Android 5.1.1 Lollipop remains missing for the LG G4, LG G3 and LG G2. So far, there are two opposing rumors regarding the next LG Android 5.1 L update. Meanwhile, one rumor suggests that LG is skipping Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in favor of Android M. Google has yet to announce the release date for the next-gen Android firmware.
Is LG Cancelling Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on G4, G3 and G2
Upon release, the LG G4 had Android 5.1 Lollipop preinstalled. The device also had a number of smaller bug fixes released over the weeks. Even so, the G4 has not received Android 5.1.1 Lollipop even though the update has been out for awhile. Also, the G3 and G2 have yet to receive Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Within the rumor mill, there are currently two opposing camps. The first predicts that LG will ultimately release the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for all three flagships later this year. However, the second party believes that LG will skip Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for Android M instead.
Previously, LG did pass over other updates including Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. In contrast, rival company Samsung has rarely skipped over major Android updates. If LG wants to keep a competitive edge, it will definitely need to roll out an Android update in the fall.
Is the LG G2 Support Ending Soon?
Though the G4 and G3 will certainly enjoy firmware updates for some time, the aging LG G2 runs the risk of having no support in the foreseeable future. It is unclear whether LG plans to update the G2 to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop or Android M. Still, there are rumors that suggest LG will keep supporting the G2 for a while longer.
Last month, GSMArena reported that the LG G2 will receive the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in the future. The information allegedly came from an anonymous LG employee. Release date details were not given, even though the source reported that the update will be ready in two months.
It remains to be seen whether this prediction comes true, considering that the newer G3 and G4 are rumored to be not receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Android "M" Release Date Rumors
For now, Android "M" is only available as preview edition for developers. That means the average user will need to wait awhile before the firmware update is ready for mass consumption. Hence, Google has not officially announced when Android "M" will be rolling out.
AndroidPit predicts that the final version of Android M will be released in early October. The publication admitted that this information is based on speculation.
Of important reminder, the M-designation will be dropped once Google formally announces a name. The Mountain View-based tech giant has a habit of naming its Android firmware after sweet confections. For instance, the previous two Androids were respectively called KitKat and Lollipop. Unless Google breaks from tradition, Android "M" will certainly be named after a sweet food item.