LG says it will continue to offer Android OS updates – including an upgrade to Android 12 – for some of its devices after it exits the smartphone business, but the company’s poor track record has left us skeptical that it will continue.
In its press release and on a FAQ page in the US, LG only says it will continue to provide some security and OS updates, but a page on LG’s Korean website spotted by XDA Developers specifically mentions that an “Android 12 OS upgrade will also be available for selected models.” This page also states that this is subject to change based on product performance and that the availability of updates may vary by region.
LG US didn’t share anything more specific when contacted by The edgesaying only that “LG may offer certain OS upgrades for certain models” and that “additional information on software updates will be provided in the near future”. An Android 11 update schedule has also not yet been confirmed for the US, although details on LG’s German website can give you a rough idea of what that might look like.
Unfortunately, LG was not very reliable with updates even before it decided to get out of the phone business; OS upgrades were slow, even for flagship devices. In 2018, the company tried to remedy this by setting up a Software Upgrade division, but when it came time to offer Android 9 Pie updates in early 2019, not much had actually changed.
If the company keeps its Android 12 promise, we expect it to only be a few high-profile devices, such as the Wing and V60. And since Android 11 won’t be coming to many of the company’s phones until much later this year, it will likely be a long way off even with that 12th update coming.