LG G3 owners in South Korea can finally count themselves among the elite few with the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. The smartphone manufacturer has started rolling out the new update over the air.
LG revealed the update in a Korean blog post earlier this week, stating that the upgrade will land on all three carriers in South Korea (SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus) sometime this week. As usual, over-the-air updates come with a caveat — they don’t hit all devices at once. They are pushed out in batches, so some LG G3 owners in South Korea will get it before others. For those who don’t feel like waiting around, LG also said the update would be downloadable through its mobile website.
This isn’t the first Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the LG G3. The South Korean-based conglomerate pushed out Lollipop for the LG G3 in Poland two weeks ago as an initial test through launch.
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“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” LG Electronics Mobile president and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park said. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”
LG has not revealed when Android 5.0 will be available for the G3 in other regions, although a release on home turf usually means other countries will soon follow. There are, however, some kinks that might hold up a further rollout.
Android 5.0 users across the board are complaining that the update brings some unwanted baggage along with it. Reports indicate that Wi-Fi connectivity and audio suffer once Lollipop is installed. Those with a 2012 Nexus 7 claim that the new firmware basically renders the device unusuable. It seems that Lollipop wreaks havoc with Adobe Air, a popular tool used in many indie games and apps.
Google has taken note of the complaints, and the Mountain View search giant has yet to push out Android 5.0 for some of its Nexus devices, which are usually the first ones to receive a new Android. Still, Lollipop has garnered favorable reviews across the board from the tech community, and the bugs should surely be ironed out over the coming weeks.
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