With the LG G6 not yet available for purchase at least until March 10 for those in South Korea, the only worthy LG G series phone to look at is the 2015 LG G4.
The LG G4 was unveiled in April 2015 and back then, the flagship came preinstalled with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The South Korean tech giant has since then followed it with an update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but from the look of things, this will be the last official software update the phone will be receiving.
This is a new development and a shocking one as well, especially since the LG G4 is less than two years old as at the time of this writing, but it gets even worse for those using the LG V10. In fact, the latest Android 7.0 Nougat was launched in August 2016 and back then, the G4 was just over one year old while the V10 came in less than a year before Nougat was launched, meaning that both are supposed to be covered by the usual two-year period for rolling out updates to Android devices – at least for Google-owned devices.
When the LG G5 led the way as far as the update to Android 7.0 Nougat is concerned, many were hopeful that the LG G4 will be the next patient since the LG V20 came preinstalled with the OS. But it seems there won’t be any Nougat update for LG’s 2015 lineup.
The apparent confirmation that the LG G4 and LG V10 will not be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat comes from a South Korean customer rep for the company. When asked by an XDA member regarding the availability of the OS for the 2015 flagships, the rep said that there won’t be a Nougat release for these phones in South Korea.
While it is easy to console LG G4 and V10 users with the fact that the said info only covers the Korean market, also, the fact that this is LG’s home may prove otherwise. However, all is not lost as you can still get Android 7.0 Nougat installed on your G4 and V10 thanks to the many custom ROMs out there, but make sure that you know your way into these ROMs before attempting to flash one on your phone.
Despite the confirmation that no Android 7.0 Nougat will be coming to the LG G4 and V10, users of the phones can still have something to smile about as monthly updates will not be stopped, but these will be based on Android Marshmallow.