LG G5 users are in for a treat since the much-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update is now available for the device, just in time for the holiday season.
The latest Android firmware was released to Nexus, Pixel C, and Android One devices on August, but it’s still not available for most Android devices. The Nougat launch for the LG G5 marks the update’s first-ever rollout to a device that originally came with Android Marshmallow.
With this release, it’s clear that LG is the winner in the race to release Android Nougat updates in the earliest possible time, beating many other OEMs including Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. This isn’t really that surprising, though, since LG has always had a good track record when it comes to releasing Android updates. Last year, it was the first OEM to release the Android 6.0 update; it rolled out Marshmallow for the Sprint LG G4 on December 2015, merely two months after the update was officially launched on Google devices. It was also the first company to release a new smartphone that runs on Android Nougat. The LG V20 appeared on store shelves just last month and came with Android 7.0 right out of the box.
LG’s secret seems to lie in efficient preparations. The company started conducted beta testing for the LG G5 under Android Nougat way back in the middle of August — a few days before the update was officially released to Nexus devices. Because of its early start, LG has had enough time to fix bugs, iron out kinks, and ensure that the Nougat update for the G5 functions as expected.
The Android Nougat update for the LG G5 is currently available only in South Korea, but LG confirms that it would be rolled out to other regions in the weeks to come. With this time frame, LG G5 owners in the United States and other areas may get the update before the year ends or even before the holiday season.
If you own an LG G5, you’ll receive a notification once Android Nougat is available for you to download. Select the “Yes, I’m in” option to download the update, then choose “Install now”. Your phone will automatically restart once installation is finished.
To manually check if the update is already available in your region, go to Settings, choose “About phone”, and tap on “System updates”. If you see a message that Nougat is available, choose “Yes, I’m in,” download the update, then select “Install now”.
Aside from the LG G5, the South Korean company is due to provide the Android Nougat update to other models like the LG G4 and LG V10. The older G3 (which was released in 2014) may also get the update, although LG has not yet confirmed if this would push through. It’s important to note that the G3 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset which, along with the Snapdragon 800, will reportedly not support Nougat. Despite this, there have been reports showing that the G3 is being tested for Android 7.0, which can mean that the two-year-old device will indeed receive the latest firmware update.
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