LG has just released a new press release in which it pledges to update its smartphones for the next three years. This wouldn’t be so odd if LG did not announce its departure from the smartphone business.
LG Electronics announced, a couple of days ago, that LG Mobile is shutting down, essentially. The company won’t be making any more smartphones moving forward. The company has been experiencing operating losses since 2015, and has decided to call quits.
The company did promise, initially, that it will continue updating its phones, but we did not know the details, until now. LG has pledged to do so for the next three years, by announcing a “three-year pledge”.
Premium LG smartphones will receive up to three iterations of Android OS
Do note that this concerns only premium LG smartphones, though. LG said that its premium phones will receive “up to three iterations of Android operating system updates from the year of purchase”.
This applies to LG premium smartphones that have been released in 2019 and later. So, it includes the LG G series, V series, Velvet, and Wing devices that fit in that time period.
Some non-premium, 2020 models will also get updates moving forward
Certain 2020 models, such as LG Stylo and K series, will also receive updates. LG says that those phones will receive two OS updates, in case you were wondering.
LG will also continue manufacturing phones through the second quarter of 2021. Why? Well, in order to meet contractual obligations to carriers and partners. So, you’ll still be able to purchase LG’s smartphones, if you want.
LG also said that you’re free to contact LG customer service support in your area, in case you have any specific questions about your smartphone, and what comes next.
LG has a sketchy history when it comes to updates, so… let’s see what happens
This is a huge promise by LG, and it will be interesting to see what will happen moving forward. LG was far from being timely with updates in the past. It took the company quite a bit of time to bring new iterations of Android to its smartphones.
The company was well-known for it, unfortunately, so it will be interesting to see what will happen here. LG did commit to updating quite a few devices in its press release, so let’s hope it will stick to that promise, and that the updates will arrive in time.