LG Hellas says that the LG G3 won't get Android 5.1; device could go straight to Android M

LG Hellas says that the LG G3 won't get Android 5.1; device could go straight to Android M
While Android 5.1 has been making the rounds, it appears that at least one former flagship model will not be receiving it. According to a social media post made by LG Hellas, there are no immediate plans to send out the latest Lollipop build to the LG G3. The manufacturer has recently released its current top-of-the-line handset in the LG G4, which comes with Android 5.1 pre-installed.

While the LG G3 might not receive Android 5.1, that is no reason for those currently using the device to get upset. Obviously the handset has the specs to run the new build of Android, so one theory has LG skipping ahead to Android M from the current Android 5.0 build that is powering the former flagship.

Skipping builds is nothing new to LG. After all, the LG G3 itself went from Android 4.4.2 directly to Android 5.0, skipping a couple of minor updates along the way. If this theory does pan out, LG will no doubt include all of the added features and fixes found in Android 5.1 with the Android M update.

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source: TechValue.gr (translated)

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16 Comments

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm finding Lollipop in general worth skipping. There's nothing I find lacking with my KitKat devices, and there's nothing in Lollipop that makes me want to update, never mind all the bugs. M sounds promising.

13. -ARTE-

Posts: 80; Member since: Jun 14, 2015

I've updated my Z3, and I made a big mistake. KK4.4.4 is much better. I've reverted back to Kk, with custom Rom. Beauty of Android.

4. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Android should stop releasing updates every year and increase to every 18 months instead with more significant updates. Mobile manufactures have to spend the whole year releasing update for last 3 years of phones and new update pops out even before they could get there.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

No they shouldn't. The fault lies not with Google, but the manufacturers that deviate from AOSP and the carriers insist on modifying manufacturer ROMs to suit their own needs and bloatware. Google slowing down development would only further slow manufacturer and carrier updates down the line.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

What was Google expecting when it was releasing an open source project? Google lured the manufacturers with the promise of a customizable operating system, now Google has to take their development capacities under consideration as a decent partner. Do you think that OEMs are just lazy? They hardly make any money with the difficult smartphone business, they have to keep development costs in check. You people buy less Apples and Samsungs and make a market with more plurality and then you'll get faster updates too..

21. megalosdog

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

Thank you!!! The OEM's always slow down progress with they're skins..But at least they try to put they're own touch on it, otherwise all phone would look the same!!

15. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

If only we had the choice to choose pure android and those crappy bloated UI.

6. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The way that LG took so long to get Lollipop to the G3, we'll be going on to Android "O" by the time the G3 gets Android "M". My G3 on Lollipop has all kinds of random bugs that pop up but then go away when I restart the phone. And from time to time it actually runs just as slow, if not slower than, My Galaxy S2 on Jelly Bean.

8. crankthisup

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

pocketnow.com/2014/11/08/lg-g3-lollipop-update The G3 got Lollipop before most Nexus 5 owners, so your comment makes no sense. It may not have been perfect, but that's not LGs fault, Android 5.0 was buggy on all phones.

10. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

G3 was the first phone to run android 5.0 lollipop after nexus6

11. Bobo88

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

I get the lollipop update for my G3 on november last year. The device works fine but not perfect and i am not so worrying if i get new version. The stuff i use is working well. People if you are obsessed with new relises of android, root the device and enjoy the freedom :).

12. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Great! Now I get to be stuck with 5.0.1 bugs for almost another year. Thanks a lot.

17. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

You can get it manually

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I really wish manufacturer skins would disappear. Occasionally a nugget of genius slips out, like the notification show/hide soft button on the G3/4/M9, and multi-window (although very rarely used, but I think this is going into android M). But for the most part, I don't need blinkfeed (I can use Google Now), S-Voice (I use OK Google, part of Google Now), or dedicated calendar/messaging/email apps. Not having those things is why Motorola is able to pretty much update all of it's recent phones (E/G/X) not too long after android updates occur.

19. KingQwerty

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

I don't believe this for a second but if LG does go straight to Android M for the G3 it will be at least a year from now.

20. matty032

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2015

If you read the article, the only fact is that wew ill not get Android 5.1.1. LG never states that we will get Android M. That is purely speculation. I don't believe we will get either. If by some miracle we did get M, it would be next spring for sure if you are on Verizon.

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