To date, the latest version of Google's Android OS -- 4.4 KitKat -- has been mostly available on the company's own Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 and 10 tablets (along with select smartphones like special editions of LG's G Pad 8.3 tablet as well as Sony's Z Ultra phablet to the Google Play store with KitKat installed.). But today, it's loosened the reins a little more, adding
That makes the Google Play edition of the G Pad the first non-Google Android tablet to run KitKat and grace Google's online store. Beyond that addition, there's not a lot new compared to the previously released version of the G Pad, though the Play site emphasizes that it includes Google Now, YouTube, Chrome, and Gmail pre-installed.
But that might be okay with many users, as the G Pad was already feature packed, from a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor to a 1,920x1,200 8.3-inch screen to Q Pair functionality, which allows you to view call and text information from an Android smartphone on the G Pad., ZDNet's Matthew Miller concluded that "LG did a fantastic job with this tablet and it offers you everything you want in an Android device."
What might not be as okay is the G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition pricing. While the original G Pad was sold for as low as $249, this new version will sell for $349.99 and only be available in black. (LG also sells a white version of the G Pad.) That's $50 more than the "Jelly Bean" version currently sells for at Best Buy, but if you can't wait for when to that model, you may be willing to spend the extra cash.