LG managed to launch the V20 last year with Android Nougat pre-installed – the first phone to arrive with the latest version of Android out of the box. We might see a similar thing happen this year with the upcoming LG V30, which is due to be unveiled on August 31, just a few days after the Galaxy Note 8.
LG managed to swing this last year largely thanks to its tight relationship with Google on various Nexus partnerships, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this year Samsung hasn’t tried to wrestle that special benefit from its South Korean competition’s hands. Regardless of whether LG manages a repeat of last year’s pre-installed magic trick, LG has a bit of work to do with the rest of its device updates.
With Nougat, LG got the first update out to the LG G5 on Sprint after 91 days, just two weeks after the very first update hit South Korean devices. T-Mobile followed a little over a week later, followed by Verizon immediately afterward. AT&T dropped the ball big-time, taking double the length of time it took Sprint to get Nougat out: an eye-watering 182 days (which, for comparison’s sake is the same amount of time it took for the very first Samsung device to get updated to Nougat).
For the Marshmallow update, LG was similarly speedy, taking less than two months to get it out in South Korea and just 75 days for the US, on the Sprint LG G4. Non-flagship devices have always been LG’s weak point, so being first with an update for one device isn’t exactly helpful if you don’t own the latest and greatest.
Either way, we should see the LG Android 8.0 update roll out for the LG G6 somewhere between two and a half months to three months after Google releases it. As per usual, South Korea will likely get it about two weeks earlier. That puts the first US update around October or November depending on when in August Oreo first becomes available. As mentioned above, the V30 might well arrive with Oreo pre-installed.
Best case scenario: 2.5-3 months after Android 8.0 arrives (October/November 2017)