LG commits to provide the G2 a major UI update and Android L

August 23, 2014

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The Italian website Tutto Android is reporting that LG has not forgotten about the LG G2, that LG will be bringing the LG G3 user interface to the G2, and, better yet, have promised Android L for the gracefully aging flagship phone.

Citing unnamed “reliable enough” sources, LG has revisited an earlier decision not to port the newer G3 interface to the G2. Having since that decision accrued a nice collection of awards for the design of the newer interface, the Korean manufacturer has apparently committed to pushing out an update to the G2 by the end of the year. The update will not only bring the new interface but a few treats as well, specifically noting Smart Notice.

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The interface of the G3 certainly is something to behold. The flat design is far removed from older LG designs. Things generally look good and make sense, if still sometimes a little cluttered feeling. Good thing LG leaves room to customize things.

With a new interface due for the end of the year, “where does that leave Android L?” you might be wondering. Sorry to say folks, despite promising that the G2 will indeed receive the big L release, they expect the normal update routine to take over, with carriers and such delaying the update for testing going into 2015. Hopefully the update track can be a lot speedier this time around, considering the Android L developer preview is already out there for devs to get a head start.

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Android L brings with it a brand new design scheme of its own, called Material Design. Perhaps it is coincidence that LG’s new flat looking design with an overwhelming presence of soft pastel colors is, as a description, similar to Material Design‘s general flat appearance that also rocks pastel colors. We have high hopes for Android L and LG, surely with the similar mindset on design, great things will come. Right?

We put the LG G2 up against the G3 in a comparison video a while ago. While the G3 has the obvious advantage in hardware specs, now that they will both rock the same software, and the G2 is on track for at least one more version of the Android OS, current G2 owners may just have good reason to hang onto their devices and wait to see what the G4(?) has to offer.

What do you think, is an UI update and Android L enough to keep the LG G2 in your pocket?

Comments

  • Sanket Patil

    I dont think this are enpugh update as other new smart phones are far ahead from this phone in terms of specs and features like ram .processor etc but still its a good news for Lg G2 users and i hope they would able to wait For G4

    • Phil_A_Shio

      Lol what? The G2 is still a high end phone, no current phone is “far ahead” that’s just hyperbole on your part.

    • shivansh

      Lol do you know about G2 specs ??? Or just commenting G2 is still a high end phone and not many devices are far ahead of it … Your comment makes me laugh hard…

      • Abdel

        hes right with 2 gigs of ram. 32 gb storage, 2.3 ghz. snap dragon 800 processor, 5.2 inch screen, 13 mp camera, 3000 ma battery it’s still pretty high end. What phone it’s “far ahead”. There’s nothing with higher than snap dragon 801 that I’ve seen out so far and no more than 3 gigs of ram. And qhd screens are pretty much the only new things so far. G2 is still good.

      • Sanket Patil

        But still if some one ask u what will you buy htc one M8 or g2 what will u answer

        • M8 DESIGN SUCKS

          I’ll buy G2 because its is sexier. I was wondering what to buy M7(YEAH 7 NOT 8) or G2 because I HATE THE UGLY M8 and now I’m happy with G2.

        • Albert Broman

          I would buy the M8 as sound on my G2 is suboptimal.

        • Stephan Hall

          Of course the M8…… but not necessarily is the M8 the better buy. The G2 good enough, still hang with any phone in everyday use and can be purchased for under $400.00.

      • Stephan Hall

        Just remember …. the G3 will be bested in a month! It’s just how it is. So what does the consumer do ….. buy a new phone every three months? Laugh now ….. but get some money together for another phone purchase because new phones are just around the corner with better specs. Fact!!!!!

    • Stephan Hall

      If your G2 is working good …no reason to upgrade.

  • Darin P.

    Being a owner of a G2, I’m actually relieved that the interface will get a change and it will receive an updated hopefully fixing all the battery drain issues? Anyways, I will eventually get another flagship soon in 2015 maybe. But the G2 is great.

