LG V40 ThinQ update adds Screen Recorder, Digital Wellbeing, and WiFi Calling in India
LG’s smartphone business is far from prospering in spite of its overall financial success. The Korean company’s phone unit has been riling under losses for over four and a half years now and it even had to move its manufacturing facility out of South Korea to recover the losses. Surprisingly, that hasn’t stopped LG from dishing out new flagships, experimenting with dual-screen enhancements, or launching new budget phones in price-sensitive markets. But what seems to be hit is LG’s tendency to roll out updates to its Android devices. In 2018, it launched the LG V40 ThinQ (review) flagship, which ran on Android 8.1 Oreo and didn’t receive Android 9 Pie until May 2019. While the Android 10 update is still pending, LG V40 ThinQ is getting the March 2020 security patches and some new features with a recent OTA update in India.
LG is rolling out a 710MB update to the V40 ThinQ with build number PKQ1.190202.011. The update brings some useful features and the foremost is support for Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi). Wi-Fi calling in India was kicked off quite recently and many phone-makers have released support for the service since then. Other than that, the update brings Google’s Digital Wellbeing to the V40 ThinQ including features like Wind Down and Focus Mode and dedicated quick settings tiles. Besides these, the update also adds a native screen recorder to the smartphone.
As mentioned above, the V40 ThinQ also gets Google’s security patches from March 2020. While the April 2020 security patches for Pixel devices are already live, we can discount LG India for the delay owing to the country-wide lockdown since the last week of March due to COVID-19.
We have received information about the OTA update from at least two users in India and if you also own an LG V40 ThinQ, you should receive in the matter of a few days or weeks. The update also brings a bug pointed out by XDA Junior member sanchit279 – the battery graph isn’t showing since the update so there is a slight chance LG might pull the update back to fix this.
Meanwhile, although LG hasn’t released the Android 10 update for the V40 ThinQ, the Android 10 kernel sources have been published online and it suggests that the update could be released soon. In the meantime, the availability of kernel sources has permitted developers to furnish custom ROMs including LineageOS 17 for the LG V40 ThinQ.