Verizon LG V30 owners awake to a surprising OTA update
Goods new LG V30 owners, well some of you at least. A few days LG published the kernel source code for the Verizon Android 9.0 Pie update, and now the carrier has started rolling it out to handsets. The update, called "Software Update 14", is a 2.25 GB download, so make sure to be on Wi-Fi before you commence its download. The OS upgrade includes the following enhancements, besides bringing Android 9.0 Pie to the Verizon V30:
- Home touch buttons with gesture:
Swipe up on the Home button to switch to Overview or App drawer. Swipe right to move to the most recently used app.
- Use the Volume keys for media:
Changes what the Volume keys adjust by default from ringtone volume to media volume.
- Lockdown option:
Puts the phone into the state where biometrics cannot be used. All lock screen notifications are hidden, and Smart Lock turns off.
- Screenshot thumbnail:
When a screenshot is taken, its preview is displayed in the bottom right side of the screen in a thumbnail.
The update is the first we have seen for the V30 since LG pulled the worldwide Android 9.0 Pie release last month. While that rollout still seems on hold, for the time being, it is encouraging to see Android 9.0 Pie finally start reaching carrier-branded handsets. We also suspect that this is a newer build than the one that LG previously pulled too.
According to MyLGPhones, LG has published the kernel source code for AT&T and T-Mobile versions of the V30 too. Hopefully, these handsets should start seeing Android 9.0 Pie, albeit almost two quarters after LG promised it would start releasing the now outdated OS upgrade to its former V series flagship.