The LG V20 will be the first device to feature Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, LG has confirmed. Due to hit shelves in a few month's time, the phone will be "tuned to take advantage of many of the best features of Nougat", LG says -- including Vulkan-supported graphics for more immersive gaming and better battery performance with Doze.
There will be new productivity features, too. Like "Direct Reply", which lets you respond quickly to text messages or update tasks using the notification interface.
LG and Google have collaborated closely since the 2009 launch of the very first Android phone from LG based on Android 1.5 Cupcake, and went on to work on a series of Nexus smartphones.
The Nexus 4 came first in 2012, which was shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Nexus 5 was released in 2013 with Android 4.4 KitKat, and the Nexus 5X that was unveiled in 2015 featuring Android 6.0 Marshmallow. LG and Google have also teamed up to offer smart wearables such as LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
"We are excited to offer the first phone in the world to feature Nougat out of the box," said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. The LG V20 upgrades and extends its predecessor’s cutting-edge multimedia features a step further, providing distinctive mobile experience and sets a new standard for premium phones for consumers."