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LG V20, LG G5 Dropped From Security Bulletin List, Future Software and Security Updates Unlikely

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LG V20, LG G5 Dropped From Security Bulletin List, Future Software and Security Updates Unlikely
Highlights
  • LG G5 was the company’s first modular smartphone
  • LG V20 was among the first phones to launch with Android Nougat
  • The company has stopped software support for both these smartphones

Smartphone maker LG seems to be dropping software support for the LG G5 and the LG V20. The LG G5 was the company's first smartphone that came with a modular battery and a couple of mods like the Bang and Olufsen DAC which enhanced the audio quality on the smartphone. The other smartphone, the LG V20, was launched a couple of months after the G5 and was the company's first smartphone to run Android Nougat out-of-the-box.

LG recently dropped these smartphones from its Security Bulletin webpage where they were listed until last month. What this means is that the company will no longer ship security updates or Android version upgrades for these devices.

These smartphones were launched back in 2016 with a promise of two years of software updates for the device. The LG G5 (Review) was launched with Android Marshmallow and was updated to the Nougat and then to Oreo. Whereas the LG V20 which launched with Android Nougat only got updated to Android Oreo. With the device being dropped from the security bulletin list, it looks unlikely that the device will get an Android Pie update officially. The development was first reported by XDA Developers.

People who bought the LG V20 back in 2016 looking at LG's promise of 2 years of software update would be disappointed - since it should've been running on Android Pie instead of Oreo that it will now be stuck with.

The G5 was the first and the only modular smartphone from LG, which stopped the modular approach after the phone failed to make a significant impact. We liked the LG V20 when we reviewed it as it managed to bag a perfect score for its cameras in our review

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good screen
  • Excellent cameras
  • Fantastic performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Good fingerprint sensor
  • Modular design
  • Bad
  • Expensive
  • Questionable build quality
  • Only 32GB internal storage
  • Only one optional module currently available
Display5.30-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity2800mAh
OSAndroid 6.0.1
Resolution1440x2560 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Genuinely useful secondary screen
  • Great camera quality
  • Excellent screen
  • Good battery life
  • Removable battery
  • Should be able to survive drops
  • Bad
  • Software bloat
  • Flagship-level pricing
  • Doesn't look or feel very premium
Display5.70-inch
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Front Camera5-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity3200mAh
OSAndroid 7.0
Resolution1440x2560 pixels
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Aditya Shenoy

Aditya has been reviewing gadgets for over 5 years now and began his career reviewing smartphones. He began reviewing smartwatches when Android Wear was a thing and continues to review fitness wearables. An audiophile, he also reviews audio products every now and then. While reviewing smartphones keeps him busy during the week, he loves to unwind by going on long drives over the weekends. A thorough petrolhead who loves technology and can talk about bhp and GHz all day long.

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