LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Is A Sweet Surprise
LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition with Android KitKat lands
Recent rumours, including from the usually reliable EVLeaks, suggested that the LG V-510 was going to be the new Google Nexus 8 - but it turns out that the new tablet is actually the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.
The LG G Pad 8.3 is the first tablet to have a Google Play Edition (GPE), which means that it comes pre-loaded with a stock version of Android. Owners of Google Play Editions get Android updates much sooner because they don't have to wait for manufacturers to customise new releases.
As you'd expect the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE has an identical specification to the original model. But importantly it now comes pre-loaded with Android KitKat (4.4), while the manufacturer version of the tablet is still stuck in the days of Android Jelly Bean (4.3).
Currently, it's only available in the US and is priced at $349 (or £212) on Google Play. That's a fantastic price for a high-end Android tablet, but if the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE does come to the UK we should prepare to pay a higher price.
The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is now an even more direct rival to Google's Nexus 7 2013. Both have now got KitKat and will get speedy updates to future Android versions, with the major differentiating factor between the two being their slightly different screen sizes.
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