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LG continues to leave the V30 out in the cold, but there is a flashable Beta version of Android 9.0 Pie if you are feeling brave

Take a slice of Pie for the LG V30. (Image source: Droid Life)
Take a slice of Pie for the LG V30. (Image source: Droid Life)
Android 9.0 Pie is here for the LG V30, sort of. The OS update has reared its head online as a Beta, just like the one for the G6 recently did. The upgrade process is not for the faint-hearted though and comes with some prerequisites.
Update: Beta software for the US unlocked version of the LG V30 has surfaced online too.

There is still no official sign of Android 9.0 Pie for the V30, with LG failing to deliver on its promise of releasing the OS update to its former flagship by Q2 2019. The South Korean company then pushed the release date to July but did not commit to a specific date even for the South Korean model.

Now, a Beta version has appeared online, which the intrepid Android user should be able to flash to their V30. If you have had any experience of rooting your V30 or using LGUP, then you should be fine, but we would recommend avoiding this build if the device is your daily driver.

The news comes courtesy of XDA Developers, with member jericho246 having published a guide and provided download links for installing 9.0 Pie on the V30. There is a YouTube video too, but there are some hefty caveats. Firstly, jericho246 only recommends flashing this on an H930DS, although he does not explicitly state that it will not work on other variants.

Moreover, your device must be on a specific firmware before flashing, while some language packs are missing from the build. Finally, jericho246 states that you cannot roll back to Android Oreo, but there are conflicting reports on the XDA Developers about this with some people reporting that it is possible to return to Oreo if necessary. It is also unclear whether the Beta ROM will receive an update to the stable branch.

So, there are big risks with flashing this early build, and we cannot confirm people's reports on XDA Developers either. Hence, the publication of the Beta version of Android 9.0 Pie for the V30 should be more of a pointer in the right direction for most people, rather than an earlier way of upgrading from Oreo.

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Update

The Android 9.0 Pie Beta has since been posted for the unlocked US version of the LG V30 too. XDA Developers originally posted the update, the links and instructions for which can be found here.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-07-17 (Update: 2019-07-19)
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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.