LG G Pad 8.3

Update: It looks as though the KitKat update is also pushing out to U.S. models of the LG G Pad 8.3 as well as those across Europe. For now it seems as though there's no OTA but should you connect up to the LG PC Suite you might well find it waiting for you. Thanks to everyone who let us know!

As much as we enjoy using the LG G Pad 8.3, it pretty sorely needed an update to a more modern version of Android. Well, the time as come for an update, at least if you're using a European or U.K. version of the tablet. Several members in our forums and folks who have tipped us are indicating that their LG G Pad 8.3 is pulling down the big update to move from Android 4.2 to 4.4.

If you're using LG's latest tablet over in Europe, be sure to head into your settings and check for an update — you may just be greeted with a nice software update treat. There's still no word on U.S. versions of the tablet grabbing the KitKat update, but we have to imagine they can't be far off now that large numbers of people are already seeing it in other regions.

If the update is already on your device, be sure to hit up the forums and let other folks know how you're getting along on KitKat.

Via: Android Central Forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

 
There are 39 comments

tdizzel says:

Man...Europe always gets everything nice first

Posted via my G Pad which is much better than some silly Nexus

Last I checked it seemed that Europe was the last to get a lot of things such as ChromeCast, Moto X, and a lot of Google's services that are US only...

Got Nexus?

tdizzel says:

Well I'm American so its only an issue when it affect me :p

Zig261 says:

What if I told you that Google has a greater overall monopoly in Europe than in America. What if Google suddenly decides to cater to the area where they have more foothold compared to their own homeland. How will you feel?

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tdizzel says:

I feel that anytime I don't get everything that I want at the exact moment that I want it it is patently wrong.

15israellai says:

I like this attitude. It's an issue only when it affects me.

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makailey3111 says:

Just checked my USA Gpad in hopes of something and no go

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htatc says:

Still waiting on my G Pro. :(

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tcbroderick says:

Just upgraded to 4.4.2 in Chicago using LG Mobile Support tool

Warrenisit says:

In Chicago? Better check mine too, then! What tool are you talking about?

tcbroderick says:

http://lg-support-tool.en.lo4d.com
Download on PC and update through PC ( not OTA)

Warrenisit says:

You da man! Thanks brother!

DHCross says:

I tried the PC program but I did nit see my vk810 g pad verizon model listed on the drop-down menu...what did I do wrong?

Tangee Gom says:

Test

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ehernandez says:

Mine says it can't connect to server. In California.

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Shawheim says:

Can confirm that upgrade through the LG Support Tool in the USA is live! Upgrading in VA as we speak!

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nicu popescu says:

What about the lg g pad from Verizon? Is the update on?

ctk4949 says:

LOL verizon and updates dont go together!!

ehernandez says:

What part of us are in?

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Shawheim says:

VA

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nicu popescu says:

Idaho

valmorel says:

Need to think about this. Original has USB support and SD card support. Will update?

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mfpmax says:

Just checked that the USB OTG still worked and it does.

Mobius360 says:

Mine is updating through the PC Suite now. Guessing it will be live Ota in the USA very soon.

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ehernandez says:

Same here! Sound is improved!! Colors still seem the same.

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valmorel says:

Updated. No issues so far. Keyboard (standard) feels quicker. Had to install hp print plug in from play store.

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Ivardroid says:

Got the update yesterday OTA (26 hours ago) in Denmark.

Screen feels a bit more responsive and it's a even smoother launcher experience (might be my imagination). It's a lot quicker when going to the homescreen. No lag at all even when I've been deep into several other programs. [On a sidenote my GB Experia Arc oftens takes 6-7 secs :)].

Already hate the album/movie art taking up the full lockscreen. And my Accuweather widget animation runs on top of it :( Probably something Accuweather should fix. At least it's not completely dark like in JB. Would have preferred the JB lockscreen art without the heavy shading.

Love the immersive mode. Works great in Pocket.

At the moment sound isn't working at all even when plugged into my hifi or earplugs. Worked fine right after the update but after some heavy use of Chromecast no sound at all. Not sure if its a KitKat related but Sony has had sound issues so...

Guess most common users wouldn't know the difference from JB on this tablet (apart from sound not working heh)

Sdheller106 says:

Nothing as of yet on Verizon g pad

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benhaube says:

My G Pad came with KitKat on it. It just cost me more money and I had to wait a few days for Google to get out to my house. ;)

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glisk says:

I received the update OTA on Monday. Its definitely a worthwhile update and the tablet is much faster. I live in the UK

valmorel says:

Whenever I turn screen off then back on it reports SD card was removed improperly. Not good . . . .

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rovex says:

Like the G2 it didnt need an update to 'a more modern version of Android', it just needed some enhancements and improvements to the LG software. KK in itself doesnt change much, and if anything adds bugs. KK its pretty poor, JB was better sorted software.

phdutton says:

I got it OTA yesterday in the UK.

So...when is the lg pro2 coming to the United States?

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abolds4397 says:

It would be real nice if the Samsung GAlaxy Note 10.1 Tablet would get KITKAT too! They neglect updates in tablets!

Mobius360 says:

OK Google works unlike with my G2

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mfpmax says:

Downloaded the LG Support Tool and let it do it's thing. Woke up to a finished install, but the app is kinda borked keeps wanting to install the USB driver even though it's already installed.

I've been running my LG G Pad 8.3 with KitKat for a few months now using Cyanogenmod.

I was getting frustrated by the LG Apps and changes they made to a vanilla android.

However, am I missing something with my current CM KitKat? Is the LG KitKat any better?

Thanks,

RT

Timothy K says:

I live in the U.S. and I just got the 4.4.2 update for my LG G Pad last night.