Android 9.0 P for LG V35 and G7 ThinQ : Features and Release
LG unveiled the G7 ThinQ flagship in May 2018 with pre-installed Android 8.0 Oreo and features a notched Display. The LG V35 ThinQ flagship is an upgraded version of V30 ThinQ, powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset and comes with pre-installed Android 8.0 Oreo.
The upcoming major update for V35 and G7 flagships is Android 9.0 P. Google released the Android 9.0 P first preview on March 8th and later came up with DP2 cum first Beta with remarkable features at I/O 2018 on May 8th. Later, in June and July, DP3 and DP4 arrived for the registered Pixel and Pixel 2 users.
When LG G7 and V35 ThinQ will get Android P ?
According to the roadmap announced by Google, the DP5 of Android P will arrive in late-July and the final version come in Q3 of 2018. So most likely in late-August or Early September, we will see the final version of Android P and the official codename. At this moment, the internal codename of Android 9.0 is Pistachio Ice Cream.
So LG may begin the development of Android P for G7 and V35 flagships in September 2018. Previously, LG launched the Beta program for V30 users in its home country in late-November, later in the US in January. So this time, the Android P beta program for G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ flagships may begin in November 2018 in some regions.
Final rollout of the update for G7 and V35 flagahips most probably begin in January or February 2018. The unlocked editions will receive the update earlier than the Carrier locked editions. The confirmed rollout dates of Android P will be revealed in coming days.
Android P Exclusive Features
Android P arrived with many notable features like Gesture based Interface, Screenshot Editor, New Messaging style, Revamped Message notifications, App actions, Digital wellbeing, Adaptive battery and many more.
1. Gesture based Interface
The Gesture based Interface is one of the new features coming with the Android P update to LG G7 and V35 devices to revamp the user experience totally. In Android P, there is no app previews button in navigation bar and the shapes of other buttons are also changed. The Back button changed from a Triangle to a Chevron while the Home button takes a pill shape.
To view Recent Apps, user just swipe up on the Home button, then app previews will appear. G7 and V35 users can swipe horizontally to open required app and this makes multi-tasking really simple. User can also swipe right or left on the Home button to switch between apps quickly.
A Keyboard toggle icon also appear on the Navbar while typing at where the Recent apps button was present. So users can toggle between different keyboards while typing easily.
2. Adaptive Battery
Adaptive Battery is a remarkable feature to improve battery life coming with the Android P. In the predecessor of Android 9.0, Google brought background app restrictions to reduce battery drain. Now with the Adaptive Battery feature, battery life will be improved upto 30%, according to Dave Burke, VP of Android Engineering.
Adaptive Battery uses on-device machine learning to perceive the user’s app usage habits and adjust the device accordingly. The feature determine which apps and services, user is going to use in the next few hours and devotes resources only to them and reduces resources to sparingly used apps. So CPU wake cycles are reduced upto 30 percent, so 30 percent more battery will be available.
3. Screenshot Markup Editor
With the Android P update, a native Screenshot Editor feature is coming to G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ users. After taking the screenshot, a heads-up notification with the Edit option will appear, tapping on the Edit, later on Markup Editor, user can open it.
In the Mark up Editor, user can add details and highlight details by using the Pen and Highlighter tools in seven colors. There are also Undo and Redo options in the Markup Editor along with Pen and Highlighter options. Users can also crop screenshots in the Editor by dragging over the edges.
4. Revamped Messaging Style
Google refined Notifications very much in the previous Nougat and Oreo updates and now Android P came with more improvements. App developers can use Android P Messaging Style to display inline images, stickers and even suggest smart replies.
Using the smart replies feature, users can give quick reply directly from Notifications. More details about the feature are yet to be revealed.
Update on 2/8/2018 :
The Search Giant released the Android P Beta 4 for Pixel and Pixel 2 beta registered owners on July 26th. The Preview 5 contains final system behaviours, so developers can test their apps for Android 9.0. The preview brought no major changes but the microphone icon is removed from the Pixel launcher Search bar. The autorotate button in Quick Settings has also got changed in design.
The public release of Android P will take place in August 20th, according to evleaks on Twitter. Previously, Android Nougat arrived on August 22nd and Android Oreo on August 21st, so it seems that the claim is legible. However, as nothing has been official, we have to take this with a pinch of salt. In coming days, more details about the Android P release and official name will be revealed.
Update on 13/8/2018 :
Google released the Android 9 final edition with the codename of Pie which really awesome and sweet, on August 6th. The rollout for Essential Phone, Pixel and Pixel 2 devices begins already and the partner devices like Xperia XZ2 and Nokia flagships stand next to receive the update. The Android Pie update doesn’t contain App Slices and Digital well being features. The Search giant announced that they will come to Pixel devices before the end of this fall.
HTC and Sony announced which of thier flagships are going to receive the update soon. But LG didn’t announce any thing about the Android Pie rollout for its flagships.
We will update this post soon with more details about the Android P update for G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ.