The first LG phone to receive Android 10 update in North America might come as a surprise

The first LG phone to receive Android 10 update in North America might come as a surprise
After doing a pretty horrendous job of delivering Android Pie updates to a number of devices initially powered by the Oreo OS flavor, LG made a fairly vague promise a couple of months ago that the next batch of software goodies would spread faster.

In keeping with that pledge, the stable Android 10 rollout for the G8 ThinQ started a few weeks back. Unsurprisingly, we're merely talking about Korea-specific units, but this is still a big step forward for LG after waiting until January to kick off the Android 9.0 update for the G7 ThinQ in its domestic market.

Meanwhile, an entirely different LG phone is jumping to the latest OS version in North America before Christmas, although that will only come as a surprise if you're not familiar with the Android One program. The G7 One basically resembles a Google Pixel handset from a software standpoint, running Android the way the search giant originally envisioned the platform. That essentially means you don't get any of LG's proprietary bells and whistles typically added on top of the stock UI on devices like the G7 ThinQ and G8 ThinQ.

The LG G7 One was also the company's first handset to leave Android Oreo behind for a juicy slice of Pie way back in November 2018, so if anything, it almost feels like this rollout is a little late. Unfortunately, the Snapdragon 835-powered 6.1-incher was never officially released in the US, so if you're curious to try out the vanilla Android 10 experience on an LG phone, you'll have to travel up north, where the update is making its way as we speak to Bell customers and possibly G7 One variants on other Canadian carriers as well.

Back to the US, you should obviously expect local carriers to send over-the-air Android 10 goodie packs to the LG G8 ThinQ first and foremost, presumably followed by the G8X ThinQ and V50 ThinQ and only after all that by the G7 ThinQ. Then again, believe it or not, Sprint has yet to deliver its official Android Pie update for the "Now Network"-locked G7 ThinQ, which makes the next few months very interesting to follow.

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5 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2442; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

How's that "Software Upgrade Center" going LG?

3. liteon163

Posts: 84; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Don't hold your breath, Sprint users. Their version of the G7 ThinQ is no longer ceritified for Google Pay because it's been hacked to the degree scammers are selling "unlocked" versions of the phone that are actually former Sprint units with different firmware on them. I know this because my son bought from eBay a ULM model that, upon further investigation, began its life as a Sprint unit. There is no way to restore the Sprint firmware because of the way that network issues OTA updates (there is no way to adb into the phone to restore previous versions). So I predict Sprint will never offer an update to Android 10 on their LG G7 ThinQ.

4. mr.joosue

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

*cries in LG V35*

5. RobertJ

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 17, 2019

I have the LG G7 One and I'm on T-Mobile in the US and I received it today at around 1pm.

6. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Nice.

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