Good news this morning for those of you who have the LG V20 on Sprint. The carrier has released the Android Oreo update for the 2016 flagship phone and it is making its way out to customers now. The new build is OPR1.170623.032 for those keeping score at home.
The update brings all the standard goodness of Android Oreo 8.0 to the phone along with the July Android Security Update. As you would expect, it is a hefty update at just over 1.5GB so you will certainly want to download this update via WiFi and to install, you will need at least 80% battery life.
Good news this morning for those of you who have the 2017 LG G6 on the Verizon network. Your Android Oreo update has been released and is on its way. The update is about 1.9GB in size so you will certainly want to download it via WiFI. You are looking for build VS98820a according to the release notes from Verizon.
The update of course brings all the goodness of Oreo to the G6 but also brings a few refinements to the phone too such as an improve home screen layout as well as some new lock screen wallpapers for you to enjoy.
If there was ever a proof point that LG’s mobile division is in trouble or at the very least in disarray, look no further than the LG V30S ThinQ. The company announced this enhanced version of the LG V30 at Mobile World Congress and I use enhanced very liberally. Basically it is a V30 with 6GB of RAM (instead of 4GB) and has a base storage of 128GB (up from 64GB). Throw in a little Artificial Intelligence for improved photos and Android Oreo and badabing! You have a LG V30S.
Spec wise, the V30S is identical to the V30 so you aren’t going to get any improvements as far as the SoC is concerned. It is still running the Snapdragon 835. It has the same display, same chassis design… same everything. You get the idea.
LG has quietly updated their Security Bulletins page on their support site, dropping support for several older G-Series phones with the September update. The G3, G4, G4 Stylus and LG Stylo have all been removed from the support list meaning that it is highly unlikely they will be getting updates going forward.
That isn’t too surprising. The G3 for example was released in May 2014 so the fact that the company was providing updates to it at all some 3 years down the road was impressive.
One of the more anticipated phones of the second half of 2017 is finally here. The LG V30 was announced at IFA 2017 in Berlin this morning and it has all the specifications you would expect for a flagship device.
The LG V30 is 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39mm & weighs 158g. That’s 5.97 x 2.96 x .29 inches & 5.57 ounces in old money. The 6″ display is a QHD P-OLED display that renders 2880 x 1440 in a 18:9 ratio. That gives you a very eye comforting 538ppi. LG refers to the display as FullVision which is their term for a near bezel-less experience. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB of RAM. This is coupled with either 64GB or 128GB of storage depending on the variant you pick up. That storage can be expanded up to an additional 2TB thanks to the MicroSD slot.
After several months of waiting, the unlocked LG G5 here in the United States is finally receiving its Android Nougat update. The update comes months after many other unlocked variants in other countries received the update. Canadian LG G5 users for example, received the update back in December. Locked variants of the phone on AT&T received the update in February.
The update is a big one at over 1.3GB so Wi-Fi is a must to download it and you can expect the install time after the download to take about 10 minutes.
Based on postings on Google+ and reports from other sites, it looks like many of those who pre-ordered the new LG G6 have started to receive their new phones. The official launch date for the phone here in the United States is April 7th but AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint users are reporting they are already receiving the new phone. Verizon? Not so much.
Pre-orders for LG’s latest flagship started just last week and if you did pre-order, you would also receive a Google Home too. Remember that the LG G6 is the first phone to launch with Google Assistant built in outside of Google themselves so the promotion, which goes through orders made until April 30th, makes sense.
The new LG G6 is coming to T-Mobile on April 7th. The carrier announced that the latest LG flagship would be coming to them at a price of $26 per month for 24 months & a $26 down payment. That roughly works out to $650 for the phone which is about what expected to the street price. The G6 has already caught a lot of people’s attention with its 5.7″ display that has an 18:9 aspect ratio. Having held a near-final version of the phone, it feels long in your hand but is comfortable.
The specs of the LG G6 are solid. It is powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor and is coupled with 4GB of RAM. Storage wise, it has 32GB onboard which can be expanded up to an additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD slot. It is powered by a 33oomAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology for rapid charging. The G6 has a fingerprint scanner in the back which is also the
physical power button for the device. Finally, do remember that the G6 is the first phone to ship with Google Assistant out-of-the-box and runs Android Nougat 7.0.
For those of you who are wanting to pick up the G6, if you place your order at T-Mobile before April 30th, you will also get a Google Home at no additional cost. That’s a $129 value so not a bad deal at all. Head over to T-Mobile to get all the details.