LG unveils G Pad 8.3 with Android KitKat in U.S.

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LG unveils G Pad 8.3 with Android KitKat in U.S.

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LG Electronics yesterday released the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, the world’s first tablet featuring the latest Android operating system.

The tablet, working on Android 4.4, better known as KitKat, went on sale immediately in the United States. Plans for sales in other countries, including its home turf Korea, have yet to be disclosed.

The G Pad 8.3 is the third device LG has produced in conjunction with Google, after the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.

“LG’s working relationship with Google has always been strong and our collaboration on the first-ever Google Play Edition tablet is proof of that commitment,” Park Jong-seok, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said in a statement.

“The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is a device with hardware and software that has been optimized for a truly consumer-friendly experience. There’s nothing else like it out there in the marketplace.”

Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is equipped with the Android 4.3 operating system, or Jelly Bean.

The pad will be available in one color only, Indigo Black, and sold at $349.99.

LG rolled out the G Pad 8.3, its first full HD tablet, in October. It is the company’s first new tablet in nearly two years.

BY MOON GWANG-LIP [joe@joongang.co.kr]

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