LG V20 Finally Gets Android Pie Update in Korea

Anil Ganti

LG has never had a history of being particularly quick with their software upgrades. Even their flagship devices have to wait an awfully long time for the new Android version. The LG V20—which launched with Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box— is no exception. Users had to wait until late last year to get Android Oreo, up to 2 months after Android Pie made its debut. It isn't any better this year, as the LG V20 has begun receiving its Android Pie update in Korea. Here's the full changelog (link in Korean, translation posted below)

  • Upgraded system to Android 9 Pie
  • Gesture navigation support added
  • Added setting to adjust media volume when pressing the volume button
  • Screenshot preview moved to the bottom right of the screen
  • Added Google Digital Wellbeing features
  • New battery savings feature included
  • Individual controls for background applications
  • Screen rotation button added to the navigation bar
  • New security measure to prevent the device from being powered off when locked
  • Added lock icon display setting for security. Users will be able to press and hold the power button to stop Smart Lock, biometric, and lock screen notifications when unlocking the device.
  • New ‘Sunset to sunrise’ setting added to the comfort mode
  • Manage folder access and WiFi control permissions for each app
  • SD card encryption removes limitation that screen lock can only be set by PIN or password
  • Fixed placement of the home screen so that apps and widgets don’t move around regardless of orientation
  • Added new dual app feature to allow users to use multiple accounts on the same app such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Line, Skype, Telegram, Kakaotalk, QQ Mobile, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Hike Messenger, ICQ, Zalo, Snapchat

The update brings all the standard Android Pie features such as Digital Wellbeing and Gesture Navigation to the LG V20. This will very likely be the last major software upgrade for the LG V20—considered by many as the 'last good' LG device. Despite its late arrival, we're still glad that it is here, considering that the LG V20 was almost abandoned by the company.

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We can expect a wider rollout to commence once the program ends in Korea. International unlocked variants of the LG V20 should receive the software in the coming month, while carrier-locked variants may have to wait a bit longer. It is a bit disheartening to see a flagship device lag behind with updates, but we hope that LG doesn't repeat the same mistakes with their newer devices.

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