Android 11 for LG V40 and V50 ThinQ : Rumour Roundup
The V50 ThinQ is a flagship smartphone from LG which was launched in February, 2019 and runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box. LG rollout of Android 10 update for the V50 few months ago.
The V40 ThinQ is the predecessor of V50 and LG announced it in October, 2018. The flagship arrived with pre-installed Android 8.1 Oreo, then received Android 9 Pie. The V40 users on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile received the Android 10 update recently.
Android 11 is the upcoming major and most likely the final update for V50 flagship, since the device life cycle is approaching the end of two years. Since the V40 flagship received two major software updates, the official Android 11 update may not come for the V40 users. However, there are always custom roms and lineage OS to taste new android versions.
Google launched the first Developer Preview of Android 11 on February 19th, 2020 for the Pixel series flagships except the original Pixel lineup. The first preview is a very early build, but it contains many awesome new features and refinements.
When will Android 11 hit LG V40 and V50 ?
The Search Giant released the first beta in June 2020 and recently the third and last beta came on August 6th. Last year, Google rolledout the first Beta for partner devices including G8 ThinQ. However, this time no devices from LG got the beta update
Since, the final build is coming most likely on September 8th, 2020, the users of V50 might receive the stable build / beta build of the next android version in November or December, 2020.
We will post the official rollout dates for V50 here, as soon as LG has announced them.
Android 11 Features
The first preview of Android 11 contains many interesting features like screen recorder, scheduled dark mode, Bluetooth on Airplane mode, improved permissions, music player in notifications and so on.
Bluetooth on Airplane Mode
In the previous android versions, Bluetooth also turns-off automatically when the user switch on the Flight mode. So active bluetooth connections with wireless pods also breaks down which is really annoying. Now in Android 11, the Search Giant fixed the issues and it arrived in the first developer preview, stays in subsequent betas and the final version.
The new Context aware Bluetooth mode in Android 11 works in the way : the device won’t turn-off Bluetooth when any wireless audio device connected in A2DP profile or any hearing aid is connected, if the user enable Flight mode. So V40 and V50 ThinQ users can enjoy uninterrupted audio playback after upgrading to Android 11.
Native Screen recording
The feature previously appeared in the beta version of Android 10 but disappeared in the final beta and official release. However, the feature becomes mature and returns in Android 11. The recording UI also got revamped in DP2 of Android 11.
LG V50 and V40 Users can start the recording by tapping on the Quick Settings toggle and the recording UI will appear with an option to record through Microphone and also show taps on the screen. Users can stop the recording though the notification. More refinements may come in the upcoming beta of Android 11.
Google refined app permissions to next level in Android 11. Previously, when any app request for permission like location only two options, whether allow or deny appears. In Android 11, a new option called as One Time only which allows the app to use permission one time only.
So when any new app requests for critical permissions like storage or Location, V40 and V50 ThinQ users can give One Time permission which is better for security.
Smart Home Controls in Power Menu
The Power menu in Android 11 shows more details than in previous versions. New additions include card details and smart home controls. In the Power menu, LG V40 and V50 can notice controls for smart home after updating to Android 11. The users can tap on the three dot icon at right top corner to customize controls in the menu.
The feature appeared for first time in DP4 and matured in final release. According to Pixel users, the feature is working flawlessly in the official update. After updating to latest Google app, users can use the controls in menu.
Scoped Storage with refinements
The Android 11 comes with improved Scoped storage for apps which improves privacy of the user. The Search giant tried to implement scoped storage in Android 10, but faced some issues and fall back. Now the feature returns in the Developer Preview 1 with many refinements and it is usable.
The feature basically restricts the apps to see only part of storage for example a directory like Downloads and the directories created on their own. So there is no fear of modifying or reading of sensitive data in another directories.
Scheduled Dark mode
The Search giant introduced the dark theme with Android 10, but there is no option to schedule it natively. Many third party apps arrived to schedule it, now the stock Android arrives native scheduler for dark mode which is really useful for V40 and V50 users.
Users can go to the dark theme section in the Settings menu, and Tune-up the Schedule option, according to their needs. As this is a very early preview, the feature may get refined in upcoming releases.
Music Player in Quick Settings
Google rearranged the Quick Settings and Notifications in the latest update and moved the music player to Quick Settings. In previous android versions, the player appears as a notification with limited controls. Now on Android 11, users got more controls in Music player in Quick Settings. Volume can be adjusted directly in the player slider. Playback device also appear in the player box.
