Earlier this year the LG G2 was finally updated to Google’s latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update after months of waiting and several missed delivery dates, and now the next big update that owners are eagerly waiting for is the LG G2 Android 5.1 update. And while we don’t have exact release details from LG, here’s what users can expect.
Android 5.0 Lollipop was announced on October 15 and was released in November of last year. Within a few weeks, LG rolled out the update to both the LG G2 and G3 in select regions, and in the past two months all US carriers and many worldwide have done the same.
However, the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update introduced a number of minor issues and multiple bugs that have been bothering some users, and if LG does indeed release an update, the Android 5.1 Lollipop update should fix most of them. Below are a few details on what owners can expect from an LG G2 Android 5.1 Lollipop update.
There are currently no exact details regarding the LG G2 Android 5.1 update from LG or its partner carriers. However, we have seen some progress in Android 5.1 for LG in several ways. For one, the LG G4 runs Android 5.1 out of the box, so LG is already ahead and could focus on rolling out the same software update for the older LG G3 and G2 from 2013. Then, late last week, LG started rolling out the latest Android 5.1. .1 Lollipop to LG G Flex 2, which was released in February.
This means that LG is already running Android 5.1 Lollipop on its two latest smartphones, and the company is likely in the update phase for the G3, testing the software and preparing to release an update. The same could happen for the LG G2, but we’ve seen it too some reports That the Canadian G2 will never see Android 5.0. This means that LG G2s that get Android 5.0.2 may stay on it and only see some minor bug fix updates, or LG may do what it’s supposed to and finally release Android 5.1 Lollipop.
In April, the new LG G4 was announced with the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop software; this is something the company promised to deliver to the LG G3 and hopefully the G2 as well. It is possible that the G2 has never seen Android 5.1, but this is doubtful given all the problems many car owners are currently facing.
LG G2 Android 5.0 Problems
Google quickly released Android 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1 and now the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop has been released in mid-May. However, the LG G2 is still stuck on Android 5.0.2 and is plagued with tons of issues. Not to mention that some small carriers outside the US haven’t rolled out Android 5.0 yet, meaning some are still running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. While most owners enjoy the new interface, better battery life and smooth performance, some are reporting multiple issues. Issues that we assume have already been fixed or are currently being worked on and should be resolved when Android 5.1 arrives.
We’ve heard horror stories about extremely bad battery life, some not charging properly, devices restarting every day, WiFi issues, text messaging keyboard issues, and more. And while some of these are related to LG, others are issues within Android 5.0 that Google has since fixed with 5.1.1 Lollipop. The notorious “memory leak” issue causes apps to slow down and eventually crash or restart the phone, which is the most common complaint we get.
Above, we’ve put together a list of some potential issues and fixes for the LG G2 Android 5.0 update, but it’s worth noting that not all users have reported problems. Some like all the changes, while others don’t like it very much. Your best bet is a factory data reset that will wipe all user data, but this has been shown to fix most LG G2 Android 5.0 update issues.
The LG G2 suffers from many problems after Lollipop, to the point where some users claim it is unusable. This is bad news for LG and you can bet they are working hard on some fixes.
LG G2 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update
For now, we don’t have any details on when the LG G2 will be updated to Android 5.1 (or Android 5.1.1) Lollipop, which Google released in March and then in April, or if LG plans to release an update. As I mentioned above, last week LG output Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the G Flex 2, which was announced in January and runs Android 5.0.2, and that’s good news for G2 owners in terms of progress. This means that both the LG G4 and G Flex 2 are on the latest Android 5.1 and LG could focus on doing the same for the LG G3 and eventually the G2.
We’ve reached out to LG about the Android 5.1 update and when users can expect it to arrive, and we’ll update if we get a response. LG Mobile was one of the fastest manufacturers to initially release Android 5.0, and I hope the same can be said for Android 5.1 Lollipop.
An LG G2 Android 5.1 or 5.1.1 Lollipop update should improve battery life, fix app crashes and stability issues, add some new features to the lock screen controls we’ve already seen coming for the international LG G3, and more.
Again, LG has yet to confirm Android 5.1 Lollipop for the LG G2, but we’re assuming it will see the update, we’re not sure when exactly. The main focus now is the G3 and hopefully updates for the G2 aren’t too far behind. We’ve heard several reports suggesting the end of June, but G2 owners will likely be waiting for midsummer if it doesn’t take longer for Android 5.1 to arrive.
The latest US carriers sent Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to the LG G2, and some carriers outside the US still haven’t even received it. This is bad news because it means LG is still working to get 5.0 to everyone and then need to switch to Android 5.1. Not to mention that we’ll see the international variants updated first, then arriving in the United States.
We’ve heard that Samsung is trying to roll out Android 5.1 to multiple devices in June, and LG is likely targeting the same timeframe. That said, US carriers may incur a few delays and delay the update to July or August, but it’s hard to say at this point.
Of course, delays are always a possibility and we’ve seen a lot of delays from LG over the past few years. They’ve done a better job with software updates for many smartphones and tablets lately, but the possibility of delays is still very real. LG was probably working hard on Android 5.1 Lollipop after it was released in March, but later last month Google released Android 5.1.1 with more fixes and improvements, which could push the version further back.
Users can expect LG to add some of the Android 5.1.1 fixes to version 5.1 later this summer, or shift gears and update directly to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. LG will add the new LG G4 UX 4.0 interface changes to the G3, but we haven’t yet confirmed that the same will happen for the G2.
As it stands now, we expect to start seeing international variants of the LG G2 (see Android 5.1 or Android 5.1.1) in June or July, followed by US carriers shortly. It’s hard to say when both LG and carriers are quiet, but hopefully an update will arrive in the next 2-3 months with new features, better stability with improved performance, and more.
As the phone approaches its 2nd anniversary, Android 5.1 may be its last update and Android M will never come, which is another reason why this update is taking longer than many owners would like. We’ll update it as soon as we hear anything official from LG or carriers around the world.