LG G5 and G6 Android 8.0 Oreo Rollout and Features
LG G5 flagship arrived with inbuilt Android Marshmallow and received the Android 7.0 Nougat update a few months ago. The South Korean tech giant launched the G6 flagship with preloaded Android 7.0 Nougat operating system in February 2017. The next major update for both LG G6 and G5 flagships is Android 8.0 Oreo.
Google released the Android 8.0 Oreo officially in August 2017 after rigorous testing through Four Developer previews. Already Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X and 6P devices received the update. The South Korean tech giant has started the Oreo Preview program registrations for LG V30 in October. The Oreo Preview Program is endemic to South Korea only and it is still unknown whether the program spreads to LG G6 or not.
LG G6 Android Oreo Update Release
A few days ago, a Geekbench result shows that LG G6 is running on Android 8.0 Oreo. So it seems that LG has started the development of Android Oreo for G6 and is extensively testing it. According to some latest leaks, LG might complete the development of Oreo for G6 by the end of November and start the Preview program in December.
So in late December or early January, perhaps LG G6 will start receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update. In the US, the major carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile might start the rollout of Android 8.0 for G6 in January or February 2018. The rollout dates are always subject to change due to any unforeseen issues.
Also Read : LG G6 and V30 may get Android Oreo update soon
LG G5 Android Oreo Release
The initial rollout of Android Oreo for LG G5 unlocked devices probably begin in December 2017. Carrier locked LG G5 devices might receive the Android O update in January 2018. Th confirmed rollout dates of Android Oreo for LG G5 will be revealed in coming days.
Verizon LG G5 Android Oreo Update
Previously, Verizon pushed out the Nougat update for its LG G5 devices in December 2016. So this time the biggest US carrier may roll out Android Oreo for G5 devices in October or November 2017.
Australia LG G5 and G6 Android Oreo Rollout
Previously, the unlocked LG G5 owners and the G5 owners on Optus received the Android 7.0 Nougat update in December 2017. Telstra delayed the rollout and finally, deployed through LG Bridge and OTA in the ending of January 2018.
LG Australia haven’t announced any specific time frame about the Oreo rollout for LG G6 and G5 devices. But if we look at the previous rollout, we can predict when the Oreo update spread to Australia. The unlocked LG G6 devices might be hit by Android 8.0 in December 2017 and the devices on Telstra may get the update in January 2018. We are not sure at this time about the rollout of Oreo for LG G5 as previously, LG limited the rollout of Nougat for G4 to its home country South Korea only. Probabaly in coming weeks, LG may announce its plans for the Android Oreo deployment.
Also Read : Android Oreo Beta rollout starts for LG V30
Update on 9/12/2017 :
LG started the Android 8.0 Oreo rollout with the V30 flagship on November 28th. An early build of Android Oreo has been rolling out to V30 users in South Korea. Along with V30, V30+ users also receiving the beta version Oreo in LG’s home country. The size of beta is about 1.2 GB and contains many exclusive features. Recently, LG has launched the Signature edition of V30 with 6GB Ram and pre-loaded Android Oreo.
The beta build of Oreo contains notification dots, improved Settings menu, PiP feature, Adaptive icons, Performance improvements and many more.
However, there is still no news about the Oreo rollout for G6 and G5 devices. Probably because of the older CPUs of G6 and G5, the Oreo rollout is delaying. Soon, LG may announce the beta rollout or full rollout for G6.
Android Oreo Exclusive Features
1. Performance and Battery Life
Google made numerous performance improvements in Android Oreo. Due to the refinements, LG G6 and G5 devices will boot twice as fast. Some Pixel and Pixel XL users reported that their device boot times reduced to 15 secs after upgrading to Android 8.0. The Pixel users also reported that apps are loading much faster on Oreo due to improved cache management. Oreo automatically clears the app cache if performance is about to slow down. So apps start in no time and also provide fluid like expereince for users.
Battery life is also refined in Android Oreo due to Background limits and other optimizations. Some Pixel users said that Android 8.0 improves the battery life by about 10-20%. Oreo displays the list of persistent background apps on notification bar. So users can terminate unnecessary app processes easily, consequently battery drain will be reduced.
2. Notification Channels
The LG G5 and G6 users can get granular control over Notifications through the Android Oreo Notification Channels. So we can specifically choose which type of notifications appears from the app. For example, a news app can only push Tech update notifications when the user chooses that. In messaging apps, notifications from a specific group could be muted. Users can also change the importance and override Do Not Disturbe feature of Notifications.
Users can also snooze notifications in Android Oreo. When a user swipe slightly to left on the notification, the snooze options will appear. User can set any time in 15min, 30min and 1Hour after which the notification reappears with the same priority. In Android 8.0, Notifications appear in different background colours to easily recognize them.
3. Autofill Framework
The Autofill Framework feature of Android Oreo solves a major problem of android users. With this feature, Android Password manager apps can automatically fill the login forms, credit card information, address wherever necessary. Many password manager apps like Lastpass have already been optimized to work with autofill framework.
So with this exclusive feature of Android 8.0, less time is required to fill the forms, as no need to type manually, so no room for any typing mistakes. Users can enable or disable autofill service by going into Settings > System > Languages & input > Advanced > Input assistance > Autofill service. The Autofill feature might be improved further in the Android 9.0 update.
