LG has announced a promise to issue future Android OS updates to many of its smartphones, despite the fact that earlier this week they confirmed that they will leave the phone industry completely. The Velvet, Wing and G and V series from 2019 or later will receive three Android updates from the release year, and “certain 2020 models such as the LG Stylo and K series” will receive two updates.
For example, Velvet came out last year with Android 10, and the launch of Android 11 is currently underway. This means that at some point it should also get Android 12 and 13, provided that Google continues its annual cadence. LG differently describes this announcement as a “three-year mortgage”
The announcement is a bit surprising because LG phones in general had not been expected to get as many updates even while LG was actually in the phone business. The company announced a dedicated “Software Upgrade Center” in 2018, but little or nothing changed about the Android update situation. Most of the latest premium phones are not scheduled to receive Android 11 until the end of 2021.
Earlier this week, LG’s Korean website indicated that some select models would also get an Android 12 update.