    • David Pluchinski

      The battery drain on my G2 is ridiculous.

      • Victoria

        What battery drain? I’m using my G2 on CloudyG3 ROM and I don’t have any battery drain.

        • Darin P.

          How long does it last?

          • Daas Nahk

            A good one day; my usage is nearly 8-9 hours of BT paired with Sony SmartWatch 2, same time for WiFi, 3-6 hours of display on time depends on whether I play games or watch videos or do some stuff.

          • Darin P.

            So, amount the same for any other GSM carrier? I know the sprint and Verizon models of them are bad battery cause of the 4.4.2 update

          • Daas Nahk

            Yup, I have D802, Int’l version. Just make sure you flash latest KitKat baseband.

      • Darin P.

        It sure is, my Verizon one cant ever go over 7-8 hrs full use.

        • Captain Spaulding

          Look at my reply to David Pluchinski. CloudyG3 is the best.

      • http://killerdomains.com.au Domain Names Hosting

        +10, nothing worse than drain. I would give up the extra features for longer lasting usage. What’s the point if you only have a small amount of time anyway. Just becomes dead weight at that point.

      • Michele

        Battery drain? for me with intense use (really intense) 12 hours, normal use nearly 2 days..

        • Darin P.

          Wish mine was that good..

      • Captain Spaulding

        LG G2 running CloudyG3 1.3.

      • qpinto

        if you have instagram that app is a battery drainer. otherwise battery life is amazing.

      • Peerpressure

        I replied to this on another comment, but I have a G2, and I was down to 12 hours on a charge. Then I factory reset. Battery life went up to 48 hours for a few days. Now, a month later, it’s back to 24 hours.

    • http://droidcent.com/ Marsel

      Been running the ported G3 ROM for weeks now, just root your G2 and flash away bro it’s easy. Check it out here: http://www.droidcent.com/2014/08/cloudy-g3-v12-rom-turn-your-g2-into-g3.html

      • Captain Spaulding

        I’ve been running CloudyG3 since day one and I love it. Now that 1.3 has come, battery life is amazing.

    • Peerpressure

      I had battery drain issues on the G2, and then I factory reset my device. Just used the LG Backup included on the phone, and everything was restored. After that, my battery life was AMAZING. I went 48 hours on one charge!

      Of course, now that it’s been a month, battery is back to 24 hours, but it had decreased to 12 hours before the reset.

      • Dan Razor

        It’s because of the app’s that run in the background, like facebook, instagram, google now, even some android proceses that are not needed, i disabled/uninstaled the main battery draining apps and the battery life now is a dream. I get 5 days with 6 hr’s of screen (wi-fi on demand, auto synk disabled)

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    • Hamza

      GO AWAY SPAMMER!

  • dogulas

    I hope they don’t remove all the settings the camera app has on the g2. I love the manual focus slider! Bring that to the G3 and keep it on the G2! I don’t always want to focus on a particular object, and sometimes I just want the control.

  • Luka Mlinar

    After my friend told me that the update to his LG L9 II ruined his phone with excessive battery consumption, it’s best to Google possible problems with updateds before downloading them for an LG phone. Also let’s not forget all the problems users reported with the G2 update.
    In theory a faulty update would be one way to get users to buy a new phone.

    • Jüri Pranstibel

      “In theory a faulty update would be one way to get users to buy a new phone.”

      That’s stupid. Then they wouldn’t buy another LG phone would they?

  • Stephan Hall

    Grea! news! The G2 in many respects a better device than the G3 IMO. LG is a company that seems to understand that supporting their customers grows their business.

    • Peerpressure

      In what ways is the G2 better than the G3? I have a G2, and considered upgrading to the G3 (of course, now that we’ll get the UI, there isn’t much of a reason to upgrade. Better screen, better camera, and SD slot are the only things I can think of).

      • Stephan Hall

        The G3 display. It’s dim and did not impress.. The battery life is shortened and the phone, for many, is too big. However, the G3 is over-all an improvement. Not enough to upgrade from the G2 IMO! I like the G3 …. not denying that!

