I never thought I’d see LG shut down its mobile division before Sony or HTC, but here we are. The South Korean company officially announced its exit from the smartphone market a couple of days ago. While the company was not explicit about the software support situation at the time, some details have emerged since then.
According to the company’s Korean website (via XDA Developers), it will continue to implement Android 11 on some of its devices. If LG follows its previously released launch schedule, the LG Wing and LG G8X are among the phones that will receive it. Surprisingly, the company even claims that it will update some of its phones to the Android 12 that has yet to be released.
The company is still silent on which phones will receive it, but it’s safe to assume that the higher-end LG phones (Wing, V60 ThinQ, and Velvet) have the best chance.
A translated version of the snippet from LG’s Korean website.
The company makes good on its promise by stating that its operating system update plans may be modified based on Google’s distribution schedule and the performance of each device while testing the update. If you were the owner of an LG phone, you wouldn’t be too optimistic that the company would stick with this; it doesn’t have a great track record with updates, especially in recent years. Now that he’s leaving the mobile space entirely, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him cut back on his upgrade plans.