LG V20 starts receiving unexpected Android 9.0 Pie update

LG V20 starts receiving unexpected Android 9.0 Pie update
LG wants to turn the page to a new chapter in its software support book, but before kicking off Android 10 rollouts for the likes of the G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ, the company is not done updating some of its old phones to the previous major OS version.

While the 2017-released G6 and V30 continue to wait for their official Android 9.0 promotions in US unlocked variants (as well as a couple of carrier-specific models), LG is taking care of an even older high-end device with a totally surprising Pie-flavored goodie pack. The V20 was one of the first handsets to launch running Android 7.0 Nougat out the box back in the fall of 2016, but after making the jump to Oreo, the somewhat unconventional 5.7-incher was not really expected to receive any other important updates. 

LG even relinquished the responsibility to deliver regular security patches all the way back in January, so you can imagine our surprise at seeing the Android Pie build applied to all three network-locked V20 versions in Korea earlier today (via Reddit). Of course, this doesn't guarantee an impending international rollout, but if history is any indication, that's exactly what will follow in a few months.

The G7 ThinQ, for instance, scored its first slice of Pie at the beginning of the year, keeping US-based users waiting for a taste of the same treat up to seven additional months. Such a long wait might feel excruciating for LG V20 owners considering Android 10 has already been out for a while now, but this is the textbook definition of a "better late than never" scenario. 

Obviously, the V20 is pretty outdated from a number of standpoints, ranging from its highly experimental design to the Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, but an Android 9.0 upgrade could be able to breathe new life into an ancient flagship that's still faster and sharper than many "modern" mid-rangers.

In case you're wondering, the Korean Pie changelog is rather lengthy, including everything from Digital Wellbeing tools to new battery saving functionality, improved security, and a bunch of small but notable UI tweaks.

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10 Comments

1. shield

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Nice LG, LG need Better update system for all LG smartphone!

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not just better but stable as well :)

4. sportsinger75

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Interesting, I'd be interested to see if/when carrier versions in the US get updated

5. rsiders

Posts: 1988; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is pretty amazing actually. I really loved the V20 as one of the last true power user phones.

6. kennybenny

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Maybe this is the beginning of an turn around for LG..... Who knows? I’m considering pulling an trigger on the LG K30/X2 2019 because it’s pretty cheap in Canada...... (around $140 CAD on my carrier) Not holding my breath for an Android 10 update but maybe a little surprise could happen!

8. Iunlock5625

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2019

Might want to consider getting a V20 unlocked from Amazon, I've been using it for 4 years. Have never had any technical issues. You can get it from Amazon for about $125 us dollars. It has enough power to do most anything, great camera, and now there's a 4200mah battery available that doesn't require a larger cover.

7. Zohan

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Meanwhile Sprint V40 owners still not getting Pie update!

9. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

LG is hilarious. I might get Android 10 on my 2018 V35 by 2021, or maybe (more likely) just never at all. Only thing that really sucks about not getting it is Google's crappy implementation of system-wide dark mode pretty much requiring Android 10 to work in most apps.

10. HarysViewty

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

Do you know that lg ux already support system wide dark mode on pie? And you can just Install an app for that on nougat oreo And LG oreo support native rootless substratum theming too

11. moo4x

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 04, 2019

While this LGV20 owner would like Android 9, my bigger concern is the last security update received is dated 11/18. And they say Windows XP is dangerous. Android (especially unpatched) is much worse. So far I've been lucky. Running MBAM, & afaik the phone is clean. I also do very little internet browsing on my phone, & can only receive text viruses if I'm on wi-fi as I have a no data plan.

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