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LG launches Software Upgrade Center for faster Android updates

LG is opening a physical facility in Seoul dedicated to software updates — and one of its first tasks will be to bring Oreo to the LG G6.

Published onApril 12, 2018

The LG G6.
  • LG has opened a facility devoted to speeding up software updates.
  • The center’s first job is to deliver Oreo to the G6, but it also hopes to spread updates to more models.
  • LG hasn’t disclosed a timetable or schedule for devices to get updates.

LG has a mixed record when it comes to Android updates, but the company is looking to change things for the better with the opening of a Software Upgrade Center.

The center takes the form of a physical facility located at the company’s R&D campus in Seoul, South Korea. LG says the facility is “aimed at providing customers worldwide with faster, timelier, smartphone operating system and software updates.”

“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,” LG wrote in its press release.

The firm says one of the first projects will be the launch of Android Oreo on the LG G6 in Korea “later this month”, followed by other markets.

Updates to cast a wide net?

Should we expect more phones to get updated? Will there be any sort of commitment to updates?

Understanding Project Treble and Android updates

“Yes, the idea is not only to cover more models but push out updates faster,” LG global communications director Ken Hong told Android Authority, adding that there wasn’t a “specific timetable or schedule” right now.

Though Android Oreo is taking its time to come to the G6 and V30, LG has been capable of speedy updates in the recent past. Here’s hoping for a return to those Nougat days soon.

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