LG, which recently announced that it is ending phone production, has promised not to disrupt future Android updates to its phones on the market. The company, which will continue to release updates for the next three years, is behind this decision because of its lack of production.
Lg, which confirmed earlier this week that it will pull out of its phone manufacturing business altoge way, announced a commitment to release future Android operating system updates to its smartphones on the market. Velvet, Wing, G and V series phones will receive three Android updates starting in 2019 or later, based on the year they were released. Phones such as the LG Stylo and K series will receive two updates in 2020.
For example, Velvet was released with Android 10 last year, then received an Android 11 update. Looking at this commitment made by the company, it is understood that the phones will receive Android 12 and Android 13 updates. Because the announcement includes various definitions, such as a three-year commitment and a three-operating system update guarantee.
The announcement about LG phones, which are not expected to receive so many updates even when they are in the smartphone manufacturing business, sounds quite surprising. The company announced a dedicated software upgrade center in 2018, but changed little about the Android update status. Also, most premium phones were not scheduled to receive an Android 11 update until the end of 2021. This suggests that the update decisions are sudden.
It was evident in financial reports at the end of 2020 that the company, which has lost $4.5 billion since 2016, was struggling financially and had a global market share of 1.91 percent in the smartphone sector.