28 October 2020
Update: October 20, 2020
LG has now reportedly announced that its Velvet UI is coming to budget phones, starting with the Q-series. According to the report from The Elec, smartphones such as the LG Q51 and the Q61 will receive the Velvet UI this year and other phones will trail them in the coming year.
Original Post (July 9, 2020)
When LG launched a completely revamped product lineup LG Velvet in May, it also introduced a new Android UI named Velvet UI that was different from the traditionally used LG UX. The new approach seems to have gone well with the users as after receiving multiple requests, LG has decided to expanded Velvet UI to other smartphones.
A total of six LG premium smartphones have been announced that will receive Velvet UI via an OTA update. These include the LG V50 ThinQ, LG G8 ThinQ, LG V50S ThinQ, LG V40 ThinQ, LG V35 ThinQ, and LG G7 ThinQ. The good thing is that there are not only the latest models but also models released in the last couple of years.
LG has described Velvet UI as a "convenient UI" which improves the overall user experience. There are also a few personalization features like volume adjustment interface change, settings for notification bar point color, and adjustment of the informational pop-up window that appears during a call.
It is worth noting that LG has neither specified an exact release timeline nor the order of release for devices. However, it has confirmed that the Velvet UI expansion plan is currently limited to South Korea. There is a good possibility that we might get to see the new UI on global variants but as of now, nothing can be said with surety.