Android 9 Pie is Google’s latest software dessert release with features like Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, Slices API, gesture navigation, and more. We’ve already seen devices like the Pixel/Pixel 2, Essential PH-1, OnePlus 6, and more recently the Xiaomi Mi A2, Motorola One Power, Nokia 6.1, and Sony Xperia XZ1 get the update. Even Samsung and Huawei/Honor have opened up beta programs for several of their devices. One smartphone manufacturer that’s conspicuously missing from our list is LG. LG recently launched the V40 ThinQ with Android 8.1 Oreo, nearly 2 months after Android Pie was officially released. So what are LG’s plans for the Android 9 Pie update? We still don’t know, but the company has gone ahead and pushed the update to the LG G7 One.
The LG G7 One is LG’s first smartphone in the Android One program, but it’s now also the first LG smartphone to be running Android Pie. XDA Senior Member ChrisAG posted on our LG G7 forum that an 812MB update was pushed to their device in Canada, bringing it up to Android 9 Pie with the latest November security patches. The kernel source code for the Android Pie release has already been uploaded as well. Since the device is in the Android One program, the G7 One is guaranteed to receive monthly security patch updates. However, the Android One program does not specify any timeline for major Android platform updates, so we’re glad to see that LG has finally released the update for the device.
Back in April, LG opened up a center dedicated to delivering faster software updates. As pointed out by Computerworld, though, we have yet to see any benefits from this dedicated software center. That an Android One device received the Android Pie update shouldn’t be too surprising since Android One devices are pretty close-to-stock. We have no idea how far along LG is in developing the next version of LG UX. Samsung will very likely release the stable One UI update for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 before LG releases the Android Pie update for the G7 and V40. We would love for LG to prove us wrong, and are patiently waiting to hear any news from them regarding their software release schedule.
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