Missed the GamesBeat Summit excitement? Don't worry! Tune in now to catch all of the live and virtual sessions here.

It looks like the LG G4 will be the first Android smartphone anywhere in the world to receive the Marshmallow 6.0 update — excluding Google’s own line of Nexus devices — starting with Poland next week, and “other markets in Europe, Asia, and the Americas to follow.”

“By working closely with Google, LG has been able to bring Android 6.0 to the G4 ahead of any of our competitors,” the company’s vice president and head of marketing communications, Chris Yie, said in a 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.”

We went hands-on with LG’s flagship smartphone, with its pro camera features and curved leather back, when it was launched in April, and also pitted it against the Samsung Galaxy S6. Our conclusion was that “You can’t really go wrong with either of these devices… If you want a bigger phone, but one that’s more power-user friendly and customizable, go with the G4.”

Here are some of the changes LG notes will be coming with the Marshmallow update:

  • Permissions have been simplified with greater control of the information applications can access, not only at the installation stage but anytime
  • Silent feature for sound and vibrate mode as well as a Do Not Disturb mode to block all sounds or only alarms and notifications
  • Doze Mode which shuts down background processing of certain apps when the phone is not in use, to significantly prolong battery life

If you’re not an LG G4 owner, you can refresh your memory of the device via the official video below:

VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative enterprise technology and transact. Discover our Briefings.