T-Mobile becomes the third US carrier to push Android 9.0 Pie to the LG V30

T-Mobile becomes the third US carrier to push Android 9.0 Pie to the LG V30
Originally released back in the fall of 2017 with a then-powerful Snapdragon 835 processor on deck, as well as a beautiful 6-inch P-OLED screen sporting razor-thin bezels, the LG V30 might just be the best piece of mobile hardware you can buy nowadays for less than $250 on eBay in brand-new condition.

Unfortunately, the software hasn't been keeping up with the excellent hardware of the V30, but LG started to remedy that situation in Europe a few months ago, and one by one, major US carriers are following suit in delivering a relatively modern set of Android Pie goodies to the somewhat outdated high-end device. This is technically no longer the latest version of the world's most popular mobile operating system, but for a two year-old handset that made its commercial debut back in the day running Android 7.1 Nougat, it's certainly a big improvement.

Android 9.0 is also the OS build the LG V30 is expected to stay on for the remainder of its life, so you can probably forgive Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile for taking so long to optimize and make sure the update is as stable and as silky smooth as possible. After Big Red got the ball rolling among the nation's top wireless service providers, AT&T needed just a couple of extra weeks to join the party, and now T-Mobile is reportedly sending over-the-air software tweaks, security patches, and performance enhancements of its own.

If you're lucky, odds are you'll be able to download and install the official update on a T-Mo-specific V30 variant (model number H932) in a matter of hours, but if you're not, you can either continue playing the waiting game (for no more than a few days, presumably) or pull the Android 9.0 Pie package manually using the LG Bridge desktop utility. Now the ball is firmly in Sprint's court, but seeing as how the "Now Network" hasn't even brought Pie-flavored treats to the V40 ThinQ yet, we wouldn't hold our breath if we owned the carrier's take on the much older V30.

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9 Comments

3. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

Once upon a time Sprint was quickest to update their phones. Now it seems they can't be bothered.

4. cgigate

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 28, 2019

It depends on LG not the Sprint

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Then why have the other 3 carriers already beaten them to the punch? Of course LG factors in, but Sprint does as well.

7. MrMalignance

Posts: 300; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I agree with you AngelicusMaximus, after lg releases the update, it's up to each carrier to figure how to apply it to their devices. Ota rollout times and carrier exclusive issues can cause delays, but this one is all on Sprint. That being said, it might be that Sprint has certain demands that they wanted for the update (ex. Better speed, stability, etc...). Also I heard from Sprint that their update should be out within a week or two

5. joenodden

Posts: 12; Member since: May 09, 2019

Oof I still don't have it on my H932.

8. Rgallo10

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 07, 2019

I don't understand why it takes so damn long is been 2 years Google really needs to fix this

9. ike301

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Google has nothing to do with it.

10. Rgallo10

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 07, 2019

ofcourse they do,they can force them to update faster, the real issue is that , the software goes from Google to LG to Carrier and then it gets released, and thats months and months of work for some reason. Not sure how DEV used to port new software over with in days and work just fine.

11. drazwy

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

LOL Android 9...

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