The LG V20 is two years old and while the company prepares to unveil the next generation LG V40 ThinQ handset, it’s time for its 2016 flagship to receive an update to the latest Android interface. From what it looks like, the LG seems to be seeding Android 8.0 Oreo to the LG V20, with users in South Korea getting the first taste of the new firmware.
According to MyLGPhones, the OTA update to Android 8.0 Oreo will be available in versions F800L, F800K and F800S for the users in its home country. Weighing in at a little over 1.6GB, the update will shift the build number to V20c-JUL-06-2018 and is available initially as part of a wide soak test after which LG will starting rolling the OTA Update globally.
As was expected, the latest Android update brings several UI changes including new icon shapes, a refined Settings menu and the ability to hide Home Touch buttons when using apps. In terms of notifications, users can control and modify all information in one place while also being grated with badges to display the number of notifications from an app.
The Oreo update also fixes the Sony LDAC codec which is now allowed when pairing Bluetooth headsets. Android Oreo also brings an app shortcut menu when long pressing an app icon. It’s unclear whether LG has updated the security level of the smartphone to the latest July 2018 patch but the company has indicated that there have been some performance and battery-related optimisations when it comes to background app usage.