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LG G2 gets Android 4.4.2 in Korea, along with support for ART

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Screenshot from LG G2 Android 4.4.2 update shows support for ART

Screenshot from LG G2 Android 4.4.2 update shows support for ART

One of our loyal readers in Korea has sent us a screenshot of an LG G2 to show us that the phone is being updated to Android 4.4.2 in the country. The update was due at the end of last month and apparently has arrived just a few days late. In addition, the update will support ART, or Android RunTime. This is the new version of runtime that replaces Dalvik. The advantage with ART is that the compiler switches from "just-in-time" to "ahead-of-time."

Look at it this way. With Dalvik, when you open an app, the bytecode of the app is not compiled until you open the app. With ART, the bytecode is compiled when you install the app. This way, the app is practically all ready to run before you even open it for the first time. Based on the screenshot, it looks like Korean LG G2 owners will have the option to toggle between Dalvik and ART.

Those of you in the states are probably wondering when KitKat will arrive for your handset. Based on the latest info we have, KitKat should arrive for the LG G2 in the U.S. before the end of the first quarter, which ends next month.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

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posted on 06 Feb 2014, 03:53 3

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 322; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Seems like LG has also started to kick in the update process with Google and Samsung...
Who's next...?

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 03:56 3

2. GMS85 (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I'm an xperia Z1 owner and til this minute No any word regarding the Kitkat update am I missing something ??

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 06:52

10. kindasport (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


But it looks like they still using this overhauling UI which is awful..

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 04:13 4

4. gabrielvoica (Posts: 59; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


so,from what i know G2 is one of the very few phones that actually get ART with KitKat...none of the Samsungs is getting it,same for the Htc's and Sony's...this is great indeed and i hope to get the update soon...
great device Lg...the best android i've used until now...

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 07:51

7. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


no, htc got it too

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 08:18

8. gabrielvoica (Posts: 59; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


which one!? htc one got 4.4 kitkat without ART support...same goes for all of Samsung's models even the Note 3..and Sony,well they are still waiting for updates...

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 12:27

9. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i have the htc one and yes it does have art support so i dont know what htc one you heard of that didnt

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 04:21

5. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


cant wait to get a bit of that kitkat flava..

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 05:11 1

6. lallolu (Posts: 245; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


LG has finally understood the game. If you become known as a phone maker who does not update its phones, your phone will not sell even if it is well made with great specs.

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