LG G2 video demos performance improvements found in KitKat updateAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
LG has announced a number of new phones in recent weeks that come preloaded with Android 4.4, including the G2 mini, G Pro 2 and the L Series III family of devices. One LG device that's still without KitKat, though, is its flagship G2. The good news is that that'll be changing soon.
LG's U.K. branch has announced that the G2 is slated to begin receiving an update to Android 4.4 in mid-March. The Life's Good crew says that the G2 will gain quite a few enhancements when it makes the jump to KitKat, including more efficient music playback and a battery-saving location mode. The update will also provide a "noticeable speed boost" that LG says will enabled the G2 to run apps up to 17 percent faster.
To demonstrate its speed claims, LG U.K. posted a near 3-minute video comparing a G2 on Android 4.2.2 and another unit on Android 4.4. The KitKat-powered model was speedier in all of LG's tests, waking from sleep with its KnockOn feature 9ms faster than the Jelly Bean unit, snapping a photo 21ms faster and loading the Gallery app 118ms faster than the JB-based G2.
Because the G2 is one of LG's 2013 flagship smartphones, it's always been a question of "if," not "when," it would receive an Android 4.4 update. Some G2 owners may be getting frustrated with the wait for KitKat as they watch devices like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 receive 4.4 updates, but thankfully it looks like the G2's KitKat bump getting close and that it'll bring some pretty dramatic performance improvements with it. To see those enhancements in action, check out LG's G2 Jelly Bean vs. KitKat comparison below.