LG V20, LG G5 Dropped From Security Bulletin List, Future Software and Security Updates Unlikely
LG launched the LG V20 in September 2016 while the G5 was announced in earlier at the Mobile World Congress in February 2016. That means both flagship models are more than two years old. Thus, LG seems to have finally removed them from the list of models that will get any security update.
XDA Forum Moderator Redline recently discovered that the LG V20, as well as the G5, are no longer listed on LG’s Security Bulletin webpage. The archive of the page on the Wayback Machine as at December 13 still had the models listed. However, the latest security bulletin saw both models missing.
LG is one of the major Android OEMs that agreed with Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended program. That means LG must offer at least four security updates within one year of the phone’s launch. The program also recommends Android OEMs to provide flagships smartphones with security updates for at least two years. However, LG will still offer security and OS updates for the G6 and G7 series, V30, V35, V40, CV series, LV series, LG Stylo (SF3), and Q series.
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.