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Variants of LG G2 may begin seeing update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat next week

Posted: , by Maxwell R.


Variants of LG G2 may begin seeing update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat next week
A couple weeks ago, we got word about the Korean version of LG’s flagship device, the G2, getting upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. We also know that the international model of the device, D802 will probably receive the update before the versions sold in the United States.

With that, it appears that LG will unleash the 4.4.2 update to the international G2 beginning next week at MWC 2014. Given that the G2 still has class leading specifications, this release is probably timed in an attempt to abate whatever waves may be made by other manufacturer announcements in Barcelona.

It looks like LG did update a few devices ahead of the formal announcement to ensure the backend is ready to push the new versions of the OS out when ready. As with any leak of information, nothing is set in stone, but since we know LG’s plans are to have the G2 updated before the end of the first quarter, MWC 2014 is as good a place to start as anywhere else.

source: TechManiacs (translated)

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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:04

1. gabrielvoica (Posts: 65; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

great news...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 19:31

17. cheetah2k (Posts: 1378; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Should have happened long ago.. LG promised Dec 2013 when they released the G2 in September last year... 2+ months late, just not on for a flagship.

The sure thing when buying an LG phone, if you want the latest updates, you have to buy another phone...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:34

28. snake2332 (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

No, you just have to root it and rom it, just like every Android phone that isn't a Nexus.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:05

2. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

My G2 is pretty fast as is...and update is not important to me.
Unless it means the phone will be even faster!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 19:34

18. cheetah2k (Posts: 1378; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

My G2 on 4.2.2 slows down after about a months use. Primarily because I use it for copying files to and from my home/work PC and this then causes issues with the onboard memory - aka no Trash Collection < Android 4.3..

So every month or so mine needs a full reset to get it back up to speed again.

And then there's also the camera issues, in particular how slow it takes pics and camera app start speed. Hopefully these issues are all fixed.

Other than that, it is a good stable android phone (with an amazing screen!)

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 02:20

22. lallolu (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

If you are willing to root your phone, just install android tuner and set schedule for trimming your memory.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:30 1

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 472; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Nexus5 is the fastest Android phone period anyone who says other wise needs to lay off the pipe

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:35 2

4. Omarc07 (Posts: 372; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

As someone who has both phones i do not agree with u only reason i stopped using my g2 is cuz screen is shattered from when i was drunk so i had to use my moms nexus, i miss my g2 alot better screen more bright and it was faster when i had lots of apps open and had waaay better battery life either way nexus is ok..

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:17

9. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 472; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

U don't have to agree, its a fact most people have compared on you tube nexus5 is the fastest android phone period, u must be talking about nexus4 your mom has

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:38

11. Omarc07 (Posts: 372; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Funny how your assuming my mom has the 4 u dnt know shyt n be talkin already my moms a phone geek like me she has nexus 5 not nexus 4 u funny.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 08:46

25. JunitoNH (Posts: 1489; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Yeah, I had two G2, and both had to be returned due to a number of issues. My primary Android device, Moto X, little better, it too can be quirky.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:51

5. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

I was choosing betwen the two and picked LG because of battery life.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 20:44

20. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)

G2 and Nexus 5 are both LG lol

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 00:12

21. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Your point, not sure.
My point to yours is, NP as both are great phones.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 08:23

24. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

I know that... but thanks.
Still entirely different phones.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 15:19 1

26. Hals500 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)

LOL Mr.Mr.Upgrade dude, i am not sure if you have any clue what on earth you are talking about but here's a newsflash for you:

Nexus 5 is made by LG and is based off TRIMMED DOWN G2. Meaning, it has same base as G2, but since Google wanted to sell it cheaper, they agreed to change some components:
most notably screen, which is far worse than LG G2 and 4.95" vs 5.2" screen size, battery -2300mAh vs 3000mAh on G2, cameras are worse (both back and front), quality of final manufacture (cheaper materials on Nexus coupled with bad finishing on many devices), lack of IR blaster (LG Remote anyone?) etc etc.

