LG Google device not a Nexus 8, after all: Google Play Edition G Pad 8.3
Yesterday we told you about the LG V510, an unknown device that showed up in a file labeled as a “Google open” model. We knew the G Pad 8.3 was LG’s model V500, so speculation quickly turned to the idea of a mid-sized Nexus tablet – a Nexus 8, if you will – to complement the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Well, it hasn’t taken long at all for the truth of the matter to come to light, and today we learn that the LG V510 isn’t a new Nexus model at all, but instead may be the very first Google Play Edition tablet.
The answer comes as straight from the horse’s mouth as you can get it: it’s right on LG’s site. Doing a search through the company’s open source codebase reveals an archive for the LG V510; inside, we find numerous references to “LG-V510(G-Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition).”
While we always like to see new Nexus hardware, even this outcome sounds pretty darn good; all too often, GPE hardware is unaffordable in the eyes of many users, not willing to pay full, unsubsidized prices. Instead, we already see the G Pad 8.3 sell for around $300-$350, so this could not only be the first GPE tablet, but the most affordable GPE model to date.
From LG’s V510 archive:
– Download original android source code ( Kitkat 4.4_r1 ) from http://source.android.com
– Untar opensource packages of LG-V510(G-Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition)_Android_KK_V510xxx_Android.tar.gz into downloaded android source directory
– And, merge the source into the android source code
– Run following scripts to build android
a) source build/envsetup.sh
b) lunch full-eng
c) make -j4
– When you compile the android source code, you have to add google original prebuilt source(toolchain) into the android directory.
– After build, you can find output at out/target/product/generic
Update: the first image of the V510 has just turned up.