LG have announced their latest Android smartphone. The LG V20 will launch in the third quarter of this year, with the device set to feature Android 7.0 Nougat.
The LG V20 itself is arguably not that interesting for a lot of smartphone consumers around the world, as it will only be available in a limited number of markets. However, the handset will ship with a notable claim; being the first smartphone to launch running Android Nougat.
LG’s South Korean website states [ko] that the forthcoming handset will be launched in September. This would be a surprising development, as it would potentially mean the LG V20 being made available before Google’s own Android Nougat smartphones, which are widely expected to be made by HTC.
However, the September date does add weight to yesterday’s report of Android Nougat being given an early debut in August. It is highly unlikely that Google would allow a manufacturer to ship a device with Android Nougat, before the forthcoming version of Android has been officially launched.
Typically new Nexus smartphones are launched alongside fresh Android releases. It is possible, though, that this may still take place, without contradicting LG’s claim of offering the first Android Nougat device.
LG’s Android smartphones run a heavily-skinned version of the operating system. But Google will want a stock variant of Android Nougat used when it comes to demonstrating the capabilities of the new OS.
Therefore, one option would be for Android Nougat to be launched in August, alongside the HTC Nexus Marlin and HTC Nexus Sailfish devices. However, Google’s new smartphone would then not go on general sale until after the release of the LG V20.
LG V20 – Germany, United Kingdom, United States and South Korea availability
Last year’s LG V10, which the LG V20 succeeds, was available in some major markets like Germany, but others – such as the UK – missed out.
There are details [de] about the LG V20 on LG’s German website, although the device is absent from the company’s UK website right now.
Unlike the English-language press release, LG Germany’s announcement specifies that the LG V20 will be available in “selected markets only”. However, LG’s German press department are not currently able to confirm whether or not the smartphone will launch in their own country.
At present, it appears as if the LG V20 is likely to be released in South Korea and the United States, but its availability in other markets is a lot less certain.