Android 6.0 Marshmallow is heading to LG V10 devices, and reports from Turkish users show that the update already reached some of them.
The over-the-air update for LG V10 is pretty hefty, so you might want to download it via Wi-Fi. It has 800 MB and it will set your software version to V20b, with the build number MRA58K.
Marshmallow brings the Android Doze, which offers more power per recharge for LG V10 users. Additional goodies come in form of Direct Share, an adequate real silent mode, a dynamic automatic brightness adjustment and reorganized app settings and permissions.
The QMemo+ feature now is dubbed Capture+, while the LG Bridge is now called LG AirDrive.
It should be noted that this is Android 6.0 and not 6.0.1, meaning that all functionality is here, but the latest emojis are not.
The update does come with a few rough edges, though.
The Knock Code was revamped to ask for six taps in at least three different quarters. This means that instead of simplifying things and bolstering security, LG actually made it more difficult for users to unlock their own devices. Now, LG V10 owners have to enter a complicated pattern which takes more time and is more prone to errors. The initial purpose of rethinking Knock Code might have been positive, but the number of reported wrong recognitions heavily shadows the experience.
Although it initially seemed that the Knock Code is a faster, more natural way for users to start using their devices, it seems to be just as demanding and time consuming as having screen patterns and PIN codes.
LG might not have the largest number of smartphones on the market, but it focuses on keeping its flagship devices up to date with the latest Android OS variant. The update for LG V10 was an unexpected surprise from the company, after the G4 experience.
The LG G4 was supposed to start getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow in October, in Poland, but the release date was delayed. In the United States, G4 owners who had Sprint subscriptions got the update in December and subscribers of U.S. Cellular had to wait until January. The last to make the transition to Android 6.0 were the clients of T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. Also, international G4 models got the Marshmallow as late as February 2016.
LG did not make any official comment on the official release of Marshmallow for V10 devices in the United States, but the update rollout in Turkey sparks hopes of a speedy process.