On April fifth, LG confirmed its plans to exit the smartphone business by July thirty first. However in a shock twist, the corporate now promises three years of Android OS updates for “premium” telephones launched 2019 and later, plus two years of updates for choose funds handsets launched in 2020.
LG’s press release is a bit obscure and doesn’t embrace a concrete timeline for its gadgets. However the firm confirms that G-series, V-series, Velvet, and Wing gadgets launched 2019 and later fall underneath its “premium” label. These gadgets will obtain three years of OS updates from their launch date—that means that 2020 handsets just like the LG Wing and Velvet, which launched with Android 10, will full their lifecycle operating Android 13 (assuming that Google maintains its yearly replace schedule).
As for funds handsets, LG confirms that “sure 2020 fashions corresponding to LG Stylo and Okay collection will obtain two OS updates.” In different phrases, telephones just like the LG K62 and the LG Stylo 6 will finish their lifecycle operating Android 12. On the time of writing, LG hasn’t confirmed if different 2020 funds handsets just like the LG Xpression Plus 3 will obtain long-term replace assist.
Whereas we’re unhappy to see LG go away the cellphone enterprise, it appears that evidently this was the absolute best final result for individuals who really personal an LG handset. LG has by no means been nice at updating its telephones, and gadgets lined underneath this assure most likely wouldn’t make it by three years of updates if LG had determined to remain within the sport.
Anyway, don’t anticipate these updates to return in a well timed method. LG’s 2020 gadgets are nonetheless operating Android 10 and aren’t scheduled to get their Android 11 replace till the tip of this 12 months. There’s additionally the likelihood that LG will fail to satisfy its promise, which is one thing to bear in mind should you’re considering of shopping for a reduced LG cellphone.