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LG bypassing Jelly Bean and going straight for the KitKat

LG will completely bypass Android 4.3 on many of its devices as it looks to update a large number of smartphones to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Related: Google Android 4.4 KitKat review

It’s being reported that LG and the Korean OEM working on its devices have been told that many of the devices will be updated straight to the latest version of Google’s OS thus completely missing Android 4.3 and in some cases Android 4.2.

Phone Arena quotes a tipster that names a number of models that will make the leap including the Optimus F3, Optimus F6, G Pad 8.3, G Pro Lite, Optimus F7, Optimus L9 II, Optimus Vu II, VU III, G Flex as well as the unannounced LG-D315 and LG LS740.

The same source also pointed out that the Optimus 4X HD, powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip, would be staying with Android 4.1.2.

This latest morsel of news backs up the earlier rumours that LG is set to go big on Android 4.4 KitKat with as many as five new smartphones running the OS version being readied for an unveiling at MWC 2014 in Barcelona next month.

Google first released Android 4.4 KitKat back in November alongside the Google Nexus 5, which was the only device to have the OS version on launch day, and it has a raft of changes that are aimed at reducing the fragmentation of Android.

One reason that LG is updating many of its devices straight to Android 4.4 is that Google has designed the new OS with the view that it can be used successfully across a varied range of devices and supports those that have as little as 512MB of RAM.

Other features that the new OS version includes are a revamped user interface style, smarter calls, screen recording, support for printing, and various other small tweaks.

Related: A closer look at Android 4.4 KitKat: The most important Android update in a long time

The most popular version of Android in terms of market share is still Jelly Bean on 60 per cent, which encompasses Android 4.1.2, 4.2, and 4.3, with the increased roll out of KitKat likely to contribute to its fall over the coming months.