Google Launches LG G Pad 8.3 with ”Stock” Version of Android 4.4 (KitKat)

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The LG G Pad 8.3 has been on the market a while, but Google has now introduced an alternate version that runs an unmodified version of Android 4.4 (KitKat).

Companies typically tweak the software that comes on the tablets they make, as this allows them to differentiate their products from their competitors’. The downside of this is that it greatly slows down the distribution of Android updates — device makers have to alter and then test their modifications to match each new version of Android.

That’s why Google came up with a new plan: it offers tablets and phones with “stock” versions of its mobile operating system. These are missing the extra software features of the usual versions, but get Android updates very quickly. They are sold exclusively on Google’s webstore, and are therefore called Google Play editions.

LG G Pad 8.3The LG G Pad 8.3 is the latest to get this treatment, and it’s available now for $350.

LG G Pad 8.3 Overview

Given its name, it’s no surprise that this tablet has an 8.3-inch screen. This has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, giving the display a pixel density of 273 ppi.

The G Pad 8.3 uses a 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. The tablet ships with 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD memory card slot can add 64GB more.

LG‘s latest includes a 5.0MP rear camera and a 1.3MP one, as well as a 4600mAh battery. It is available from Google only in black.

Don’t miss our LG G Pad 8.3 Review to learn more about this tablet.

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