LG G6 Android 8.0 Oreo Release Date
Android 8.0 Oreo is the upcoming major update for the LG G6 flagship. Currently, most LG G6 devices running on Android 7.0 Nougat, although some tech geeks have started to play with the LineageOS 15 alpha (based on Oreo) which is previously known as CyanogenMod. But the official updates are safe and stable most of the times and obviously don’t void warranty. So it is worth waiting for the official Oreo update to be released by LG for G6 flagship. Android Oreo will bring many performance and battery life improvements along with some awesome new features to LG G6.
Till now, the South Korean tech giant haven’t announced any specific details about the Android Oreo update. However, some insiders tip that LG already started building the Oreo update for its flagship devices. Perhaps in a few days LG will release the Android 8.0 update to its flagships.
Based on the history of LG Android updates, we can intelligently predict the rollout dates of Android Oreo for the LG’s latest flagship.
The unlocked LG G6 devices may receive the Android Oreo update in late November or December in the best case scenario. If any delay is there due to any technical issues, the rollout may begin in January 2018.
Most likely, the major US Carriers will begin the Android rollout for LG G6 devices in early 2018. Other carriers also probably start the rollout of Android Oreo to G6 in Q1 of 2018.
The LG G6 users can download the update from the update notification or by checking for updates manually. Users can check manually for updates by going into Settings > General > About phone > Update centre > System update > Check for update. We recommend users to charge the battery atleast upto 80% and connect to a good Wi-Fi or Mobile network before downloading the update as the update will be huge in size.
Previously, the unlocked LG G5 devices in the US were updated to Nougat in May 2017 and the carrier locked devices in the US received the update in Q1 of 2017.
Europe LG G6 Oreo Release Dates
Previously, the predecessor of LG G6 got the Android 7.0 Nougat update in December 2016 in Europe. Both unlocked and carrier locked editions of G5 started receiving the update in early December. Based on the Nougat rollout, we can easily predict when will the Oreo update spread to Europe.
The unlocked editions of G6 in Europe might receive the Oreo update in late November or early December. Perhaps the carriers like Vodafone UK, O2, EE will start the rollout in mid-December. Users can download the update through LG Bridge or OTA methods.
LG G6 sports 5.7 inch LCD Display with QHD resolution and released in February 2017. The flagship is powered by Snapdragon 821 SoC and boasts 4GB Ram. It contains Dual 13MP Primary Camera sensors and 5MP Secondary Camera.
Android Oreo Exclusive Features
1. Performance and Battery Life
Google made numerous performance improvements in Android Oreo. Due to the refinements, the LG flagship device 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 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
With the Autofill framework of Oreo, the user can easily complete filling of forms like Account creation, Login, Credit card etc. So the Autofill framework feature makes the password management and login easy for both app developers and users. Google may further improve this elegant feature in Android P.
4. Notification Dots
If a new notification arrived for an app, a small circular blob appears on top of the app icon in Android Oreo. On long pressing the app, we can view a brief preview of the notification in the form of bubble like a small window just like on an iPhone. The LG G6 users either directly jump into the app by just tapping on the preview of the notification in the bubble or check the full notification from the notification bar. Users can easily view the preview of Notifications like Whatsapp messages, Instagram comments by just long tapping on the app icons on Android 8.0 without reaching for the Notification bar every time.
5. Picture in Picture Mode
PiP (Picture in Picture) is an impressive feature of the Android Oreo operating system. Previously, Google introduced the PiP feature for Android TVs with Android 7.0 Nougat. Now Android 8.0 brings this elegant feature for Android Smart Phones and Tablets.
The Picture in Picture feature permits users to watch videos on a corner of the screen while using another app on the remaining part of the screen. So users can easily play YouTube videos besides working with other apps with the PiP feature of Android Oreo. So LG G6 users can do efficient multitasking on the massive 5.7 display.
6. 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.
13. Persistent Notifications
Android Oreo constantly displays the notification about the apps running in the background. The persistent notifications about the apps running in the background help users to save battery. The user can close the app running by tapping on the notiification and prevent battery drain.
But some times Android Oreo Persistent notifications seem to be annoying as they clutter the workspace. If some apps like Facebook Messenger or Twilight are running, the persistent notification appears and clutter the user interface. Officially there is no way to prevent the persistent notifications, but there are some apps available in the play store to hide persistent notifications for those users who not wanted them. Google may refine these notifications in the next Android update.
We will update this post soon with more details about the Oreo update for LG G6.