It didn't arrive in time for Christmas, but we aren't going to rag on LG for finally delivering the Android 8.0 Oreo update for V30 owner (the OS officially launched on August 21st). The OS has been available in preview form for V30 owners in LG's home market of South Korea, but today marks its first official release into the public realm.
LG says that it took feedback from customers during the preview period (over 500 specific incidents to be exact) in order to better hone the final release for customers. The company also claims that it is the "first domestic smartphone manufacturer" to release the Android Oreo update for current generation smartphones, which seems like a subtle dig at segment juggernaut and fellow South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung (to be fair, Samsung's Android Oreo update is currently in beta).
According to the company, customers will be able to upgrade to Android Oreo using your PC with the LG Bridge software. However, we expect that most customers will choose to go the over-the-air (OTA) route when applying the update, as it will be the quickest and easiest route.[embedded content]
Android Oreo isn't a major overhaul of Google's dominant mobile operating system, but brings plenty of refinements that enhance the user experience. Upgrading to Android Oreo will bring improvements to overall system performance, battery life and adds new easy-to-access settings for the display. You can also take advantage of picture-in-picture capabilities and support has been added for the V30's high-resolution LDAC.
We reviewed the LG V30 earlier this year and came away impressed with the flagship smartphone. It launched with Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and features a 6-inch QHD+ OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of onboard storage (128GB on the LG V30+), a 3300 mAh battery and IP68 water/dust resistance.