Official Android KitKat v4.4.2 update is available now for LG Optimus G

Finally, after a long wait, LG Optimus G (LG’s flagship Android phone of 2012) is now getting the Android KitKat v4.4.2 as a software update in many parts of the world. I received it yesterday for my Indian variant LG Optimus G (Model E975). Optimus G was the first Android smartphone which helped LG to establish itself in premium Android device segment. It was sleek, stylish and packed with the top-notch hardware of that time.

Ironically Google is preparing to launch next major Android version (Android L) soon and LG Optimus G owners are now getting the “now-aged” Android KitKat. For your information, Optimus G was stuck at JellyBean v4.1 (for over one and a half years) and LG did not even care to update it to JellyBean v4.2 (let alone v4.3), this shows how arrogant LG is towards firmware updates, even for its flagship Android phones. There were reports of Optimus G’s prospects of getting KitKat in August earlier this year which turned out to be true and it jumped from JellyBean v4.1 directly to KitKat v4.4.2 skipping JB v4.2 and v4.3

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Update notification of KitKat in Optimus G

Android KitKat v4.4.2 is available as a system software update for LG Optimus G – you can get it either OTA (Over-The-Air via phone’s Software Update app) or via LG Mobile Support Tool (a desktop software). OTA update is sized at just over 500MB, (size may be variable according to the phone model and country, available as an upgrade over the current firmware) while LG Support tool will download the whole firmware afresh (about 1GB) and then flash the phone with it. So it is recommended to update OTA. LG’s update servers are pathetic to say the least – if the download is interrupted due to any reason (at any stage), it will not resume from the last position rather it will start over resulting in huge data transfers and frustration (I missed my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at this stage as it is a breeze to update Samsung devices and this is one of the reason Samsung is market leader in Android).

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Software Information of LG Optimus G running KitKat


New File Manager app

As for the change-log and new features in KitKat for Optimus G, here is what we have noticed –

All the essential goodies of Android KitKat v4.4.2 (improved security, lock screen enhancements, refreshed UI) plus almost everything now looks exactly like LG G2 (UI animations, app/widget icons, themes etc)

Some apps like Music, Notebook, Safety Care, Q Translator, On-Screen Phone, and File Manager have been updated (you will have to update them separately after the KitKat update)

File Manager interface has been revamped and now it looks similar to the one in LG G2

New Music app can be connected to LG G watch

Dialer design has changed from a “flattish” style to a 3D buttons type, besides, “in-call” phone interface has also been given a new beautiful look

Keyboard has also been given a 3D style with many functional improvements – it is much more usable and easy to use now

Notification area has been given a more modern look – all icons at the top status bar are white now and status bar is transparent

A Car Home app has been added to assist while driving

Weather app has been redesigned with new themes

A Multi-photo section has been added under “Wallpapers” section at home-screen by which you can select two or more pics together to set as wallpaper

Software update and App Updates applications have been merged into a single app called “Update Center

Wireless printing support has been added

Some icons have been re-designed

System icons and UI has been given a more modern look and feel like that of LG G2

I noticed a greatly improved battery performance after the update (in comparison, JellyBean sucked battery very fast), besides RAM management has also been improved

Missing features – Themes have been removed (earlier there were 4 themes), similarly apps wallpapers (background of the apps menu drawer) have been limited to 4. However you can download new “LG Home” themes from LG SmartWorld app (many new awesome themes have been added recently at the LG app store).

There is no option under “Developer options” to change Android run-time from “Dalvik” to “ART” – a native feature of KitKat which results in faster apps loading time, smooth UI etc. Many phones having KitKat (like Moto G) have this option to toggle these parameters.

Unfortunately LG has not added the much awaited “Knock code” or “Double Tap to unlock” function with this update. May be they will roll out these as a separate update in the near future (hopefully!)

The interface feels a bit laggy to me – wallpaper resizes itself every now and then, transitions among home screens are not smooth, phone freezes sometimes. However these are early impressions and may be related specifically to the unit we have. Now let’s hope LG updates Optimus G to Android L too! a distant dream to say the least.

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12 Responses to Official Android KitKat v4.4.2 update is available now for LG Optimus G

  1. utsav August 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM #

    Is the knock code feature there
    n what about the camera

    • Shoaib Siddiqui August 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM #

      Unfortunately Knock Code function has not been incorporated with this update and Camera interface has not changed much.

  2. karthik August 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

    Im a G user. I loved the update. It didnt lagg anywhere for me. Now, all i wanna know is, if there is any knock on feature update coming up for it.

  3. Girish August 3, 2014 at 2:47 AM #

    My LG Optimus G also got updated to kitkat 4.4.2. No lag what so ever. I tried many games.
    I want to add few features which is missed.
    Phone encryption is made available.
    You can download many themes from LG SmartWorld by hitting download tab in theme selection screen. I have download 6 themes and liked “Metal_body”.
    You can hide apps directly with out any 3rd party app.
    More Qslide apps provided for multitasking.

    • Shoaib Siddiqui August 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM #

      Thanks for the updates Girish 😉
      Actually this post was written in a hurry with early impressions.

      • Girish August 14, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

        No problem.

  4. Isaac Storms August 3, 2014 at 5:40 AM #

    Is this update in the US yet? I tried updating and it said there was no update available.

    • Shoaib Siddiqui August 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

      Not still in US, there is no official words from LG either. But I think it will roll out globally over the next two months….

  5. Alex August 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM #

    Are you able to use Bluetooth low energy as a result of the update? I know it has been built into the g, and I have been hoping to use it with my Coin Card and fitbit for wireless syncing.

  6. Dr.Nimz August 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM #

    facing too many problems with new updates……
    my optimus g is not being recognized by usb drivers?
    file networking missing??
    are guys experiencing the same???

  7. Yogesh August 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM #

    Guys m in India. But I haven’t recieved the update maybe because my firmware is f europe?
    Does any one have the KitKat or jellybean firmware fr India? Gimme t link please thankyou in advance

    • AjayB May 16, 2016 at 12:57 AM #

      I guess by now you know 4.4.2 for E975 is available in India.

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