LG might discontinue software support for existing phones after exiting the market

LG might discontinue software support for existing phones after exiting the market
LG is expected to confirm its exit from the smartphone market in April and a new leak says that the announcement could come as soon as next week.

The Korean company's struggles have been very public. Up to the end of 2020, it had logged 23 straight loss-making quarters. After initially playing down reports of withdrawal from the industry, LG admitted in January that it was considering various options including sale, withdrawal, and downsizing of its mobile unit.

Negotiations with potential buyers have reportedly failed and the company is now preparing to shutter the smartphone business. Leaker Tron reports that the company will issue a formal statement announcing exit from the smartphone industry on Monday. Remaining employees will apparently be assigned to a home appliance factory in Changwon, South Korea.

Although the company had earlier promised that it would release a rollable phone this year, its production has reportedly been halted. Quirky phones like the Rollable and Wing were intended to reignite interest in the company's offerings and justify premium prices. 

The manufacturer has also reportedly canceled planned first-half releases of other new handsets. 

That's far from the only disappointing news as Tron also claims that existing LG users will stop receiving new software updates.

Even though LG will likely commit to continuing OS and security support, it would be just lip service. The company is already the slowest when it comes to updates and after withdrawal from the industry, it would have no incentive to roll out updates. 

Only a couple of its devices have been upgraded to Android 11 and a roadmap suggests it's in no rush to update other handsets anytime soon.

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