  • Mike Bastable

    really if LG really ACTUALLY 100% committed to r.eally fast updates and uniform interface across all devices they would seriously blow the others out of the water…that they do not realize this themselves has been a mystery to me. To truly challenge Samsung and Apple you have to keep your older products attractive, this keeps owners developing handset envy (the easiest way is an interface update, like Apple does with the older iPhones) and moving on to another OEM, by keeping your customer base happy you evolve a hard core base that will always support you and buy your handsets. Apple has been doingthis forever with the iPhone and it is about time an Android OEM tried it. If true: WELL DONE LG.

    • spg210

      That made no sense at all. The general public could care less about updates. it wants a device that looks good, runs smoothly and has a good battery. That’s what customers ask for when they go into stores. The general public NEVER goes into a store and asks about updates. You have yet to see a commercial from ANY carrier taking about how good its updates are. There’s a reason for that. Customers don’t care. People on tech sites make up less than 1% of the purchasing public. The only reason people flock to Apple and Samsung is because they’re the popular carriers at the moment. They say the right things and they understand about consumer loyalty. Customers come back repeatedly to what they know. Companies know this so they keep giving the customer what they need. It’s cyclic. Apple and Samsung won’t always be on top. Eventually someone else will become popular.
      Device envy? The only two demographics that display device envy are teenagers and a lot of the otherwise grown folk who frequent tech sites like this one. Everybody else couldn’t care less what device the next person has. As long as their device runs well they’re happy. Envious of a little cheap cell phone? Please. I might be envious of your BMW or your house. But envious of your little cell phone when I can have the same one within hours? I don’t think so. My teenage kids envious of other kids’ cell phones? Yes. Adults? Not so much.

      • Android Developer

        The updates issue is more for developers, so that they will be able to make better, smaller, apps in an easier and faster way.
        More better apps, more happy end users.

      • Justin

        Actually every time I go to get a phone I ask what android version it’s running to be honest there are people who actually care. You’re statement is invalid sir

        • Ryu

          Of course there are people who care, but the general masses do not. Most anyone on this site will care about updates, but the random consumers who come into a store are much much less likely to care about software updates so long as it works for them. They like certain little software features, but have no expectancy of updates to older models.

          • socialismstinks

            considering the price tag, people SHOULD expect updates to older models. I expect it for my 2-3yr old PC, so why not “smart” phones?

      • Ryu

        Agreed. I work in a cell phone retailer, and this is extremely apparent. For the most part, general consumer could care less about updates, and they often never download or install them, too.

        • Peerpressure

          My wife is that way. She has a Nexus 5, and will have the update icon on her display bar for weeks before I can convince her to update. In her experience, updates are a crapshoot. Sometimes they fix bugs, and other times they create problems. If she doesn’t have an issue with the tasks she’s currently doing, why throw the dice and get an update that might impact the productivity of her phone? I see it as a valid point, but I can’t stand having extra icons on the status bar. :)

      • Tom_Slaapstad

        I disagree completely. You don’t understand how a technology products work. Depending on the success of the first adopters of any new phone or product, they will generally influence either positively or negatively there circles. And there circles and so on. I’m the first adopter in my family and I will steer my family and friends in the direction /experience I’ve had. Even though they don’t use half the features their perception of the product is influences by my experience. Momentum is everything. You’re an idiot if you think the contributers and readers of tech sites do not have a significant influence on sales and sale momentum. If the first adopters don’t get updates and it’s something that s critical they will move to a company that will.

        • Mike Bastable

          Good reply

      • Karly Johnston

        If people only cared about battery life above updates, the G2 would have been a best seller. One of Apple’s selling points is timely and longevity of updates.

      • Mike Bastable

        You miss my point. By updating. Android and the interface..lg creates a family of phones, old and new that people recognise, the refreshed updates whilst not actively sought out by the consumer give them a feeling of added value which in turn cements their relationship with the brand.
        Consumers do not know what they want until they receive it. The Apple policy of updating its older devices as much possible is the cornerstone of their fundamental success.

