In May LG launched an 8 inch Android tablet called the G Pad III 8.0. Now the company has added a new model called the G Pad III 10.1. You can probably guess what’s different in the new model.
The tablet does have a larger screen, but that’s not the only difference between the two members of the G Pad III tablet.
The 10.1 inch model features a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display and support for 4G LTE.
Unlike the smaller model, the G Pad III 10.1 also has a built-in kickstand, which you can use to prop up the tablet while watching videos, making video calls, or, I don’t know, maybe using the tablet to display recipes while you cook? The kickstand is adjustable at angles up to 70 degrees.
I haven’t seen any details about pricing or other specs yet, and the tablet has only been announced in LG’s home country of South Korea so far.
Update: Like the 8 inch model, the G Pad III 10.1 specs include a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
This model measures 0.3 inches thick, weighs 1.1 pounds, and features a 6,000 mAh battery. The tablet ships with Android 6.0 software, features a USB Type-C connector, and supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 as well as 4G LTE.
I have a soft-spot for tablets with cool kickstands, but I’d feel better if it were running Windows.
I’m about through with Android tablets. They don’t do enough for me, and they don’t get software updates nearly as often as phones do.
These days, if I were interested in an Android tablet, I would buy a Windows 10 tablet with a permissive UEFI, and install and Android build of my choosing (Android-x86, or Remix OS), and at least retain some flexibility if I were to regret having Android.
As a “kitchen tablet” I think I’d want it to dock firmly to some sort of under-cabinet hinge that can hold it in place firmly enough for touch w/o wobble. Powerful magnets? Hinges cheap enough that I can install 2 or even 3 under different cabinets. Then make the darned thing waterproof enough to be washable with a sponge with water, vinegar, or dish detergent without excessive care. So much easier to swing it down for use, swing back up when done.
I love Android. I’ve been on Android since the T-Mobile G1 but I’m getting tired of my Google devices not getting updates at this point. Not only does it take quite some time for the various manufacturers to put out updates, but now Google is only guaranteeing OS updates for what, 24 months?
Anyway, I spoke up with my pocket and switched to an iPad and now an iPhone. I’ve never had a more bittersweet relationship with my tech. Not only do I dislike the Apple philosophy when it comes to these devices – I also can’t stand all the icons on the screen or within other icons on the screen. Suffice it to say, I love and miss my app drawer. I also hate Siri. She’s downright stupid compared to Google Now and Google Assistant. There are also quite a few other things I just can’t stand but guess what? Nothing beats getting OS updates. Even if Apple iOS updates tend to be sort of fallacious in content (since let’s face it, we all know that they purposely drop certain features on older devices, even when they didn’t have to), there’s still no greater feeling than knowing you’re using the newest version of the OS. You know that certain bugs are taken care of, security has been worked on and at least some features have been added.
I swapped my GS7 Edge to get the iPhone because I got sick of waiting for Samsung to put the update out. They go through all this testing and most of the time, the software still isn’t perfect. A $700 shouldn’t lag, first of all, and my GS7 Edge lagged. I blame Touchwiz. I don’t use it but it sits there under my Google Now launcher, always running, using up my memory. Samsung also built in all this other gunk like oncircle (sp) and the oculus software which is not easily disabled because it has so many parts. Then there’s Samsung Pay which has come in handy but I don’t NEED it, since I use Android Pay. Then…then…then….then….there’s Knox, which again runs deep within the OS using up RAM and CPU because Samsung wants these phones to be enterprise/work ready. Of course, I don’t need any of that so all these things do on my phone is bog it down. Enter the iPhone. Save for some apps I don’t need, nothing’s there eating CPU or RAM other than what I put there. Big difference. I may regret getting it due to all the missing features, but for now, a fast, snappy device which works well feels good to own.
I got a G Pad X 8 which I do like … released in 2016 and it hasn’t seen an update yet. I doubt it’ll ever be updated seeing as how I also have a G Pad F 8 and that has never been updated and this device could really use it. To this day, I can’t play music and do anything else simultaneously on this tablet because no matter what you do. the aggressive memory management closes even active apps that are running in the background. Then there’s my trusty iPad Mini 4 which I got on a whim because of a quite wicked and irresistible sale price at the time. It’s run wonderfully since I purchased it and has been upgraded several times. It now runs Apple’s buggy 10.2…at least it’s current!
