LG was the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box (the LG V20; read our hands-on here), and it is continuing the streak today by becoming one of the first OEMs to start rolling out Nougat to an existing device. The LG G5 has begun receiving an update to Android 7.0 in the company’s home country of South Korea, with the update to soon follow in the “weeks to come.” With the quick rollout, LG has one-upped its home competitor Samsung, which is currently dealing with regaining consumer trust and maintaining sales with its focus on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle.
Android Nougat for the LG G5 will bring all the new features offered by the latest iteration of the OS. These include smarter, better aggregated notifications, and improved multitasking through the Multi Window feature (LG devices have already had the feature for a few years, but it seems the company has implemented Google’s version of the functionality with Nougat). LG has also added the ability for users to search for data inside third-party apps without actually opening them up. Other changes and features aren’t mentioned, although LG is likely to reveal more information as part of the update’s notification which will hit devices in South Korea in the coming days.
The press release follows below:
SEOUL, Nov.8, 2016 — LG Electronics (LG) today began rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat OS for the LG G5 in LG’s home market of South Korea. LG, which was the first smartphone manufacturer to offer a Nougat experience out of the box with its LG V20 for content creators, has the distinction of being the first company after Google to offer Nougat as an upgrade to an existing smartphone running Android Marshmallow.
While LG G5 owners in Korea are the first to receive the OS upgrade, they will be followed by customers in the Americas, Asia and other markets in the weeks to come. Most G5 users will receive notifications on their phones when the update is available. More information will become available locally in the weeks ahead.
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.”
Source: LG Newsroom