LG has announced a pledge to issue future Android OS updates to many of its smartphones despite confirming earlier this week that itâ€™ll be leaving the phone business altogether. The Velvet, Wing, and G- and V- series phones from 2019 or later should be getting three Android updates from their year of release, and â€ścertain 2020 models such as LG Stylo and K seriesâ€ť will get two updates.
For example, the Velvet came out last year with Android 10, and its Android 11 rollout is currently in progress. That means that it should also be getting Android 12 and 13 at some point, assuming Google continues its yearly cadence. LG variously describes this announcement as a â€śthree-year pledgeâ€ť and a â€śthree-OS-update guarantee.â€ť
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The announcement is a little surprising because LG phones generally wouldnâ€™t have been expected to get that many updates even while LG was actually in the phone business. The company announced a dedicated â€śSoftware Upgrade Centerâ€ť in 2018, but little to nothing changed about its Android update situation. Most of its latest premium phones arenâ€™t scheduled to receive Android 11 until the end of 2021.
Earlier this week, LGâ€™s Korean website indicated that some selected models would also get an Android 12 update.