LG G2

While manufacturers like HTC, Sony and Motorola have been pretty forthcoming with their Android 4.4 KitKat update plans, we've yet to hear much out of LG, which launched its latest handset this fall on Android 4.2.2. But now LG Canada has given G2 owners their first inkling of when to expect that KitKat update.

MobileSyrup reports that it's been told by LG Canada rep Court Elliot that Canadian G2s should receive the update around "late Q1" next year. The Android 4.4-based firmware will apparently be offered to all Canadian carriers at the same time, though this doesn't guarantee a concurrent rollout across all operators.

Late Q1 is a ways off, especially considering the likes of Motorola and HTC are slating updates for January, but at least it gives G2 owners a rough idea of what to expect. Of course there's also no guarantee that other countries' G2s will be held to this schedule, as things often get messy when carriers become involved.

Source: MobileSyrup

 
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itr themes says:

Probably not looking too good for the LGOG then? :-\

Phonication says:

LGOG here too. Hoping we can ride the n4's coattails to kit kat land

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This is definitely the problem with Lg.

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squiddy20 says:

As if Samsung doesn't have the same problem... smh

Linebarrel86 says:

That's funny.

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NoNexus says:

No actually, Samsung doesnt

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return_0 says:

The GS4 has KitKat?

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NoNexus says:

No but will in a month, which is several months before lg

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ultravisitor says:

Don't get ahead of yourself. The GS4 doesn't have Kit Kat until it actually has Kit Kat. A leak or a rumor doesn't prove anything.

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drokssilva says:

Yeah. Plus the gs4 is amazingly laggy even though its processor is still really good. TouchWiz is by far more laggy than the LGUI or HTC sense of Gel, just to name a few. But the Android 4.4 next month is a rumor. Plus when is the note 3 gonna get it, cause that was released around the time the g2 was released.

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NoNexus says:

January as well, and I never noticed lag on the sgs4 after the update to fix it, and I certainly never have seen it on my Note.

Yes it is heavier than sense, but on my Note at least, it adds more functionality than sense could dream of. Yes I use 90% of them.

The last leak was just about dead on, this one is from the same source. I am fine with that and as I said further down in the thread, 4.3 is fine until the next major version. Kit Kat adds very little. It is definitely a minor release

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Dangertrek says:

No there will be no more updates for our LGOG. Just look at LG's historical facts on updates. And especially that the "Optimus" name has been dropped. Our best hope is Cyanogenmod to port KitKat.

cruz allen says:

Pretty sad LG abandoned the options G line. At least I can flash CM11 with 4.4 KitKat nexus 5 experience. Its so legit

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NoNexus says:

And still no commentary on the leaked Samsung documents from over a week ago?

For those that haven't seen them, kit kat for the s4 and note 3 in January and older devices in Mar-April.

If you Google it you will find them

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ultravisitor says:

LOL

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AlwaysSmile says:

So don't tell me that the LG G2 in The US will get it later than that date...!

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Sweeet1102 says:

We will finaly have something before US !! Haha

MERCDROID says:

Lol

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pimfram says:

I'm sure Verizon's will get the update Q1 also, but Q1 of 2015.

mathiasjk says:

Make it 2017 and I think you are right.

codiusprime says:

Yea, they sure we're slow on the Moto X upd...oh wait.

luqman24 says:

If it wasn't for the great hardware, I would've never bought an LG phone. Looks like they are still as lazy with the updates. Time to install a 4.4 based ROMs instead of waiting another 4 months for it..

anthonok says:

LATE Q1!?! Wtf.

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kiwi_in_kc says:

While this is not an official time frame, it does make me feel smug about moving from a LG Optimus G to a Nexus 5. Increasingly, the software/OS is becoming more important than having the latest hardware and after experiencing the Nexus 7 for over a year I decided to go that route with my phone as well.

bhatech says:

LG you disappoint as usual.. People who buy skinned phones instead of pure android deserve this anyway. Buy a Nexus or Moto X which adds useful stuff on top of stock instead of recreating a new skin.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, but the majority of people that purchase "skinned" devices do so for what the device offers that day, opposed to what it may provide in the future.

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NoNexus says:

This. If I don't get an update I don't care. My phone does it all

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bhatech says:

Good for you.

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

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NoNexus says:

I guess your disappointed in your choice. Sorry to hear that

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Exactly! I buy a phone because I like what it offers at the moment. Not because it's gonna get updates faster. My G2 already does everything I need it to do. What is KitKat gonna add that I just can't live without? Nothing, that's what. If you're not on a Nexus device, then KitKat really isn't important.

AT&T LG G2 :)

LegacyEvoAce says:

+1

SEGROUKIN says:

+2

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+3

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AZDROIDX says:

+4

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Duncan1982 says:

+5

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AbuYazeedUK says:

+6

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NoNexus says:

+7

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MERCDROID says:

+8

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bhatech says:

Jay Holm says:

So that means March?

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flibblesan says:

February/March I've heard. Test ROMs have already leaked on Chinese forums btw.

MERCDROID says:

People with the G2 would rather LG take their time to perfect the update, than release half-baked software.

This shouldn't surprise anyone. It's not a Nexus, and it's not meant to be.

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return_0 says:

It takes them 5 months to perfect their software for a single update?

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bhatech says:

Exactly... Not sure why people are justifying the late update.

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MERCDROID says:

Well, what's an appropriate time frame?

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NoNexus says:

You know what? I am less concerned with speed of updates than I am with how many updates.

I would rather get one every 6 months for three years than two. But that is the upgrade cycle and it isn't gonna change

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MERCDROID says:

Depends on what they are baking into the update.

I can't say for sure, I'm not a developer, lol.

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NoNexus says:

I can say that I think that the current model that oems are using is wrong. They should take the Motorola approach and make it modular instead of baking them in.

You can still make them system apps and unremovable but easier to update

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MERCDROID says:

Agreed, completely.

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flibblesan says:

It's not like a custom ROM that can be published in an unfinished state with various bugs and performance issues. They have to update all the additional applications, make changes to the custom GUI code and fully integrate it into the new Android version. That sort of stuff takes time! Look how long it takes custom ROMs like CyanogenMod to release a stable version. Manufacturer updates also undergo a lot more testing in-house then additional testing by the various networks.

If you want faster updates then buy a Nexus device, imo.

moosc says:

So many rookies on Android lately. It takes average for a major os around 5 months. So stop whining enjoy your device. FYI kit kit isn't all that. More a minor bump

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MERCDROID says:

I agree that people should enjoy their device and be grateful that they could even afford it.

But, kitkat -on the Nexus 5, anyway- does provide a great experience, as many of the core apps have very noticeable changes to them.

An OEM taking their time to release an update can be a great thing. They might be adding functionality to the update that even my Nexus 5 won't see. You never know.

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rovex says:

Yes but those core apps are often then updated across the board so we all get them. I swapped an N5 for a G2 and even on 4.2.2 the G2 is superior in every way. The N5 is boring and brings nothing to the android experience. Is it better than the N4? Yes, but its not Kitkat that does that its the fact that it doesnt suck as a piece of hardware, like the N4 does..

MERCDROID says:

I agree, the core apps will definitely be updated across the board, as they should be.

But, I have to disagree (sort of) with the Nexus 5 being boring. The hardware is great (minus the battery size), and coupled with the software, the experience is pretty damn good.

Maybe, I'm just easily impressed, lol.

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rovex says:

Its just not a quality product, but yeah it is cheap I suppose. The problem for me is that stock android is just too basic. The GEL is awful, no better than any other custom launcher (it IS a custom launcher), and often much worse, and the camera app is junk.

I had one, well 3 actually, but all were faulty, so I changed to the G2. I wasn't prepared to go through the endless cycle of returning Nexus devices again, like ive had to put up with every time ive bought one. Seriously, the quality control on them is appalling.

The g2 is a much better device in every way, apart from the tacky LG software design (its worse than TW by a mile), but a bit of modding helps that.

MERCDROID says:

Well, I'm glad the G2 works for you =)

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venious says:

I have the G2 and a Nexus 7 with 4.4. LGs 4.2.2 OS feels more polished and has less bugs than Kit Kat®. If I had purchased a Nexus 5 instead, I'd be disappointed. I don't mind waiting a while to get the latest compatibility without the cold and dull Nexus UX.

rampage1979 says:

I've got the same combo nexus 7 for stock android, and the LG G2 for the skinned flavour I would have traded for a nexus 5 but the battery and camera on the G2 are just to good to switch over to the nexus 5.

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NoNexus says:

Immersive mode isn't anything big. I almost think that it was added to be able to get rid of those horrible on screen buttons.

I think the integrated printing is a bit more exciting

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MERCDROID says:

I actually like the immersive mode. It's nice to have the "horrible" on-screen buttons disappear when you don't need them.

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NoNexus says:

I agree but you can get launchers to do the same. I am really just saying it isn't a big unique thing that isnt a 'must get kit kat' thing

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PRuano says:

As far as i know a launcher can only hide the navigation bar in the Home screen (where that feature is less useful), not while an app is running (and im not talking about the semi-transparent dots either, i mean disappear completely and give that space to the app).

Am i wrong? Is there a launcher that can do what the new immersive feature of kit Kat does?

NoNexus says:

Ahh you are correct. I am using a custom framework for the rest...