  • Nabil L

    G2, aging? That thing is not even a year old! Of course it’s gonna get Android L. And if it doesn’t get it, well it’ll mean that LG is still what it used to be, which is a company that doesn’t update its phones.

    • Android Developer

      True, I don’t get why sometimes people treat such devices as old. companies barely even update their devices for 18 months, and now this…

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. It should be a definite thing, right?

      Except LG used to be pretty crummy about updating their devices. The original Optimus G got one update from ICS to Jelly Bean 4.1 and that was it, and it came way after Android 4.2 was out (almost Android 4.3 being a reality).

      • Doomhamma

        1 HUGE correction here … Optimus G got the 4.4.2 KitKat update, so your argument is invalid …

        • socialismstinks

          haven’t seen kitkat on OG in the US as of yet.

        • Simon Belmont

          Only in South Korea. Not anywhere else on the planet.

          Updating one market does not a full update roll-out make. So yeah, I stand by what I said and it appears @socialismstinks:disqus agrees, too.

          • Doomhamma

            According to GSMArena, it’s avaliable outside South Korea —> http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_optimus_g_android_44_kitkat_update_reaches_india-news-9215.php

            It might be slow on updating the rest of the world, but IT WILL get updated

          • Simon Belmont

            OK, that’s news to me. But considering that information is only from a couple weeks ago, for the LONGEST time (literally months), it was only SK that had the update.

            The OG won’t get updated in North America. Guaranteed. All of the carriers have long since moved on. I doubt that most of Europe will see it either. In my opinion, it’s still very much a checkered past for LG’s updates. Let’s hope that the G2 and on are well loved by LG. It looks like that might be the case (I’m definitely willing to be optimistic).

          • Renato Nismo

            Here in portugal, the general version of first Optimus G has already kitkat more than 1 month ago.

            even Galaxy S3 was launched the same year as G and won’t receive kitkat. samsung launches more than 10 galaxy every month and don’t update them, except top flagship.

            same as sony, all these years sony doesn’t update majority of mid-range after more than 6 months or near 1 year of releasing. same as huawei.

            LG is better in terms of updates, behind of Nexus and Motorola.

            take note of this.

          • Gabi Dipla

            I live in Romania (Europe) and I had kit kat an my Optimus G

      • Gabi Dipla

        I used to own an lg Optimus g
        until 3 days ago and it had official 4.4.2. Now I have a g2 and it runs the same android version

  • Ashley

    and other hunder lg models will stay with the same version..

  • spg210

    The G3 was supposed to be an upgrade over the G2. But with all the rampant bugs, flaws and defects people are experiencing with the G3 (and there are plenty, just check message boards), that hasn’t been the case. I bought a G3 to upgrade from my G2. The G3 lasted a week.
    Dim screen, washed out screen
    Pages constantly redrawing
    Lagging while scrolling
    Apps hesitating to open.
    Almost impossible to view the screen outdoors
    Frequent overheating to the point that I had to let the device cool off in order to use it comfortably.
    Battery that suffered greatly due to all the juice the screen needed to function
    And now there are reports of the plastic on the G3 cracking near the microphone area. So I guess LG is using cheap, brittle plastic.
    My G2 experienced none of these flaws. The G3 only bettered the G2 in 2 appreciable areas: Better rear button configuration and better battery cover material. Although LG’s attempt at fooling the public with a fake metal cover finish was kind of disingenuous. But as far as user experience and UI smoothness, the G3 unfortunately has nothing on the. G2.

    • civicpapichulu

      I have the g2 and G3 my friend the G3 is.flawless just like the G2 I have no problems with either the G3 is buttery smooth and the battery life is amazing as much as I love my G2 the G3 is way better I have issues with neither.

    • Captain Spaulding

      It sounds like you need a warranty replacement.

