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Android 11 finally hits the LG Velvet 5G UW in the US

The LG Velvet 5G UW. (Source: Verizon)
The LG Velvet 5G UW. (Source: Verizon)
The Velvet 5G UW is the Verizon version of this LG premium mid-ranger. It was announced and released in 2020, and is now receiving the major software update that upgrades the phone to Android 11. It comes with new features such as conversation bubbles, Nearby Share and Focus Mode, and also raises the security patch level to that of March 2021.

The LG Velvet 5G UW is a variant optimized to use Verizon's ultra-wide-band (or the eponymous UW) new-radio bands. It ran Android 10 on its release through this network, and had, like many other phones from this erstwhile mobile OEM, been left adrift in terms of major upgrades for some time.

In fact, LG had only started to roll Android 11 out to the Velvet in early 2021, and only then in South Korea and as a beta to start off with. Now, however, its 5G UW sibling has finally joined in on running this up-to-date UI. Verizon has just announced the necessary update for its specific version of the phone.

This OTA is termed the G900VM20a software version for the LG Velvet 5G UW, and accordingly confers many Android 11-based features on the device. They include a number of new quick-setting icons: Bedtime Mode,  Focus Mode and Nearby Share. 

Therefore, Velvet 5G UW users can optimize their device to pause potentially distracting apps during work or sleep hours, and also have a new option with which to send files. They can see if for their new and major update has arrived yet by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software updates -> Check for Update.

If present, it will also upgrade the Velvet 5G UW's security patch level to March 2021, which is only slightly outdated at this point.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-11 (Update: 2021-04-11)