LG Pledges To Support Its Smartphone With Android Updates Despite Leaving The Business
LG is pledging to issue future Android OS updates to its smartphones despite confirming earlier in the week that it will be exiting the phone business for good. Among the phones to benefit are the Velvet, Wing, and G- and V- series phones from 2019 or later.
The phones should get up to three Android updates from their year of release. Also, “certain 2020 models such as LG Stylo and K series” will get two updates.
LG released the Velvet last year with Android 10, but it’s Android 11 rollout is in progress at the moment. The implication is that the phone should get both Android 12 and 13 updates at some point if Google continues to roll out new updates to Android yearly.
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LG is describing this announcement as a “three-year pledge” and a “three-OS-update guarantee”. The company’s Korean website had also indicated that some selected models would also get an Android 12 update, earlier in the week.
The website also notes that this is subject to change based on product performance, and that update availability may vary by region. On a US FAQ page, LG only said that it will continue to provide some security and OS updates.
However, I wouldn’t bank on it. LG wasn’t very reliable with Android updates even while it was an active player in the phone business. It rolled OS upgrades slowly, even for its flagship devices.
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