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LG Android 9 Pie Update: What to Expect

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This quick guide details everything you need to know about LG Android 9 Pie updates. From any beta programs, what to expect, and what’s new for when your phone gets Pie. If you’re wondering “will my LG phone get Android 9 Pie?” we have you covered. Including info on the ne LG G7 Pie release.

Back in March of 2018, Google pushed out an Android P Developer Preview to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL users, along with several other smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus and Sony. Sadly, LG didn’t participate.

As a result, updates aren’t arriving as fast as we would like. In fact, recent comments from LG has owners frustrated over the long wait. The first beta started at the end of November, and the first official LG Android 9 Pie update only arrived near the end of January, with more coming, well, eventually.

LG finally started its first Pie beta

Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will get a free update to Android 9 Pie when it’s released by each company.

Will My LG Get Android 9 Pie?

While we’ve heard from several manufacturers like OnePlus and Motorola regarding Android 9 Pie updates, LG is staying relatively quiet. Until they make more than one or two announcements, we don’t know what devices will get the update, or when. However, we have a pretty good idea already.

These are the LG phones we believe will get Android 9 updates in 2019.

  • LG G7 ThinQ (beta in Korea, official update Jan 17)
  • LG V30 / V35 / V40
  • LG V20
  • LG G6
  • LG Q8, Q7
  • 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 9 eventually. We say should, but that doesn’t mean they WILL.

So far, LG confirmed the G7 ThinQ Android Pie beta in Korea in December 2018, which concluded on January 17th in the region, and they released the G7 One update back in November. Those are the only two so far, with every other update arriving later in 2019.

LG Android 9 Update Release Date

So when will your LG phone get the Android 9 Pie update? We’re not really sure. This is another gray area for the company. We know a bunch of phones will get a slice of Pie here in 2019, eventually, but most updates will take a while to arrive.

LG Electronics recently released the LG G7 Pie update in Korea, but that’s it so far. We have no information on other regions, US models, or carrier variants.

Even the new LG V40 doesn’t have Android Pie. High-end devices like the LG V40, V30 and the LG G7 are first on the list to get updates. Here’s some information recently released from LG, which will leave a lot to be desired by owners.

It simply states the V40 and G6 are getting maintenance updates, while the LG G7 will see Pie sometime in Q1 of 2019. So anytime between January and the end of March. And that’s only for the G7. Ouch. Personally, I think the LG G7 in the US will get Pie at the very end of February, or early March.

Google recently added something known as Project Treble to Android, which should help manufacturers like LG release updates faster than any other year. LG even opened a new upgrade center to speed up software, but so far we’re seeing no signs of the situation improving.

So while we hope LG phones will get Android 9 Pie in the next 2-3 months, don’t be surprised if older phones are waiting til April, May, or even later.

LG Android 9 Beta

Right now we have no information regarding a potential Android 9 Pie beta for any LG phones aside from the LG G7 ThinQ beta in Korea. 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 last year, just 2-3 months after Google released the update.

We thought the company would push out a slew of Android Pie betas before the end of 2018 for multiple phones, but that simply never happened. Basically, unless you have the LG G7 we have no concrete information for you. Sorry.

What’s New in Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie is Google’s best, fastest, smartest version of Android yet. Whether that’s tools to make life easier like auto-fill, or AI to preserve battery life. New features that you can use to do more with your phone. Users will enjoy bundled and smarter notifications, auto-fill improvements, and tons of “smart” features and controls. Not to mention new gesture navigation, digital wellbeing options, Google Assistant improvements, themes, dark modes, and support for the notch on the G7. That’s on top of the usual performance and battery life changes.

If you’re wondering what’s new or what to expect we have a detailed comparison and breakdown of everything that’s new. Then, we’ve also compared it to Android 8 Oreo for those interested.

It’s worth noting that LG adds a skin over stock Android, like Samsung. And while that skin adds extra features or controls, it also slows down the update process. That’s because they have to blend both versions into one. Project Treble will help alleviate that slow process, but not until next year. Additionally, each LG update will deliver software and performance improvements, bug fixes, and new features specific to LG devices on top of everything else in our link above.

Final Thoughts & What’s Next

In closing, we want to remind LG owners that updates are a slow process. Right now almost every high-end LG phone from the last 2 years is on Oreo, but some of those didn’t arrive until after Android Pie was announced. Basically, LG is getting slower and slower. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the truth.

Considering Google released Android 9 Pie in August, developers like LG have had at least 5+ months to work on it. So, we’re probably still at least a month away from major updates by US carriers. However, we could be waiting until AFTER the LG G8 announcement, which would be far too long.

For now, enjoy Android Oreo, and we’ll update the moment we learn more about LG beta programs, updates, additional devices or anything else owners need to know.

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