While the newest iteration of Google’s uber-popular mobile OS managed to climb from 0.5 to 7.5 percent share in platform distribution numbers between December of last year and this month, the fact that Marshmallow hasn’t even broken double-digit ground yet is certainly disappointing.

Most semi-recent flagship phones built by tier 1 OEMs have of course been upgraded to Android 6.0 in the past couple of months or are brought to date as we speak, but the sluggish pace badly impacted adoption stats.

Then you got mid-range handhelds and tablets of all calibers launched with Lollipop pre-installed, very few of which can realistically expect major software makeovers in the near future. That was probably the case with the LG G Pad X8.3, commercially released on Verizon roughly a year ago, and shortly forgotten by everyone, including its own manufacturers.

Or so we wrongfully presumed, because as it turns out, LG and Big Red kept a close eye on the Snapdragon 615-powered 8.3-incher, working diligently behind the scenes to optimize the latest and greatest version of Android.

Now it’s time for a surprisingly early official over-the-air update, and plenty of neat add-ons are baked into it, starting with Now on Tap cards, Runtime permissions, a revised Silent Mode, Do Not Disturb, Direct Share, and easily accessible Google Settings.

Oddly enough, the changelog posted on VZW’s support pages lacks any references to Doze Mode or other battery life enhancements. Still, this is a massive step forward for the tab’s functionality and UI poise, and it’s one of the biggest surprises of the upgrade season. Nicely done, LG! Oh, alright, you too, Verizon!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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