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LG Android 9 Pie Update: What to Expect

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Google recently released the highly anticipated Android 9 Pie update with tons of new features. In this guide we’ll explain everything for owners wondering “will my LG phone get Android 9 Pie?” We’ll provide information about what to expect, what’s new, betas, and when the update might arrive.

Earlier this year Google pushed out an Android P Developer Preview to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL users, along several other smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus and Sony. Sadly, LG isn’t a part of the early beta testing group.

Read: Android 9.0 P vs Android Oreo: What’s New

In fact, the LG V20 just received Android 8 Oreo this summer, nearly 11 months after Oreo got released. The company is still slowly delivering Android 8.0 Oreo to a few more of its phones. As a result, we’re not expecting Pie updates in a timely fashion. It isn’t all bad news though, and here’s what we do know so far.

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 some sort of announcement, 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 2018-19.

  • LG G7 ThinQ
  • 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. Select older devices might get it too, like the LG G5, but we’re not sure.

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 before the end of the year, but most updates will arrive in 2019.

This fall LG will release a powerful new LG V40 smartphone, one that will likely come with Android 9 Pie out of the box. Once it arrives, we expect the company to quickly start releasing beta software for the LG V30 and LG G7 for owners to test and try.

Basically, high-end devices like the LG V40, V30 and the LG G7 are first on the list to get updates. And while some phones didn’t get Oreo until 10-11 months later, flagship phones should receive better treatment.

Google recently added something known as Project Treble to Android, which should help manufacturers like LG release updates faster than any other year. So while we hope LG phones will get Android 9 Pie in the next 2-3 months, before the end of 2018, don’t be surprised if that doesn’t happen. Sadly updates could be here in November or December. Or, you could end up waiting until April of 2019, we just don’t know.

LG Android 9 Beta

Right now we have no information regarding a potential Android P or Android 9 Pie beta for LG smartphones. 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.

So while we could see a beta program within the next two months, don’t act surprised if they skip a beta and go right into updates later this fall.

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 they only just finished rolling out updates. Meaning that while some of you will get Android 9 Pie in 2018, others will be waiting until the summer of 2019. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the truth. Furthermore, LG still plans on releasing Android 8.1 Oreo updates for select devices. That’s before they start working on Pie.

And while that’s both good and bad news, we want to set expectations for owners. We’re hoping the company will release a big timeline and roadmap of software updates, but that’s doubtful.

Considering Google just released Android 9 Pie in August, we’re still at least 2-3 months away from any software upgrades from companies like LG, Motorola, or Samsung. For now, enjoy Android 8.0 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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