G4 has become LG's first smartphone to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The update will debut for LG G4 users in Poland and soon thereafter roll out across other markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
LG on Thursday (15 October) announced that it would start rolling out the update by as early as next week. "By working closely with Google, LG has been able to bring Android 6.0 to the G4 ahead of any of our competitors," Chris Yie, vice-president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company, said in a press statement.
"While speed alone isn't an indicator of great service, it does go a long way toward giving consumers the confidence that LG is committed to its existing customers first."
You could check the update availability on your LG G4 once it is released in your market by About phone from Settings and tapping Software update. The update package is expected to be available in some hundreds of megabytes. It is therefore recommended that you use an active Wi-Fi or an unlimited high-speed data connection on your device to download the package smoothly.
LG says the update, available as an over-the-air (OTA) update, will come with a number of new tweaks. These include simplified app permissions, Silent mode for sound and vibrate mode and Do Not Disturb mode to block all sounds or only alarms and notifications. The update will also bring Doze mode to automatically shut down background processing of apps when the smartphone is idle to enhance battery life.
The update will include Google Now on Tap to give contextual assistance and smarter text selection to offer an improved typing experience. The update also brings a new Android Runtime (ART) to deliver improved app performance and faster multitasking; a stock file manager would be available within settings.
LG has not revealed any details about the update for other G series smartphones. However, a previous report suggested the company was working on releasing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for last year's G3 in addition to the G4.