LG G2 Set To Receive Android 5.1.1 Lollipop While Newer Devices Might Skip To Android M


The LG G2 may be two years old which means, in the world of smartphones, that's about equivalent to an entire century. However, not even the device's age can stop its South Korean maker from giving it some Lollipop love.

Even as newer devices, such as the LG G3 and LG G Flex 2, are languishing behind on Android 5.0 Lollipop, LG started rolling out the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to the G2 in April. This is why we're not surprised to find out that LG is reportedly getting ready to seed Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to its 2013 flagship smartphone.

The news comes from the German website of Android Pit, which cites sources coming directly from LG's software development department in South Korea. Android Pit's sources say LG is already preparing the latest version of Android Lollipop for the G2, upon which LG's own LG UX 4.0, its custom Android interface, is based.

Although no changelog has been provided, users should expect many of the same features that users of the LG G4 running on LG's latest UX are already enjoying. An image shared by Android Pit shows the firmware update will bring the same system onscreen buttons to match the style of Android Lollipop, although it seems the icons will still remain the same as the G3.

However, the latest update, which is slated as LMY488, is not expected to arrive this month or even next month. Android Pit's sources claim Android 5.1.1 will not become available for the G2 in the next couple of months, so users who are waiting with bated breath should do well to distract themselves until September finally comes around.

Meanwhile, users of the G3 and G Flex 2 are up in the air over whether their smartphones will receive Android 5.1.1 or not. The Android Lollipop update has hit these devices with numerous technical problems, most prominent of which are the Wi-Fi and connectivity issues that are preventing users from being able to access the Internet on their handsets.

Reports earlier claimed that both smartphones will be skipping the Android 5.1.1 update and will jump ahead to Android M, a beta version of which Google has already released to developers for testing.

The upcoming Android version is said to have a new Doze feature that will dramatically increase power saving and lengthen battery life and fine-grain App Permissions to give users more control of what information they want to give their apps.

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