LG G2 gets Android 4.4.2 in Korea, along with 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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G2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

2. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

10. kindasport

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

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

4. gabrielvoica

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 05, 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...

7. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

no, htc got it too

8. gabrielvoica

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 05, 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...

9. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 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

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

6. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 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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