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JohnA2u

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I just got word that the Le Pan Mini is upgradeable to Android 4.4.  A lot of factors will dictate if that will actually happen.  Below is a quote from my most recent conversation with them.

"Le Pan mini is upgradable to android 4.4. I got word from our software department.  Google is giving out their latest firmware to the tier one customers like Samsung, Lenovo, etc. first.  We probably will get the firmware in Feb., or March.  We will have to wait and see if we will roll out firmware upgrade.  To us, each upgrade will cost a lot of money and man power.  If there will be no new release of android firmware, we may do it.  We will go 4.4 directly (bypass the 4.3).  But if google is planning to release something new, 5.0, or something, we may have to wait to do the new one.  So that's is the situation for us.  Frankly, Le pan mini is not selling like the le pan II, Le Pan S. The quantity sold will also be a factor for doing upgrade, too."

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 03:46:11 PM »
John - I just got my mini (in less than 36 hrs I might add) and after signing on, one of the first things it wanted me to do was a system update.  It came with 4.2.2 so I wonder where I'm going.  Seems quite long, 300+ min @ 16 to 34kbs.


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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 08:12:54 PM »
Ok so after 3 hours, the update was "Touch Panel Firmware UDI-19 to UDI-25".  Could have been 4.4    :P

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 12:56:13 AM »
Tell them to lower the price on Amazon, and make it available from more than just one seller in Canada. I bet they would sell a lot more. They should be sending them to PCMag, Engadget, etc. to be reviewed also. I just don't see them pushing it. I'm sure they've sold quite a few at Office Max though.

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 10:15:33 AM »
Yeah, it is hard to fathom how they can complain about lack of sales when there are so few places to buy it.  Maybe they are having a hard time getting the major buyers to put it in their catalogs.  When the S came out they sold it on hsn and the little "units sold". Counter showed 6000 units on the first day.

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 11:43:53 AM »
Too busy selling wine and polo ponies to pay much attention to tablet marketing perhaps? :)
One battery repaired LePan S w/ 64GB SD, One Nextbook Premium 8 HD w/ 32GB SD
One crippled AndroidOS 1st gen Kindle Fire which Amazon stupidly decided to build without an SD slot
One Sero 7 Pro for the teenager, One Leap Pad 2 and Kurio Touch for the Tiny Tyrant, and a semi-smart LG840

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 12:41:33 PM »
The fact they were too cheap to get vendor status @ CES tell a big part of the story. Over branding the same model tells a lot as well. It implies a lock of commitment to brand and reputation.

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2014, 02:20:51 PM »
True enough. You don't become an 'established brand' if you persist in operating more like any other 'no name' white box manufacturer. LePan needs to make the decision as to whether they truly want to 'grow up' , or simply keep acting like a toddler dressing up in 'grown up' clothing and pretending. Don't get me wrong, I still consider my LePan S to be an exceptional value, but part of that viewpoint is due to the fact that I was one of the lucky ones that only paid $130 for one, which was no where near the selling price LePan had originally intended for the S.

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One battery repaired LePan S w/ 64GB SD, One Nextbook Premium 8 HD w/ 32GB SD
One crippled AndroidOS 1st gen Kindle Fire which Amazon stupidly decided to build without an SD slot
One Sero 7 Pro for the teenager, One Leap Pad 2 and Kurio Touch for the Tiny Tyrant, and a semi-smart LG840

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 05:33:31 PM »
That is the thing we need to remember.  Cost.  I paid 129.00 for my Mini.  At that price I just don't think you could find a better value.  Plus the fact is Le Pan has stood behind their products.  I returned 2 Le Pan ll's for no hdmi.  They paid 2 way shipping and included a free hdmi cable to everybody that returned one for that issue.   Serveral people here have exchanged their S models for battery failure.  Plus Le Pan has put out firmware upgrades for the last 2 major models they have built.  So really not a bad record.

Le Pan is a hard company to place.  It is a good product and they are trying to give good service but they are by no means in the same league as Samsung.  They are a definate step up from your average white box tablet though.  I have to say I truly love my mini and big part of that love is I love that I could afford it!

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2014, 07:32:25 PM »
Hi, John! I bought a Mini. I am awaiting the delivery, but I won't be holding my breath for KitKat. Sheesh, I don't even know when it will roll out for my Galaxy Note 3. But, I am looking forward to comparing mini-notes. I saw your review on Amazon.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Asus TF300 Transformer Pad with Dock, three notebook pcs....and, the Le Pan Mini.

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2014, 12:06:02 AM »
Hi Barskin, I think you will love the mini.  Of all the tablets I've had it is my favorite by far.  It is so insanely light and thin yet so quick and responsive.  I love it.  I'm glad you found us.

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2014, 03:12:24 PM »
John - I was reading a mini review and came across this statement "Moving Apps from Tab to SD (no go), but I contacted support and they are working on a firmware solution (coming soon)?"

Have you ever heard about this from Le Pan or do you think it is wishful thinking.  I know this is a general Android issue but it would sure be nice.

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Re: Le Pan Mini 4.4 upgrade? The word from Le Pan, maybe, maybe not.
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2014, 06:41:07 PM »
I know that a manufacturer can enable or disable specific features of android.  For example the mini running 4.22 gives the option to select default storage location.  Internal or sdcard.  My Dell running 4.2.2 doesn't have this as an option. 

Even when move app to sdcard is available in settings it usually just moves them to another partition of the internal storage and not to the external card.  So most of the time it is kind of a pointless feature anyway.
Le Pan l running 2.2 can move apps to the external card and I think the S running 4.1 can do it to.  (Not sure of that though since I don't have one any more)
Le Pan ll  can't because it has sdcard2 as the external card and the mini has sdcard ext. So out of luck there too.

As far as I know it just isn't a part of android anymore. 

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