Notebookcheck

Verizon LG V30 owners awake to a surprising OTA update

The LG V30 in its Verizon livery. (Image source: LG)
The LG V30 in its Verizon livery. (Image source: LG)
Seemingly without warning, Verizon has started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG V30. The update, which should be available over the air (OTA) right now, weighs in at 2.25 GB and is downloadable from LG Bridge too. The rollout is the first we have seen for the V30 since LG pulled the worldwide Android 9.0 Pie release for its former flagship last month.

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should start seeing Android 9.0 Pie, albeit almost two quarters after LG promised it would start releasing the now outdated OS upgrade to its former V series flagship.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Especially English native speakers welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

(Image source: Reddit)

Source(s)

Read all 1 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2019 09 > Verizon LG V30 owners awake to a surprising OTA update
Alex Alderson, 2019-09-15 (Update: 2019-09-16)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
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.