LG G Pad 8.3 KitKat update – how to install and enable ART

The long awaited KitKat (Android v4.4.2) update for the LG G Pad 8.3 is finally here in the UK! Users can simply update their tablets by following these simple instructions:

  • Go to the Settings menu
  • Scroll down on the left side and select ‘About tablet’ at the bottom
  • Choose Update Center
  • Choose Software Update
  • Choose Check now for update

This should find the update, download it and then prompt you to install it. This will require two reboots of the tablet (done automatically) and takes a reasonably long time to do, but no user input is required.

LG G Pad 8.3 settings 4.4.2

The update does not present any massive differences; there are some fixes under the hood and performance improvements however. It does seem a lot smoother in everyday operation, and features the new Android Runtime (ART) which improves the performance of apps.

To access this setting, you need to get to the Developer options page. To do so, go to Settings, then About tablet, then Software information. Tap Build number several times, eventually Developer options will be enabled and appear in the menu to the left. Select this, choose ‘Select runtime’, then choose Use ART.

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