At a time when most flagship Android devices are getting Android Q beta 3, LG is finally starting to roll out Android 9 Pie in the U.S. Starting today, the upgrade will be pushed out to LG V40 ThinQ on Verizon Wireless. The software version V405UA20a also bundles the April security patch.
The update includes gesture navigation, new camera features such as Story shot, Cine shot, and YouTube live recording, a game launcher, a home screen lock, the ability to use volume keys to control media, and dual app access among other things.
If you are an LG V40 ThinQ owner, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. Since this is an operating system update, it's going to be heavy, so make sure to juice up your phone and free up some memory if needed before proceeding with it. It's also recommended that you download the update over WiFi. You can expect to get an OTA notification soon but since Verizon hasn't said that the rollout is phased, you can also try to install the update manually. Just go to the Settings app, then select About Phones, navigate to Software Updates, then tap on Check for Update, and then choose Download Now.
Google released Android Pie back in August 2018 and the LG V40 ThinQ was actually launched after that. It is the first LG device in the U.S. to finally get Pie. Although Android Pie admittedly did have a slow rollout, LG has really taken the cake as even some phones that were released three years back have already gotten it. Prior to this, the company rolled out the Pie update to the LG V35 ThinQ in South Korea.
Although currently, the Verizon variant of the V40 ThinQ is the only device that is getting Pie, T-Mobile users can also expect to get it soon. LG shared its schedule for the Android 9.0 Pie update in its home country of South Korea last month and it hinted at a Q2/Q3 release. T-Mobile has updated its support page to inform customers that it has started testing Android Pie for the V40 ThinQ. The carrier is apparently ironing out bugs at the moment and is expected to push out the update very soon.
There was a time when LG released the first handset with Nougat but those days are clearly behind the company and now it has become one of the slowest vendors to roll out updates. Last year, the company opened a Software Upgrade Center but it is pretty obvious that the center didn't really help much.
Like many other smartphone vendors, LG has been affected by the global market slowdown. Back in April, the company announced that it will shift production from its home country of South Korea to Vietnam to cut costs. Although the manufacturer's phones are fairly popular in the U.S. and South Korea, it has been on a downward trajectory for a long time. To win over new customers and retain existing ones, the South Korean company doesn't just need to crank out better hardware, it also needs to up its software game.