LG G2 update to KitKat now available to download

Ian Hardy

March 25, 2014 7:18 am

As expected, LG G2 owners on various Canadian carriers can now update to KitKat (OS 4.4.2). This is coming in at 635.99 MB and we’ve received tips that Rogers and Bell customers can now go forth. Check your G2 and let us know if it’s arrived on your device and what carrier you’re on. Settings >> About Phone >> Software update.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 7.13.14 AM

The update brings lots of little enhancements to the overall Android experience, but users will be disappointed to know that KnockCode, which was announced on the G Pro 2, is only going to be activated in Q2 via another software update. A press release describes KnockCode thusly: “Building on the G2’s existing KnockOn feature – which lets users knock the display to wake up the phone – LG is also announcing another upgrade for G2 with KnockCode in early Q2.  KnockCode is a unique new function that allows users to select a knock pattern to unlock their smartphone.  Knock the pattern on any location of the screen and the phone will unlock.”

Android 4.4.2 for the G2 reportedly improves battery life, as well as performance. Support for Google Cloud Printing has also been added.

As for the upcoming G Flex, it will launch with Android 4.2.2 and be updated to KitKat “later in 2014.”

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(Thanks Reza, Bruno, Phil!)

  • Eric Lessard

    Just upgraded to it on rogers at 7 this morning. Really good improvement

  • BBBB

    All 3 carriers at the same time. Way to go LG. You’re finally on track.

  • Pascal

    On the second pic, there isn,t any volume and brightness sliders and the bar for some quick settings (wifi, etc) isn’t on the top or huge anymore…the notification page is therefore cleaner. Is this part of the upgrade to kitkat (or was this done through other means than kitkat / non-root, etc)? I have the LG G2 with Videotron….still no update available

    • Jesslynxreay

      I don’t know how they got the phone to do that. Mine still has volume and brightness sliders as well.

    • Pascal

      Actually, by looking closely, I think it’s because the screen was scrolled down (not because the sliders and quick settings row are gone…unfortunately)

  • Frostmonkey83

    Upgrading on Telus right now, can’t believe it’s finally happening haha.

  • Lukin

    Great update, Knock on is much more responsive now on my Rogers G2. I’m using it on the Bell network and the update wiped out my APN settings so I had to re-enter them.

    • 2kfire

      Might be too late to ask, but what APN settings are you using?
      I can’t get my data working! Thanks!

  • Karl Dagenais

    In disappointed they removed option for ART, but besides that I’m happy. I like the small changes they did, like put the settings button in the upper right corner instead of the middle of the notifications panel. Wish I could have a revent apps button instead of menu button…

    Oh well, root will come and then xposed will take care of the rest ;-)

    • Eluder

      The only OEM that is allowing ART mode on KitKat has been Moto (Moto X has it). My S4, Note 3, HTC One and G2 all do not have the ability to switch to ART, disappointing since there’s a noticeable battery and performance improvement using ART.

    • Jesslynxreay

      What is ART if you don’t mind my asking? And recent apps you just press and hold on the home button. I love having the menu button instead but still having the recent apps accessible in that way.

    • Eluder

      It’s a new run time that Android is supporting (Android Run Time) vs the old Dalvik run time. It basically means the OS compiles the exe for the app and stores it on your phone unlike Dalvik which has to compile it every time it runs. This means better battery life since there is less CPU usage compiling, and apps launch faster. I used it on my Nexus 5 and it was blazing fast in ART mode. The downside is a slight reduction in space since your apps use up a little more space, and there are some apps that are incompatible with ART, though I’ve yet to come across any.

    • Jesslynxreay

      Thanks for the reply. Shoot, it sounds very cool! I wish they’d let us use it then.

    • Eluder

      So do I, especially on the HTC One where battery life went down the crapper with the KitKat update, sadly.

    • Johannes De Beer

      Why did they remove it? Is it removed from any other phone than the LG?

  • Scott Harkness

    Downloading now! Another user says no option to switch to ART? Dang it all, I was looking forward to that! :-(

  • Martin Galer

    If rooted, you’ll need to upgrade using pc suite.
    Ota doesn’t work for rooted devices

  • southerndinner

    Enjoy your first and last major update to your G2, G2 owners. This company has a HORRIBLE track record.

    • Hilman in Edmonton

      I think LG is trying to change that, time will tell but for now they are in my good books.

    • TonyC

      LG isn’t trying to change. Just take a look at last years phones and you’ll see that is the case. In LG’s mind, one update is more than what they owe those who chose to buy their products. My wife’s Optimus G will forever be on JB, even though it shares internals with my Nexus 4.

