Canadian LG G2 receives Android 4.4 KitKat OS upgrade and new KnockCode feature

TORONTO, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - LG Electronics (LG) Canada announced today that the anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat OS upgrade for the G2 smartphone will roll out in Canada by the end of this month.

"LG is constantly striving to improve the user experience for its mobile customers and the latest KitKat OS upgrade furthers our commitment to Canadians," said Ross Snow, vice-president of Mobile Communications, LG Canada. "In addition to introducing new features, the KitKat OS upgrade for the G2 delivers a number of optimizations that enhance the entire mobile user experience. We trust that our customers will enjoy the differentiated value offered by our latest upgrade package."

With the KitKat upgrade, the G2 will play music more efficiently and support the battery-saving location mode, extending - the already outstanding − battery life and user enjoyment. The latest Android OS also provides a noticeable speed boost, allowing the G2 to run applications up to 17 per cent faster than before. It also delivers quicker web browsing, based on internal testing, thanks to the Chromium engine. What's more, a handy new feature called Google Cloud Printer makes it easy to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.

Building on the G2's existing KnockOn feature - which lets users knock the display to wake up the phone - LG is also announcing another upgrade for G2 with KnockCode in early Q2.  KnockCode is a unique new function that allows users to select a knock pattern to unlock their smartphone.  Knock the pattern on any location of the screen and the phone will unlock.

KnockCode offers greater convenience and security as the pattern is entered on a blank screen using anywhere from two to eight taps, allowing for more than 80,000 possible combinations for an unmatched level of safety and security.

Android 4.4 KitKat OS upgrade will also be made available for the new LG G Flex smartphone later in 2014.  Additional details will be made available closer to upgrade date.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is an innovator and trend leader in the global mobile communications industry. LG is driving the evolution of mobile forward with its highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery and camera optics and strategic partnerships with noted industry leaders. LG's consumer-centric products — including the flagship premium G Series models — incorporate unique, ergonomic designs and intuitive UX features that enhance the user experience. The company remains committed to leading consumers into the era of convergence, maximizing inter-device connectivity between smartphones, tablets and a wide range of home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visit www.LG.com.

About LG Electronics Canada
The LG brand was established in 1995. The company is a global leader in electronics, information and communications products, with more than 117 operations around the world, and annual worldwide revenues of more than US $49 billion. LG Canada is comprised of five business units - Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Home Entertainment, Business Solutions and Commercial Air Conditioning. The company has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. LG Canada is focused on delivering award-winning products known for blending style and technology. These innovative products include cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptop computers and home appliances. For more information please visit www.LG.com

SOURCE LG Electronics Canada, Inc.

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