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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 what to expect and what’s new now that they’re finally sending updates out in the United States. If you’re wondering “will my LG phone get Android 9 Pie?” we have you covered. Including info on the LG G7 and V40 Pie updates.

Between Google’s beta program in 2018 and an official release of Android 9 Pie back in August, manufacturers have had plenty of time to prepare software updates. However, it took LG quite a while to deliver, and longer than most.

However, once they did they started rapidly releasing updates for several devices in the US. Likely because customers were getting frustrated. In June we received five LG Android Pie updates, and now in July, we’re seeing Pie for several others as we inch towards the Android Q release in the fall.

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. So far, almost every phone from the last few years is on Pie, except for a bunch of LG phones and cheaper budget devices. As a comparison of just how late LG is to this release, the OnePlus 3 released in 2016 got Pie before ANY LG device in the United States. That’s bad.

Will My LG Get Android 9 Pie?

While we’ve heard from several manufacturers like Samsung, OnePlus and Motorola regarding Android 9 Pie updates, LG is still staying relatively quiet. Even as June of 2019 arrives, over nine months after Google released Pie, we’re still not sure what LG is doing. However, every few weeks another update starts, so that’s good news.

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

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. Then, finally, after a long wait, we’re seeing the first LG V40 Android Pie update hit Verizon on May 23rd and the G7 at Verizon in June followed by T-Mobile in July. This is good news and now we’re seeing the AT&T V40 update, plus others will follow soon.

Additionally, it looks like the V35 in South Korea is getting Pie, as are many carrier models in the US.

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 we have no solid date for those that haven’t yet received it already.

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 in Korea. Ouch.

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 more LG phones will get Android 9 Pie in the next 1-2 months, we said that back in April and May, then again in June and were wrong. So, don’t be surprised if you have to wait until August to get it. And yes, August is when Android 10 Q comes out, so LG is an entire year (12 months) behind for several devices.

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 in Korea, the Verizon G7 and the Verizon LG V35, which have since ended. 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. Then, we thought most would arrive within the first 3-4 months of 2019, but that didn’t happen either. Basically, your guess is as good as ours. 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. And, sadly, slower than usual right now for LG. Still, high-end devices released over the last few years already got Pie, and we’re expecting more throughout the summer. So sit tight, the wait is almost over.

Considering Google released Android 9 Pie in August, developers like LG have had at least 10+ months to work on it. For now, be patient and we’ll update this post the moment we learn more about LG updates for additional devices or anything else owners need to know.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Jeffrey Edwards

    06/02/2019 at 7:32 pm

    Cory, many thanks for that comprehensive update! I’ve had a G5 and now a G7+, but I’m soooo disappointed by the slow update to Pie, that this will probably be my last one. They’re great phones, but the delayed rollouts are killers!Thanks again for the good info – the best I’ve seen to date.

    • Iain Turner

      06/03/2019 at 1:29 pm

      I have a G6. Contacted LG about how slow they were at updating to Pie for this model. They replied saying that it was unlikely that my phone would be updated to Pie

    • Cory Gunther

      06/19/2019 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks… And yes, we thought LG would be getting better with updates, not worse. It’s really frustrating.

  2. Atul Tanwar

    06/18/2019 at 11:07 am

    I too asked LG customer care about Pie update on LG V30+, but their reply seemed nothing but skeptical. I hope that my phone will get a Pie update as the Korean version has already had the same a long time ago. But probably this is my first and the last LG phone (switches from OP3, alas!).

    • techie

      07/20/2019 at 1:05 pm

      Well they gave the same old push off answer to me about the V30+. The Cell provider must approve and release the update. What??? Lg has to give them something to approve. LG as usual hasn’t improved and will continue to claim we have fixed it. What did you fix? We have created a new software update facility to provide faster and reliable updates. With this new improved software center, we went from the painful 8-10 months to 11 plus months now and counting.The LG V30+ hasn’t received a software upgrade in over 16 months. They opted out of providing the the Oreo 8.1 upgrade. That I thought was fine because we would receive the Pie update soon. That was really wishful thinking. This is really a sad company that has never been truthful or transparent to the customers is a constant. We will promise you everything, but deliver nothing. I’m glad I leased this phone reduced price, I have purchased every phone I ever had, but only a crazy person would put another $238.00 plus tax into a V30+ LG phone. I would rather give it back than keep it. Your hardware is fairly decent, but you have once again filing to to do what you promised.I mean we should have known when you released the V40 with Oreo 8.1 when Pie 9 was readily available, at a price of $999.00. You may as well cal them budget phones, at least they are truthful. I mean most of the owners of it are still waiting for a upgrade, 10 months after release. The G series are pretty much a failure that continues. I will spend my money some place else. I gave you 2nd chance based on your promises and I should have known better after you destroyed my daughters G4 phone with your inefficiencies and then abandoned all of your then user base. So, what has LG done to improve with all of there promises? Absolutely nothing!!! Say it again, Absolutely nothing!!!

  3. Marek Lenartowicz

    06/20/2019 at 5:51 am

    Well.. if my G6 won’t get updated before October of 2019, I’m getting a different phone from my provider. And it is not going to be LG anymore. Year after Pie was introduced, all phones from last 2 years should already be updated to new OS. LG sucks

  4. Steve Cook

    07/03/2019 at 9:41 am

    I love my LG V30 but will not buy anymore LG products because they clearly don’t care enough about customer support. They haven’t supplied updates to Android 9 yet and Android 10 is already here. I am about to install all new appliances in my home but won’t even bother to look at what LG has to offer. Poor customer support.

  5. Miles

    07/11/2019 at 1:31 am

    Hoping the LG Aristo 3 gets the android pie update soon, starting to feel like even tho its a pretty nre phone LG might not even update it. Anyway hopefully they do update the good and new phones

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