In a perfect world, I’d buy a Pixel XL and whatever Android tablet comes from Google directly and be super happy. As it is, I feel like Google has shot itself in the foot with this policy. Back in the day you could count on Google to update their Nexus devices until they simply could not run newer software anymore. Now, they’ve decided 2 years of OS updates, 3 years of security updates. That sucks. Some folks don’t keep their phones for more than 2 years anyway, but this isn’t the point. No one wants to buy a phone with outdated software, which means perfectly great phones are going to get thrown out – another problem for another time though. Suffice it to say, the majority won’t care. Now that Android has market share out the wazoo, Google can become relaxed on everything that made their products great in the past. A shame really.
This is exactly why I bought a Nuvision windows tablet when Microsoft made that offer. I want something that will continue to receive updates until it breaks down. I’ll probably switch to Windows phone once they have something good for the same reason. As long as it has whatsapp, snapchat, a decent camera and good battery life, I am buying.
I have several Windows tablets. They tend to be a little light on apps while heavy in weight vs. their counterparts and don’t last very long when it comes to battery life. Nowhere close to as long as my iPad or even my Nexus 7 2013, but you’re right, at least they get updates for as long as they possibly can, which is nice. I’m I’m taking a tablet “on the road” it tends to be the iPad or N7 though, they’re just so much lighter and battery life is better.
true. when it comes to battery life, Windows x86 sucks because it is a heavy os. I once had a Huawei mediapad t1 7″ and it would last a whole week without a charge when left on standby. probably also helped by the processor not being power hungry and the lack of background processes.
While I understand your sentiment, someone who says “there’s still no greater feeling than knowing you’re using the newest version of the OS” and is willing to spend over a thousand dollars on new hardware to ensure they get that feeling represents a vanishingly small minority of mobile device users.
It is also not true that “Google has shot itself in the foot with this policy” concerning the Pixel devices. They are projected to be on target for Pixel sales in 2016 (three to four million) with a rise to five to seven million next year. From a standing start with a completely new product line, in the face of two very established dominant flagship brands, that doesn’t come close to shooting itself in the foot.
The truth is, if multi-year support for OS updates was a major issue in the success of mobile phones and tablets, at least one of the major Android device makers would be doing it and advertising it for all its worth. But, of course, they aren’t, because they know it doesn’t drive enough sales to offset the extra costs involved, and worse, and benefit gained from customer retention is offset by reduced demand for the latest and greatest model.
On the flip side to your position, the vast majority of customers fall into one of the following categories:
Don’t know: Most mobile users probably don’t even know what version of Android their devices are using, let alone the fact that there might be a newer version out there. As long as their device works the same way as it did the day they bought it, and the apps they install continue to work, they’re perfectly happy.
Don’t care: Many of those originally in the above category who do eventually find out about the existence of a newer version of Android will greet it with a shrug. Again, unless the new OS version comes with a killer feature (that isn’t tied to new hardware), then why would they care? Their device doesn’t suddenly become obsolete (a claim I’ve actually seen in comments on a tech site!), and everything that works today will still work tomorrow.
I’m in this category. I bought an LG G2 after the LG G4 was released, knowing there would be no upgrades after 5.1.1. The model is now over three years old, and even though a Nougat upgrade would be a nice to have, I’m perfectly happy with the phone as-is.
Don’t want: For every tech savvy person who wants the latest and greatest update a.s.a.p. there’s at least one who is much more cautious of any upgrades. I’ve been in the tech industry a long time and know just how much hassle updating any OS can be, and bugs aside, the yearly tweaks to the user interface that come with the updates can be a big source of confusion and dissatisfaction for ordinary users.
I recently updated my parents’ Nexus 7, forgetting that Nougat is quite a bit different to Jelly Bean, and it took them some time (including mine) and no little grumbling before they were used to the new OS. What did it buy them in return? Nothing. They would have preferred not to have had the upgrade at all.
I want it all: A subset of users who, like you, want the latest and greatest software versions on their devices, but also want the latest and greatest hardware at the same time, and I think they are one of the major reasons why your argument falls on deaf ears. After all, if most of those who do care are going to upgrade their devices every year to 18 months anyway, then who’s left to cater to anyway? New hardware features are always more sexy than new software features.
Google also does much to mitigate the shorter OS support cycle with a much longer API support cycle through Google Play services API backporting, meaning that newer apps will continue to run on old devices for much longer than they otherwise would. Google Play services currently supports devices that run Android 4.0 or higher — i.e. any version released in the last five years (and counting). As I said, as long as their apps keep running, the vast majority of users are happy.
What about security? Sure it’s an issue, but again, there have been very few major Android vulnerabilities that required an OS update to patch. Even Stagefright, which many manufacturers did patch, proved to be much less of a threat than originally thought. Again, Google does a lot to mitigate the risks by scanning all Play store apps before they’re installed, and the locked down nature of most Android devices means that its much harder for attackers to do as much damage as they could, say, on desktop Windows systems.
