Verizon is performing a little magic on its variant of the LG V30
. They are waving a magic wand (borrowed from Harry Potter, of course) and turning the LG V30
into the LG V30 ThinQ. The update, which carries software version VS99620b, adds AI CAM to the handset's camera. This allows the camera to analyze the subject and recommend one of four filters available. Each filter optimizes certain settings like contrast, saturation and color. these recommendations are made after the AI CAM places the subject of a photograph into one of eight different categories such as "people, pets, food, flowers, city, landscape (sea/sky), sunset or sunrise."
Screenshot of the AI CAM on the Verizon LG V30 ThinQ
Another change is seen when the phone boots up. The boot screen now shows that the phone has been magically transformed into the LG V30 ThinQ. Check out the before and after images at the top of this story. Keep in mind that this is NOT the LG V30S ThinQ
, which was unveiled at MWC in February
and includes extra RAM and more internal storage. But the point is that LG is pushing AI and wants everything, from its smart speakers to refrigerators, to be under the ThinQ branding umbrella.
The OTA update also features the March Android security update. And as always, we recommend that users follow two basic rules before starting to update their handset. Make sure that the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network (Verizon adds that a strong Verizon network connection will also suffice), and that the battery is fully charged.
Maybe Big Red isn't pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but we think that Verizon customers with the LG V30 in hand will appreciate this magic a lot more.