December 13, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Update: Unfortunately, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. That was certainly the case this time, as the official Facebook post cited below has now been redacted. They (briefly) apologized for their actions on their Facebook page, which was then copied here by XDA Senior Member Sorin90, but that was deleted as well. Moreover, XDA Forum Member Flaide Laise posted a screenshot of LG Nordic stating that LG Estonia knew an update was making its way out for the device, and they incorrectly thought it was KitKat.
I’m at a loss here, guys. I am not sure what’s more troubling: the fact that LG Estonia simply removes these statements without adequate explanation or how they seemingly don’t even know what firmware versions are available for their own devices. For shame.
Update 2: Liis Veersalu of LG Estonia has reached out to us, explaining the confusion:
Mistakenly, there has been information spreading via LG Electronics Estonia Facebook page that LG Optimus G (E975) will receive an Android 4.4 KitKat update in Estonia this week. We confirm that it is not so and sincerely apologize for any given false or ambiguous information.
We confirm that in Estonia, LG Optimus G did get an update this week that allows users to use 4G internet. The update is available only for operator Elisa clients (https://www.elisa.ee/). But, to confirm once again – it was not Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Currently in our possession we have no information on whether and when LG Optimus G (E975) will receive an Android 4.4 KitKat update in Estonia. If this information comes to our knowledge we will immediately update you.
Given that XDA-Developers has published an article on the topic, we would kindly like to ask you to update the post with our statement about the actual situation in order to avoid further misunderstandings.
Please, once again, accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.
LG Electronics Estonia
LG-One representative in Estonia
Thank you, Liis, for explaining what happened. While it does indeed confirm that Android 4.4 is not coming to the Optimus G for the time being, at least we have official word as to what happened. Now, we just hope that this story ends up having a happy ending for Optimus G owners through an official KitKat update at some point in the future.
Earlier today, we talked about how Sony continues to court the development community with KitKat AOSP device trees and binaries for various Xperia devices. We were also recently pleased with HTC, when they joined Motorola and bestowed the official Android 4.4 KitKat goods on not only the Google Play edition, but also the developer and unlocked versions of the HTC One. But Sony, Motorola, and HTC aren’t the only friendly faces in town. LG is also trying to make a splash thanks to an expedient Android 4.4 update to the close cousin of the Nexus 4, the LG Optimus G.
The news of the Android 4.4 update for the Optimus G comes from LG Estonia’s own Facebook page. BUT, and there’s always a “but,” there’s a catch—two actually. First off, this update is currently only available for Optimus G owners in Estonia. Second, the update appears to only be available to those who physically bring their phones into a mobile service center, as OTA availability “might take some additional time.”
Despite the “buts,” this is great news for Optimus G owners everywhere because not only can you rest assured that the build will be ripped and posted in the near future, but it also speaks to LG’s commitment to support their older devices, even before some of their newer devices like the LG G2 receive the official KitKat goods.
What are your thoughts on LG’s expedient KitKat update? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below! Then make your way over to the KitKat for LG Optimus G thread to learn more. While the first few pages initially mention rumors of a late October KitKat release, the last few pages talk about the Estonian release.
November 4, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
As soon as the LG-built Google Nexus 4 received the oh-so-tasty Android 4.4 KitKat goods, we knew it wouldn’t be too long before its sibling device, the LG Optimus G, also was given an unofficial taste. Now, XDA Recognized Contributor houstonn has created an early, yet highly functional port of Google’s latest and greatest for the device.
The source-built ROM currently is a vanilla AOSP-based build. However, as time goes on and the Paranoid Android team updates the PA sources to work with KitKat, the builds will evolve into official Paranoid Android and bring you all of the layout and dpi features you know and love.
The ROM itself is natively compatible with the E970, E973, and E971 versions of the device. However, it can also work on the E975, E976, and E977 if you flash an alternative kernel after flashing the ROM. The early builds lacked WiFi and external SD card support, but these have now been fixed as of the latest revision. Most users are reporting a relatively flawless overall experience.
If you’ve got an Optimus G and don’t want to wait however long it takes LG to send you the KitKat goods, head over to the ROM thread and give this a shot.
[Thanks to Pony Express and houstonn for the heads up!]