However, some users on Pixel devices think that the change reduces Quick Settings Tiles and it is a bit annoying. Previously, upon sliding down on Quick Settings, Nine Tiles shortcuts appear, now on Android 11, only Six tiles appear even when the player is not there. Media controls box disappear on sliding left or right but the player is working in background. So there is lot of room to improve the Media Controls in Quick Settings feature.
No Overscan in Android 11
Google kills the Overscan API on the latest Android update on which custom Gesture navigation apps rely. For example XDA’s navigation app uses the Overscan API to provide its own navigation gestures and to hide the pill. However, since Google confirms that the Overscan won’t be there in final update, these custom gesture also won’t work on Android 11.
It seems that the Search giant is trying to unify the Gesture navigation interface for android. But there are still some apps which can provide custom gestures on rooted devices.
Update on 4/11/2020 :
The Search Giant fixed some bugs in the final release of Android 11 through the November month’s security patch for Pixel devices. The Android Auto bug annoyed very much some Pixel device owners has been fixed in this patch.
After updating to Android 11, many Pixel users suffered from the Android Auto bug which prevents music playback, calls not routing to Car’s stereo etc.
However, there was no word from LG about the rollout of Android 11 for their devices. We hope the roadmap will come in December atleast for the flagships.
Update on 18/9/2020 :
The eleventh iteration of Android came out of Beta stage on September 8th. Google Pixel 2, 3 and 4 series devices got the update in most regions while some chinese OEMs like Oppo, Vivo rolledout the beta of Android 11 for their flagships. However, LG hasn’t make any announcement about when will its flagship get the update.
The official Android 11 release contains no major changes and seems similar to the final beta. Some bugs like unable to connect to Android Auto, Media Controls in Quick Panel are very much annoying and we hope Google will fix them in the next patch.
Update on 12/8/2020 :
Google launched the third and last beta for Pixel lineup on August 6th. The beta is very similar to official update and also stable. The update arrives with August month’s security patch for Pixel devices.
The top new features or changes in Beta 3 are tweaks to music player in Quick settings, Android 11 easter egg, Android 11 emoji and so on. The official Android 11 update is set to arrive on September 6th, according to leaks.
Update on 9/6/2020 :
The Search giant previously cancelled the I/O 2020 event due to many reasons and postponed the release of first beta of Android R. However, the official release date of the beta still unknown. But, the folks at XDA reported a week ago that Google released the Beta to a handful of internal testers on Pixel 4 XL and others.
XDA developers digg inside the Beta and reported some changes like Media controls in Quick Settings through Developer options, Customized Power menu with wallets, device controls, new icons shapes and so on. Still all the remaining beta testers are on DP4, so we have to wait a few days to get complete change log.
Update on 26/4/2020 :
The Search Giant pushed out the third developer preview of Android 11 on 23rd, April to Pixel 2, 3 and 4 series devices. The DP3 with version number RPP3.200320.017 is currently rolling out for registered Pixel series owners. The factory images and OTAs are available to download on the official website to download. Users on DP2 and DP2.1 can upgrade to DP3 through these images or wait until the OTA hits them.
The change log includes no major changes, but Google polishes things ahead of the first Beta launch in May. The changes we have noticed till now are revamped permissions with auto revoke, customization of gesture sensitivity at edge, redesigned Recents multi-tasking and so on. We will post more changes soon as we are still digging inside the DP3.
Update on 21/3/2020 :
The Second Developer Preview of Android 11 is now live for eligible Pixel series devices. Google released the DP2 on 18th, March, as shown previously in the roadmap. The DP2 contains many bug fixes and also a handful of new features.
The new features in the DP2 include redesigned Screen recorder UI, Face Unlock for Pixel devices, refinements to Power menu, Wireless ADB support, Notification history, and so on. We are still digging inside the DP2 of Android 11, more changes will be posted soon.
Update on 6/3/2020 :
The Search giant releases another minor update for Developer preview 1 which was released a few days ago. The update comes under the name Developer preview 1.1 and includes multiple bug fixes for serious issues. The bugs fixed in the DP 1.1 are related to location permissions, SDK, App crashing and errors.
The Pixel series owners except original Pixel can download the factory images of Android 11 DP 1.1 from the official beta testing page or wait until the OTA notifications shows up. The next release aka DP 2 is due to in March 2020, so in a few days, most likely in mid or late-March, the DP2 will land with many refinements.