LG plans to release the Oreo update for G6 in April

...some time in April.

So yeah, here we are almost ready to hear all about the brand new LG G7 (ooh, I've got secrets), and yet the G6 from last year hasn't received the latest update from Google.  It's been over 4 months.  The Samsung lineup has received their updates.  The Moto lineup has as well.

But LG, which in the past has had a pretty good track record for being first on those major updates (and then languishing later on), still has the G6 on Android 7.  Sure, there's not a whole heck of a lot of difference, but still.

To battle the problem for updates, LG is launching a new "Software Upgrade Center" specifically to tackle that eternal question of "when am I going to get the update?"

Now, the press release (below) makes it sound like it's an actual building, with actual people tinkering away at doing just that.  I had hoped they were already doing that, but I guess giving folks the title gives a greater sense of purpose to ensure shit gets done.

The part that really intrigued me was the bit about:

One of the first initiatives of LG’s new Software Upgrade Center will be to roll out Android Oreo for the LG G6 later this month starting in Korea, followed by other key markets.

So, it *will* get the update ... in Korea, some time this month (well it's more than halfway through now), and then other key markets after.  Luckily, Canada tends to be one of their first serviced markets for updates (usually beating the USA).

Will be fun to see how it looks on the G6 ... even though I've stuck with the Pixel.

Press Release


LG OPENS GLOBAL SOFTWARE UPGRADE CENTER FOR FASTER SMARTPHONE UPDATES

Investing Significant Resources Toward Extending Smartphone Lifespan

SEOUL, Apr. 12, 2018 — LG Electronics (LG) today opened the doors to its new Software Upgrade Center in South Korea, the first such facility aimed at providing customers worldwide with faster, timelier, smartphone operating system and software updates. Located in LG’s new research and development campus in Magok-dong, western Seoul, the Software Upgrade Center is just one of the ways LG is demonstrating its commitment to customers’ needs.
The Software Upgrade Center will not only be charged with developing and delivering regular OS updates for LG smartphones, it will also be responsible for ensuring a consistent user experience on LG devices by continuously testing the stability and compatibility between hardware and software after updates.
The creation of the center will enable LG to roll out OS updates faster in countries where LG smartphones are available to ensure that customers around the world receive the same level of quality service. One of the first initiatives of LG’s new Software Upgrade Center will be to roll out Android Oreo for the LG G6 later this month starting in Korea, followed by other key markets.
“Aligning after-sales support with customers’ needs is a top priority at LG,” said Mr. Jo Seong-jin, CEO of LG Electronics. “Stable and consistent upgrades will demonstrate to our customers that LG smartphones have long and reliable lifespans.”
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