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And the first Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA goes out to… LG’s G3

Before Samsung and presumably before Google gets a chance to bring their flagship devices up to date, LG is kicking G3’s Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout into gear.

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We know Google would never admit to playing favorites when dealing with Android-based hardware-making partners, but it’s pretty obvious the search giant has taken a liking to LG since their collaboration on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.

While HTC claims to have barely gotten Android 5.0 source code last week, LG is ready to put out a Lollipop port for G3 users “this week”. Only users in Poland to start with, but still, you have to assume the Koreans have been working on the firmware for a while now.

After all, their custom skin may be slightly subtler than HTC’s Sense and Samsung’s TouchWiz UIs, but it’s there, and visibly alters the look and feel of stock Android. Ironically enough, if LG hurries, it could bump up the G3 before Google does the N5 and N4. Your argument, Nexus fanatics and Android purists, is starting to become invalid.

Not even Motorola is sure to update its 2014 Moto X ahead of LG’s coup, although soak testers have already received a near-final Lollipop iteration in the (electronic) mail.

In case you’re wondering how a G3 with Android 5.0 might look, a video demo is embedded below. The G3 running Lollipop is an F400S model available exclusively in Korea, but the firmware showcased isn’t official or particularly stable.

It can be grabbed online and taken for a spin by any reckless G3 owner, but under no circumstances should it be flashed on a version with a different model number than F400S. At the end of the day, it’s just there to remind us a final, fully working port is coming, and not only in Poland.

“Other key markets” will follow “in the near future”, as per LG’s press release, and there’s a good chance everyone, all over the world will get a taste of Lollipop goodies by the end of the year. Up next – the G2.

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