Released a little over a year ago, the LG Optimus G Pro is LG’s first entry into the fiercely competitive phablet market segment. Over the past few months, the device has been on a rather protracted journey towards its eventual Android 4.4 KitKat update. Back in late February, we got our hands on a leaked KitKat build for the AT&T variant of the device. And then approximately one month later, the Korean version of the device received its own official update to KitKat.
Of course, it’s expected for the regional device variants in LG’s home region to receive the update first, but the official KitKat update for the Korean model was exactly two months ago. Luckily, the KitKat rollout has now gotten underway for the AT&T variant of the device.
Today’s update comes in at firmware build E98020g (baseband APQ8064/MDM9x15M), and as expected, it packs Android 4.4.2 and a few other goodies. In addition to the expected KitKat-related UI and immersion mode tweaks, AT&T says that today’s update also brings “enhanced processing speed,” stronger security, and battery performance improvements.
The 700+ MB update will begin rolling out today via OTA update. Unfortunately, the firmware has not yet been captured and mirrored, but keep your eyes on these two threads for a mirror. It’s unfortunate that it has taken nearly seven months for this update to reach consumer devices. But as we said earlier today for Sony’s updates, it’s better late than never.
March 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Released early Q2 last year, the LG Optimus G Pro is LG’s entry into the phablet world. Rocking a 5.5-inch display, the G Pro dwarfs pretty much all smartphones other than the Galaxy Notes, One Maxes, and Z Ultras in the world. Unfortunately up until now, the device hasn’t received its official dose of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Luckily, this is now starting to change, as a few regional variants of the device are now receiving OTA updates to 4.4.2 KitKat.
News of the update rollout comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member necoritol. As expected, the first markets to receive the update are in LG’s homeland, South Korea. However, this means that currently only the F240 version of the device is seeing the update. Specifically, only the F240S and F240L, as LG is negotiating with carriers regarding updating the F240K. While this means nothing directly for the E988 variant available elsewhere in the world, it is a sign that good things are to come to the device in the (hopefully) near future.
You can learn more about the update in necoritol’s update thread. At this time, the update for the F240 S/L has not yet been captured. However, once it is captured and mirrored, we expect it to be added to the stock firmware repository for the G Pro.
[Many thanks to The_Carb for the heads up!]
Ever since its release in late October alongside the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat has been gradually making its way out to various consumer devices—first to modern Nexus and GPe devices, and later to other phones and tablets. While the aftermarket development community here on XDA has largely picked up the slack for the slow pace of OEMs, it’s still quite nice when a manufacturer releases an official build.
Now, we’ve gotten word that the official Android 4.4 update is drawing near for the LG Optimus G Pro. This discovery was made by XDA Forum Member shanmukha24 after he lost his IMEI when flashing a ROM to his AT&T LG G Pro (E980 ATT). After sending it in for service, the phone returned to him with a beta build of KitKat (AT&T branding, and all). And according to shanmukha24, the service person stated that the update would be making its way out within a month or so.
While the news of a coming update for a relatively high end device would normally be of no major significance, progress is being made to extract this beta KitKat ROM for all others to enjoy. As such, shanmukha24 has already managed to extract the /system partition, in the hopes that developers can create a flashable update for rooted end users.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member The_Carb for the tip!]