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It's official: LG V20 will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat in September

LG talked about launching a successor to the V10 during its earnings release last week, and the company has now officially announced the V20. The phone will be making its debut in the month of September, and will offer Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

The timeline adds further credence to an August stable release of Nougat. The fifth and final preview build rolled out mid-July, and the leak of an internal testing build points to an official unveil sometime later this month. A new Android platform version means new Nexus devices, with the rumors suggesting that HTC will be the go-to partner this year. We should know more about HTC's plans in the coming weeks.

LG didn't divulge any specific hardware details, but has mentioned that the V20 will "set the standard for premium phones" with its "enhanced multimedia capabilities." The V10 offered a 32-bit DAC, and it is likely that its successor will include dedicated hardware for Hi-Fi audio.

LG V20: Imagining a next-gen, 'phablet-class' LG phone

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

94 Comments
  • i can't wait to see more about this phone!!!!
  • Nice! So this or the Note 7?!?! Decisions! Decisions! Posted via the Android Central App on a Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung has come long way with its software... So Samsung easily over clumsy LG UI.
  • It's really all just opinion. For me Samsung's UI still hasn't come far enough, and LG's software isn't clunky. My G5 runs circles around my S7 edge, and manages RAM better as well.
  • I'll agree with that. The g5 is super smooth and buttery compared to the s7. Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • Runs circles? Stop exaggerating man. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He's not lying. I had a G5 (which I just sold) and it is much quicker than my S7 edge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow, really? I should get myself (somehow) a G5 so I can compared it to the s7....I can't believe something like lg's ui is still faster than touchwiz. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not.
  • But it is, though. Believe me, I don't want to say it because the S7 edge is pretty much my favorite phone out right now, but the G5 runs much more smoothly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's not what speed tests show.. Posted via my Black S7 Edge
  • The G5 wasn't actually too much faster, but the much smoother animations make it seem that way. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's very interesting. My G4 is definitely showing some she in the speed department even after a factory reset but I love knock on and Qslide. And the camera is still amazing in manual mode. Posted with my LG G4 6.0 via the Android Central App
  • I like the LG UI personally, second to stock.
  • Same here, Posted via the Android Central App
  • I had lg g4 and was soo looking for G5 but lg really dint make one that I was looking for...and seeing what samsung did with s7 edge was awesome..I went for S7 edge and one of the best phones ever...The phone flies..never had a single lag or anything...smooth ...krazy battery life...camera is killer and super fast..
    The display is the best.
    My G4 was suffering from bad battery life as well....with lg g5 considered fail hope the V20 revive the company and gives real competition to Note 7...really like lg as a company.. posted from Limited red and gold Lumia 950, Beautiful S7 Edge gold or Surface pro 4
  • I had the G5 and I currently have the S7. The G5 does not run circles around the S7. That's because the G5's battery dies before it can complete that circle. The exaggeration people have about their phones is just astounding.
  • OK guys, here's what you do, go to a Verizon store and use both of the phones, the G5 feels much smoother and faster than the S7 and that's just all there is to it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good to hear. This will hopefully be LG's phone off the year. I hope it doesn't follow the G5's modular route. That was such a failure and doing that will all but hand the year to Samsung and their Note 7 Posted with my awesome Gold S6 Edge+
  • Silly Wabbit, the year already belongs to Samsung unfortunately Posted via the Android Central App running on my Galaxy S7
  • Your silly comment has nothing to do about why someone should or shouldn't consider the LG V20. It a killer phone which will probably get the next 2 Android OS updates. Who cares which OEM sells more phones. I'm a Nexus user so wouldn't consider any OEM including Samsung but this phone looks like bad ass. Posted via Nexus 6
  • First off, get a grip. I was just joking. But since you want to get so serious 1.) At what point did I say this phone shouldn't be considered. You said it, not I, stop jumping to conclusions and making pointless arguments where there isn't one please. I'm not looking to argue, so just stop. I agree the phone looks nice, never said it wasn't worth considering. I said the year "already belongs to Samsung". Which, sales wise is true. This despite MANY nice great phones this year like the HTC 10 and coming only 6 months after the 6P 2.) What flagship doesn't get updates for 2 years? Both phones will, S7 and V20. So again, just stop. 3.)I didn't say ANYTHING about who sells more phones, again, you did. But since you mention it, we both know the S7 will stomp this thing revenue wise. Didn't you see the story last week. Check your feed. And again, just stop please. Posted via the Android Central App running on my Galaxy S7
  • Guess you told him lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol! +3
