LG is this close to wrapping up G2’s global Android 4.4 KitKat rollout, as international models have started receiving the update earlier this week, and AT&T and T-Mobile variants stateside a little earlier. That still leaves Sprint and Verizon versions in the dark, but the timing’s up to the carriers there, so LG is ready to move on.
The Optimus G Pro is naturally next in line, despite recently turning one, with rumors of an impending KitKat bumpfloating around since early February. And what do you know, it appears the Q2 deadline will not only be met, but preceded.
Users of the Korean-only F240S and F240L models are reporting the upgrade is already live, rolling out OTA (over-the-air) starting mere hours ago. Of course, it’s essentially tradition for LG to get these things underway domestically, then slowly spread them overseas, so just because a few Optimus G Pro owners can taste KitKat, it doesn’t mean you will too in time for the cherry blossoms.
But hey, worst case scenario, you’ll have to wait until, say, May. That’s not so bad, is it? Well, it is, yet once again, the G Pro isn’t exactly a young buck anymore. Or tremendously popular on the Western hemisphere.
No official changelog has made its way online so far, or details regarding the firmware’s size and specific tweaks. If you’re curious, keep an eye on this XDA forum thread, where we expect junior member NeCoritol to soon provide screenshots and maybe even the actual port for the delight of amateur tinkerers.
Ironically, the Android 4.4 update might well bolster Optimus G Pro’s reputation and popularity at unprecedented heights, as the AT&T-locked variant currently goes for $0.01 with two-year contracts. SIM-free, the big guy is $399, which is pretty awesome for a 5.5-inch slab of silicon with Full HD screen resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 600 oomph, 32 GB (!!!) built-in storage, microSD support, 13 MP rear-facing camera, 3,140 mAh battery and, soon enough, on-board KitKat.