    • VCB

      LG confirmed kitkat to optimus g on july =)

  • formulaphone

    I updated mine this morning. All is well, and everything seems a little quicker. KnockOn is noticeably faster as well.
    Overall pretty nice.
    Running on Telus BTW.

  • Lirodon

    Not on SaskTel yet (how the heck? They had the Desire 601 update on the same day… though we did it in the afternoon, however)

  • Johannes De Beer

    I have been seeing the error message com.google.process.gapps all morning after I booted. I have the LG G2 from Telus and upgraded to Kitkat this morning and have rebooted numerous times.

    I know what is causing this but I don’t know why or if there is a quick acceptable fix. It’s not the google account synching or the download manager that needs to be cleared or disabled and enabled. Here is is the cause: Playstore build version 4.6.17 with auto-updates over wifi only. If wifi is turned on and I reboot, I get the process crashed message. With wifi off and data on, I don’t get it or when it is set to allow update over data and wifi, I don’t get the error. So it has to do with update over wifi only, when the phone is booted, it checks if there is updates available and it blows out the process.

    Anyone else has this problem or know how I can report this.

    • KrispyInTO

      Are you using swiftkey? its known to cause those errors on 4.4.2

    • Johannes De Beer

      Yes I am using SwiftKey. Would using another keyboard help or do I need to uninstall or disable SwiftKey?

    • Johannes De Beer

      Using the Google keyboard and unchecking the SwiftKey checkbox in the menu settings seem to have done the trick. Thanks @KrispyInTO:disqus , I have rebooted twice with and no recurring error message. Hope it stays away. I hope they fix it quickly @scottharkness:disqus , I may just get used to Google keyboard more. The one advantage that SwiftKey has it that I don’t have to switch to my native language to type in the other language.

    • Scott Harkness

      I experienced the same thing and wondered what was causing it. I also have Swiftkey as my default keyboard. The bright side, in my mind, is that Swiftkey is what seems to be a reputable company that issues pertinent updates. One would assume that they would be working on a fix, one that would be here sooner rather than later!

  • Guest

    Sadly, i’m not getting the full screen album artwork on the lockscreen and I just recently updated my G2 to kitkat… (Carrier is Telus)

    • Sandra

      What is the full screen album artwork?

  • Josh Levent

    Wind Mobile still NO update on LG G2 for Kit Kat 4.4.2

  • Josh Levent

    Wind Mobile no 4.4.2 kitkat update yet.

  • Josh Levent

    Nope. Still waiting for The update.

    • Josh Levent

      Aye. Was disappointed though with the fact you can’t choose to boot from ART. Some Android features are also missing.

  • Matthew Pfeifer

    Sasktel says that the update is out but no one seems to be getting it.

    • Josh Levent

      Lmfao. How depressing is that.

    • RJay Mirosovsky

      Yeah I have nothing yet either, how disappointing. Hopefully something by day end.

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      I think Sasktel is confused, even on LG’s website there is no updated builds.

    • Lirodon

      No luck from PC Suite either

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      Any luck today? Still nothing for me

    • RJay Mirosovsky

      Nothing for me, I tweeted @sasktel and they say its out but it still appears no one can get it. Frustrating.

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      I called Sasktel Tech support today and they had three different people trying to pull the update. Only one was able to start downloading the update while I was on the phone. Seems it is a very slow roll out.

    • RJay Mirosovsky

      I still havnt had any luck. Sasktel tech support wasnt much help. Have you been able to update yet?

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      Nope nothing yet. Sasktel says their tech support guys have now been able to do the update but no one else seems to be able to get the update.

    • RJay Mirosovsky

      Still nothing this morning either

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      RJay what is your software version? Mine was D803B10a. That version will not update to Kitkat. That is what mine was. I had to swap the phone to one that had a software version that was D803B10d

    • RJay Mirosovsky

      Thats what mine is! you just took it back and they swapped it out?

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      I was able to because I only got mine a few weeks ago. They were going to send it away for a reflash but the store manager knew me and told them to swap it out. Go down to the store and see what they say.

  • mggOptimusG

    G2 gets 4.4.2 … wow … what about the G1 still on 4.1.2 ?
    I am not sure I want LG anymore … and I am willing to give others a chance.
    Unless a new ROM is installed … humm CM anyone ?

  • Matt514

    Anyone else still have the wifi bug where the phone forget all wifi networks when rebooted? Mine still does :(

  • Justin

    The update hasn’t come to Cell C in South Africa as yet Man it’s like they forgot about us down here

  • Levar Rowe

    If I’m with Rogers but but he phone was unlocked from either bell or Sasktel will I still get the update? Or will I have to do some type of work around?

    • Josh Levent

      You probably would because your phone would have a Bell build number and considering Bell has Kitkat, so too would you. As for Sasktel, according to people, they’re stating that Sasktel stated it released the Kitkat but no body seems to have it/ or they can’t get it.

