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LG Android 10 Updates: What to Expect

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Now that Google’s new Android 10 update is readily available smartphone owners are looking for answers regarding when they’ll get it. Here, we want to take you through everything you should know right now about LG Android 10 updates and betas.

If you’re wondering “will my LG phone get Android 10?” the answer is a strong “maybe”.  While any phone released in the last 18 months should receive an upgrade, LG is still finishing the Android 9 Pie update that came out over a year ago.

Thanks to a 6-month beta period by Google, manufacturers like OnePlus already released Android 10, and bigger brands like LG and Samsung got a head start on it too. However, we’re still not 100% sure of what to expect, but here’s what you need to know so far.

Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will get a free update to Android 10 when it’s released by each company. So far, only a small list of devices have Android 10, but that list will grow substancially as 2019 comes to a close and next year begins.

Will My LG Phone Get Android 10?

While we’ve heard from several manufacturers like Samsung, OnePlus, or Nokia about Android 10 updates, LG is staying relatively quiet, just as expected. Unfortunately, LG continues to get worse and worse with not only the time it takes to deliver updates but with how they communicate plans and updates to customers. So, we’re left with a guessing game until further notice.

These are the LG phones that we believe will get Android 10 updates in the near future and 2020.

  • LG G7 ThinQ, LG G8, G8x, variants 
  • LG V35, V40, V50
  • LG Q7, Q8
  • LG K30, Q Stylus & other budget devices (maybe)

Again, this list is unconfirmed but we’ll update it with more information as it becomes available. Basically, any phone released within the last 12-18 months by LG should get Android 10. We say should, but that doesn’t mean they WILL.

As a comparison of just how late LG was last year, the OnePlus 3 released in 2016 got Android 9 Pie before ANY LG device in the United States. And the LG V30 got Pie in October of 2019, 14 months after Google released the software and two months AFTER they released Android 10. Basically, we’re not too confident.

Leak showing Android 10 on the LG V50 and LG G8

We do have good news though. We’re already starting to see signs and leaks about the LG V50 Android 10 update, which is being tested internally by employees or someone that leaked the screenshot shown above. This could mean that LG’s Android 10 updates could start arriving before the end of the year, but we don’t know. We’ll update this article as we learn more.

LG Android 10 Update Release Date

So when will your LG phone get the Android 10 update? We’re not really sure. This is another gray area for the company. We know a bunch of phones will get a piece of the 10th version of Android, eventually, but we have no solid date to share.

If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that we saw the first few leaks of Android 10 and the LG UX 9.1 (which they might rename to UX 10) way back in September, just days after Google officially released Android 10. That means LG is at least busy working on it and presumably have been for months.

We’re fairly confident in saying the LG V50 will be the first LG phone to get an update to Android 10, or even the G8, but we’ll have to wait and see. Once it hits devices in South Korea, we’ll have a better idea of US models getting it a few months later.

Ultimately though, don’t expect LG Android 10 updates in the United States on any device until sometime in 2020. I hope I’m wrong, but history suggests otherwise.

LG Android 10 Beta

Right now we have no information regarding a potential Android 10 beta for any LG phones. In previous years, LG was one of the first to offer betas and quickly delivered software to owners. They had Android 8.0 Oreo betas in November back in 2017, just 2-3 months after Google released the update, but nothing publicly last year with Android 9. Your guess is as good as ours. Sorry.

What’s New in Android 10

A lot of the new features and big changes in Android 10 are specific to the Google Pixel. That said, there are dozens and dozens of great changes for all Android phones, including those from LG. Even their cheapest model will benefit from most of the new additions.

Whether that’s the system-wide Dark Theme, improved privacy controls, Digital Wellbeing Focus Mode, better graphics, improved battery life and much. You can also expect LG to add their own sprinkle of new features, then add most of Google’s in too. The list includes:

  • Improved Privacy Protection & Controls
  • Privacy Manager
  • Expanded Location Controls
  • Multi-Tasking Bubbles
  • Support for Foldable Displays
  • Sharing Shortcuts
  • Smart Reply, Suggested Actions
  • Live Caption
  • Settings Panels
  • Gestural Navigation
  • Theme Controls
  • Notification Assistant
  • Improved Peer-to-Peer and Internet Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Performance Mode
  • Dynamic Depth Formats for Photos
  • New Audio and Video Codecs
  • Native MIDI APIs
  • Improved Vulkan Graphics & Neural Network APIs

If you’re curious about Google’s Android 10 features, we recommend checking out our walkthrough. It’ll take you through all the key changes.

Final Thoughts & What’s Next

In closing, we want to remind LG owners that updates are a slow process, even for a brand like Samsung. That said, high-end devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro already have Pie, and we’re seeing betas emerge for the Galaxy S10. LG is still being quiet, which doesn’t bode well.

Google released Android 10 in September following a 6-month beta period, which means developers like LG have potentially had around 7-8 months or longer to work on it. For now, be patient and we’ll update this post the moment we learn more about LG updates, plans, betas, or see any announcements.

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