October 24, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Hardware capacitive buttons seem to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. While many of us seem to prefer the versatility of the on-screen buttons most commonly seen on modern Nexus devices, others instead favor the increased usable screen real estate made possible by having dedicated keys outside of the display.
If you happen to own an HTC device, you are probably a fan of dedicated hardware buttons. But that’s not to say that you can’t tweak them to make them work better for you. XDA Senior Member denversc created an app called Capacitive Buttons Brightness, which does… Well, you guessed it. It allows you to change the brightness of your capacitive buttons.
Currently, the app officially supports the HTC One X (dual- and quad-core variants), HTC One X+, HTC One, and HTC One S. That said, many users have found that it also works on other devices such as the HTC One V, HTC Desire HD, HTC Evo 3D, Motorola Droid MAXX, and LG Optimus G.
The app allows you to change brightness in 3 steps: dim, bright, and off. The default on most Sense-based ROMs seems to be bright, whereas it is usually set to dim on most AOSP-based ROMs. Please note that the “off” setting does not work if you have the GV Integration app installed. Naturally, root access is required… But who here isn’t rooted anyway?
January 19, 2013 By: jerdog
At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we’ve seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4—but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup.
Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA. Please choose one from the list that you would like to see offered, and we will pick from the top 3 devices. The voting ends on February 15, so make sure you place your vote for the devices you love!
EDIT: The results are in, and displayed below. We’ll keep you updated as to the final options when they become available.
The morning started off with an LG press conference. They talked at length about “Touch[ing] the Smart Life.” They then talked about their “smart” products. This included everything from refrigerators and washing machines to televisions with more pixels than people in New York.
They spoke briefly about connected devices. They talked about a washing machine that you can start with your smartphone using NFC. You can control their robotic vacuum with your smartphone. They also covered standard device mirroring, or showing your mobile devices screen on your television. The talk included simplifying the setup for this, using a “one touch connection.”
They spoke about their advanced touch interface on their mobile devices. However, only three features of this UI were shown. One was the live zoom feature, which allows you to zoom in and out in a playing video, and another was called “Vu: Talk,” which from gather allows you to write on the screen while talking to someone.
Finally, they talked about their mobile device releases, but most of these devices are not new. They talked about the LG Intuition and its “genius” 4:3 aspect ratio, because that’s the aspect ratio of documents that you view on your phone. Also, they talked about the LG Optimus G—which they went on to call not just a smartphone, but a superphone—and the Google Nexus 4.
All in all, it doesn’t appear that there are currently any breakthrough devices coming from LG. Surprising, right? So developers need not salivate over anything on the LG mobile line up for a while. Judging from their presentation, they instead seem to be focusing on making televisions with more and more pixels at this time.
October 16, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Last week, we added forums for a couple of devices that stood out in their own unique way. These were, of course, the Intel-powered RAZR i and the relatively diminutive Galaxy S III Mini. This week, we have a few new forums to add as well.
To start things off, we have the Raspberry Pi due to popular demand. While not exactly a “mobile device,” the device features an architecture extremely similar to typical smartphone hardware. Furthermore, the excellent price and high degree of hackability only serve to sweeten the overall package and make it a must-have for any gadget lover.
Next, we have the LG’s late 2012 flagship phone, the Optimus G. Powered by the top-of-the-line quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the device will be one of the speediest devices at launch. The category-leading processor is backed by 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of ROM, a 4.7″ “True HD-IPS+” panel, LTE connectivity, a 2100 mAh battery, and an 8 or 13 MP camera (depending on region). The device ships with Ice Cream Sandwich, but is slated to receive an update to Jelly Bean.
Leading the HTC pack, we have the One VX. The device comes in as the successor to the popular mid-range One V. Powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, it is also no slouch. The device also features 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of ROM, a 1810 mAh battery, and LTE connectivity. The device features a Sense 4-laden build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and comes with a 4.5″ qHD Super LCD2 screen.
Finally, we have the Desire X. Looking to cater to value-conscious users, the HTC Desire X is an affordable cousin to the One series. Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (albeit based on the ARM Cortex A5, rather than Qualcomm Krait) and packing 768 MB of RAM, the Desire X doesn’t quite pack the same punch as its flagship brethren. That said, it offers more than adequate performance for those who don’t need the highest benchmark scores or simply prefer a smaller device.
Can’t wait to join in on the discussion? Head over to the newly created forums!