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Unofficial OTA Build of Kit Kat for LG G2 on Verizon Released for Flashing

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Hardcore Android enthusiasts currently rocking an LG G2 on Verizon should enjoy this news, as an unofficial OTA build of Kit Kat has been released by third-party developers for flashing. The current installation method requires a bit of adb knowledge, but if you are comfortable with tinkering, then this should not prove too difficult for you. 

The process is pretty straightforward, but there are a few tricky steps if you are unfamiliar with the device’s build history. First, you must flash a stock build of VS98012B via an available method, then root that build using a root tool from autoprime or manually doing so.

After downloading the new bin file, simply rename it, push it to the device in a specified folder, then run a few commands in adb. Once completed, the device will reboot, then you should be running Kit Kat on your G2 on Verizon. Sounds easy, right?

To get started, follow the XDA link below.

Warning: The build linked may not be a final build from LG and Verizon. As with other flashable zips from third-party developers, doing these procedures could harm your device, rendering it unusable. Proceed at your own risk.

Via: XDA
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  • DJ

    Love the G2!

  • Scott Kay

    I have it installed on my G2, the install is really not very difficult and the 4.4.2 build is working really well. I’m frustrated waiting & waiting & waiting for Verizon with no further updates on potential availability.

  • Chippah

    The current leak is great, unable to find any bugs.

    pros – device feels 10 times faster/smoother like glass.
    stable as fawk.
    battery life improved tremendously.

  • Jonathan Williams

    GNex Owner: Get G2 or wait for G3?

    • duke69111

      G2 is an awesome device.

    • BenG

      If you’re looking at getting one off contract check out swappa you can find some pretty reasonable priced G2s.

      • Jonathan Williams

        That’ll be the case since I’ll have to buy outright from now on.

        • BenG

          I just bought one for 310 and saw a different one sell for 275. I’m rocking the GNex also, I upgraded to 4.4 on my droid and can’t root it and I use foxfi for my home internet so I had to go back to it. How is you’re GNex holding up? I can honestly barely text on mine it’s so slow.

          • Jonathan Williams

            Texting is perfectly fine. The 4.4.2 FML OmniRom is fast and stable. I’ve got the Zerolemon battery, which keeps me going throughout the day. 310 isn’t bad at all. I love the KnockON feature lol

    • Chippah

      Gnex on unlim?

      Get G2 when on sale free on contract.
      open a NEW line,
      get G2, pop you gnex sim in it.
      wait 14 days, call vzw tell them to ESAD – Cancel that line.
      Profit. unlim + good deal on a top tier device.

      • Jonathan Williams

        ESAD?

        • LionStone

          I just figured it out without looking :)….Eat Sh!t And Die

          • Jonathan Williams

            I like it!!!

          • LionStone

            I tell ya…

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    • Rob Farrah

      FWIW, At this point, I’d wait – at least for an announcement so you’ll know how long you’d have to wait.

      • Jonathan Williams

        That makes sense.

  • sonicyoof

    Verizon update? It must be April Fool’s…

  • Chris

    The G2 is great, no reason to complain about not having kit Kat yet, you get used to the waiting having vzw

  • Allen George

    I’m running this software. I can’t find anything broken on this, if you follow the proccess as laid out in the forums, it works great. No issues so far. You retain root as well. There are people myself included looking into custom recovery and kernel flashing using the loki exploit.

  • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

    I’m thinking of trading my Moto X for this. Primarily, because I need more battery life. Any issues with the G2? (I know slow updates, but it will be rom’ed)

    • ASV505

      Best phone I’ve ever had. Inc1-inc2-Rezound-GNex-G2 love it

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      if you have hangouts open in a thread, lock the screen, get a message and turn the screen back on, before swiping away the lockscreen the notification goes away. Annoys the hell out of me but its minor. But if you want battery life, look no further.

      • LucasMonroe

        I hate that so much too. I run a third party SMS and it does the same thing.

