Essential Phone now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update

At the end of January, Essential announced that it would be skipping a full release of Android 8.0 Oreo, instead going straight to 8.1. About a month after the first beta build of 8.1 came out for the Essential Phone, the official Android 8.1 Oreo update has been released from the floodgates.

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LG V30 update in South Korea brings ThinQ AI camera features and branding

Back when LG still hadn’t officially announced the interestingly-named V30S ThinQ and was merely teasing it, the company mentioned that the new features might trickle down to existing V30 devices. At MWC, LG confirmed that the V30 and V30+ would in fact get ThinQ features. In keeping with that promise, a reader in South Korea who owns a V30+ (a V30 with 128GB of storage) recently received an update that included a few interesting additions from the ThinQ.

The V30S ThinQ (and V30S+ ThinQ) were officially released in South Korea yesterday, and on the same day, South Korean V30 models began receiving an update. Our tipster’s V30+ (model number V300K) pulled an 821MB update with a decently long changelog. As you might be able to see, it’s in Korean, but here’s what Google Translate tells us it says:

  • Q Lens, AI Camera, Bright Camera, Q Voice, and Google Assistant have been added to the camera app.
  • Improved fingerprint recognition for KakaoBank.
  • Improved restarts during heavy or rooting. While charging or booting, random restarts have been fixed.
  • Google Drive supports downloading files larger than 4GB.
  • Vibration when receiving a text message improved. While receiving texts or calls, vibrations will happen more consistently.
  • Improved call quality.

The translation isn’t perfect, but it’s not bad at all. The highlights here are presented in the first bullet point (“Bright Camera” likely refers to the low-light mode). The second, fourth, fifth, and sixth points are clear, though the third one is a bit confusing. The tipster said that there’s some new ThinQ branding that shows up on the boot screen (“LG V30+ ThinQ” instead of “LG V30”), and our best guess is that it’s referring to that.

As far as we can tell, most, if not all of the new features from the ThinQ models have made it in one piece. The V30S and V30S+ ThinQ might have dumb names and no real reason to exist, but major props go to LG for updating the “older” V30 and V30+ with the new features so quickly.

Verizon LG V30 is Getting Its Oreo Update Right Now! (Updated)

We just got word from multiple readers that the LG V30 on Verizon is receiving its update to Android 8.0 “Oreo” right now!

Verizon has not yet posted any of the details for the update, but as you can see in the screenshot below, it is Android 8.0 and not 8.1. As expected, the update is quite large at 1.7GB. You’ll want to be on WiFi for this one. The LG V30 Oreo update drops in as software version VS99620a.

If I’m not mistaken, this is the first LG Oreo update in the US.

To check for the update, head into Settings>System update. Go! Go! Go!

UPDATE: Verizon is also updating the LG G6 today, just not to Oreo. It’ll see the February security patch and software version VS98816A.

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Cheers Bart and Jonathan!

Cortana adds floating launch button in latest update [APK Download]

Even though Cortana can’t match most of Google Assistant’s functionality, it’s still very handy if you have a Windows 10 PC. The app can mirror notifications to your PC, sync reminders, and provide contextual information based on your email and calendar. About a year ago, the Cortana app added an optional launcher to the lock screen, and now there’s another way to open the assistant.


The latest update adds a new option, called “Cortana on Home Screen.” It adds a floating Cortana button to your device, similar to a Facebook Messsenger chat head. Tapping on it opens the app instantly. Despite the name, it actually appears on the home screen and all your apps, unless you give Cortana permission to see which app is currently open (so it can tell if you’re on the home screen or not).

The button is also customizable – you can choose between the Cortana logo, a circle showing your next calendar appointment, or a small rectangle. The update has already rolled out on the Play Store, but you also download it from APKMirror.

Microsoft Cortana – Digital assistant
Microsoft Cortana – Digital assistant
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