    • Stephan Hall

      Hope you don’t mind me using your post for an argument ….. good post!

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  • Raven

    Yes, but does this mean the same will happen with the LG G pad 8.3? It must!

  • Jüri Pranstibel

    Wooohoooooo! Thanks LG! :)

  • jeannwhitefield

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  • Marty

    “LG commits to provide the G2 a major UI update and Android L”

    …they will most definitely update the G2, absolutely, without question, for sure, as sure as a fact…unless they change their mind.

  • Neil

    G2 with cloudyG3 rom and I am more than happy, version 1.1 had problems with ‘line’ updated to version 1.2 and now everthing works.

  • Stachura5

    I want to buy a used LG G2 (because now I have a HTC One M7 and it sucks in 3 thing: camera (purple tint), you have to scream into the microphone and the baterry… it sucks a big D). I read many things about the G2 (that the battery is a beast). If I would sell my HTC I would have 3/4 of the cash I need to buy the G2 :/ And thus I can’t afford yet the G2 I have to stick with my One that sucks :/

    • Mike Reid

      US G2 models on EBay are pretty cheap at $200 or so.

      G2 is a big pain if you’re into custom ROMs though. One M7 and M8 are much better.

  • Dillon Sharer

    You can get the G3 onto your G2 with a custom rom!

  • ThunderCrackR

    I have to applaud LG for this move. Samsung never port the new interface to older flagships, never ever. So, it is crazy to see some new low-ends launched one-two months after the new flagship and those are getting the new interface but your $600-700 phone not!

  • Jonathan TAM

    Does anyone know if the G3 is made in Korea becasue the G2 was

  • Simon Belmont

    Nice to hear that LG is finally upping their game on OS updates. The general rule used to be that you’d be lucky to get ONE major update for an LG phone. My friend’s G2 already went from Android 4.3 to KitKat, so this will be major update #2. Not bad.

    The UI update is a nice touch, too. It’ll breathe some life in an older phone. Nice job, LG. Keep it up.

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  • XxSteelzzzXx

    Uhh… Heck yeah, This post convinced me to keep my LG G2 until the G4! I’m so stoked for the new update! :DD

  • Bruce Wayne

    Or you can just root and install a custom rom lol. I’m using a g3 ported rom and it is as fast as the actual g3, its android guys you can do everything you want no need to buy a new phone every year.

  • Anirudh

    Have been waiting for this. and G2 by no means is Old. With S800 under its hood, it should long last future upgraded of android. Provided LG should take its updates more seriously ( like HTC) .

    • Dan Razor

      HTC was a joke with updates, it’s the main reason i hate them and I would never buy from them again. I had a HTC Sensation and the only update I got was 2.3->4.0 (they’r flagship device). For example , the Samsung S2 recived from 2.3->4.0->4.1->4.2 with interface updates and everything. Maybe because they saw people started to avoid them, they started updating regulary.

  • Lukáš Fencl

    What about G2 Mini?

  • goog yubari

    What about the fucking G Pro 2? Damn I’m starting to get nervous that my month-old phablet won’t see an update.

  • makkyun

    Damn, I still remember the time when my Optimus 3D got the ICS update when 4.2 is already out. Flashed NamelessROM on it, sacrificing the 3D feature, and it’s now on 4.4.4. But it’s broken now (shattered digitizer)

  • wthlg

    It would take a minimal amount of development effort to bring the G3 UI to the G2…

    Instead of taking another 6 months, how about they upgrade it now…while the phone is still selling on shelves. Their incentive for profit is eliminated by the time that update is anticipated to arrive. Who sinks dev time/resources into a product that isn’t selling? Not to say it will be completely unavailable for purchase then, but barely anyone buys LG…and NOBODY buys the year and a half old version. Samsung is likely seeking more S3s than LG is G2s…ugh…

    And yes. I have a G2. Love it.

  • wthlg

    Ugh. *Selling* Google Keyboard…not seeking…

  • Raz98

    I will believe it when I see it.