As a result, LG officially announced today that it will close its smartphone division. While the news saddened many fans and sent others down the nostalgia street, existing LG phone users remained in the dark about the software update situation for the foreseeable future. And given the fact that the company doesn’t have a particularly stellar record of Android updates even for its existing flagships, the chances of an Android 12 upgrade are even smaller. However, there is still some hope of how The South Korean electronics giant has promised to bring out an Android 12 update for at least some of its phones.
LG hopes to keep buyers of its high-end phones happy, but the odds are slim
According to a support page discovered by the staff at XDA-Developers on the LG Korea website, the company currently has an Android 12 update in development for some of its phones. While the company hasn’t disclosed what those few phones are, they are most likely high-end devices like the LG Wing, Velvet, and a few others in the flagship “V ThinQ” and “G ThinQ”. However, The introduction of the Android 12 update depends on Google’s own distribution plan.
But more importantly The broader rollout of the Android 12 update will depend on how well it performs on the target devices. And if there are major performance issues, the company won’t move on. In simple terms, LG will not release the Android 12 update at all if there are major issues. LG has already started moving its employees in the telephone department to other departments. Therefore, it is likely that software development will be low on staff and resources, which also means that the likelihood of existing bugs being fixed is also low.
It would be a shame if relatively new and expensive devices like the LG Swivel-Screen Wing, LG Velvet, and LG V50 ThinQ didn’t get the Android 12 upgrade at all. Of course, LG has nothing to lose from bad PR if it can’t deliver on its Android 12 promise, but it would be great to see the company make its final lap in the smartphone arena on a winning note.
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