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!
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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.
February 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We are now four months past the unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat. And over the course of the last month or two, we’ve seen more than a few devices receive official updates to Google’s latest and greatest. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member Howie Dub, we’ve learned that the T-Mobile LG G2 is one of the latest devices to receive the KitKat goods.
The update is unfortunately not available via OTA update. Rather, it’s delivered via a 1.5 GB KDZ file that must be installed with the LG Mobile Support Tool. Coming in at software version D80120a, the update bumps users up to Android 4.4.2 and Linux kernel 3.4.0. Installing this update will remove your custom recovery (if you have one installed), but that’s probably a tiny sacrifice to make in order to get in on the official KitKat goods.
Make your way over to the T-Mobile 4.4.2 update discussion thread to learn more and update your device.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member Titokhan for the tip!]
February 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, we saw the AT&T HTC One receive the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat goods via an incremental OTA update. This update, which came in the form a staged rollout, started making its way to consumer devices early in the morning. Thankfully, a couple of XDA community members who were lucky enough to receive the OTA mirrored the update for everyone’s enjoyment. Now, AT&T has started updating its variant of the LG G2 to KitKat as well. And just like before, the community has stepped up and shared the OTA for your side-loading pleasure.
According to AT&T’s release post, the update brings several key features including UI refinements, improved battery life, and 17% faster performance. Furthermore, the “Knock On” feature has reportedly been improved, and due to the rebase to KitKat, Cloud Printing is now integrated into the OS.
Naturally if you’re rooted and running stock firmware, you’re going to want to get in on the update a bit early. Thankfully, XDA Forum Members tonynmisty and hyelton have mirrored the OTA on Dropbox and StorageCow. Once the update has been downloaded, place the file in your FOTA folder using a Root-enabled file manager and flash the update with a custom recovery.
Head over to the KitKat Update thread to get in on the discussion. Those wishing to sideload the update a bit early should head over to tonynmisty’s Dropbox mirror or hyelton’s storagecow mirror and FOTA update instructions. And if you wish to view LG’s performance demo for the update, check out the video at the bottom of this post.
We all should be pretty familiar with split screen functionality on our mobile devices. We’ve seen it become a defining feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series with “Multi-Window,” and Microsoft has integrated the same function into their desktop/tablet operating systems Windows RT and 8/8.1. In fact, quite recently, we saw the LG G Flex join the list with their “Split View” feature. And as expected of the XDA community, it’s been ported to the LG G2.
Ported by XDA Recognized Developer bigfau, Split View on the LG G2 seems to be stable and running without any major issues that interfere with the functionality. There are however, a few compatibility problems with certain apps such as Tapatalk and Hangouts. But unless you absolutely have to use those apps concurrently with one another, you’ll be fine.
Installation is very straightforward, simply consisting of downloading the provided zip file and flashing it through a custom recovery. Bigfau also provided a convenient flashable zip file to remove Split View if you would not like to continue using it. The port has been confirmed to work with multiple LG G2 variants, including the D800, D802, VS980, LS980, D805D801V11B Videotron, and the D802.
If you would like to find out more, visit the original thread for more details and download.
December 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Up until very recently, we haven’t heard very much about LG’s planned upgrade path for its current device lineup—well, aside from an erroneous Facebook message, that is. But given that the Optimus G and LG G2 feature remarkably similar hardware to the LG-built Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, respectively, it’s not unreasonable to assume that the updates are likely in the works.
Now, LG has revealed on its official blog that the G2 will receive KitKat by the year’s end in its home market of Korea. Aside from the impending Korean release, we already know that G2 devices in certain regions are going to enjoy the KitKat goods in due time. So far, French carrier SFR has stated on its blog that they are aiming to have the update on consumer devices by late January. Additionally, LG’s Court Elliot has confirmed that the KitKat firmware will be submitted for carrier approval by the end of Q1 2014.
If you’re a G2 owner, good things are coming. And while this release schedule isn’t as lightning fast as Motorola’s or HTC’s, at least the company is supporting (one of) its devices. We’re surprised at how much of a time delta there is between the Korean release and the one in Canada. That said, we can be sure that system dumps will appear and be ported to other variants as soon as the Korean model receives its official update.
What are your thoughts on this update schedule? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!