LG releases its update schedule for Q4 2019, but the V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ have not made the cut
LG promised to improve the speed with which it delivered OS updates, but it looks like it is only partially keeping to its word. The South Korean company has earned its reputation of being one of the slower OEMs to release software updates, with many of its former flagships belatedly receiving Android 9.0 Pie if at all. The LG V20, for example, has only just started receiving last year's version of Android, while we have criticised the company for how it has delivered Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6.
While Q4 2019 could represent a new chapter for LG and OS updates, only one of its recent flagships will receive Android 10 before the end of the year. Encouragingly, the company has committed itself to deliver Android 10 to the G8 ThinQ before 2020, although this probably only applies to South Korean variants if past OS upgrades are anything to go by. You may be able to try a beta build sooner if you get onto the LG OS Preview Program, though.
Disappointingly, the V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ are all missing from the company's Q4 2019 update schedule, though. LG is only just preparing to release Android 9.0 Pie to other handsets too. The LG Q9, X5(2018) and X4(2019) are the lucky ones this quarter, along with the V20. Curiously, LG has re-named the V20 the V20 ThinQ, for some reason.
Separately, the LG G7 One is also set to receive Android 10 before the end of the year. However, it will do so as part of the Android One program and not through LG's update channels. Google controls the release of OS upgrades on Android One, so we cannot credit LG with this one.
It remains to be seen whether LG will follow-through on its promises of bringing Android 10 to even one device this year. The torrid time it had with keeping to self-imposed deadlines this year would suggest otherwise, but hopefully 2020 will be the year when LG starts delivering more timely OS upgrades to its consumers.