So, yes, it’s always a concern, but how many Android users with older OS versions have ever seen malware on their devices? Very few, I’d wager. Most successful attacks are still down to users doing things they shouldn’t — like installing apps from insecure sources or opening attachments from unknown senders, etc.
To sum up, you’re on a hiding to nothing when it comes to demanding longer support cycles for the Android platform. For as long as the manufacturers can continue to innovate the hardware side of things, nothing is going to change, since that (along with pricing) is what is driving new sales, not longevity.
You also greatly overstate the problem for the manufacturers. There is no evidence that Pixel sales are suffering from the stated OS support cycle, and anyway, early adopters and flagship phone buyers are probably the least likely to want to hold on to their devices long term anyway. They’ll be on to the next latest and greatest thing long before the support cycle becomes an issue.
I have no problem with you wanting a change to the system. In fact, anything that leads to less waste is a good thing in my book, so I would support it wholeheartedly, but misrepresenting the reality of the situation doesn’t really help achieve that goal.
When I said that I felt had Google shot itself in the foot, I meant more so in terms of potentially swayed buyers – especially ones like me, for example.
I don’t like Apple, I mentioned that. I hate the Apple philosophy but yet here I am because Apple won me over with the fact that they at least update their OS beyond a 2 year cycle. Even though their updates tend to be fallacious, running the newest OS on your device gives it new life in many cases, especially when the updates come with new features.
Why was the N7 2013 not updated when there are manufacturers planning to update weaker hardware with Nougat? The reason I got the iPad 4 is that it got updated and will get updated years after release. Had I seen some evidence of that with the Nexus 2013, I’d have likely gone with (waited for) the next Nexus or Pixel tablet because as I mentioned, I do love Android. I’m not being ungrateful. The N7 did go from 4.x to 6.x, but it should have gone to 7.1.1. As it is, they cut the N7 off 3 years after release and shook my confidence in terms of investing in another Android tablet.
Buying phones and tablets for me are different. It’s highly unlikely that I’ll keep a phone for 2 years (I haven’t since the G1) but a tablet I will keep for a longer time.
You say that we’re in a vanishingly small number of mobile users, maybe so. These devices are an investment for me. Now that I’ve switched to the iPhone. Time will tell if I feel the need to update to the 7S or even 8. For me, updating sub 2 years was always necessary because 1. After 2 years I’m not longer running the newest version of Android and 2. Android is so laggy that you can’t wait to see if the newest, so-called better processors (and more RAM) run it better. When this didn’t occur on the GS7 Edge it really kind if hit me in the face. After that mess I decided it had to be a Pixel or the iPhone and the iPhone edged out the Pixel based on my getting the iPad (and integration, like handoff, etc.).
I just can’t imagine anyone wanting to buy a phone or tablet right now with Marshmallow or Lollipop on it…this is what’s going to happen in a year or 2 with Nougat and the cycle continues. We can’t say the same for the iPhone 5, SE or 6. The iPhone 5 was released in 2012. If I can buy an iPhone 5 in 2016 and have it update to iOS 10, why can’t I have a Nexus 2013 updated officially to Nougat? 2 different beasts but if anything, we’ve seen that the mobile hardware in these devices can indeed run the newer software, as proven by unofficial ROMs.
I’m not demanding a change. No way. I’m one geek in a sea of geeks who, like you don’t really care in a world of people who also don’t care. I completely understand why Google and Android manufacturers don’t bother. I just think it’s a shame that they’ve decided to go this way. Would it have really cost Google that much more to update the N7?
I can buy an iPhone 5 and grab iOS 10.2 but I can’t buy a Nexus 4 and grab Nougat. This sucks on every level and that’s the point I’m trying to make. I also don’t consider myself “misrepresenting the reality of the situation”. I said “I feel that Google has shot itself in the foot with this policy”. Misrepresenting the situation would be more saying “Google has shot itself….”, I was merely stating my opinion.
LG devices are top notch, but it’s Google that won’t support past 18 months. I’m stuck on lollipop on my g pro 2. No, can’t root a Korean model if that’s what you were thinking.
What is your source for saying Google is the reason it does not get updated?
Google itself says it won’t upgrade, but in this case maybe I meant to say LG won’t upgrade. As much as many hate Apple, Apple supports older iPhones.
U can actualy root any model of G Pro 2 . You can change stock KDZ and flash it with LG FlashTool ? Done it milion times ..you can find some threads on XDA .
BTW you can install CM 14.1 on GP2 developed and maintaned by coavasic and xenius. GL man
Thanks. Is that the file from Vietnam?
Good luck with updates.
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