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.  (more…)

HTC Posts Android 4.4.2 Kernel Source and Framework Files, Update Likely Soon (Updated: Rolling Out)

This afternoon, HTC posted the kernel source and framework support files for the One Google Play Edition’s Android 4.4.2 update. This doesn’t exactly mean that the update is rolling out at any moment, but it certainly wouldn’t shock us. Typically when HTC posts these files, it’s because an update is ready, and since Google has already pushed out the bug fixing 4.4.2 build to all of its Nexus devices, the Google Play Editions should be next.  (more…)

Unboxing and Hands-on: LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

On Tuesday, Google and LG announced a Google Play Edition of the G Pad 8.3 tablet - the first GPE tablet device to ever be released by Google. Much like every other GPE device, the tablet comes running stocking Android, this time being Android 4.4 aka Kit Kat. It features the same specs as the regular variant of the G Pad 8.3 from LG, with its Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera, dual back-facing speakers, 8.3″ IPS Full-HD 1080p display, 4,600mAh battery, 16GB internal storage, and weighs 338g.  (more…)

Sony Z Ultra Also Introduced as a Google Play Edition, Starts at $649

Moments after going live with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, Google also went live with a white Nexus 7 and the Sony Z Ultra GPE. The Sony Z Ultra is most widely known as the Xperia Z Ultra, a massive 6.4-inch device that also runs a Snapdragon 800 processor. We’re talking 342ppi with a resolution of 1920×1080 that uses “similar” technology to a Sony Bravia TV.  (more…)

LG-V510 is a Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3, Not a New Nexus

The mystery of the LG-V510 is pretty close to being solved today, as open source files for the tablet have surfaced over at LG’s site. If you download the source .zip file and unzip it, you are greeted with three files – two of which call it the “G-Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.” Rumors for weeks have gone round and round about this device, hoping all along that it would be some sort of Nexus 8. Sorry folks, it isn’t. But, it’s pretty close!  (more…)