Verizon Updates the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE to Lollipop

May 20, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Lollipop updates are still trickling out, and here we are about to preview the next version of Android next week at Google I/O in San Francisco. Today’s update is from Verizon and it’s for the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE. This was LG’s first tablet – in quite some time. It’s the Snapdragon 600 version and not the lower end LG G Pad 8 that a lot of people confuse with it. The update should be rolling out now to those that are using the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE on Verizon, so if you have that device, head into Settings > About Tablet > System Updates and tap on Check for update and download your Android 5.0.2 update.

Most of the changes in Lollipop you won’t see on the LG G Pad 8.3 and that’s primarily because the majority of the changes in Lollipop are visual and with LG’s skin on top, you won’t see the most of them. But one of the changes you will see is the touch-screen buttons. Normally you have back, home and menu from LG on the G Pad 8.3. Now they’ve added a recents key – also updated the design to look like Lollipop – so now it’s back, home, recents, and menu. There is also a lot of under the hood changes this time around with Lollipop.

With this update, you won’t get the full UI that you see on the new LG G4, but it’ll be similar to what the LG G Flex 2 has as well as the LG G3. There’s the lock screen notifications from Lollipop, as well as the new notification shade. Which is a little weird, when you swipe down, it opens the notifications and also the quick settings. Not a big deal, but it’s different from how everyone else has implemented it. There’s also Smart Lock which is part of the update to Android Lollipop. So if you have a pin securing your device, you can connect to a Bluetooth or NFC device to unlock it. And as it is connected to that Bluetooth device it’ll stay unlocked.

You can grab the update now from Verizon’s servers. Hopefully the staged rollout isn’t too long. It’s build VK81035A for those wondering.