The only advantage of Nexus 5 is that it has software updates coming directly from Google, without OEM in between, thus faster and earlier updates. Most will argue that it also has less bloatware, which i agree with, to some extent. On the other side, LG's bloatware (mostly) is useful and practical, unlike Samsung's junk.

So yeah, fanboi, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Now go and Google, i hope that you know how to do that at least.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:55 1

6. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

watch me not care about my G2 getting updated, watch me not cry about it. Watch me buy the Sony sirius when it comes to verizon

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 19:36

19. cheetah2k (Posts: 1378; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

You obviously like big foreheads... major turn off with the Xperia devices is all that wasted realestate... At least the Sirius is rumoured to have an IPS LCD screen this time round. Triluminius TFT is SHHHHHH!!!!!7

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:16 1

7. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

LOL at title KitKit

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:00 1

13. Maxwell.R (Posts: 210; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

Whoops! thanks.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:17 1

8. LuckyS (Posts: 154; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

My precious will become even more preicous.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:21 1

10. datsyuk (Posts: 179; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

Thank the lorrrrddddd give me more stability for ROM development!!!!! Hahaha. No more SODs

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:43

29. snake2332 (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

Amen to that. Been running KitKat roms on my G2 for a couple months now. They've gotten better, but I still get a random reboot once or twice a day and sometimes get random major lag with app opening/closing animation where I just have to let-it-be for a minute or so while it recovers. Which reminds me, I need to try disabling HW overlays to see if that helps.

I'll be happy when we get some custom kernels based on an official LG 4.4.2 version, as I'm pretty sure they'll be more stable. And maybe we can get the LG camera app again (the adapted version of LG camera on KitKat is basically useless, as all the extra features just crash the app).

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:48

12. AzizMorro (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)

G2 fast than whatever

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:01 1

14. Chlcken (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

Great news hopefully its for real this time I really do finally want KitKat on my G2 as i really do enjoy my device a lot its super compact , the best screen i ever used in terms of color and swag(compared to note 3 and blew it) the battery life is great just as good as my friends note 3 and i use my phone a lot in a day so its important I get about 5-6:30 hours of screen on time on average depending what i do 1 time i got 7 ...

But it can get a lot better and fix maybe some of the flaws when kitkat comes for it like:

Camera is slow when its in unrecognized lighting situations
UI is a pain sometimes and its slow compared to stock android on 4.4 (Im using Nova Prime which is good but I want to see the settings be smooth)
Maybe Improve the speakers by just a bit their too quiet
and fix a bunch of bugs people are having with their G2 that i currently dont have but had to get 2 replacements because I had issues like Screen Flicker and GPS problems

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:56

15. TechVoid (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)

Great can't wait to get for my LG G2! It needs to get some new life.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:00

16. euklidis (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

Amazing!!! Trustworthy Source!!! Remember iPhone 5S dates they posted! Even their source is not checked, the rumor seems legit ;)

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 05:45

23. mike2959 (Posts: 497; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

No Kit Kat for a LONG time if you are in the US... Not a chance.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 07:49

27. chatin_62 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)

This is real Source: smartphones.sfr.fr /android/ lg-g2-vers-android-4-4-2-kitkat/
Phone's language is French, not Greek. :)

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:52

30. snake2332 (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

I won't use the LG rom since they hack up the apps a little too much for my taste, but if their kernel is solid, we should finally be able to avoid SoD's and random reboots on KitKat roms.

I put up with a daily reboot or random laggy animation because 4.4.2 roms are so great. I love the transparent status & nav bars in 3rd party launchers, lockscreen notifications, Active Display, immersive mode (set to a nav ring button for easy access), OpenGL ES 3.0, etc. I don't really care if none of these features make it into LG's KitKat rom, I just want their kernel for custom roms to use or base their kernels on.

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