It’s a well-known refrain that LG doesn’t really update its devices. The LG Optimus G, a well-made and competitive Android phone released in November 2012, was released with Android 4.0.3, and was updated once to Android 4.1.2 in March, 2013.
In spite of the fact that the Nexus 4 was based on nearly-identical hardware, LG practically abandoned the Optimus G, stranding it on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, while the Nexus 4 continues to be updated directly by Google. If that isn’t a clear-cut indictment of the OEM/carrier update process, I don’t know what is.
LG seems to be getting their stuff together on the update front, though. The G2, released at the end of September on Android 4.2.2, was just updated to KitKat last week. The LG G Flex, coming exclusively to Rogers in early April, will launch on Android 4.2.2, but will be updated to KitKat “later this year.” The record is improving, but it’s certainly not perfect.
According to French carrier, SFR, LG will issue an update for the Optimus G this summer, bumping it three versions, from Android 4.1.2 to 4.4.2. This is unprecedented in the Android community, and will hopefully save the device from premature obsolescence.
We’ve reached out to LG Canada to see if this will come to Canada, but we’re not holding out hope. If you’re using an Optimus G, how is the phone faring 16 months later?