4. Notification Dots
Android Oreo borrowed this exclusive feature from iOS which has been available for iPhone users from a long time. With the Notification Dots feature, apps will display a small blob on top of the icon on homescreen when a fresh notification arrived. If multiple notifications arrived at the same time for the app, then notification count also be displayed in the blob. So this feature is very much useful most of the users. But at this moment the Notification blobs or Dots feature is only works with Pixel Launcher and none of the other launchers supporting it.
The Notification Dots feature comes as disabled by default, so users have to enable before using it. Users can enable it by going into Settings > Apps & Notifications > Notifications > Allow Notification Dots. To allow Notification access for Pixel launcher : Settings > Apps & Notifications > Advanced > Special App Access > Notification Access and enable Pixel Launcher. After completing these steps, users will be able enjoy the Notification Dots feature on their Pixel launcher home screen.
When the user taps on the blob, a small window with the preview of Notification will be displayed. User can enter into the app by tapping on the Notification Preview on the window or view full notification in the Notification Panel.
5. Picture in Picture (PiP) Mode
Previously, through Android Nougat, Google introduced the split screen window feature which is very much useful while multitasking. Although there are some lags while using multi-window feature it comes handy while doing some serious malti-tasking. But the multi-windows feature wasn’t designed fot video playback apps. So the Search Giant brought PiP feature in Android 8.0 Oreo. The exclusive feature supports many popular video playback apps like Youtube and also video calling apps like Whatsapp and Google Due. The Google Maps app also supports this feature of Android 8.0.
So with Picture in Picture feature, users can talk in a videocall while browsing the web and so on. To use PiP mode, users just have to press the home button while using the supported app. The app will be resized to small and sit st the corner of the screen. The user can also move the window, increase the size of the window and close the window from controls.
But currently, only a handful of apps are supporting the feature like Google Playstore, Google Play Movies and TV, Youtube red, Google Duo and Chrome. App developers may implement the Android Oreo API in their apps in coming days to support the PiP mode.
6. App Background Limits
In every iteration of Android, Google tries something new to improve Battery life. In the Android Oreo update, the Search Giant introduced Background limits for apps to save more battery juice. The app Background limits restrict background services, broadcasts of apps to save memory bandwidth and also Battery. The Background execution limits of Android 8.0 only affect the apps which are idle in the background and they don’t limit apps with visible activity and foreground services etc.
7. New Settings Menu
Previously with Android Nougat, Google partially revamped the Settings menu. Now with Android Oreo, the Search giant completely revamped the Settings menu. The Settings Menu of Android Oreo organized into different Categories to become compact and user friendly. Google also changed the design of the Settings app in Android Oreo. The background of the Settings menu changed to Light grey while the Header text appears in Black color on the gray background.
The new categories of Settings arranged nicely so that we can find any setting option easily. Google removed the slide-out navigation menu. Probably, it is due to the new compact Settings menu.
8. New Bluetooth Audio codecs
The Android 8.0 Oreo update for LG G5 and G6 devices is going to bring new sets of Bluetooth Audio codecs. With new codecs included in Android Oreo, LG G6 and G5 users can enjoy high-quality Bluetooth audio over compatible play-back devices. Currently the codecs are available to configure via the developer option, as these are still in experimental stage.
The new Codecs are SBC, AAC, Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD, Sony’s LDAC. Of these codecs, SBC is the basic quality codec and transmit date in range of 192-320 kbps while LDAC can transmit in the range of 330 to 990 kbps. The highest quality option in LDAC is 24-bit, 96kHz audio. Google may add new codecs or improve existing codecs in the Android P update.
9. Smart Text SelectionThe Smart Text Selection is one of the elegant features of Android Oreo. With Smart text selection, the LG G6 and G5 users can easily do copy/paste text. With the help of On-device learning, it can recognize addresses, phone numbers, URLs and E-Mail addresses. For example, when the user double taps on any address, Android 8.0 will select the whole address and display relevant options. By using the options displayed, user can directly open the Google Maps app to help navigate to that address.
10. Wi-Fi Aware
Although this is one of the minor features of Android Oreo, it has so much potential to do wonders in the future. The Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi Aware project completed in 2015 and now Android Oreo brought the support as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN) for Smart Phones. With Wi-Fi Aware or Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN) two devices can get connected instantly without Wi-Fi Access point or cellular connectivity. The feature works by forming clusters in neighboring devices and forming a new cluster if a device is the first one in an the area.
The Wi-Fi Aware APIs are currently available to apps that target API 26 (Android 8.0). With these APIs, app developers can integrate the Wi-Fi Aware support in their apps. The connections through Wi-Fi Aware are more reliable than Wi-Fi P2P connections and provides far more range than Bluetooth. They can also create bi-directional Wi-Fi Aware connections without an access point. But hardware support is also required for Wi-Fi Aware along with Firmware, according to Android Developers. But it seems that the hardware support is available only in a handful of devices at this time.
11. Auto-Connect to Wi-Fi
This is one of the features of Android Oreo much useful to users. Till Android Nougat, if the user turned off Wi-Fi after leaving home, Wi-Fi couldn’t be connected automatically when the user arrived to home. Google introduced an option in Android Oreo to connect to Wi-Fi automatically near high-quality networks like home Wi-Fi network.
Users can enable it by going into Settings>Network and Internet>Wi-Fi> Wi-Fi Preferences and Toggle on Turn on Wi-Fi automatically. So the device connects to high-quality networks when the user is near to them by turning on the Wi-Fi. But the user have to turn off the Wi-Fi manually after leaving the area or home to save battery juice. Google may refine this feature in future updates.
We will update this post regularly with latest news of the Android Oreo update for LG G5 and G6.