LG G3, G4, G4 Stylus and Stylo will no longer receive monthly security updates


LG quietly removed some of its older smartphones from the list of device eligible for monthly security updates. If you own one of these devices, then you shouldn't expect any security updates going forward, unless LG changes its mind.

The company's security bulletins containing information about all the patches the company releases lists all the smartphones that should receive these updates. Here are all the devices that are NOT on the list any longer: LG G3, LG G4, LG G4 Stylus and LG Stylo.

LG will continue to provide security updates to some of the smartphones that are slightly newer than the ones listed above. Here they are as confirmed by the South Korean company: G series (G5, G6), V series (V10, V20, V30), Q Series (Q6, Q8), and X Series (X300, X400, X500, X cam).

If you own one of the smartphones eligible for security updates but haven't yet received the latest patch, LG says that depending on regions and carriers, these updates may be released monthly, quarterly or irregularly. So, there's that.

source: LG via Autoprime (Twitter), XDA

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17 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

SOB!!!

2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

G4 didn't even get 3 years of security updates, kind of sad.

3. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

this is why many people buy apple products and this is the main reason why im switching ... until android OEMs become more consistent and reliable when it comes to software and updates don't expect the smartphone business to change

10. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I mean the Galaxy s6/edge are still getting security updates I'm pretty sure. Both came out same year. So seems like a dick move by LG

12. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

its not just the security updates its the software in general , when i had the Note 5 i only got some security updates and the major versions of android ... and that was the unlocked version .. and now i have an htc 10 and i only got android 7 and one security update even though 7.1 have been out for months now

14. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

for some reason updating to a newer ios always made my phones slower. thats why I left apple. and the itunes sync software is just a horrible app. its a crime against humanity. I asked so many people if they ever used it and almost all said its horrible and too slow and too complicated. drag and drop FTW

4. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Agree with your statement. And yes, I'm switching to the other side as well.

5. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

We're just going back to the old days of smartphones, when a phone would get one or two, maybe three firmware updates, and then just stay the same ever after. This reminds me of the days of Symbian. My Nokia E75 was, in 2010, one year old, but it was still a nice semi-flagship phone when it was introduced in 2009, and once I bought mine, it only ever got two or three firmware updates before it was done getting updates, and they were minor things, like adding the OVI store, and introducing the chat icons to the active standby screen. Things like upgrading to the newest OS were unheard of back then. You could not take a Series 60 2nd Edition handset and update it to S60 3rd Edition, or take an S60 3rd Edition handset and upgrade it to S60 5th Edition... it was impossible! Either A) people will remember what smartphones used to be like, and will accept the lack of updates as long as the price is reasonable, or B) the OEM's that don't update their phones regularly will go out of business. In the current state of affairs, I hate to say it, but Apple has a distinct advantage if they can keep updating all of their devices for the standard five-year period consistently.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Things have changed a lot in the last decade, the operating systems are much more advanced, and used by far more people for far more things. Majority of people today do mobile banking, shop with their phones, and basically have their lives on their phones. Hacks, viruses, and malware are a much bigger problem then they were, security updates keep the system safe.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Eh..Sorry ,. You lost me at Symbian...

6. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Depends on the company. My s6 edge plus received its August security update beginning of this month. Unless you mean OS update then I've received the usual two major updates for s6 edge and a5 2016.

8. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

That's android support for you

11. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

What when lg started giving monthly updates? In 2yrs. I have received Total 3 updates total 2 minor 1 major. Lg is a joke in soft departmnt

13. lodore

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2017

Can LG do anything more to stop people from buying devices from them? My LG G4 stopped working due to them not attaching the cpu to the motherboard properly which caused a class action lawsuit due to bad design. my Lg G4 hasn't had a security patch for over a year even thou until today it said it was supported and they manage to get away with it by saying some carriers and regions may not get the patch. I haven't even got Nougat yet on my H815.

15. abhinav.snsahu

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

Google should focus more in making more Android One device. Through this they can insure availability of more secure Android device in the market

18. AceNJ

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

wow i'm pretty annoyed at this. i've only had the lg g4 for 2 years now and i like it but this is going to make me try out an iphone instead which typically gets 4-5 years of updates.

19. CAVBR

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

LG is a joke when it comes to software updates and updates from Android. The K series is totally neglected. Even the K10 is not saved. And there are branches of it that are even more incompetent, as is the case in Brazil.

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