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LG G7 ThinQ gets Pie, but only as a beta and in Korea

The LG G7 ThinQ. (Source: DirectD)
The LG G7 ThinQ. (Source: DirectD)
The LG G7 ThinQ is still currently on Android Oreo, with no upgrade in sight. However, reports of a new Pie-based beta available to users in South Korea may give new hope to owners worldwide of a stable version of this OS soon.

The G7 ThinQ is one of LG's most recent flagships. However, it is yet to see an update to the latest version of Android (Pie, 9.0). However, the Korean company instituted a dedicated Software Upgrade Center to ensure that its devices' OS are more up-to-date more often. As a possible result, there is now a beta program for Pie testing on the G7 ThinQ available. On the other hand, it is only available to customers in South Korea.

This program is open to all G7 ThinQ owners, regardless of whether the device is locked to a carrier in the country or not. It involves downloading Pie for this phone in beta, running it and submitting feedback via an app. This may help LG to optimise the ROM until it is fit to be released as a stable version.

On the other hand, there are no indications as to how long this process will take, and how soon non-Korean users will see stable stock Pie for their new LG phones. In addition, this program does not apply to the very latest phone released from this OEM, the LG V40 ThinQ. Therefore, these users hoping for Pie by (for example) the end of the year may be a little over-optimistic.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-11-22 (Update: 2018-11-22)