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!]