The LG Android 8.0 Oreo update is available now or coming soon for multiple devices, starting with the LG V30. LG confirmed all the details in early November, along with potential release timeframes. Here’s what you need to know about LG Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
While manufacturers are still busy working on the original Android 8.0 Oreo release, Google just unleashed Android 8.1 for Pixel devices. In the coming weeks and months, the Android O upgrade will arrive for devices from popular Android manufacturers like LG, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.
LG is one of the fastest when it comes to software updates, but the Oreo release isn’t coming as quick. And while they haven’t confirmed a list of devices yet, they did confirm the V30 will get it first. Not to mention we’re already seeing hints of the LG G6 Android Oreo update. The update will follow for the V20, LG G5, LG K series and more.
LG Android 8.0 Oreo Updates
Time and time again we’ve seen LG beat other manufacturers to software updates. Or they release phones running the latest software already, like the LG V20 running Android 7.0 Nougat in 2016. This year though, Oreo wasn’t ready for the LG V30 release. Instead, the company barely released its first Oreo update before the end of 2017.
So far, the LG V30 and V30+ in Korea are the first and only devices running Android 8.0 Oreo from LG. Here’s a list of some of the new features. Considering the first update hit Korea on December 26th, we’re expecting US models to see the latest software sometime in January or February of 2018.
That said, here are the phones we suspect will see software updates in the coming months. Our list below is in no specific order because LG hasn’t confirmed a full list of updates.
Most likely any LG smartphone released in the last 16-18 months will get the update. That includes the LG G5, LG G6, LG V20, LG V30, LG Q8, LG Stylus 3, LG K8, K10, K20 (2017) and a few other budget smartphones. Again, we’ll confirm which devices, and when, once LG shares a timeline.
Additionally, some LG tablets will receive an update too. Only those will come later in 2018 once smartphones are on the latest software. The V30 update just started, and we’re expecting a broad release along with the LG G6 update to quickly follow.
LG Android 8.0 Oreo Update Release Details
The LG V30 Android 8.0 Oreo beta began on November 2nd in South Korea. The company expanded it to more users along with the V30+ later in the month, and another release on November 29th. Then, the first and official V30 Android 8.0 Oreo update started on December 26th. Sources suggested December for US models, but that looks doubtful.
Once the LG V30 Android Oreo update arrives, the company will turn its attention to the LG G6. In fact, our first sign that the LG G6 Android 8.0 Oreo is next, comes from a benchmark and stability test found at GeekBench. The image above shows the LG G6 running Android 8.0 Oreo. We see leaks like this often, although it doesn’t completely confirm the update is ready.
Samsung is busy on its Oreo beta test for select devices, and now LG is doing the same. However, neither appear to have updates ready in time for a 2017 timeframe. Instead, look for updates in January or February.
Based on earlier years, LG will release Android 8.0 Oreo for some of its newest devices first, hopefully before very early in 2018, then continue delivering it for everyone else throughout the first 2-3 months of the year.
What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo
There are lots of new Android O features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. LG smartphone owners will enjoy faster speeds, longer battery life, picture-in-picture mode, smart text selection, improved notifications, and autofill framework for your trickiest of passwords. In addition to everything else in Oreo.
The bundled notifications are easier to manage, and picture-in-picture mode is a welcomed new feature as well. Here’s a bigger list of the many new features of Android 8.0 Oreo.
Here is a detailed list explaining some of the many new features. Basically, expect a faster experience with dynamic icons, smarter notifications and all kinds of small tweaks. Additionally, expect software improvements, bug fixes specific to each LG device, and other changes along with the upgrade to Oreo. A lot of the changes are behind the scenes but will make a big impact on our smartphones and tablets.
We’re excited to see how LG integrates some of the best Oreo features into its devices, like Google’s camera changes for the LG V30. The company did state it delivered everything we’ve detailed above, along with basic performance enhancements, bug fixes, and “convenience” features.
Final Thoughts & What’s Next
In closing, just know that the update to Android 8.0 Oreo for a slew of LG smartphones and tablets is coming soon. Most likely all the flagship phones and popular budget devices will get it first, then some of LG’s tablets, and eventually more devices will get it throughout the first half of 2018.
There is a small chance LG will deliver Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2 Nougat to some of these devices too, but that’s doubtful at this point. Most phones received all the Nougat features through patches and bug fixes. The main focus for LG and other manufacturers is Android 8.0 Oreo.
The only problem with focusing on Android 8.0 Oreo, is the fact that it’s already outdated. In early December Google released Android 8.1 Oreo. So by the time you get Oreo, the software is already outdated. That’s ok though, as 8.1 was mainly a bug-fixing update and most important changes will get rolled into Android 8.0 from LG.
Again, nothing is 100% confirmed at this point aside from one LG V30 update. We’re expecting some major announcements from LG during the first few weeks of the year, or at CES, then several updates will quickly follow. We’ll update as we learn more, so stay tuned for all the details.