LG V510 is actually a Google Play edition G Pad 8.3, not a Nexus tablet

by: Bogdan PetrovanDecember 10, 2013

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Firmware files found on LG’s website show that the LG V510, which was previously rumored to be a Nexus device, is actually a Google Play edition of the LG G Pad 8.3.

Over the last few weeks, rumors emerged about a so-called Nexus 8, a new tablet that was supposedly in the making from Google. It all started with an apparent Photoshop blunder on Google’s website, in the form of a promotional image that showed a mystery tablet running stock Android. The company was quick to fix the image and deny any rumors of a new Nexus tablet.

But the speculation lived on, and the fact that Google didn’t refresh the 2012 Nexus 10 only added to it. Some thought that Google would launch an 8-inch Nexus to replace or even in addition to a second generation ten-incher.

Yesterday, the usually reliable @evleaks fed the rumor mill with a tip-based report claiming the LG V510, a tablet device that was previously spotted in the Bluetooth SIG database and in benchmark leaderboards, is actually a Nexus device.

Now redditor r/numerlo posted a link to a file present on LG’s open source code distribution site that contains reference to the LG V510, clearly labeled as “G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition”. It’s very hard to believe that the files have been tampered with or that they are some kind of mistake, so, at this point, it’s clear that the LG V510 will be the third Google Play edition device, following the HTC One and Galaxy S4 GPe.

Going for $350, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a very capable little device, with great build quality and some interesting software features. However, not everybody likes the somehow heavy-handed alterations that LG brought to stock Android, so a Google Play edition running AOSP Android may bring the best of two worlds.

Google Play editions devices run stock Android, sell from the Play Store, usually at the same price as the unlocked regular versions, and are guaranteed to receive fast software updates.

For now, we don’t know anything on the availability of the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition. Manufacturers rarely launch new devices this late in the year, but perhaps the special nature of a Google Play edition device warrants an exception. However, it’s more likely that Google and LG will release the G Pad 8.3 GPe early next year.

The LG V510 may not be a Nexus, but if you’re a stock Android lover, it’s the next best thing. Are you interested?



  • Matthew Plewa

    I want my nexus 10!

  • RarestName

    A nice tablet with stock Android, I like!

  • iTriune

    The 8″ form factor is perfect for me. Glad to see this happening.

  • Udit

    The tablet is cool but the 350 price point is a deal breaker… U can get the ipad mini retina by adding 50 bucks more…
    Or if u want to buy something cheaper… Nexus 7 = 229…

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I know right. I really like Android, but I would pick the iPad mini retina between the two. This one is too costly (for me) to consider.
      It’s still a very good tablet though, and it’s very Nexus, just without the Nexus price.

    • Droidguy

      Why would anyone want an ipad mini for $50 more??The G Pad is a better tablet for less money.

      • KBrown

        Let’s be honest, it’s a product from LG, I would rather pay $50 for the iPad Mini Retina. It’s faster, looks better and it runs iOS. Oh wait we’re on an Android website. :)

      • Jayfeather787

        Exactly. Faster, sleeker, and Android.

    • Dean

      Best Buy is selling the LG G PAD for 299 right now. I have the G Pad and I love the form factor. It is serving me very well so far. A GPE version makes it even more attractive. I prefer the dimensions of the G Pad over the iPad mini which is what I use to use for my 8″ tablet. I rarely go to it anymore.

    • JonDuke19

      What if I want a 8inch because 7 is too small for me?

      What if I want that 8 inch to run Android?

      Even the Galaxy tab 8.0 is more expensive and less powerful.

      The Lg G pad is the best 8 inch tablet on the market. Point. It’s even better than the ipad mini.

      • Jayfeather787

        Hell yeah its better than ipad mini.

  • Guest

    Puuh, I thought LG is going to make the Nexus tablet. Im glad that it is only a Google Play Edition ;D

  • AsakuraZero

    wow adn the xperia z ultra also released a GPE! holly christmast eve!

  • Biach

    Fck americans why you cry? We havent yet this device in our stores, but it will be over 550 bucks price tag and you cry about 350 :O.
    Estonia is a country in european union xD if you dont know

    • Zman

      Who is crying?

  • well, better than a Nexus 8 cause if it were to be a Nexus device it would lose its card slot.

    • Zman

      Amen…the reason I ordered mine.

  • Zman

    Mine is between Louisville, KY and my house in southern, CA.
    Anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.