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LG promises three years of Android updates despite exiting phone business

LG has announced that it is committed to releasing future updates to the Android operating system on many of its smartphones, although it confirmed earlier this week that it will be exiting the phone business altogether. Velvet, Wing, and G and V series phones from 2019 or later are expected to receive three Android updates from their release year, and “select 2020 models such as LG Stylo and K-series” will receive two updates .

For example, the Velvet was released last year with Android 10, and its Android 11 rollout is currently underway. That means it should also get Android 12 and 13 at some point, assuming Google continues its annual cadence. LG variously describes the announcement as a “three-year commitment” and “three OS update guarantee.”

The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise because LG phones generally wouldn’t have been expected to receive so many updates, even though LG was actually in the phone business. The company announced a dedicated “Software Upgrade Center” in 2018, but little or nothing has changed in its Android update situation. Most of its latest premium phones aren’t expected to receive Android 11 until late 2021.

Earlier this week, LG’s Korean website reported that select models will also receive an Android 12 update.