LG seems to be the dark horse in the race to release its first Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its premium flagship smartphones, the G3 D855 and the G3 F400S, as it recently announced that it would release its first Lollipop update in the coming week.
LG G3 D885 owners are in for a pleasant surprise, as some industry insiders going by the name LGBBS have caught hold of the first lollipop firmware based on the latest build LRX21M, which is better known as the KDZ firmware.
The KDZ firmware has now been sold out to XDA Developers for $200, with due credit to the fund- raising campaign from the XDA community.
Contrary to fan expectations that Google could be the first to roll out official Lollipop OTA updates for its Nexus line of devices, first Motorola and now LG have stepped up to the occasion to impress their loyal users, while grabbing the spotlight away from their competitors.
The Nexus line-up comprising Google's flagship phones has suffered a setback owing to a weird battery hog bug in the final Lollipop build (LRX21M), and consequently, this has forced Google to hold back the release of its first Lollipop update for these devices.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop Build LRX21M for LG G3 D855 is now available for free download via KDZ firmware uploaded by senior member of XDA forums, rainbowsixpro1.
The LG G3 F400S had earlier received a yet unfinished Lollipop update with build LRX16E, which was also leaked in KDZ format via XDA developer forums by timmytim.
The LRX16E firmware build was later discarded as unstable and buggy by XDA developers, and this has lead to the arrival of the final build LRX21M via KDZ firmware.
LG users should note that the leaked firmware will work only with the international variant of G3 with the model number D855, and trying to install this build on incompatible models may brick the device.
As The Android Soul reports, it is imperative to note that LG G3's Lollipop update brings the native UI while missing out on the new notification bar swipe-down toggles menu from stock Android 5.0 Lollipop by Google.
Among other tweaks, LG has added the Lollipop colour scheme to the notification bar, while dropping off the new Battery, Network and Wi-Fi icons in status bar from stock lollipop on the new G3 update.