      • Michael Martin

        Fixed in kk guys

      • Brian Wolfman

        So glad this is fixed in KK, this frustrated me so much, I missed a few texts because of this (work related so not good!)

    • K

      After being with my dev edition Moto X for the past 5 months, I’m going back to the G2. Should be arriving in the next couple days. It was just an all around great device. The battery life was superb. Gorgeous screen. Way better camera. Definitely won’t see fast updates like Moto whips out but that really doesn’t matter since the G2 is a beast.

    • Mike H.

      Only issue i have is the prox sensor can get funky in certain light. Kk fixes tbe issue….but its not released yet.

      Phone will be on then go dark when you try and unlock it. Turning off knock on seems to help.

      • DJ

        +1 I had to return my first G2 the day after I bought it because of this. I could not keep the screen on when I was in a dark room. it would turn on then turn right off. My replacement has been perfect.

    • Rob Farrah

      It is an incredible phone. Great screen, fast, and absolutely fantastic battery life. Anxiously awaiting the formal announcement of the LG G3 – high expectations!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Verizon really made the back of that phone ugly

    • LionStone

      Oh wow, they sure did… front and back, double wammy, poor phone

      • Scott Kay

        Great phone, but I agree external packaging is nothing special. Screen rez, small bezels, Snapdragon 800 w/ 2GB ram, 13MP cam make it a monster piece of phone hardware.

    • Nexoduss

      Too bad it’s still better than any htc phone. The g2 is overall better than the m8, but the g3 is going to blow it out of the water.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        -_-

      • LionStone

        Best phone on VZW right now is the M8, and I do like the G2 but come on, let’s not let your HTC bashing blind you.

        • Ryan Laursen

          I got the G2 on the M8’s launch date. I like the M8’s build, but the camera killed it for me. G2 for $0 @ Best Buy did not hurt either.

  • JasonWhite

    Well that’s nice! Considering the official release seems to still be a ways away. This is small interaction I had earlier this morning:

    • Blue Sun

      Not even a rough time period like “Q2 2014″ lol. That’s Verizon for ya… zilch.

      • JasonWhite

        But of course not!

    • The Narrator

      Don’t you know, even if info is released. Verizon’s support knows nothing, ever.

      • Allen George

        They usually don’t even know when updates HAVE been released for a phone.

        • Drew Chapman

          My sister went in to ask about the M8 a couple days before it dropped and the rep asked her what she was talking about. She explained and he responded with “I was wondering what the signs meant by the all new HTC One.”

  • Guy Pierce

    Verizon already?! My old Gnex doesn’t even have it yet. No matter though I’m on T-mobile now.

    • Eric R.

      Maybe it’s because Google is no longer supporting the Galaxy Nexus?

      • Guy Pierce

        True for Google now but Verizon never did.

        • Eric R.

          Verizon is not the reason that the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have 4.4, so I don’t get why you would even be asking Verizon for it.

          • Guy Pierce

            My point was that they are known for having very slow software releases. That’s all. My bad for the confusion.

          • PoisonApple31

            There is a difference between slow and non-existent upgrades.

          • Adrynalyne

            Verizon is the reason it never even got 4.3, however.

  • Rashad

    That’s what’s up. At least the major flagship devices are getting kitkat and not having to wait too long for it.

    • Blue Sun

      I find your definition of “not too long” interesting.

      • Rashad

        Think historically OEM’s updates compared to now…that is what I mean by ‘not too long’

        • Blue Sun

          That makes sense.

      • guest

        If you want ASAP look at the moto X and its battery drain issue with the rushed OTA update. I would rather wait the extra few months and get a solid build. again everyone on this site is the 1% of customers teh other 99% do not know or care.

        • Blue Sun

          On my Nexus 5 I cannot say for certain if I have encountered the KK camera drain bug. I have had 1-2 times per month where my battery seemed low, early in the day, but I would say it was rare.