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LG is speeding up software updates, starting with the G6

by Justin Herrick | April 12, 2018April 12, 2018 8:00 am PST

Mobile devices that run Android aren’t always on the latest version. Actually, most of the phones and tablets roaming the world are outdated. Google has tried a bunch of different things, but its partners have failed to roll out software updates in a timely manner (if at all). This week, one of the more popular companies announced plans to get active.

LG would like to speed up the process for its customers, so it’s opening a dedicated facility in South Korea to work exclusively on software updates.

The Software Upgrade Center, located within the company’s research and development campus in Seoul, only has one purpose. It’s aiming to provide customers with a tailored experience between hardware and software. Really, all the team is doing is getting software updates out faster and maintaining stability.

Here’s how CEO Jo Seong-jin explained the decision to invest resources in this way:

“Aligning after-sales support with customers’ needs is a top priority at LG. Stable and consistent upgrades will demonstrate to our customers that LG smartphones have long and reliable lifespans.”

Last year’s flagship, the G6, is set to be the first phone with a software update coming out of the new facility. The Software Upgrade Center’s team will have Android Oreo available on the G6 later this month. After an initial roll-out in Korea, G6 owners in other markets will get to taste Oreo.

It’s fantastic news for LG’s customers, but we’ll have to wait and see if the company actually begins sending out software updates quicker than before.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...