      I’m with Wind Mobile for my G2 so I gotta wait. :(

    • Matt514

      This is correct. I use my phone with TELUS but it is an unlocked Bell build. I received the update just fine.

  • nick_canada

    My unlocked Bell G2 working on Rogers network received the upgrade yesterday.
    As I do have a Swiftkey software and with this, I also get the error message upon each restart. This was already mentioned in previous posts. I also still have issues with OS forgetting the WiFi passwords upon each restart. I was hoping that this will be resolved with the latest OS update, but appears not to be the case….biggest improvement I noticed is the battery life.

    • Levar Rowe

      Did it update you to a Rogers build or another bell build. Mine hasn’t updated as of yet. I’m thinking that I haven’t received the update cuz this was probably a Sasktel build.

    • nick_canada

      My new software version is D803B20e …… I believe this is a Bell build.

    • Levar Rowe

      okay thanks for your replies…I’m gonna assume that Bell and sasktel have the same build numbers

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      No I think Sasktel has a different build than Bell. Currently the 4.2.2 build is D803B10A. I am expecting the 4.4.2 Sasktel build to be something like D803B20A where as the Bell build is D803B20E right now. But I guess we will see when every Sasktel actually pushes the device to its customers.

    • Sandra

      As I know, Bell and Sasktel SW version is same. Did you try to update using WiFi?

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      Yes tried via WiFi and LTE still no update.

    • Levar Rowe

      Yeah ive tried all the same Wifi, LTE, and Pc Suite.

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      Levar what is your software version? Mine was D803B10a. That version will not update to Kitkat. That is what mine was. I had to swap the phone to one that had a software version that was D803B10d

    • Levar Rowe

      yeah mine is the d803b10a software version. How did you swap it to that other software version

      Edit:
      I see that you swapped to a different phone. Unfortunately I’ve had this phone since last october and it’s unlocked from another carrier. I’m assuming I can see about flashing it to a roger’s kit kat rom.

    • Sandra

      WiFi password forgetting issue…
      Could you try it as below?

      – Back up all your personal data using LG back up app and save back up data (usually 1 file) to your PC and do factory reset after inserting SIM card.
      – Once device boot up, set up Wifi and restore your data using LG back up app again.

  • RJay Mirosovsky

    Still nothing for sasktel! Has anyone been able to update from Sasktel yet?

  • randy odell

    I am with Sprint. So when is this coming to the good ole usa. I guess The LG G2 is going to be the very last to get it. That SUX. So maybe the LG G PRO 2 will come out before kitkat is released. Ah to hurry up just to wait. Feels like I am back in the Army again.

  • Scott Gilley

    Sprint user… Nothing yet :-(

  • Oliver Jesaver

    how come that the required file given to my phone was just 535 MB Ver20a? but base on the image its shows 635.99MB Ver20e

  • Lirodon

    Day 3 of KitKatgate. Still nothing on SaskTel. How they managed to goof this up is absolutely ridiculous.

  • mad droider

    If you got with out a subscription NO luck, gor information from LG support NO Kitkat for you ! Selling my LG G2 asap.

    • Levar Rowe

      Just flash a rom onto it.

  • Marie-Claude Akeson

    Anybody else with this issue:
    With Rogers and my g2’s screen lock screen was waking up every 5 to 10 minutes with a very short vibrate and split second of notification sound which never happened before. I thought it had to do with Facebook notifications because of the timing. Went in FB settings to stop notifications, did a restart and the only thing that changed is the very short burst of sound/bell.
    I was expecting more from the upgrade. I’m not seeing much difference with previous OS. Where could I get a list of the changes/improvements?

  • Marie-Claude Akeson

    Anybody else with this issue:
    With Rogers and my g2’s screen lock screen was waking up every 5 to 10 minutes with a very short vibrate and split second of notification sound which never happened before. I thought it had to do with Facebook notifications because of the timing. Went in FB settings to stop notifications, did a restart and the only thing that changed is the very short burst of sound/bell.
    I was expecting more from the upgrade. I’m not seeing much difference with previous OS. Where could I get a list of the changes/improvements?

  • Marie-Claude Akeson

    Where is the gps and navigation app with the new os

    • Levar Rowe

      I’m pretty sure that it is now inside of the maps app for the navigation. Gps is in location mode.

  • Pierre-Luc Garand

    Its also available with videotron

  • Lirodon

    SaskTel finally pushed out Bell’s 10d revision as an OTA, which allows KitKat to come up as an available update on PC suite. It’s ten days late (and several MONTHS late for the other update), but at least I didn’t have to send my phone in.