According to a Canadian LG representative that spoke to MobileSyrup, the company’s flagship smartphone, the LG G2, will get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat by the end of Q1 2014. Translation: March. How does this compare to other Android handset makers? HTC has already promised a January update for the One. A leaked Samsung document suggests the S4 and Note 3 will also get their respective updates in January.
So why is LG so damn slow? Your guess is as good as mine. You’d think that because LG is responsible for the Nexus 5, they’d have 4.4 code already done and over with, but nope, LG needs to make sure that their custom Android UI is plastered all over Google’s design work.
It’s a shame, really, because I think the G2 is an amazing device. The screen is gorgeous, the camera is considered to be best camera on an Android device today, and the battery life is outstanding. But, and this is a big but, every review of the G2 has ended the same way: Gosh, this software is terrible.
Had LG made a Google Play Edition version of the G2, I probably would have purchased that instead of a Moto G. Why didn’t I just get the Nexus 5? Because of the anemic battery and the downgraded display. I’d rather have a high quality 720p display than a washed out 1080p panel.