LG’s new V20 smartphone suggests September launch for Android Nougat

Alex Kidman 2 August 2016


LG’s V20 will be the first phone to receive Android 7.0 when it launches in September.

Google only recently announced that the latest iteration of its Android mobile operating system would be Android Nougat, but declined to specify when it would release it to users and makers of Android handsets. LG has seemingly scooped Google by announcing that the upcoming V20 smartphone, which it will release in the third quarter of 2016, will come with Android 7.0 Nougat.

That means that by September at the latest, we should see Android Nougat availability. LG is claiming that the V20 will be the "world's first" phone to offer Android 7.0.

What isn’t clear from LG’s release, besides any clear specifications for the V20, is whether its use of "world’s first" means that the V20 gets some kind of special release status from Google.

Usually, the first devices to see full point Android releases are Google’s own Nexus devices. Last year’s Nexus 5X was an LG-produced device, and you might presume that it, along with the Huawei-developed Nexus 6P would see Nougat before any third party handsets did, alongside possibly any newly announced Nexus handsets for 2016.

It’s feasible that the V20 might be LG’s own-branded label of whatever this year’s Nexus phone(s) will be, explaining the issue. Equally, it could be playing word games with "world’s first", calling itself that as the first new handset to get the operating system, while older Nexus devices also get the upgrade but are already in market.

LG Australia has indicated to finder.com.au that there aren’t any specific plans for the V20 to launch in Australia at this stage, but that it’s expected to launch in Korea, US, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

That at least raises the prospect if you’re keen to score a handset via a direct importer from the Hong Kong market, where many imported phones into the Australian market originate.

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