Android Oreo for the LG V30: Check out all the new features!

Disclaimer: The impressions and opinions shared in this article are based entirely on our experience with the beta version of Android 8.0 Oreo for the LG V30

LG is now seeding a beta version of Android 8.0 Oreo for the V30, but the beta program is currently restricted to Korea only. However, we managed to get in on the fun early, and we'd like to tell you about some of the cool new features that will soon (hopefully) be making their way to V30 units in the West. The update weighs in at 1.2GB and includes some of Oreo's top features, such as a Picture-in-Picture mode, Adaptive Icons, improved App Shortcuts, and others. The latest Android security patch and myriad of fixes and performance improvements are also included in the update.

If you haven't heard about the beta program, that's because LG has decided to offer the preview only to users in its home country - South Korea. While this may leave some of you disappointed, it is still an indication that the latest version of Android is now a step closer to gracing the V30 worldwide. But anyway, let's see what's changed and what to expect on your V30 in the near future, when sweet Oreo is released around the globe!

1. Improved app shortcuts

App Shortcuts were one of the cool features introduced in Nougat, and they have been improved in Oreo. The revamped pop-up menu that opens on long-pressing an icon on the home screen now not only includes app shortcuts, as the name suggests, but also allows you to quickly glance at new notifications, which are displayed in card form below the shortcut actions for the respective app. Furthermore, the refreshed App Shortcuts menu now has the "Widget" and "Info" buttons at the top, which grant users quick access to the widget carousel for the app, provided it supports any widgets, as well as the Settings info page for the app.

On a side note, when you clear a notification from the notification shade, this will also get rid of the badge on the respective app. This was not the case before and the badge remained intact until you opened the app.

2. Adaptive Icons

Oreo brings a plethora of adaptive icon styles to the V30. Nougat only had the "Original" and "Rounded square" options, while Oreo features a bunch of others, such as "Cylinder", "Circle", and "Square". What's strange, however, is the fact that the "Original" option is missing in the Oreo beta that we tested. We can't say for sure whether it will be available in the final release, or if LG has decided to force a unified look throughout the OS with Adaptive Icons.

After the Oreo update (right), the LG V30 has support for a handful of Adaptive Icon styles, whereas before (left), there were only two – "Original" and "Cricle".

3. Picture-in-picture

PiP is one of the coolest—yet still underdeveloped—features of Android 8.0 Oreo and it is coming to the V30. As the name implies, this feature allows you to, say, minimize a YouTube video and do something else on your phone without closing the video. It's really neat but it's not quite there yet in terms of functionality, although this could be down to the fact that we're testing the beta release of Android Oreo for the V30. For example, YouTube is one of the few apps that's supposed to support PiP, but it refuses to work as intended on our unit. On the other hand, Google Chrome and Maps are utilizing the feature just fine.

To see which apps currently support PiP, you need to head over to Settings > Apps & notifications > Special access > Picture-in-Picture. The only apps currently supported are Chrome, Duo, Maps, and YouTube, but the list is sure to expand in the coming weeks and months.

4. Improved Settings screen

Although no major structural changes are introduced to the Settings menu in the Oreo update, a few touches here and there make it easier to find what you're looking for. First off, at the bottom of each tab in Settings, you'll now get this bubble with suggestions for other options you might be looking for. It is very similar to the one found in the latest version of the Samsung Experience on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. The other change manifests itself when using the search bar in Settings, as now different items will blink to help you find them faster. For example, searching for "Accounts" and tapping the result will send you to the "General" tab in Settings, but then "Accounts" will blink to draw your attention.

5. Performance optimizations

As is the case with every OS update, this one also features a number of bug and stability fixes, as well as performance optimizations. The Oreo changelog for V30 specifically mentions limited background app behavior that helps improve overall performance and stability. 

All in all, we were pleased with the new additions in Android Oreo for the V30 and are eagerly waiting for the stable release to be rolled out worldwide. Unfortunately, we have no information yet regarding a concrete release window, but we wouldn't get your hopes up for it happening before the end of 2017. 




1. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Very nice!

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

there is a reason Samsung is the top android manufacture... these 'features' or gimmicks as people called them before have been part of touchwiz for a very long time although the features have been in ASOP roms for even longer... basic android is just too far behind

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

There is literally no feature mentioned here that have been part of Touchwiz before stock Android supported it. Only perhaps the suggestions in the settings menu which have been part of the latest Samsung Experience. Also AOSP roms (not ASOP) are maintained by Google and contain everything that stock/basic Android has as well. You probably mean custom ROMS based on AOSP who add their own features to it.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

so you're telling me PIP never existed in touchwiz? adaptive icons... its android, the custom stuff been available since day 1 app shortcuts.... isn't that what widgets are for? been there since day 1 yes sorry got the s and o mixed and i was referring to custom ROMS... like cyanogenmod (before they got big) or paranoid android. they had features in 2010 that we are just not getting on base android

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Ofcourse Samsung started the multi-window option before Google did, but not PIP. And Samsung did precede theming to stock, although adaptive icons aren't really like installing a theme with different icons. App shortcuts are slightly different, but long press icons have been there before I think,just not by Samsung. Having said all this, Samsung most definitely brought features to the table that are now implemented in stock. Just not specifically these 5 ones. Oh and custom romming is the best, haven't had stock ROM in ages (so it's sometimes hard to tell what is missing from stock anyway). But I do prefer the stock feel of most roms, compared to Touchwiz

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Touchwiz is a bit too heavy, i wish they gave an advanced option to allow some items to no be installed from the initial boot. all the VR stuff might not be needed by some people or the gestures. I thought the galaxy s4 and note 3 had PIP? I suppose the app shortcuts are different from widgets, maybe i just dont understand the purpose of them over building a widget that can do more. custom roms are the reason i stayed with android, and thanks for giving a good rebuttal instead of flying off the handles like most people on this site

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I like the Samsung phone itself, just wish it would be possible to install a real custom ROM on it (not just some customized touchwiz). Oh crap, I stand corrected, had to look it up and those had indeed PiP video mode with their own video app. Wonder why they got rid of it afterwards. Nothing wrong with having a discussion or not agreeing, just be civil about it. Same goes for you, normal reactions instead of throwing a tantrum lol

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Its hard to beat samsung hardware... and once they started breaking links to stuff like android pay and samsung pay for rooting i just kind of stop... if you find an app or some work around to allow music controls with the screen off while music is playing (long press to skip tracks) please let me know, i do not understand why this is not in any OEM rom and its the thing i miss most from rooting

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm running Dirty Unicorns on a OnePlus 3T, under Dirty Tweaks they have an option to use the volume keys. Short press is volume, long press is prev/next But custom romming does break Android Pay (even without root), but since I used Magisk to root, I can hide root (with Magisk hide) to use apps that normally won't run with a rooted device. It even marks the phone as certified on the Play store, so I can install NetFlix normally. You could get a smartwatch and use the controls on the watch. This is what I do most of the times so I don't even get my phone out my pocket.

13. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Well since i broke my s7 edge and decided to try the axon 7 until next year, i guess i'll make a return to rooting. I'll try the magisk hide... the reason i need the controls is for when i ride my motorcycle, i can try to use my smart watch but its hit or miss with my gloves

15. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

that.... that is perfect, thank you sir! the only i have now doesnt have any buttons... and this way i can just pair to any phone i want!

6. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Even thought your statement is half right; don't forget if it wasn't for Android, there would not be any Samsung's device that could run the board of Android. See Tizen, Nokia, and Amazon's devices.

3. ariapakei

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2017

so in the adaptive icon section, there'll be no more "original" option?

4. Milen_Y

Posts: 116; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

It's currently not available, although it could be added in the final release. We don't know for sure yet.

16. Yongkykun

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

YouTube limits its PIP functionality only to subscribers (*RED), which sucks. I reckon it won't be long before someone creates an app that allows YouTube viewing with an adblock and PIP function.

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