LG will be the first mobile manufacturer and its G4 will be the first non-Nexus smartphone to latest Android Marshmallow mobile operating system. LG G4 is the flagship smartphone from Korean company this year.
LG says that the G4 users in Poland will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow beginning next week with other markets to follow later. Google started updating its Nexus devices with the newest flavour of Android from October 5. Most OEMs have confirmed which devices will get the update but haven’t announced when will the updates will be rolled out.
Android upgrades have been slower for years now and considering that most devices don’t even see the light of new OS. While Google claims 1.4 billion 30-day active Android devices with no. of devices doubling in Indonesia and Vietnam, Android still fails to match on adoption rate.
According to Google’s own statistics, nearly 38.9 percent of Android devices still run Android 4.4 Kitkat while Jelly Bean is installed on 30.2 percent devices. Android Lollipop currently holds a user base of 23.5 percent.
“By working closely with Google, LG has been able to bring Android 6.0 to the G4 ahead of any of our competitors. While speed alone isn’t an indicator of great service, it does go a long way toward giving consumers the confidence that LG is committed to its existing customers first,” said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company.
Google unveiled Marshmallow at Google I/O and officially launched with latest Nexus devices at its October 29 event. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings improvements to material design along with new Google Now on Tap contextual search and Doze which considerably improves the battery life of smartphones when left idle for a long time.
LG notes that the details of the Android Marshmallow upgrade schedule will be announced in individual markets and also will announce the affected models.