LG says it’s going to proceed to supply Android OS updates — together with an improve to Android 12 — for a few of its units after it exits the smartphone business, however the firm’s poor monitor report has us feeling skeptical it’ll comply with by means of.
In its press release and on a US FAQ page, LG says solely that it’s going to proceed to supply some safety and OS updates, however a web page on LG’s Korean web site spotted by XDA Developers particularly mentions that an “Android 12 OS improve may also be offered for chosen fashions.” This web page additionally notes that that is topic to alter based mostly on product efficiency, and that replace availability could differ by area.
LG US didn’t share something extra particular when contacted by The Verge, saying solely that “LG could provide sure OS upgrades for choose fashions,” and that “further particulars will probably be offered within the close to future on software program updates.” An Android 11 replace schedule hasn’t but been confirmed for the US both, although details posted on LG’s German website may give a tough thought of what that may seem like.
Sadly, LG wasn’t very dependable with updates even previous to its choice to get out of the telephone enterprise; OS upgrades got here slowly, even for flagship units. In 2018, the corporate tried to treatment this by setting up a Software Upgrade division, however when it got here time to supply Android 9 Pie updates in early 2019, not much had actually changed.
If the corporate does make good on its Android 12 promise, we anticipate that it could solely come to a couple high-profile units, just like the Wing and V60. And with Android 11 solely scheduled to come back to most of the firm’s telephones a lot later this yr, even when that 12 replace does come it’ll probably be a protracted methods off.