LG V510 isn’t the Nexus 8, it’s the G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition
Remember the LG V510 tablet? This has been leaked a few times so far, but we’ve been quite confused as to what it actually is. The first few rumors talked about it being the next Nexus 10 tablet. Then a service manual for it got leaked and we found out that it actually has an 8.3-inch touchscreen, just like the G Pad 8.3. So people naturally assumed that it would become the first ever Nexus 8 tablet.
Well, it’s neither a new Nexus 10 nor a Nexus 8. The LG V510 has been unmasked today, and it’s the G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition. This would be the first ever tablet to get a Google Play edition, joining the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. These Google Play edition devices run stock Android, and not whatever skin their manufacturers usually use. That’s why they get updates to new Android versions a whole lot faster than their non-Google Play edition siblings. That said, the respective manufacturers are still responsible for the updates, so they may arbitrarily stop issuing them at some point in the future – keep that in mind.
Still, for the hardcore Android enthusiasts this program is a way in which to get the latest and greatest hardware paired with stock, bloat-free Android. So we’re assuming the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition will be well received.
The details about the V510 being a Google Play edition version of the G Pad 8.3 come from LG itself posting some open source files for the device on its official website. If you unzip the source file, you’re presented with three files, two of which call the tablet the G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition. That should settle this debate, then.
Via Droid Life