The report comes from the newly refreshed Android Software Updates support page from Optus. The listing for the LG G5 shows that Android 7.0 is currently in testing for the smartphone and it is “expected” to be released for those customers in mid-November. LG did offer a small number of LG G5 owners in South Korea a way to get the Android 7.0 update as part of a preview program earlier this year.
It’s important to keep in mind that system update schedules from wireless carriers are not always 100 percent reliable and they can, and usually do, change. However, LG has been among the first smartphone companies to roll out Android OS updates for their older devices in the past. This makes this new schedule from Optus more believable. Unlocked LG G5 models may get the update a little earlier, and of course other carriers will likely roll out the Nougat upgrade on their own schedules after they test the OS out.
The LG G5 launched earlier this year and was one of the first mainstream smartphones to embrace the modular trend. The company launched “Friends” accessories. including camera and speaker modules, that connected directly to the phone. Even with these “Friends”, the LG G5 was something of a sales disappointment for the company. LG hopes to bounce back with the launch its latest smartphone, the LG 20. The smartphone, which comes with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. will officially launch on October 28 in the US.