Even as Google has been rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Nexus devices, the Verizon LG G3 remains stuck with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. That, however, seems about to change: users are reporting that their smartphones have started receiving the over-the-air update for Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The update brings build number LMY47V to the Verizon G3, bumping up its firmware version to VS98535B. Verizon has yet to provide the changelog for the update, but as with most updates to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, this one will most likely include the much-needed fix for Stagefright 1.0. That said, we're not sure if it also includes the patch for the second Stagefright bug. It will also likely provide some more tweaks to Google's Material Design, improved RAM management and other bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability issues.
The update takes up considerable space at 353 MB, so users should make sure they download the update over Wi-Fi and that they have sufficient battery life during installation.
To check whether your aging G3 is ready to make the jump to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, open Settings, scroll down to About Phone, open Software updates and tap Check for updates. The update should be available for most devices. If not, there's no need to worry — it's likely to arrive in the near future.
It's not clear why Verizon has all of a sudden decided to release Android 5.1.1 to the LG G3. Many users assumed the device would be stuck in one of the older Lollipop versions and would simply skip Android 5.1.1 to get Android 6.0 instead.
As we previously reported, both the LG G4 and G3 have been confirmed to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow soon. LG's South Korean website has been spotted to have the support pages for Android 6.0 for both smartphones, specifically for the LG G4 F500S, F500K and F500L and the LG G3 F400S, F400K and F400L. The LG G2 and the LG G Flex 2, however, have not yet been confirmed to receive the update.
Meanwhile, other Android OEMs are also reportedly gearing up to deliver Android 6.0 to their smartphones, including Samsung and HTC, which are both said to be updating their newest devices to the latest Android iteration.
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