LG says it will continue to offer Android OS updates â€” including an upgrade to Android 12 â€” for some of its devices after it exits the smartphone business, but the companyâ€™s poor track record has us feeling skeptical itâ€™ll follow through.
In its press release and on a US FAQ page, LG says only that it will continue to provide some security and OS updates, but a page on LGâ€™s Korean website spotted by XDA Developers specifically mentions that an â€śAndroid 12 OS upgrade will also be provided for selected models.â€ť This page also notes that this is subject to change based on product performance, and that update availability may vary by region.
LG wasnâ€™t very reliable with updates even prior to its decision to get out of the phone business
LG US didnâ€™t share anything more specific when contacted by The Verge, saying only that â€śLG may offer certain OS upgrades for select models,â€ť and that â€śadditional details will be provided in the near future on software updates.â€ť An Android 11 update schedule hasnâ€™t yet been confirmed for the US either, though details posted on LGâ€™s German website could give a rough idea of what that might look like.
Unfortunately, LG wasnâ€™t very reliable with updates even prior to its decision to get out of the phone business; OS upgrades came slowly, even for flagship devices. In 2018, the company attempted 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 does make good on its Android 12 promise, we expect that it would only come to a few high-profile devices, like the Wing and V60. And with Android 11 only scheduled to come to many of the companyâ€™s phones much later this year, even if that 12 update does come itâ€™ll likely be a long ways off.