After a dreadfully sluggish start to Android 4.4 KitKat updates, LG has all of a sudden cranked up its software support efforts, bringing the G2 up to date internationally as well as in South Korea, Canada and on AT&T and T-Mobile US.
They’ve also began rolling out KitKat for their OG Optimus G Pro and bendy G Flex. Plus, fresh reports add the G Pad 8.3 tablet and Vu 3 phablet to the happy, avant-garde list. The former, said to score 4.4 worldwide sometime in Q2, is reportedly treated to the chocolaty makeover early in Korea both over-the-air and via LG’s Mobile Support Tool.
Technically, international G Pad users can themselves take things to the next level early, thanks to an unofficial port available on XDA Forum. However, unless you’re skilled in matters of hacking and tinkering and willing to say goodbye to your precious warranty, patience is advised.
Those based in Korea should expect to see a prompt message asking them to upgrade before long, and an install duration of no more than half an hour. Regardless, make sure the battery is above the 50 percent capacity mark, and free up about 500 MB of storage space.
Aside from the customary subtle UI tweaks, the firmware carries a heap of performance optimizations and speed improvements, plus a few bug fixes and LG-specific bloatware.
Turning our attention to the Vu 3, a handheld available exclusively in Korea, we’d like to mention the Android 4.4 KitKat port in this case can be found, downloaded and installed straight from the local LG Mobile support website here.
All three carrier-locked versions, on SKT, KT and LG U+, can be bumped up to KitKat, and the changelog is basically identical to the list of adjustments expected on the G Pad, G2 or Optimus G Pro: refreshed interface, wireless printing capability, security enhancements, better compatibility for ART runtime, improved browser speed, battery life and camera performance.
As for what’s on the horizon, things are looking mighty encouraging. At least in LG’s homeland. According to an unofficial but seemingly legit list posted on the Korean blogosphere, six devices up for grabs around those parts will jump on the KitKat bandwagon sooner or later.
That’s six in addition to the five already updated, mind you, bringing the grand total to an impressive near dozen. Too bad the Optimus LTE 2 (F160), Vu 2 (F200), GK (F220) and GX (F310) can’t be found anywhere outside the “Land of the Morning Calm”.
The Optimus G can, of course, but its global move to 4.4 has been rumored and greatly debated. Bottom line, I’m afraid I have no fresh good news for Western LG fans aside from an impending software bump on the G Pad 8.3.
Then again, the Optimus F7 is essentially Optimus LTE 2’s bigger battery-packing counterpart, so odds are the former will get to taste some sweet KitKat one of these days too. Sure, it features half the RAM and built-in storage, but still.