LG is known for long to do about rolling out Android updates for its smartphones. Also Android 9 Pie is not immediately in sight.
Last year, LG announced that it would invest in ways to improve the life of its smartphones with consistent and stable updates. At that time, users were hopeful that they would receive timely updates and gain faster access to newer versions of Android. LG has never been surprisingly good in the timely roll-out of these updates, not even for its flagships.
Still, not much seems to have changed in the situation. The company has now given more info on the Korean site about its plans for the update to Android 9 Pie. This planning shows that the newer LG devices will still be without Android 9 Pie for a while. For now, the LG G7 is the first to queue for the update, which would be available in the first quarter.
If we look at the LG G6 and the latest device, the V40, we see that only “performance updates” are planned without anything mentioned about Android 9 Pie. Especially for owners of the V40 this is pretty disappointing news, since that device is more recent than the G7, but will receive the update later. Android 9 is already available from August and other producers such as Sony and Huawei have already rolled out the update to some of their devices.
In the past year, LG has clearly tried to catch up with other producers on the smartphone platform and all in all it seems to have been reasonably successful. But if we look at the software updates, the company may add a few more teeth to the same level as the competition.
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The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :
- Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
- Better RAM Management.
- Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
- It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
- Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
- Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
- More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
- See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
- New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
- SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
- State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
- and other cool features.
Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Step 1:Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.
Step 2:Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.
Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.
Step 3:Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.
Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip