One of the widest understood disadvantages with Android is the lack of speed in which devices get the latest version of the operating system. Initiatives such as Project Treble look to address this issue by detaching the vendor implementation from the operating system layer, but it will take a while before Project Treble is supported everywhere. LG looks to be trying to counteract the typically slow distribution of software by announcing that the LG G7 One will be the first LG device to receive the Android Pie update.
Android Pie, while an iterative update as opposed to seeing a huge number of new features or a redesign of the OS, does bring a few notable improvements such as Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, Slices API, and gesture navigation. The Motorola One Power and Xiaomi Mi A2 have already received Android Pie, and we’ve seen Samsung and Huawei open up Betas for the release of the software. LG has been suspiciously quiet when it comes to committing to Android Pie and even released the LG V40 ThinQ with Android Oreo a whole two months after the newest version of Android was available. While the wider plans for LG’s devices remains a mystery, LG has released an update for the LG G7 One.
LG G7 One Android 9 Pie Update
The LG G7 One is the company’s first smartphone running Android One and will now also be the first LG device to also run Android Pie. First spotted by XDA Senior Member ChrisAG and pushed to their forum, an 812MB update hit the LG G7 One in Canada and brought Android 9 Pie as well as the latest November security patches.
It’s not surprising the Android One device has got the update first as the software is as close to stock as possible without running vanilla Android. Therefore, presumably, the dependencies and internal testing that is required to adopt it to Android Pie are extremely minimal. Unlike security updates, which are guaranteed to be delivered on a monthly basis with Android One, there are no timescale commitments to getting the latest Android builds. It would, however, seen LG has chosen to dip its toes into the Android Pie arena first beginning with the LG G7 One. Whether this means we’ll begin to see LG’s plans to release Android Pie for its other devices remains to be seen, but it would no doubt be coupled with a new version of LG’s UX software layer it places on top of Android.
LG G7 One: Specs, Features
As mentioned earlier, this is the first Android One smartphone from LG, which was showcased at IFA 2018. The phone comes with a 6.1-inch QHD+ display that is similar to the one available on the G7 ThinQ. The device has slim bezels, a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and a notch as we’ve come to expect from OEM’s in 2018.
Internally, the phone is powered by last years Snapdragon 835 processor, which is coupled with 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. A microSD slot is available for storage expansion. The phone has a single rear camera with a resolution of 16MP, and that is coupled with an 8MP sensor on the front for selfies.
This is all powered by a 3000mAh battery, supported by Quick Charge 3.0. Like the G7 ThinQ, it also has a 32-bit Quad DAC and DTS:X support. The display is HDR10 compliant, and the phone has IP68 and MIL-STD 810G ratings with a fingerprint sensor on the back.