LG V40 ThinQ Android 10 kernel source code published ahead of LG UX 9.0 rollout
The smartphone wing of LG heavily struggled in 2019 due to lagging sales, and the company might even drop their flagship G-series brand this year. The Korean OEM is also having a hard time to keep their existing phones up-to-date, as only a handful of LG flagships have received the Android 10 update so far. According to LG’s official update roadmap, the LG G8X ThinQ is next in line to get the taste of Android 10, while the LG G7 ThinQ, LG G8S ThinQ, and the LG V40 ThinQ will experience the same in Q3 2020. The company has now gone ahead and published kernel sources for Android 10 for the LG V40 ThinQ.
At the time of reporting, we can only spot the kernel source code corresponding to the Korean variant of the LG V40 ThinQ (model number LMV409). The early arrival could be related to the fact that LG Korea is scheduled to deliver the stable version of Android 10 to the LG V40 ThinQ in the second quarter of 2020, way before the global rollout. The current package is based on the software version v30a, which might be the build version of the upcoming LG UX 9.0 OTA for the Korean edition of the phone.
It is worth mentioning that only the European variant of the LG V40 (model number LMV405EBW) is officially whitelisted for bootloader unlocking. Interestingly, XDA Member Xsavi has come up with an exploit based on an engineering bootloader from the LG V35 ThinQ, which can be used to unlock other variants (except the T-Mobile one). An unofficial version of LineageOS 17.0 is already available for the phone on our forums, and owners of the LG V40 ThinQ should expect further custom ROM experiences thanks to the updated kernel source.
Source: LG Open Source Code