A number of companies have started sending out timely Android updates and security patches. While all of Nokia smartphones launched were a part of Google’s Android One programme, and OnePlus made sure that it sent out very timely updates for its devices, LG is still lagging behind in this aspect.
Unfortunately, the company still struggles to deliver major Android software updates to its smartphones outside South Korea timely. A major reason for this is that LG’s UX software has very heavy customizations so that obviously causes a problem to send timely updates to any devices.
So, if we speak about Android Pie update, a number of flagship smartphones from most major smartphone makers have either already got it, or the update is being rolled out to them in a phased manner. However, in LG’s case, the only device that has received an official stable Android Pie based update is G7 One. But then, we should also point out that LG G7 One is a part of Google’s Android One programme, and thus runs stock Android. So basically, it comes without the heavily customized LG UX.
Another device by the company to at least get the Android Pie beta in select markets is LG G7 ThinQ. If you happen to own this device and are thinking when it will get the Android Pie update, then we have some news for you. The South Korean consumer electronics maker has officially released its Q1 2019 update roadmap and, according to it, LG G7 ThinQ smartphone is expected to get an official Android Pie update in the first quarter of 2019. Although LG has not mentioned it, reports suggest that the update will begin rolling out in South Korea.
However, if the roadmap brings this happy news for LG G7 ThinQ smartphone owners, it also gets bad news for those who own other devices. This is because they may have to wait for long before they get the Android Pie update. So if you own the LG V40 ThinQ or last year’s LG G6, they will only get some bug fixing updates during this time, but there is no word on when they will get the Android Pie update.
In fact, there is no word on whether they will be getting the update at all or not. But one thing is certain – those who own these devices will have to at least wait till Q2 2019 to get the Android Pie update. And by then, it is very likely that Google would have at least given us a first look at the Android Q.
It is also worth noticing that LG V30 was not mentioned in the roadmap at all. So if you own the smartphone, we wouldn’t get your hopes high by saying anything about expecting the update.