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LG surprises fans with its latest V50 ThinQ update

Has LG turned a corner with the LG V50 ThinQ? (Image source: Pocketnow)
Has LG turned a corner with the LG V50 ThinQ? (Image source: Pocketnow)
LG may still be rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6, but the company has already started moving the V50 ThinQ onto Android 10. Better yet, the South Korean company has done so ahead of schedule. Shocked? So are we.

Some Android OEMs are known for quickly releasing OS upgrades to their handsets. OnePlus is one of them, for example, but LG is not. The South Korean company opened a software upgrade centre two years ago to address the speed with which it released software updates, but it failed to stick to its initial timelines with several flagships last year. The V20, V30 and G6 were casualties of these struggles, but the company has seemingly turned a corner in 2020.

While it is still yet to finish rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the G6, the company released a stable Android 10 update for the G8 ThinQ last week, which has now been joined by the V50 ThinQ. According to XDA Developers contributor Max Weinbach, LG had been expected to release Android 10 to the device in Q2 2020, putting LG three months ahead of schedule.

The update is only live in South Korea for the time being, but it will likely hit other countries in the coming weeks. Alternatively, handsets can apparently receive the update by enrolling onto the beta program through the Quick Help app. We have been unable to verify this, though.

The update not only brings Android to the V50 ThinQ, but also several other changes. The changelog is in Korean, but according to a translation by XDA Developers, the update also contains the following:

  • Pop-up window mode has been added.
  • Full gesture navigation has been added.
  • Photo mode and video mode have been separated from the camera.
  • December 2019 security patches.
(Image source: XDA Developers)
(Image source: XDA Developers)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-18 (Update: 2020-01-18)