AT&T LG G4 owners appear to be getting an update they can’t refuse

For as much as we seem to talk about wishing our smartphones had the latest updates (especially if that means getting them before everyone else), we can be a little protective about our phones’ software, wanting a say in the process. Sure, the latest OTA to hit your phone is probably loaded with good stuff, fixing bugs or otherwise improving performance, but maybe you’re worried it might introduce new glitches, or take away functionality you’ve come to rely upon. That’s why some of us place high value on being able to manually approve such updates, only permitting installation after we’re able to give the green light. But now it doesn’t look like LG G4 users on AT&T are getting that chance, reporting installation of a new update without their input.

The small update started going out a few days back, and the only item in its release notes concerns enhancements to the AT&T address book. There’s plenty of speculation that the release does even more, including closing security holes – and that’s fueling paranoia that this update is being deployed without user input in an effort to close a recently uncovered method to gain root. So far though, there’s no actual evidence suggesting that’s the case, and the timing may just be a coincidence.

In addition to their displeasure over not being asked permission to install the update, users are reporting that their phones are kicking them out of software and rebooting as part of the update installation procedure, all without warning.

AT&T has confirmed that this update stems from the carrier itself, and not LG, but there hasn’t been any formal statement yet about these reports of automatic installation.

We’ve reached out to the carrier for comment and will update this post if we learn anything.

Source: Reddit, AT&T, 9to5 Google
Via: Droid Life


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