LG G4 the first third-party smartphone to get Marshmallow

LG wins! Photo: LG

LG wins! Photo: LG

You don’t need to buy a Nexus to get your hands on Marshmallow. If you own an LG G4, then you can expect Android 6.0 to begin rolling out to your existing device starting next week.

This makes the G4 the first third-party device (that isn’t a Google Nexus) to get a Marshmallow upgrade, and the move is sure to be a popular one among LG fans; Motorola has proven that speedy Android updates can keep customers happy — and attract plenty of new ones.

“By working closely with Google, LG has been able to bring Android 6.0 to the G4 ahead of any of our competitors,” said Chris Yie, VP and head of marketing for LG Mobile. “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.”

G4 owners in Poland will be first to see the update, LG says, and providing all goes well, it will then be made available in other parts of Europe, the Americas, and Asia. LG also promises that other devices in its lineup will also be getting Marshmallow soon.

LG hasn’t provided us with a timescale, so there’s no telling when G4 owners outside of Poland can expect to see the update. We just hope LG moves quicker this year. With last year’s Lollipop upgrade, G3 owners in the U.K. didn’t get it until three months after those in Poland.