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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Receiving Android 4.4.2 Today

If you picked up a LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition this week (our unboxing and hands-on), be sure to jump into Settings>About tablet>System updates, you may have an update awaiting your approval. According to at least one of our readers, the 52MB update is rolling out now, bringing the tablet up to the most current version of Android available. The update itself doesn’t do much from Android 4.4, but does tweak UI elements here and there and also squash bugs that Google deemed important. After all, 4.4.2 showed up within days of the release of 4.4.1. 

Moments ago, we saw HTC post the kernel source files for a Android 4.4.2 update for the One Google Play Edition, so it could be that all GPE units are receiving the update.

Our Galaxy S4 GPE is not showing as having an update available, but as soon as we see one, we’ll be sure to update this post.

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Cheers Rich!
  • Barlog

    Someone help me decide, I’ve got the Of Nexus 7 and have been planning on buying myself the new N7 for Christmas but now this LG G Pad has thrown a hard decision my way. What should I buy?! I can’t decide now!

    • I just made that hard decision. I got the Nexus 7, and so far I’m not regretting it. It’s very snappy (and ART should make it snappier, once the ONE app I use that doesn’t support ART is brought up to speed). I like the small form factor — and the Poetic Slimline case (which is under $20) makes it feel like I’m carrying a book. I also like that I can use NFC to trade stuff back and forth between my other Nexus device. I haven’t tried Qi wireless charging, but I can definitely see how that would be convenient.

      And I just like the idea that Google (as opposed to LG) is maintaining the hardware support.

      And then there’s that price difference…

  • AbbyZFresh

    I thought this already came with 4.4.2. when it was announced yesterday. Anyway, that was quick.

  • Maxim∑

    great for the 2 people who have it

  • droidify

    As much as I love stock android on my nexus 7 and 5. I’m actually enjoying the LG skin on my G Pad and G2. (knock on seems like it should be a stock feature it’s so awesome). Normally I would be so jealous of the GPE and rushing to flash any build I could find and deal with the bugs. Not this time. Hopefully LG will be able to update their other devices with all this google love they’ve been getting.

    • aye_winchell

      I agree that it isnt that bad, although, i hate the notification bar, i’m used the the quick settings and like the two pull downs, in stead of one that’s really busy, and i could do without the qslide stuff, don’t really use it, but i agree other than that, at first the white settings menu was off putting, but after about a week and installing the GEL i find that i kind of like the white menus, only thing i wish i had was transparent bars, but that will come. But ya knock on/knock off is seriously a great feature, i picked up my n7 the other night, and tried to knock on, i just stared at for a second like wtf, before i realized what i was doing, i was like wow, that really is a great feature.

      Other then some minor UI stuff, most of which is fixed with a customer launcher. Coming from my OG Razr Maxx the G2 didn’t disappoint, the battery life is on par and if you put them side by side, the G2 is slightly taller, maybe an 1/8 or 1/4 inch taller is all, and its all screen, which is really nice, small chin, minute bezel and a glorious large screen in phone that has about the same size for factor as my og maxx, i love my G2

    • Rich Robinson

      I have the G2 & the G Pad GPE – best of both worlds!

      • hkklife

        No, best of both worlds would be a Snapdragon 800 and 32GB internal on the G-Pad GPE! I’d buy one in a heartbeat if it had THOSE specs from the G2!

    • EraserXIV

      Knock on is a great feature but would be obsolete with active notifications. Moto needs to come out with an X tablet.

      • droidify

        So if you have active notifications you never have to wake your device or turn it off? Maybe I don’t understand active notifications (I don’t have an X). What if you don’t have any current notifications? Does the screen turn on and off by ESP?

        • EraserXIV

          Active Notifications senses when you pick up or move your device. It then turns on just enough pixels (since it is an AMOLED) for the phone to display the time and an option to swipe to unlock to the homescreen. Or you could put it back down and the activated pixels turn off. All this is without pressing the power button.

          I guess with a tablet you could argue there is the issue of not actually picking up your device, but you would just need to budge it a little bit for it to activate the Active Notifications. It’s similar in concept to Knock-on but seems “smarter”.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Hmmm… I want this. Not sure why.

    • MettaWorldTroll

      Because it’s good. Seriously the best tablet I’ve used and I’ve used about all of them.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        This is the Google play edition though. Is the LG skin annoying on the original?

        • MettaWorldTroll

          I have this version, can’t comment on the stock version, sorry.

        • MrAdeio

          I just bought the stock model from Best Buy today for $300 plus some reward dollars and threw Cyanogenmod on it. Really liking it so far.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            You didn’t like the skin at all? Any unique features from the LG skin you liked?

  • Jason Brown

    that was quick. I liked the “g paid” headline better. lg g pad is “getting paid. now receiving kitkat update.”