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LG's G7 ThinQ Android Pie beta signals it's cracking down on slow updates

The Pie preview is limited to South Korea for the moment, but it suggests the final software could be here before the end of 2018.

Published onNovember 20, 2018

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  • LG has begun Android Pie testing for LG G7 ThinQ users.
  • This could mean the LG G7 ThinQ get its first major update far earlier in its release cycle than the LG G6 did.
  • LG opened a new software update center earlier this year.

LG G7 ThinQ users in Korea are now able to test out an early build of Android Pie. LG opened up its Pie preview program in the region earlier today, but it’s currently restricted to Korea.

Korea G7 ThinQ owners can sign up for the preview through the Quick Help application on their phone. They can then download and install the update, and leave feedback about it in the app’s forum. LG says this feedback will be considered when developing the final version of Pie.

The fact the Pie preview build is already being tested suggests LG G7 ThinQ users will not have to wait as long for the phone’s first major OS update as LG G6 users did. LG began to roll out Oreo for the G6 in April 2018, around a year after it first released and eight months after Android Oreo launched. However, the company updated the LG V30 (which arrived after the G6) to Oreo before the end of 2017 after rolling out the beta in South Korea at the end of November; we could see LG make similar moves for the G7 ThinQ.

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The company doesn’t have a strong track record as far as speedy updates are concerned, but LG opened a facility in South Korea last April dedicated to Android software updates, suggesting these would roll out sooner in future. This Pie preview, coupled with reports that LG has started rolling out Pie for the LG G7 One in Canada, are certainly positive signs.

We’ll let you know if we see the beta pop up in other regions in the future, but it’s unlikely that we will. Stay up to date with all the other Pie update news in our Android Pie update tracker.

Next up: Android Pie update tracker: What we know so far