an OTA, it came as a massive 1.5 GB KDZ file, the file type LG uses for their ROMs, much like Sony Xperia’s FTF and Motorola’s SBF files.
One of the disadvantages with receiving an update this way is that there is only one way to install such ROM files. And in LG’s case, that’s with the LG Mobile Support Tool. So if you’re unable to install the KitKat update using the aforementioned method, or you’d rather install the update another way, such as with the more flexible method of flashing the ROM through a custom recovery, XDA Senior Member somboons has created a guide that you may want to check out.
The process explained in the tutorial essentially allows you to create a flashable ZIP package from any Android 4.4.2 update for the LG G2, regardless of device variant, and root the ROM right after you flash it. This means you can update your device by simply flashing the ZIP package from your sd card, share it online or with someone who may not have access to the LG Mobile Support Tool, or quickly and easily wipe and refresh your device without having to be bound to a PC. And for those who would rather have some visual guidance, somboons has also created a video tutorial going through the entire process.
If you would like to find out more ,visit the original thread for more information.
March 9, 2014 By: Samantha
LG G2 owners running the latest KitKat update will no doubt have discovered that the awesome Xposed Framework doesn’t quite work as well as it should be. If you’re lucky enough to have a somewhat functioning framework, you already realized that the majority of Xposed modules do not work, with only a select few working. With the Android experience becoming increasingly dependent on the Xposed Framework and the vast wealth of modules, this bug is certainly a bummer.
Well, XDA Recognized Developer garyd9 has decided that enough is enough, and wants to get going figuring out any possible work-around to the limitations imposed by this issue. Targeted more towards the developers of Xposed modules for the LG G2, he has started a compilation of source code fragments that such developers may use in their modules in order to add the certain functions and features the code allows. So far, this includes getting rid of the carrier logo on the left side of the status bar, replace the on-screen menu key with recent app key instead, and turning off the volume slider in the notification area, among others. Each fragment of code quoted in the compilation thread is accompanied by their respective function and a brief explanation of what they do.
So if you’re looking to expand the horizons of what the bugged Xposed Framework can do on your KitKat-ified LG G2, or would like to contribute to the compilation, head over to the original thread to get started.
March 3, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat source code for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the T-Mobile LG G2′s KitKat update is available as well and Android 4.4 has been leaked for the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about adding 4k and 120 FPS abilities to the Stock LG Camera. Finally, Nokia treats developers well and the Nokia X has been rooted and loaded with Google Apps, the Play Store and Google Now! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.