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Dropping like flies: LG announces its LG UX 9.0 Android 10 roadmap

The V50 ThinQ has already started receiving Android 10 in South Korea. (Image source: @SomeGadgetGuy)
The V50 ThinQ has already started receiving Android 10 in South Korea. (Image source: @SomeGadgetGuy)
Two years ago, LG promised that it would start delivering updates faster and more frequently. While 2019 largely proved a bust in that regard, the company has already started pushing Android 10 to the V50 ThinQ. Now, the company has announced its Android 10 roadmap, and who knew that promising to deliver updates in a more timely manner also meant ditching most of your current portfolio.

New year, new LG? As the company nears two years since it started "providing customers with faster and timelier updates", it has published its roadmap for delivering Android 10 in 2020. The early release of Android 10 for the V50 ThinQ hinted that LG was getting better at issuing OS upgrades to their recent smartphones, but its new roadmap makes for sparse reading.

Before we continue, only LG Electronics Italia has published its Android 10 roadmap, so more devices could be eligible in other regions. This is not guaranteed, though. According to a press release, the company will start releasing Android 10 from next month to the following devices:

  • Q1 2020 - V50 ThinQ
  • Q2 2020 - G8X ThinQ
  • Q3 2020 - G7, G8S, V40
  • Q4 2020 - K40S, K50, K50S and Q60

Perhaps expectedly, LG has dropped any device that is already over two-years-old. Correspondingly, the company has ended support for the V20, V30 and G6, among others. However, several more recent devices have not made the cut, either. By our count, LG has dropped support for at least eleven smartphones that it released in 2018 or 2019, although that list grows to well beyond that number when factoring in the various names under which they are marketed. While the list below is probably not exhaustive, at least the following 2018 or 2019 LG smartphones will not receive Android 10:

  • G7 Fit
  • G7 Fit+
  • K9
  • K11
  • K11+
  • K11α
  • K12+
  • K20 (2019)
  • K30 (2019)
  • K40
  • Q Stylus
  • Q Stylus +
  • Q Stylus α
  • Q7
  • Q7+
  • Q7α
  • Q70
  • Stylo 5
  • V35 ThinQ
  • X2 (2019)
  • X4 (2019)
  • X power3

We are hesitant to include the G Pad 5 10.1 to that list, though. LG only announced the device last October, but this roadmap may only include smartphones. We are unsurprised by the omission of the V35 ThinQ either, as it was essentially a re-bodied V30 ThinQ. Likewise, the G7 Fit was always a strange redo of the G7. The Q70 and Stylo 5 are unfortunate casualties in our opinion, though.

In short, we cannot understand the logic of LG's Android 10 roadmap. We would not be surprised if the company pushed the release dates for some handsets too, as it did last year.

Please note: We have ordered the devices that are eligible for Android 10 by quarter and alphabetically. The order above does not reflect the order in which LG will release the OS upgrade for each quarter.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-24 (Update: 2020-01-24)