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Following the HTC One GPE and Galaxy S4 GPE updates that rolled out over the weekend, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is now receiving its first OTA. Rumblings about the update started as early as Friday, but we decided to wait until we had the OTA zip link. The new firmware version is Android 4.4.2/KOT49H, which brings it up to date with current Nexus devices.

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There is no official changelog with the update, so it's currently unknown what, if any, device-specific bugs may have been fixed. If you're curious about what's changed between Android 4.4 and 4.4.2, now would be a good time to check out our comparison. As with all Nexus and GPE updates, the OTA will roll out to users in stages. Alternatively, if you don't want to wait, you can download it directly from Google's servers and flash it manually.

Thanks, @TheNewsHQ!

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His phone of choice is a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
  • Michael Lavi

    This is a question that applies generally to GPe devices: If I had the "standard" version (i.e. TW S4, Sense HTC 1), would I be able to flash the GPe ROMs and in essence turn them into GPe devices where they could be updated OTA (or by applying the OTA zip)? Just bought the standard G Pad and wondering if I could convert it...

    • in2android

      On the HTC One you're able to modify the firmware and device ID so that it is essentially a GPE device as far as the servers that push OTA updates are concerned. I'm not positive if that's been made possible on the G Pad at this point, but you could check the XDA Forum to find out for sure. If not, you surely can flash the GPE Rom, and at the very least just flash an updated Rom when a version update is pushed by Google, it's relatively painless and you'd just have to stay in the know on updates.

      • Michael Lavi

        Thanks

        • in2android

          I'm almost definitely picking up one of these right after the Holidays, the GPE availability is what was the final factor in my decision. I'm keeping an eye on this development as well, because there have been some nice sales on the LG stock version, and after a quick glance it appears there's a lot of focus on this in the forums. Best of luck.

          • h4rr4r

            Pay the extra for the GPE, if no one does they will stop offering it.
            Vote with your wallets people. This is not the time to be cheap.

          • in2android

            Well, actually.... I see your reasoning, and I'd agree with your perspective. Unless I see the The original model for $100 off then I think it's best that I'd support the Google Play Edition concept. Unfortunately, if it would drop to 250 again, I don't think I could avoid the savings. I very highly doubt that will happen again, as that was a Black Friday bargain, and I do want support Google and the manufacturers that have brought us this option.

          • mustbepbs

            With the huge sales and price reduction on the stock version, we've been getting more devs every day. We've got a stable CM11 with very few bugs. I'm happy.

      • AndroidUser00110001

        GPE ROM on v500 (normal G Pad) not working yet. No wifi, bt and sound. I was able to modify the 4.4.2 patch so it would patch the GPE ROM port I made for v500 but still no wifi, bt or sound yet. Not sure what the problem can be and I bricked my tablet playing around with partitions I should have not been playing around with ;-)

        Suffice to say, I do not think you can fully convert LG G Pad to GPE edition but once I/we get the wif, bt and sound issues worked out you will have a fully functioning GPE ROM for normal G Pad.

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      What in2ndroid said. Right now, no one is sure if you can achieve a full conversion on a retail G Pad 8.3, but people on XDA are trying!

      One GPE device that can't be emulated is the Galaxy S4. No variant of the Galaxy S4 can be fully converted to a GPE, and that's unlikely to ever change, sadly.

      Even if the nobody ever achieves full conversion of a G Pad 8.3 to a GPE, you'll most likely be able to flash a ROM based on the stock GPE firmware, which will get you 98% of the way there as long as the ROM developer doesn't customize it too much. A lot of the variables have to do with whether or not the GPE kernel will run on a retail version, whether the bootloader will work, and whether the partition mappings are the same (and if not, can they be changed easily). It's still too early to tell at this point, but give people some time and you may just be surprised.

      • Michael Lavi

        Thanks.

      • AndroidUser00110001

        I have GPE ROM posted on XDA but cannot get WiFi and Bluetooth to work yet. I kind of stopped trying until 4.4.2 dropped so I guess it is here now. Just need someone to do a system dump and pull kernel for me now since I have standard G Pad

  • sounder

    Still no KitKat love for Note 3. :(