The G8 ThinQ is the latest flagship from LG, pre-loaded with Android 9 Pie and V40 ThinQ is the last year flagship came with pre-installed Android 8.1 Oreo and is going to receive the official Android Pie update soon.
The next big update for these flagships is Android Q which is the tenth anniversary edition. The early Beta Android Q is already available for the registered G8 ThinQ users, because of LG’s participation in Android Beta program. So along with Google Pixel 3, G8 ThinQ may also receive future beta rollouts of Android 10.
The first Beta of Android Q arrived on 13th, March with many exciting features but they are still buggy at that time. Later, on April 3rd, the Search giant pushed out the second beta with some improvements. At Google I/O 2019, on May 7th, the third Beta is released with official night mode and many new features. The fourth and fifth betas will come in June and July respectively, according to the official roadmap. Most likely, in early August the official build of Android Q will come out.
Although, the official rollout dates still not announced by LG, we can predict them by looking at the previous update rollouts.
As G8 ThinQ is in Beta program, it may receive the final update along with or very soon after Pixel devices. So in late-August, the Beta registered G8 ThinQ owners may receive the update. However, carrier locked devices probably receive the update in September or October 2019.
It seems that LG V series is particularly slow with Android updates based on history. The Pie hasn’t reached the consumers even after Eight months since the official release. So we can expect the rollout of Android Q for V40 in Q2 of 2020. We hope this time LG speed up the Android updates for V40.
The Android 10 update for LG G8 and V40 is coming with many exciting features like dark mode, improved Gesture navigation, refined Digital Wellbeing and many more. Most likely LG may rollout UX 9.0 user interface with the update, since the tech giant rolledout UX 8.0 with the Pie update. The new features in UX 9 are yet to be revealed.
The dark theme is one of the most requested features and now waiting is over. The third beta cum preview of Android Q feature full system-wide dark theme for UI and also apps. Users who installed the preview can enable the dark mode by going to Settings > Display > Theme.
The developers can develop a dark theme manually for their apps or Android apply the dark theme automatically. So users don’t have to manually change the theme while using apps. Full details about the Dark theme will be revealed in coming days.
The Search Giant introduced the gesture navigation and removed Overview icon from the navigation bar in Android 9 Pie. Continuing innovation, Google unveiled full gestural navigation in Android Q. By selecting Gestural Navigation option in Settings, users can use full screen real estate without navigation bar.
Instructions for Gestural navigation are there in Settings menu. In coming days, new gestures might be introduced through updates. However, it up to LG whether use the Gestural navigation in UX 9.0 or not.
According to latest leaks, the fifth Beta is coming with an improvement for Back gesture of Android Q. There is an option to change the sensitivity of Back gesture, according to the leaked screenshot. So user can change the sensitivity from low to high. The option, Fully Gestural navigation renamed to Gesture navigation in the upcoming Beta.
In Android Q third beta, snoozing of notifications is gone and replaced with other options. Google introduced snoozing of notifications feature with Android Oreo, so that users can set a particular time i.e. 2 hours after that the notification re-appear. Removal of snoozing might be hard for some users, but they can use other new options.
Notifications of apps can be set as Inturruptive or Gentle in Android Q. In Inturruptive setting, notifications of the app appears on lock screen and play sound while in Gentle mode, they don’t make noice and don’t appear on lockscreen. In coming Beta, the Search giant may refine notifications further.
The Android Q update comes with native support for upcoming 5G networks with low latencies and lightening fast transfer speeds. So App developers can utilize the Android 10 support to make thier apps better and more user-friendly. The Developers of 5G expect that the invention of 5G and Android Q support will lead to some unanticipated new app or funtion as 4G spurred video streaming on facebook and Youtube. In coming days, more details about 5G support of Android Q will be revealed.
The Search Giant revealed many details about Project Mainline at the I/O 2019 in May. According to Google, android developers can update the critical modules of Android straight from Google Play without the rollout of full software update from OEM. So these updates will be downloaded and installed in background and applied at reboot.
The Search Giant told that Project Treble will come to all devices running on Android Q, no matter the manufacture is. However, full details about Project Treble will be revealed in coming days.
Google introduced the Battery saver feature for stock android with the Lollipop updated and refined it further in Marshmallos and subsequent updates. The feature is very much useful to squeeze out extra hours from battery without affecting foreground performance much. In Android Q, users can customize the Android’s battery saver settings.
Previously, the option is there only to turn-on the saver when tue device charge dips below a particular level. But in Android Q, new option facilitates to turn-off the battery saver automatically when the device charge is above 90 percent. So the battery is cycled properly and that improves battery life. Users can use Schedule battery saver option to turn-on automatically based on typical charge frequency and usage or at at particular level. In upcoming releases, more refinements to the battery saver feature might come.
Other features in stock Android Q Beta 3 release are parental controls in Digital well being, Vibration intensity setting, Native support for the AV1 video codec, official native support for 5G. As we are still digging inside the Beta, we will update this post with more details soon.
Update on 26/6/2019 :
Google released the fourth Beta of Android Q on 6th, June and began the rollout for the registered Pixel users on the same day. But due to multiple bootloop reports, Google stopped the rollout and later fixed the issue and re-started the rollout on June 12th. The update is a minor one and contains fixes for dark theme, changes in padlock position on lock screen, Face Authentication option in Settings menu and so on. In this update, Google finalized the APIs and SDK is available for developers.
With this update, Google sent signals that native support for Face unlock and Face authentication for payments is coming to Android with the Android Q update. The fifth and sixth betas are due to release in the next month, so we will learn more about Android Q in coming days.