LG G2 KitKat

The Android 4.4 KitKat update for LG's G2 on T-Mobile isn't rolling out over the air just yet, but it is available direct from LG through its PC utility, and there's also a direct download link available for those wanting to snag it from LG's servers and attempt a manual update.

The G2's KitKat update brings the phone up to the latest version of Android, complete with white notification bar icons, along with performance improvements across the board. Elsewhere, AT&T's G2 started receiving its KitKat update on Sunday and the UK is expected to follow in March.

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droidify says:

Come on Verizon!

slinky826 says:

I know right? Been waiting for this ever since I got this damn phone.

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yankeesusa says:

Whoever does this update with T-Mobile, let us know if tap and pay is active and working on your Google wallet app. Looking to get this phone but want that to work. Google wallet tap and pay works on every KitKat phone except lg g2 with AT&T so far.

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acastro516 says:

+1

AlwaysSmile says:

No tap and pay sir

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Tekgiant says:

Nope. Still says Not Available under Tap and Pay in Settings.

Just got the update on my G2 (T-Mobile), and Tap and Pay does NOT work! I guess T-Mobile wants me to take advantage of JUMP. Although I love the device in every other way, and have been a fan of LG ever since I got it. Unfortunately that may change if this is not fixed soon...

androidian86 says:

Awesome! Gave up the nexus for this phone and I don't regret it one bit

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Amir47 says:

Same. I'm on sprint though

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androidian86 says:

I used to be on sprint as well. Switched to t-mobile over a year ago and don't regret it. I'm in the Chicago area so t-mobile is crazy fast. But I know it's not like that everywhere

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louisnvrr says:

T-Mobile has solid coverage around here. I'm in the suburbs but I'm always on LTE

androidian86 says:

Me too. I meant that tmobile doesn't have that type for everyone unfortunately.

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It works in major metro areas. The call quality drops if you are in a semi urban and rural area. It works for me in DFW area.

romel0721 says:

I hope this means we will be seeing the KitKat update for the Canadian G2 soon.

adamsalazar says:

Come on Sprint...

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Amir47 says:

Haha same boat. Staying patient though

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rlbrooks says:

Me too...well...kind of patient....

DoubleA319 says:

Same over here.

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DoubleA319 says:

But having a rooted phone does help me remain content though...

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Amir47 says:

Xposed ftw

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jsheehan223 says:

I hope it fixes the group messaging problem. My wife just picked one up and this is her biggest problem with it.

oldschoolsig says:

I can't imagine the the native app being as good as textra in any circumstance

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Mobius360 says:

What's the group messages issue exactly?

I use evolvesms and I don't seem to have any issues. Hangouts works too I believe and Go SMS was working too.

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rdubmu says:

Download the Google now launcher and hangouts becomes the default with group MMS messaging turned on.

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androidian86 says:

I just upgraded. Love it. Definitely a noticeable improvement

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teevirus says:

Downloading now

John Garlits says:

How did it go? Does it remove the Tmo apps like wifi calling?

Cyxodus says:

Can't wait for the Verizon update. Are they always the last to be updated?

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I'm pretty pumped about this. I figured T-Mobile wouldn't wait that long after AT&T updated their variant. I'll be waiting for the OTA because I'm lazy, but I'm glad the G2 is getting KK. Such a great phone.

Gunnyman says:

There is no tap to pay or ART support.

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DoubleA319 says:

Why would they exclude ART?

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mademan420 says:

I think HTC did the same thing by taking out ART support

Because, as Google has said, it's not yet done.

rampage1979 says:

I saw that someone in Korea with the G2 posted a video on YouTube with Art? http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G2-gets-Android-4.4.2-in-Korea-along-w...

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Gunnyman says:

Probably easier to remove than make all of their crapware work with it

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carraser891 says:

Why does everyone get so edgey about updates? It's like it's a race or something... damn relax ppl

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I don't get it either. Especially when the phone is basically perfect as it is. The G2 is a great phone and other than some speed improvements, KitKat doesn't really offer anything else. If the phone was absolute garbage, then I could understand the desperation for updates. But when the phone is as good as the G2 is, there's no need for it.

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rlbrooks says:

I think a more responsive Knock-knock, transparent notification tray, and hiding task buttons are worth getting at least a little excited over though.

duoFurious says:

As someone who uses his phone for music a lot and podcasts at work. This is huge. The battery life change in kitkat for audio playback is massive and chromecast support anyone? That'd be 4.3 or higher, not the 4.2.2 we have.

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jayjlewis says:

Not happy about not being able to use google wallet. Googles web site says any nfc phone in 4.4. Did T-Mobile do soomethung to make us use Isis which is crap?

Gunnyman says:

Yes. T-Mobile and att both removed tap to pay. It's been noticed that the settings are there and can probably be enabled with a settings db adjustment if we had root.