  • Wow I love how you shut him the F up amazing how folks like to put words in your mouth good job ^^^ Posted via my gs7 edge are my note 5 the beast
  • 2) The G Flex 2.
  • Is Pokémon Go included? Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's awesome to hear!! Super stoked to see what they manage to put out. Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • Shipping with nougat has me thinking...
  • I know, it's really surprising. I don't think I've ever seen a non nexus phone launch with updated software so close to its release.
  • HTC A9 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wel, it isn't actually hitting store shelves until October right? About a month after its introduced I'd think. So looks like it'll be close to 2 months that anyone but nexus users will be able to get their hands on 7.0 with the V20 Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's OK. The importance of shipping with Nougat can't be overstated.
  • Hoping this turns out to be an improved V10, keeping what made it great while improving on its flaws. Also, wondering if LG will be able to refine their skin this time around.
  • Don't think we'll see an overhaul, but I definitely would like to see some changes, particularly with that notification shade.
  • It'd be radical of this launched before the Nexus phones.
  • A chance to redeem themselves...
  • Great move LG. I will most likely upgrade to that from my V10. Hopefully battery battery life and an even more insane camera. Keep removable batterybattery, IR blaster and microSD expansion. Should be a beast. One picture at a time--LG V10
  • I'd make V10 much wider. Yes, I know, I came from Passport SE but it really makes a huge difference while browsing. V10 and PSE are like brothers with the metal frame :). Otherwise battery life as well. And yes, new launcher (currently I use Asus Zen Launcher) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just use Nova currently. I like to use FlowHome launcher sometimes to switch it up. I don't even know what the LG UI looks like.lol One picture at a time--LG V10
  • From the source article: Of smartphones launched and equipped with Android 7.0, the V20 will be the first. I did a full translation of the original text here: http://forums.androidcentral.com/rumored-devices-lounge/706436-lg-v20-la...
  • I'd love this. Just hope it doesn't have typical LG crap software with laggy, glitchy operating system, bloat ware, unwanted apps and forced safety features such as automatically lowering the volume every chance it gets. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Those forced, unchangeable settings are the No. 1 issue with LG's software. You hear that LG?! NUMBER ONE. I'LL decide what is best for me in regards to how I use my phone. Remember my preferences and stop bugging me every time. Posted with my LG G4 6.0 via the Android Central App
  • It's pretty obvious that you haven't used an LG in a while. The V10 and G5 are some of the smoothest devices on the market. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My v10 was very quick and smooth, I liked it better than my note 5. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really wished it would be called the V12. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Would have made more sense.
  • VVRRRRROOOOM Posted with my LG G4 6.0 via the Android Central App
  • Interesting. Was all but set to go with the Note 7 to replace my Note 5. May need to give this one a look first and perhaps see what Nexus devices roll about the same time. Decisions, decisions! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This and the Note 7....it just gets better and better every year! I can't wait to see what the V20 is going to be like. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great. My next phone. Can't wait!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • So, the V series is the flagship for LG now? Posted via the Android Central App
  • No. Since it's a phablet, it won't be the flagship. It's more a note competitor while the G series is the flagship. G5 just had a bad mod launch and other first day problems. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol ummmm just stop it. I would get out the game....its just too much saturation an little to no innovation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah and leave no competition for Samsung? I mean sure Samsung has it in bag but come on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • F Society Posted via the Android Central App
  • +10110 #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
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  • Damn either the V20 or a HTC 10 ugh decisions decisions. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is why I sold my v10 last week. I'm getting the note 7 and will keep it until this beauty arrives. I can't wait Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why not just keep the V10 until the V20 releases? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh I was so close to getting a note 7 too.
  • So debut in September....does this mean that it comes out in September or will just be announced? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good point,also,if this is released in September with 7.0 and the note7 is released this month (august) with 6.0,that is definitely something LG could play up,at least with tech geeks (us).If this is the case,the note7 probably won't see 7.0 until early next year,maybe late this year. Posted via the Android Central App I love my S7edge,but I do miss knock on/knock off,and yes,I'm one of those,I love rear mounted volume and power buttons from my G3.
  • The S8 will get Nougat first Posted via the Android Central App
