LG G4 is world’s first non-Nexus phone to officially score Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Well, LG has done it again. Perhaps taking advantage of its somewhat privileged Google relationship, the Korean hardware manufacturer very closely follows Nexus devices with an over-the-air software update to the newest Android iteration for its latest flagship phone.
6.0 Marshmallow only hit general availability last week, and OTAs are still spreading to various Nexus oldies worldwide. Meanwhile, reports have also started coming in of M goodies seeding to Android One phones in a handful of Asian territories, but for the most part, those seem isolated events.
Besides, Android One is essentially the Nexus program’s emerging markets equivalent, and Google directly handles the software makeovers under the project’s guidelines. Bottom line, if LG can deliver on its promise to get the 6.0 ball rolling next week in Poland for the G4, that’s mighty impressive, considering the typical sluggishness of OEM-proprietary OS forks and customizations.
This is actually the second year in a row the G-series architects manage to get a head-start on their domestic Samsung arch-rivals, plus HTC, Motorola, Sony and, well, everyone else who’s still testing the Marshmallow waters.
Back in late 2014, Poland was the first country to also see a Lollipop modernization effort go out to the G3. As far as the LG G4 is concerned, “other markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas” are obviously due to follow in the coming months, and despite the remarkably early outset of the global rollout, it’s wise to not hold your breath for a happy ending by Christmas. We’re looking at you, US carriers.
Source: LG Newsroom