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draconos says:

Raises bowl out to Verizon... Please sir may I have some....

Zylograth says:

Note 3 now please! Come on T-Mobile!!!

Probably won't push until after I have upgraded to the S5....

miami786male says:

does anybody know how to flash the file into the phone using lg support tool?

jayjlewis says:

The support tool does not work for everyone. I and others had to use the flash tool. Complete step by step instructions in the sad forum.

mike31082 says:

Hoping for the Sprint version soon.

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Still waiting for T-Mobile to update the GS4....

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zack370z says:

F U Verizon...

nickcv says:

So now that the G2 has Kit Kat maybe they can get around to even announcing it for the G Flex.

davidb423 says:

I am trying but I keep getting an error that more than 100 mb storage is required to install the update. I have 11 gigs of storage left. Any ideas?

When will the update be released through over the air? I can't wait!

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moosc says:

Probably won't. It's over 1gb in size

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korab84 says:

They'll release it eventually but probably compress it; the file, from the download link, is huge (1.5GB)

korab84 says:

Finally!!! I'll wait for the OTA from T-Mobile to upgrade my wife's LG G2 phone.

The manual download is 1.5GB from the provided link...why so big??

John Garlits says:

Probably mostly updates to the LG software to work with kitkat, which itself would have been a much smaller update.

korab84 says:

Or it could be because G2 skipped 4.3 and went directly to 4.4.2

I'll try the PC Suite tomorrow and see what it says.

trivor says:

Maybe I missed something - Did the other carriers ever get 4.3? My G2 is still on 4.2.2 on Verizon so I'm wondering is everyone else going from 4.2 straight to 4.4?

moosc says:

Straight to kit kat

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No the other carriers didn't go to 4.3; the G2 released just before the Nexus 5 and Kit Kat's introduction.

ericoj94 says:

hey i was wondering since i have just updated to 4.4.2 would i be able to root again? i know the bootloader has been patched so kernel flashing is out of the question for now but would it still be possible to root? i assume no but just wanna be sure :p

Jay47 says:

i have t-mobile and i would like to know how i am suppose to use LG through its PC utility. I've been trying since this afternoon. can someone help please. thanks.

ericoj94 says:

just download the lg mobile support tool. enable usb debugging in developer menu and connect your phone to the pc. mobile support tool will read your device and will state that a firmware update is available fo the phone. just agree to update and the new firmware will flash. dont forget to have the drivers installed in your computer before performing the update

ericoj94 says:

make sure you have the drivers installed in your computer. download lg mobile support tool and install it. once it finishes installing enable usb debugging in your phone and connect it to your computer. lg mobile support will detect the phone and notify you that an update is available. just agree to it and the flashing will commence

ki11ak3nn says:

So glad I'm on T-Mobile now. Took long enough. But it's here!! Yes!! Can't wait to use Google Wallet again!!

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Ogre840 says:

Anyone not getting the PC suite to find an update? Tried rebooting both my phone and PC and still no luck. Keeps telling me my phone has the newest software.

Marc Cohn says:

I tried this install from both LG PC utility tools several times each. Same message all the time your phone is up to date. Thoughts anyone?

The update was painless and the performance jump is significant. Quite nice of LG to make it available and not make us wait for T Mobile's OTA.

Mobius360 says:

Loaded the update this am and I agree the increase in performance is noticeable. I can have transparent screens now with Nova without having to root.

This did break root though FYI.

The camera seems to focus faster which is one thing I found frustrating with this phone before even though it took great pictures.

The white icons look great IMO.

One thing that Pisses me off though, either LG or T-Mobile made many of the pre-installed apps non removable unlike how it was on 4.2.2 where pretty much all of them were removable. Not the end of the world or anything as I can hide them with Nova easy enough.

Overall I think this is a nice update.
I'd like to see the change log to see what all they did.
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Can this update be installed directly on the phone without plugging into a PC?

Mobius360 says:

Using LGs PC Suite no it can't. The OTA I would assume is right around the corner.

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Any news on update for international version? I have an LG G2 in Australia. I can't seem to find any info on that.

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scotty137 says:

Does it not work if rooted? I keep getting a "Cannot upgrade" message.

Mobius360 says:

I was rooted and had no issues. You will lose root by upgrading though.

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Ogre840 says:

Day 3 of trying to get the PC suite or Mobile Support Tool to recognize update... still nothing :(

LGPC software for mac will not connect to the server. Any other way to update using my mac?

bigjimm99 says:

For anyone still reading this stream, the T-mobile Samsung Note 3 kitkat upgrade is available as of today, 03/05/2014. I installed it OTA. No problems so far.

Connected to PC utility and no update? LG PC Suite right??

Savvymae says:

Is anyone having issues with the phone freezing when trying to make or end phone calls since the kitkat update on T-Mobile with the lg g2? This seems to be the only problem I'm having with tthe phone since the update. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks