Apr 12th, 2021

LG has been in the headlines over the past few weeks for all the wrong reasons. The company announced its exit from the smartphone space, but that has opened the door for more questions, primarily focused by those who still own and use various LG devices. The biggest question has been what will happen to these devices after the company’s self-imposed departure from the market.

Saying goodbye to LG smartphones and their spirit of innovation

After making its original announcement, LG followed things up by stating its promise of continuing to provide up to three years of Android updates for select devices. That answer was still too vague, as it appeared that it was only for owners of the LG G and LG V-series of devices, which fall under the flagship category. Since LG offered quite a few devices at varying price points, what does this mean for them? We now have some better clarity courtesy of LG Germany, who published its Android 11 roadmap. Here are the devices that you can expect to see updated to Android 11:

Rollout Status
LG Velvet 5G April 2021 Rolling out now
LG G8X Q3 2021 Testing
LG Velvet 4G Q4 2021 Testing
LG G8S Q4 2021 Testing
LG Wing Q4 2021 Testing
LG K52 Q4 2021 Testing
LG K42 Q4 2021 Testing

LG didn’t stop there, however, as the company’s Korean website shared some more devices that would see the update to Android 11. The problem here is that we don’t have a specific timeline, nor do we know if this means that all LG owners will see the update, or if it’s limited to device owners in specific countries. These devices include the V50, V50S, Q31, Q51, Q52, Q61, Q70, Q92, and Q9 One.

As for those “three years of promised OS updates”, LG Korea revealed a list of which devices would be updated to Android 12 and Android 13, along with others that won’t see the update past Android 12.

Android 12 Android 13
LG Wing Yes Yes
LG Velvet Yes Yes
LG Velvet 4G Yes Yes
LG V50s Yes No
LG V50 Yes No
LG G8 Yes No
LG Q31 Yes No
LG Q52 Yes No
LG Q92 Yes No

Again, it’s important to take this list with a grain of salt if you’re here in the U.S. or other markets outside of Korea. The company has yet to confirm whether the update will come to global devices or are only going to be arriving in specific regions. For all of its faults when it came to software, we’re really keeping our fingers crossed that LG follows through for its remaining customers.

Sources: LG Korea / LG Germany via Android Authority / Kbench

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