LG G4 gets Software Update (V20h)
A system software update is available now for LG G4 in India and many other countries (for unlocked H818 variants). This update brings the October Android Security Patch to the last year’s LG flagship. The OTA (Over The Air) update is a hefty 469 MB download with software version V20h and build date October 19, 2015. The firmware is still based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. We received the OTA update notification for our LG G4 (H818N dual SIM Indian variant) yesterday. The notification gives vague details about the update (as seen in the screenshot)
1. Phone usability and functionality has been further improved
2. Software: Improved stability for apps
We also checked for the update via LG Bridge (the new LG PC Suite for G4) and LG Mobile Support Tool – they also showed the update of over 1 GB. This huge size difference is due to the fact that LG Bridge/PC Suite and LG Mobile Support Tool download the whole firmware and then install it while OTA update consists of only the updated components. However there is no difference in terms of software version or features, whatever way you chose to update the phone.
This is definitely one of those routine “security, bug-fix and performance improvement” Android software updates which Google/OEMs now roll out regularly. It contains the October Android Security Patch. As you may know, Google now releases Android Security Patch (a collection security fix found in Android OS) as a software update on a monthly basis. Unfortunately LG is pretty slow in passing these updates to their devices. This is evident by the fact that LG G4 got this updates after a long gap of over 7 months (7 months is like “ages” in today’s fast paced mobility world). Prior to this update it had Android Security Patch build of February 2016. In comparison Samsung is very quick to deliver updates to their phones. LG has to look into this aspect seriously to gain the trust of consumers.
How to update?
If you have not received the OTA update notification yet then check for it manually via Settings – General – About phone – Common – Update Center – Software Update – Check now for update. Phone will check for the update and notify you if available for your variant. It may take some time to reach all LG G4 variants so you will have to wait a bit longer for the update depending upon your country/carrier.
You can also update your G4 via LG Bridge, the new LG PC Suite for LG G4. Refer to this post to know more about LG Bridge.
LG Mobile Support Tool
LG Support Tool for mobile is an official LG software to update/flash LG phones. You can also use this application to update LG G4 to the latest available software. Read this post to know how to use LG Mobile Support Tool.