LG G5 Android Oreo rollout is underway in Korea, Western waiting prolongs
Fast forward a couple of years, and the company is not only finding it difficult to turn a profit from its long-struggling mobile division, also standing out as a big loser in terms of Oreo updates.
The LG V30, which could have easily made its market debut running Android 8.0 a year ago, barely started receiving the upgrade this past spring on US carriers, followed by the G6 in May and the V20 just a few weeks ago.
Naturally, that means the slightly older LG G5 is still stuck with ancient Nougat software, although for what it’s worth, the official Oreo rollout has reportedly finally kicked off this weekend.
Unfortunately, as always, LG is getting the ball rolling in its homeland of Korea, with all other regions likely to continue playing the waiting game for at least a few more weeks. Possibly, longer, depending on how stable the regional OS promotion is and, well, how much LG still cares about global G5 users.
Keep in mind that this was never a bestseller, which obviously doesn’t justify the company’s very slow updating progress. Especially after the inauguration of a Global Software Upgrade Center back in April that should have accelerated these things.
Currently available for two Korea-exclusive models (F700S and F700K) as an over-the-air download, the Android 8.0 Oreo goodie pack tips the scales at an unsurprisingly hefty 1.7GB or so, including all the usual performance improvements, stability enhancements, multitasking revisions, and security refinements, as well as a number of proprietary changes and add-ons.