LG G7 ThinQ Android 10 kernel source code is now available
LG’s G series is expected to be retired soon in favor of the upcoming ‘Velvet’ lineup, but the company has no plan to abandon the legacy models in terms of software support. 2018’s LG G7 ThinQ, for example, is scheduled to receive the Android 10 update in Q3 2020. While we don’t know the exact date of the OTA rollout, LG has now shared Android 10 kernel sources for a couple of carrier-branded variants of the LG G7.
Back in February 2020, LG kickstarted the public beta testing of Android 10 for the Korean LG G7 variant (model number LMG710N). They also published the Android 10 kernel source for the phone on their open-source code distribution repository but removed it after a while for some unknown reason. This time, the new set of kernel source packages is intended for the Verizon and T-Mobile variants (LMG710VM and LMG710TM/TMP respectively).
Interestingly, LG Korea is planning to deliver the non-beta build of LG UX 9.0 on top of Android 10 for the LG G7 ThinQ in Q2 2020, i.e. quite before the global rollout. The availability of the kernel source, however, doesn’t necessarily indicate an early arrival of the OTA outside their home country. LG might take several months to roll out the stable version of Android 10 for the LG G7 ThinQ, just like they did with the Android Pie update.
The updated kernel source codes are actually beneficial for the aftermarket developers, who can use them to fix the bugs in existing custom ROMs and kernels. LG officially allows only the European variant of the LG G7 (model number LMG710EM) to be bootloader unlocked, but it is now possible to unlock other variants (except the T-Mobile variant) using a community-developed method. An unofficial build of LineageOS 17.1 is for this phone is also available on our forums as a viable alternative for users who want to migrate away from LG’s skin.
Source: LG Open Source Code