LG’s smartphone business has not gone too hot in recent years, so it came as no surprise earlier tonight when the company announced that they were closing their mobile division. For distant observers and those of us in the media, we realize how much the company has brought to the table and how the industry has just lost a key innovator. For customers, however, the closure will feel closer, as it means that they will eventually have to move on from their existing smartphones. Fortunately, LG does not want existing customers to feel the disadvantage of the news, so they have announced that they will continue to offer software updates. As it turns out, the company can even offer updates to Google̵
In a press release, LG said that it will “offer service support and software updates to customers of existing mobile products in a period that will vary by region.” For those of you who own an LG phone, you know that the company is taking its sweet time launching software updates worldwide, so you will probably not be surprised to hear about the company’s inconsistent end-of-life support plan. Over on the company’s Korean website, however, they have elaborated a little further on their software update plans.
In essence, the company says it will continue to roll out the Android 11 OS update for supported models as previously announced. In addition, they even plan to launch an update to Android 12 for some devices. However, they warn that their OS upgrade plans may be adjusted based on Google’s deployment plan and the performance of each device while testing the update. Should there be any major issues with the Android 12 update during testing, there is a chance that LG will drop the plans to release the update. We hope this is not the case, but if it is, we hope that the bootloader unlockable models will see some love from independent developers on our forums.
To date, LG has rolled out the Android 11 update to a handful of devices, including the Velvet, V60 ThinQ, and most recently the G7 One. Other phones that are expected to receive the update later this year include the G8X, G8S, Velvet 4G, Wing, K52 and K42. If the company actually manages to roll out an Android 12 update, then expect it to only land on the flagship phones that were launched with Android 10, such as the Velvet, V60 ThinQ and Wing.
H / T @Kuma_Sleepy