Google formally intros the LG V20 as the first phone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box

Starting today, August 22, Android 7.0 Nougat is officially rolling out, but only to the Pixel C convertible tablet and select Nexus devices - including the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player.

While no one is surprised to see that Google's own devices are the first to be updated to Nougat, this year, things are different when it comes to the very first phone to run the new version of Android out of the box. This won't be a Nexus, but the upcoming LG V20.

Of course, LG already announced that the V20 would come with Nougat pre-installed, and now Google reconfirms this by "introducing the LG V20" as "the first new smartphone that comes with Android Nougat, right out of the box." The V20 is mentioned over at the official Android 7.0 Nougat website, and perhaps "introducing" is an exaggerated term, as Google doesn't actually show the handset, nor does it mention anything else about it besides what's quoted above. Still, we can catch a glimpse of the V20's Nougat UI, though this is (unsurprisingly) not too different from the Android Marshmallow UI that we're familiar with from the LG G5.

The LG V20 will be officially unveiled on September 6, and could be released later next month in the US, possibly costing $649 off contract. According to rumors, the V20 should feature a modular design, a dual rear camera, fingerprint scanner, and Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. LG says that the new handset can offer "the best video and audio experience", but we'll see about that.


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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(14.17h talk time)



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The V20 should follow in the footsteps of the V10. The G5 was a disappointment, which is not all that surprising.

3. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I wouldn't mind a module system, but it has to be done better, no restart, no visible hole, more robust. If V20 had that I could accept it, but preferably I would like an updated V10.

5. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Hot swapping should have been priority so that the phone doesn't need to be shut down every time you want to change out a module or extend battery life. I would make an exception for battery swapping but maybe it could have a backup onboard battery to allow battery hot swapping but it would be complicated and can die before the phone gets replaced.

16. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

You'd think they could engineer a tiny permanent backup battery, that would be just enough to keep the phone on while swapping modules. Like a little 20mAh reserve.

12. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Please. And I hope the mmotherboard dorsnt have issues like the G4

15. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I completely agree on this one. I wouldn't mind a vastly improved modular system though.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If they want to do modular, they need to stick with it for the next few generations. It's take time to build up a user base and trust.

2. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

So does that mean the Nexus devices will be looking at October releases? Ughhh buzz kill

7. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LG screw the pooch again. Really thought they would of learn from the G5 flop. They should of built off the V10 design and iron out any boot loop bugs. Not sure if V10 had these but a lot of the G4's did. Be interesting to see what they do next year.

22. ELP1970 unregistered

I Quite Agree...

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

*yuk* same outdated UI.. It seems sammy and the Moto Z will runaway with android phones of the year afterall.. Btw, from first phone to launch with androisd 7.0, to first phone to run 7.0 OUT OF THE BOX. Lol, what next? The first korean phone to launch 7.0 or maybe the first LG phone to launch with android 7.0?

13. dimas

Posts: 3404; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Well how did you know that ui sucks? It's not yet released yes?

9. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Where's the nexii's?

10. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Im getting this phone,once it release just for that OS..

11. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Wonder if those modular components are cross comparable with the G5. Well they better be.

14. dimas

Posts: 3404; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

4000 to 5000mah battery for v20 and I'll buy this against note 7.

17. KingSam

Posts: 1494; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Ugly icons. The camera looks like a washing machine.

18. fyah_king unregistered

I love my G5.

23. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Lg haters troling

19. Elfmonster unregistered

I prefer the notification shade of lg over everyone else, like most people I use nova so I don't care about the built in blah blah, but I hope lg v20 doesn't do duotone colors top and bottom like the last G did, that was awful, those clashy colors, what were they thinking

21. Romantico3pe

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Love my lg g5

24. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Samsung fanboy trolling

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