LG will start rolling out its Android 7.0 Nougat update to LG G5 owners in its home country of South Korea today, kicking off a process that will eventually update all G5s around the world in the coming weeks. The announcement comes the same day that Google's numbers show just 0.3% of Android devices have Nougat, and Samsung's beta program for testing Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge was announced.
LG isn't particularly forthcoming about what the Nougat update for the G5 includes, but in this case we have a great look at the potential design and features right in front of us with the LG V20. The software on the V20 is decidedly more muted and consistent when compared to the V20, but still retains many of LG's own tweaks in terms of its pre-installed apps and services. Overall, it's a big improvement over what shipped with the G5 less than a year ago.
As far as updates outside of South Korea go, we all know it can take some time for various regional changes to be made and for carriers to sign off on things. LG doesn't give any better timeline than "in the weeks to come."
LG BEGINS NOUGAT OS UPDATE FOR G5 IN KOREA, OTHER MARKETS TO FOLLOW
Fast Rollout of Android 7.0 Demonstrates LG's Commitment to Product Support and Customer Service as Differentiating Factors in the Smartphone Space
SEOUL, Nov. 8, 2016 ― LG Electronics (LG) today began rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat OS for the LG G5 in LG's home market of South Korea. LG, which was the first smartphone manufacturer to offer a Nougat experience out of the box with its LG V20 for content creators, has the distinction of being the first company after Google to offer Nougat as an upgrade to an existing smartphone running Android Marshmallow.
While LG G5 owners in Korea are the first to receive the OS upgrade, they will be followed by customers in the Americas, Asia and other markets in the weeks to come. Most G5 users will receive notifications on their phones when the update is available. More information will become available locally in the weeks ahead.
Android 7.0 Nougat offers a range of new features designed to enhance the user experience and deliver more speed and convenience to G5 owners. For example, searches can now be conducted inside user-installed apps as well as built-in apps using Nougat's In Apps. New Multi-window allows the user to switch between apps with a double tap or run two apps side by side. More personalized settings and smarter notifications allow users to be more productive with less effort.
"At LG, we know our customers want the best, most up-to-date mobile experience," said Kim Hyung-jung, senior vice president and head of LG Mobile's research and development. "Getting software updates to our users faster than the competition is our way of demonstrating that LG is committed to supporting our products and customers to ensure they have a positive ownership experience."