  • It can't,The V20 comes out in September,2015 with Android 7.0.The Samsung S8 won't be out until March,2016. Posted via the Android Central App If you meant the Note7,I'd be pleasantly surprised to see it release with 7.0,but I don't think it will.If the Note7 releases with 6.0,I don't think it will receive 7.0 until late this year,or early 2017.We'll know tomorrow.
  • I think he meant the s8 will get nougat before the 7s Posted via the Android Central App
  • I feel like everyone should have nougat out quicker. They have had it out there for people to play with for months. These developers have no excuse Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hope you're right.We've got to remember the carriers after the developers,as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love my V10. Would love to get the V20 if it's a substantial improvement. Posted via LG V10
  • I'm in the same boat with you but I believe LG will indeed deliver in key areas with this one. One being battery life. One picture at a time--LG V10
  • I find the battery on the V10 OK actually. Not great by any means but OK as long as you don't fire up the DAC! I do like the V10, but had to import mine since LG never officially sold it in the UK. Will they bother with the V20? I never understood that decision, especially since the H960A version which it was selling in Europe supports all the bands used in the UK.
  • I wonder if this means a fast 7.0 update for for v10... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hope so! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lg has been doing good on updating, it probably will depend on the carrier more though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sounds great... Can't wait to see the specs on this! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will it be available for sprint? Posted via the Android Central App
  • For some reason, i doubt it.
  • Is there a reason why this wouldn't be available for all major carriers? The V10 never came to Sprint, correct? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just hope my V10 gets Android N within 10 months. lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was seriously disappointed with LG when they completely redesigned the g4 to the g5. I suspect that they will do the same thing with the v20 from the V10. If they do, I'll be going to a different phone.... Install a bigger removable battery, keeping the IR blaster, improve the quality of the screen, motherboards, output of the DAC along with adding Dolby Atmos and dual front facing high output speakers and the better camera sensors with upgraded software,and for love of God tell AT&T to keep their hands off the bootloader and recovery. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yah Note 7 or V20. It would be nice if LG pared back its skin while keeping Qslide and knock on functionality. A fully unlocked V20 could be a helluva thing. Posted with my LG G4 6.0 via the Android Central App
  • Nougat out of the box smart move LG now i'm going to wait. I was going to see what the Note 7 had to offer deciding between the 2 but now waiting for more specs on the V20. It needs FRONT FACING SPEAKERS. hope it has USB type C fast charging.
  • Meh. The V10 was unimpressive. I'm holding out for the Note7.
  • You'd be better served getting the note 7 lg last two flagship have been less then stellar and there Ui is all over the place . And what features Android N bring that i don't already have ,split screen ....had that with my gs3 Posted via my note 5 are gs7 edge
  • I think i might just hold on till September since all the recent news points yo a redesigned s7 edge the note 7 will be Posted via the Android Central App
  • Never again LG, still waiting for MM on my "flagship" G Flex 2.
  • I'm not sure the G Flex 2 was ever though of as a flagship by LG. Sure it had flagship specs bur I always got the impression that it was a bit of an experiment on LG's part. Keep in mind that I'd no excuse to abandon a top twit device on updates. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I miss my LG G2 that got stolen from me. That was a perfect device (almost). Now my S7 is my perfect device. It took a lot to get me to let go of my Note 4.
  • There was a lot to like about the v10 but in the end I couldn't deal with the poor battery performance. Hopefully they improve it in the V20 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lg needs to do a lot of work to get back where they where with the g2 and g3 . And the updates are the worst I've ever seen. My buddy who just upgraded to the gs7 edge that he loves by the way,had the flex one and it's still on 4.4 . At that point he said to hell with lg . With lg there no consistency with there product. I looked at the v10 when it was released and it just felt cheap an very plastic and just big . By comparison the note 5 was so compact and solid like one piece of granite. Only lg could mess up there first metal phone (g5) why would you cover over a metal phone ...LG ?? Posted via my note 5 are gs7 edge
  • Is there a reason why this wouldn't be available for all major carriers? The V10 never came to Sprint, correct? Thanks for any info Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess it will be overpriced... 950.00? Just guessing.. Posted via Android Central App
  • My only criticism of LG devices, like Samsung, is that it's difficult getting your hands on a carrier free, unlocked version of their flagship, particularly in the U.S. You basically have to go online and research the model and find the international variant, that may or may not support local carrier frequencies.
    Given that iPhones, Nexus and now others all have carrier free unlocked options, why do OEMs make it so difficult? Carrier exclusives are a early-2000s thing.