LG has announced that it has released the Android Nougat update for their LG G5 smartphone in Korea, the update has been released as an over the air update.
The company also said that the update is also coming to other countries soon, this includes the US, Asia and other countries in the ‘weeks to come’.
Android 7.0 Nougat offers a range of new features designed to enhance the user experience and deliver more speed and convenience to G5 owners. For example, searches can now be conducted inside user-installed apps as well as built-in apps using Nougat’s In Apps. New Multi-window allows the user to switch between apps with a double tap or run two apps side by side. More personalized settings and smarter notifications allow users to be more productive with less effort.
“At LG, we know our customers want the best, most up-to-date mobile experience,” said Kim Hyung-jung, senior vice president and head of LG Mobile’s research and development. “Getting software updates to our users faster than the competition is our way of demonstrating that LG is committed to supporting our products and customers to ensure they have a positive ownership experience.”
As yet we do not have any details on an exact release date for the Android Nougat update for the LG G5 in the US and Europe, as soon as we get some more information, we will let you guys know.
The LG G5 'Lite' to feature tweaked specs for select markets
LG has certainly upped the ante this year in a bid to make ground on its compatriot Samsung in the Android space. Where most manufacturers tend to stick with the script when producing flagship smartphones, the LG G5 dares to dream with a quirky, modular aspect. Recognizing that some markets will probably be priced out of the market, LG is prepping a 'Lite' edition of its most coveted prize. Where it's not uncommon for vendors to produce cheaper versions for less-moneyed audiences, the LG G5 Lite may retain all of the features found in the standard model, bar processor and RAM.
The main smartphone manufacturers have long offered flagship spin-offs that usually look, and mostly function akin to the main event. Those with a keen eye for specs will have noticed that these cheaper handsets are so because they scrimp in almost every department, from processing power right down to the cameras and display resolution.
Though the Snapdragon 820 is at the very top of the tree in terms of mobile processing power, it's not necessarily the end-all, be-all to the general consumer. The Snapdragon 652 is not a flagship-level chipset, by any means, occupying the space just below the high-end mobile processors. But in this case, its presence will broaden the appeal of the LG G5 throughout markets such as Mexico and Panama.
As well as the SoC, the G5 Lite will be furnished with 3 gigs of LPDDR3 RAM, where the ordinary G5 gets 4 GB of LPDDR4. If you're chasing that cutting-edge experience, then these details will matter. But as LG seeks to mount a substantial challenge to the market leaders, the slight corner-cut could help to boost sales through these targeted markets.
Even with a stripped-down processor and slightly less, slightly slower RAM, the LG G5 Lite should appeal to many. As aforementioned, the sharp display, modular capabilities and impressive-looking shooter all remain, along with the 32 GB of expandable storage and its numerous other bells and whistles.
This isn't the first we've heard of the under-powered edition. LG actually confirmed that Latin America would be getting an alternative edition last month. At the time, it was also made clear that the Snapdragon 652 version would also not support the VR 360 headset, which presumably remains the case. But now it seems certain that the device won't be too severely handicapped, as so often occurs with cheaper flagship alternatives.
European LG G5 Pre-orders Start March 18th
We recently heard that the LG G5 would go up for pre-order in the US on the 18th of March and now it looks like European pre-orders will start the same day.
According to a recent5 report, LG will start taking pre-orders of their new flagship smartphone this Friday the 18th of March in Europe, the handset will launch on April 8th, the device also went up for pre-order on Amazon UKrecently.
The LG G5 is designed to be a modular smartphone and it will be available with a range of optional add on accessories like a camera module.
The handset is equipped with a 5.3 inch display with a 2560 x 1440 pixel Quad HD resolution, it is powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm.
Other specifications on the handset include 4GB of RAM and 32gB of storage, there is also a microSD card slot for expansion.
The device is equipped with dual cameras, on the front there is an 8 megapixel camera for Selfies and video calls and on the back there is a 16 megapixel camera with OIS, LED flash and Laser Auto Focus, it comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.