02 December 2019
If there is one thing about LG smartphones that everyone would agree with is the bad software update situation. It is one of the slowest OEMs at releasing new software versions and even security patches. This is something even LG acknowledges as it announced the Software Upgrade Center last year to improve the situation. It seems like there has not been any significant improvement so far as LG has just announced its Android 10 public beta program officially named LG OS Preview Program.
LG's Android 10 public beta program has currently been announced only for South Korean users. It will be kicked off with the LG G8 ThinQ smartphone this month. It has not shared an exact date but considering we are in mid-October, users will not have to wait too long. It will expand Android 10 beta to LG V50 ThinQ starting next month but again, there is no specific release date.
The beta version will bring all Android 10 features to eligible LG devices but for now, LG has not revealed a complete list of devices that will receive the upgrade. The official blog post does mention that LG is working on a new custom skin update that should be an improved version of LG UX 8.0. Some of the changes coming to the new UI are "menu tabs and pop-ups at the bottom, simple operation structure, simple and intuitive card menu, and a pop-up window".
Lastly, LG assured that it is working towards making the software update situation better. It mentioned that the team is committed to regaining the trust of customers. It is betting on the aforementioned Software Upgrade Center for releasing timely and faster software updates but we are yet to see a meaningful change. Let's hope that changes sooner than later.