LG Unveils New Google Tablet PC in U.S.

LG Electronics on Tuesday unveiled its latest tablet PC, the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition in the U.S. The gadget comes equipped with the latest KitKat Android OS.

An LG spokesman said the G Pad is the first tablet PC in the world to feature the Android KitKat OS. The previous model, which was released in October of this year, is equipped with the older Jellybean version.

Google selects specific smart devices to equip with its latest OS and markets them as the Google Play Edition. They contain Google's latest apps but the features developed by the hardware manufacturer are removed.

For this reason, the new G Pad does not have some features developed by LG such as a function that enables the screen to be activated by knocking on it twice.

The devices Google jointly develops with a manufacturer, by contrast, are given the "Nexus" title.

The latest version is the same size as the original G Pad, 8.3 mm thick and weighing 338 grams. It relies only on WiFi for connection and is sold on Google's online app store for US$349.99.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 12, 2013 12:47 KST