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PRuano says:

Kit Kat has the new full screen mode (AKA full immersive mode) feature, would be good to recover all those pixels for the apps and truly give them the big screen the G2 has.

http://developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html

aspruil says:

If the update is so minor, why 4-5 months to get it?

Mikey47 says:

For all you ticked about this, what are you looking for in KitKat other than "keeping up with the Jonses"?

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You mean keeping up with the kardashians. Lol

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MERCDROID says:

OMG!! BEST SHOW EVAR!! /Extreme Sarcasm

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NoNexus says:

Glad you threw the sarcasm switch, I was gonna have to fly there and smack you. Would have hated to do it on a holiday..

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Darth Spock says:

I can't read and I bought us both plane tickets. Gate at 7AM...

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Darth Spock says:

I can't read and I bought us both plane tickets. Gate at 7AM...

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MERCDROID says:

Stand down, lol.

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NoNexus says:

I am there

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MERCDROID says:

I'm leaving, lol.

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NoNexus says:

You can run, but not hide my friend. Think terminator without the accent

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NoNexus says:

That's the only thing. Kit Kat is that huge an update. Sure there are some nice things, and more under the hood, but 4.3 would be fine until the next major version

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MERCDROID says:

Some people place too much value in a version number.

I remember the outrage, when Google announced that kitkat would be 4.4 instead of 5.0.

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HalizDad says:

I just tell everyone kit kat is android 6.0...

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MERCDROID says:

Haha, that should work for a while.

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droidhead_1 says:

I'm more than happy to wait as long as the update is good. So far I really enjoy my g2 even if its not on kk.

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Mobius360 says:

No biggie. I have kitkat on my son's Nexus 4 and 4.2.2 on my G2. My phone with Nova Prime is indistinguishable from how I had the Nexus 4 setup when I had it. I just have better battery, camera, remote control, screen etc...

By the way I love nexus phones but this time around I'm happy I went G2 vs N5. Really like that Moto X as well.

The version numbers just don't matter much to me anymore, my phone does what I need it to with ease. I'm just glad to hear the G2 is slated to get it.

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droidhead_1 says:

I wish knock knock worked with a replacement launcher though..

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rovex says:

It does, it works on Nova perfectly fine.

HalizDad says:

Yes, it certainly does

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rovex says:

Knock on even works on CM11 and PA alpha builds!

Anyone thinking of getting the G Pad its $259.99 on ebay brand new right now with free shipping, newegg are selling it

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291025822541

PRuano says:

They are following the Optimus G (the previous model) timetable, which means probably April.

http://www.androidcentral.com/att-s-lg-optimus-g-getting-its-jelly-bean-...

I'm perfectly happy with my G2. I don't need kit kat.

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rovex says:

Kit Kat doesnt really bring much anyway, its a pretty minor update. What does it actually bring that will benefit OEM phones? Performance, features? Not from what ive seen on my Nexus devices, you would be hard to tell the difference from jellybean.

Phones like the G2 benefit FAR more from bug fixes and app updates than base OS updates. The G2 needs optimising, its a little laggy here and there, the camera software needs an update as well, other than that its perfectly fine on 4.2.2.

Nexus update Nazis dont understand OEM phones, they crave OS updates even though they bring little or nothing to the experience.

LegacyEvoAce says:

+10

reeper55 says:

Yup

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net62957 says:

Kit Kat on my N4 has been a very good development. The apps that were enhanced prior to the release, the new hangouts messaging vehicle , and the continued updating of applications following the release all contribute to the continued evolution of my device . I certainly don't consider myself an expert, more on the layman side of the curve, but I'm very pleased with the changes.

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SEGROUKIN says:

I'd rather wait than have a buggy and incomplete update. Besides does not having kitkat on my device stop it from functioning right? Nope.

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reeper55 says:

Who really cares? Kit Kat update doesn't offer much. Have it on my Nexus 10 and quite frankly I think the holo blue looked far nicer than boring white, other than that it is barely noticeable. Folks just gotta have an update, even it doesn't really do much.

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Haalcyon says:

I'm quite happy with my G2. I'd rather them take their time with updates and ensure when they are released they're quite polished. I've read some horror stories in the forums that I don't want to experience. 4.2.2 is just fine.

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darkrad3r says:

I'm on the G2 on Verizon and no amount of updates are worth losing the coverage Verizon offers. I hate Verizon with all my heart, but they have coverage that is unrivaled and I don't mind having to wait if I can see that LTE logo on my notification bar the whole time.

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drokssilva says:

I disagree. I'm on Verizon, and Tmo and Atandt HSPA + is better then LTE on Verizon. Plus I barely get LTE my friend has T-Mobile and it gets LTE at least double as fast. Sprint sucks here though.

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