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LG just updated its 2019 flagship to Android 12, something Xiaomi failed to do

LG has just started updating its 2019 flagship phone, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G to Android 12. In return, Xiaomi has stopped supporting the Redmi K20 Pro.

Just a few days ago, Xiaomi announced its decision to stop supporting its Redmi K20 Pro phone, which was known worldwide as the Xiaomi Mi 9T. The phone was launched in 2019 and Xiaomi announced it had reached the end of its life, and those still using it right now should look elsewhere. However, in another part of the world where a company stopped making new phones long ago, the 2019 flagship is still getting the latest Android version in 2022. Yes, LG of all companies still supports its older phones and LG 2019 V50 ThinQ has been updated to Android 12.

The LG V50 ThinQ is getting the Android 12 update, although it’s its latest update. Admittedly, the world is already gearing up for Android 13 as we speak, it’s still nice to see LG putting efforts into updating its older phones with the latest software. The phone gets the Android 12 update, but without modifications to the external surface or the user interface, which is good considering that LG is not actively developing future versions of its software. However, those who are still using the LG V50 ThinQ are good to go for a while.

LG updates its flagship for 2019

Before that, LG also refreshed the V60 ThinQ and Velvet, the last few flagships in the world. LG Wing is also part of this software support system. When LG closed its store last year, it had promised to update its existing phones even as it stopped selling new models. LG’s software wasn’t all that great to begin with, but its software support situation is much better than some of the others still in the business of selling hundreds of phones a day.

Currently, most Android manufacturers are trying to improve the duration of their software support for their flagships. Samsung is now leading the game with four years of OS updates and five years of security updates. Samsung offers up to three years of OS updates on its mid-range Galaxy A phones and some Galaxy M models.

Most other manufacturers follow a three-year support cycle. Xiaomi recently said that it will support its Xiaomi 12 Pro with three Android OS updates and four years of security patches. The same applies to brands like Vivo, Oppo, and others. Motorola defaults on promising at most 2 OS updates for its flagship.