LG V30 receives official Android 9.0 Pie update on its second big US carrier

LG V30 receives official Android 9.0 Pie update on its second big US carrier
There was a time, not so long ago, when LG's high-end smartphones earned just as solid reviews as their direct Samsung rivals, but sadly, the company continues to cripple the long-term appeal of its best Android handsets by delivering major software updates painfully late.

Case in point, the LG V30 that barely started receiving Pie-flavored goodies a couple of months ago across a number of European markets. This is a fairly outdated device that saw daylight back in the fall of 2017 with Snapdragon 835 processing power and a beautiful 6-inch OLED display sporting razor-thin bezels. We obviously wouldn't recommend you buy the phone nowadays... unless you can get it at a truly irresistible price from a highly trusted seller, but something tells us there are still many people around the world rocking V30 units purchased in 2017 and 2018.

After all, this bad boy was widely praised back in the day for its premium build quality, excellent overall performance, stellar battery life, and proficient camera. Well, if you're among those who appreciated these attributes and went for either a Verizon or AT&T-specific variant, you should finally be able to have a taste of Android 9.0 Pie. 

The latter carrier is reportedly following in Big Red's footsteps, sending out an over-the-air update as we speak that also includes September security patches. Interestingly, AT&T has yet to bring Android 9.0 tweaks and enhancements to the newer LG G7 ThinQ, focusing first on V-series devices with OS makeovers for the V40 ThinQ, V35 ThinQ, and now V30.

While you could definitely argue that all's well when ends well for LG V30 owners, seeing the Galaxy Note 8 that Samsung also released back in the fall of 2017 upgraded to Android Pie months in advance on all major US carriers has to sting.

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  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)



2. ike301

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

This is laughable. Another LG flagship phone that's late to the party. Just know this. If you buy an LG flagship phone, you will only receive one OS update and very spotty security updates. Trust me, I know from experience. LG mobile is a complete joke.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

not COMPLETELY LG's fault.... US carriers carry a huge load of the blame. possibly more than the OEMs

12. Burywmore

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2019

One mistake here. The LGV30 shipped with Nougat. They updated to Oreo within a few months. If they actually get Pie, that's two OS updates.

3. inFla

Posts: 137; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

I like LG phones. You can get a fairly new flagship phone for a drastically reduced priced. My LG got the latest security update before my android one phone Quality phones, 2 year warranty, I'll want for android updates. So much for the bad mouths.

4. Duncdawg26

Posts: 176; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

I'm rocking a tmobile v30 that I bought lightly used 6 months ago for $180 on swappa. For those truly on a budget, LG is a Godsend. Of course you should never buy an inferior LG flagship at the time of release, especially if you can afford otherwise. But for the price to fall something like 80% in one year, spending around $200 for last years flagship chipset and camera (albeit, usually a camera a step below rivals) is AMAZING. I'm more than willing to trade slow and/or limited updates for top of the line hardware that can't be rivaled by any budget phone in the US market. With how customizable android is, you can get most of the features from the newest android update through apps (thank you Nova and Fluid Navigation Gestures!) I would gladly grab the v40 or G8 for $250 over an equally priced Moto G7. The US budget offerings are so poor that year old LG flagships are WAY ahead of equally priced "budget" phones that get just about the same amount of updates. If poor software updates contribute to LG's massive price drops, then I wouldn't want them to improve at all.

6. Ublome

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

I ditched my Tmobile V30 as soon as the OnePlus 7 Pro came out. I will never own another LG product, or carrier based phone.

10. Tony2

Posts: 22; Member since: May 21, 2019

No wireless charging, no headphone jack with awesome dac, no SD card, for around $700, no thanks, all keep my v30 any day. Got it last Dec new in sealed box for $280.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1476; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I have the At&t unlocked v35 and which j got cheap. I just manually flashed the US unlocled Pie update. Battery life is improved. 8 hours screen on time. Mostly video watching, gaming, reading, social media and web browsing. Thanks to the guys on XDA. LG also just released the kernel source so we could start seeing custom roms. Root and Bootloader unlock and also twrp recovery are already available in a matter of days. I hope there's a great Android 10 Rom in the works. Rn the v35 is $250 new on ebay.

8. Tony2

Posts: 22; Member since: May 21, 2019

Anyone know when we can expect the update from tmobil?

9. liteon163

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I am disappointed by the slower performance from my Verizon V30 running Pie. The Pie update works fine on my Verizon LG G7, though.

11. Asho635

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2019

The reason at&t is not rolling out an update for the LG G7 thinq is that they did not sell that phone through their stores. They decided to only carry the LG V35. So if you have a LG G7 on AT&T network you would have bought it from another carrier who would be responsible for pushing the update or through LG themselves and then you would receive the update directly from LG.

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