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Android 9.0 Pie finally breaks cover on the LG V20

LG had promised to release Android Pie to the V20 by Q3 2019. (Image source: LG)
LG had promised to release Android Pie to the V20 by Q3 2019. (Image source: LG)
Were you losing hope that LG would ever deliver Android 9.0 Pie to the V20? Well, while being a quarter late, the South Korean company has started rolling out the OS upgrade to handsets. The switch to Android 9.0 Pie may not be a smooth one for LG's former flagship, though.

Encouraging news LG V20 owners, for the South Korean company has started the roll-out of Android 9.0 Pie to its former flagship. The first Android 7.0 Nougat handset only received its first system update late last year and was initially stricken from LG's Android 9.0 Pie plans before the company u-turned at the turn of the year. It then promised to deliver Pie to the V20 by Q3 2019, a deadline it evidently failed to meet.

Now, the company has started pushing Android 9.0 Pie to the F800K, F800L and F800S according to a company statement. These South Korean models are the only ones to receive the OS upgrade so far, but that does not mean other variants are being left out in the cold. Despite the company not mentioning so in today's announcement, it regularly starts OS upgrade roll-outs in South Korea before expanding the release to other countries. Hence, Android 9.0 Pie should start hitting other handsets within the next few weeks and months.

While we remain none the wiser about why LG failed to release Android 9.0 Pie to the V20 in Q3 2019 as it had initially claimed it would, it is surprising to see the company follow-through on delivering the OS upgrade at all. We have included an auto-translated version of the changelog below to give you an idea of what Android 9.0 Pie will bring to the V20.

The statement at the top of the changelog warning of an error occurring during the upgrade process concerns us, though. Worse still, this upgrade prevents people from downgrading their devices back to Android Oreo or Nougat. Hopefully, the LG V20 Android 9.0 Pie roll-out will be smoother than the equivalent for the LG V30, although those caveats do not give us any hope that will be the case.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-10-31 (Update: 2019-11- 1)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.