With the year coming to a close, some device owners will be looking to their manufacturers in hopes to get the latest software update for the newest version of Android. Google launched Android 6.0 Marshmallow alongside the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P earlier this Fall, and a number of devices have already received the update while plenty more are expected to see it at some point in the first part of next year. While there won’t be too many more devices, if any, getting Android 6.0 before the end of 2015, the LG G3 was one that was expected to have a possible release date sometime this month, as rumored back in the middle of November.
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Some new details having popped up over the last day or so seem to suggest that a near release of the software upgrade may actually be just around the corner, as LG has now posted the Android Marshmallow source code for the LGD885 up on their OpenSourceCode website, containing a downloadable ZIP file which weighs just over 1GB in size. The source code isn’t something that users can readily download and install on their device, as it’s no OTA, but with the source code now available it’s possible that an over-the-air software push could be coming along very soon now.
The only caveat for many people is that the source code is for the D885 model, which is the international unlocked version of the LG G3. This means that any OTA software downloads that end up rolling out to users before the end of the year may end up being just for this particular model of the phone. It’s not impossible that the unlocked U.S. model could receive the update this month, if LG pushes it out, but carrier models are highly unlikely to receive it any time soon. Verizon’s model of the LG G3 just received the update to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop back in the beginning of October, and Verizon has never been one for a quick turn around on software updates. Considering this, it could be quite a few months before carrier models end up seeing an OTA come through from their respective networks. There is of course no confirmation on the details about when LG plans to roll out Marshmallow in its final state.