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 about a year ago. The South Korean tech giant launched the G6 flagship with preloaded Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and Snapdragon 821 SoC in February 2017. So 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 Five Developer previews. The Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X and 6P devices received the update. The LG has started the Oreo Preview program registrations for LG V30 in October 2017, later began the rollout in December 2017 and the rollout is still progressing.
LG G6 and G5 Android Oreo Update Release
Only few months ago, an alleged Geekbench result showed that LG G6 was running on Android 8.0 Oreo. Then, many rumours flyed that, LG was going to rollout the update soon for G6. But till now, no confirmation from LG about the rollout dates of Android Oreo for G6. As LG is still busy with the Oreo rollout for V30 devices, the rollout for G6 may get a little bit delayed.
In March 2018, a famous US carrier, T-Mobile announced that the development of Android 8.0 for G6 and G5 in progress. In March, Google also included the G6 flagship in ‘Android Enterprise Program’ and LG confirmed that the flagship will receive the Android 8.1 update.
So we expect that the South Korean tech giant may begin the rollout for G6 in Q2 of 2018 in the US and the rollout disseminate to other regions in Q3 of 2018. The same applies for G5 devices too. We expect that G5 devices will be updated to Oreo in very limited regions only depending on carrier support.
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 Q2 of 2018.
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 2016. Telstra delayed the rollout and finally, deployed through LG Bridge and OTA in the ending of January 2017.
LG Australia haven’t announced any specific time frame about the Oreo rollout for LG G6 and G5 devices. The unlocked LG G6 devices might be hit by Android 8.0 in Q2 of 2018 and the devices on Telstra may get the update in Q3 of 2018.
We are not sure at this moment 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. Probably 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.
Update on 12/1/2018 :
According to a famous Chinese forum Gfan, LG started the beta testing of Android Oreo for G6 in China, two weeks ago. A user uploaded the screen shots of LG G6 running on Android 8.0 to the forum. The user says that overall performance has increased and battery life also refined after updating to Android 8.0. Currently it seems that the devices with following model numbers are receiving the update : LGM-G600L, LGM-G600LR, LGM-G600LP, LGM-G600K, LGM-G600KR, LGM-G600KP, LGM-G600S, LGM-G600SR, and LGM-G600SP. Below is a screenshot from G6 running on Oreo :
In the US and European regions, LG may not rollout a beta and go with full rollout in coming months. According to some rumours, LG G6 will receive the final Android 8.0 update in late-February.
Update on 20/1/2018 :
After beginning the rollout of Android Oreo for V30 in South Korea, the beta testing has began in the US. About 5 days back, a limited number of LG V30 users in the US, received the Android 8.0 Beta.
The next flagship to receive the Oreo beta or final version is LG G6. So the rollout of Oreo might begin in a few days for the US LG G6 owners. The official rollout dates will be announced by LG USA soon.
Update on 7/2/2018 :
According to LG Italy on Twitter, European LG G6 devices will get the Android 8.0 Oreo update in Second Quarter of 2018. Most likely, G6 Oreo rollout will begin in April/March.
US variants of LG G6 may get the update along with European editions at the same time or later. So the official rollout dates of the Oreo rollout will be revealed in coming days. The South Korean tech giant is expected to launch upgraded LG V30 flagship with pre-loaded Android Oreo at the MWC 2018 which will take place from February 26th to March 1st.
Update on 23/2/2018 :
According to LG, V30 and G6 flagships are included in the Android Enterprise Recommended Program led by Google and it will be updated to Android 8.1 straight. Only Google Nexus, Pixel and Pixel 2 series devices received the Android 8.1 till now. Essential Phone and Nokia are testing the update and getting ready for the full rollout.
Now LG has joined the Android 8.1 rollout and the development of Android 8.1 for the flagships probably completed in the next month. So the US LG V30 and G6 owners might start receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo update in April. There might be no Android 8.0 rollout to the US LG flagships.
Update on 12/3/2018 :
A few hours ago, the largest carrier in the States, Verizon began the rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo for LG V30. The LG G6 receives Android Security patch of February month and still no Oreo update.
The update rolling out to Verizon LG V30 devices is of size 1.7 GB.
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
Android Oreo arrives with an awesome feature called Autofill Framework which very useful to users. The Autofill APIs in Android 8.0 permit apps to fill automatically forms like logins and other. So filling the login fields and online forms become more secure and easier on smartphones too. Till now the Autofill of forms is available only to Desktop PCs and now arrived to Smart Phones with Android Oreo.
Typically, filling out forms with usernames, passwords, address, phone number etc is time consuming and boring process to users. Due to small keyboards on Android devices, typing mistakes often occur.
To check these problems, Google brought the Autofill feature in Android Oreo. The major password managers like Lastpass, Dashlane, 1Password are supporting it, so the users updated to the Android Oreo can enjoy the Autofill feature on their LG G6 and G5 devices. But the user has to enable the feature before using it, by going into Settings > System > Languages & input > Advanced > Input assistance > Autofill service and choose the app to fill the Login fields and Forms.
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 Selection
The 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.