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LG Says Not All Phones Merit OS Upgrades

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Feb 23, 2014, 2:32 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today indicated its premiere devices will earn operating system upgrades, but it can't say the same for other phones in its roster. "We are definitely prioritizing upgrades for the G-series, looking at the G2, G Flex and G Pro first," said spokesperson Ken Hong in an interview with PCMag. "But beyond that, we aren't going to make a commitment to definite upgrades because it's not totally up to us." Wireless network operators play a large role in system updates, which need to be tested and verified before rolled out to customers. "Some carriers may not want the upgrade. If they want to do it, we'll definitely work closely with carriers to do it." LG will, however, launch new phones with the most up-to-date version of Android available. Other manufacturers, such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony, publish clear timetables about which devices will be updated and approximately when those updates will arrive.


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Feb 23, 2014, 4:21 PM

Forced Upgrades

So regardless if Google will support upgrades for 18 months, it seems if a carrier wants to make money by selling the newest device more, by not updating the OS within its previous "latest and greatest" and using the newest version of the OS as an incentive, the consumer will end up paying for it all in the end and contribute to more e-waste, as well as carriers being looked at as more evil. Lovely.
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