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LG Velvet UI is the company’s latest skin that runs on top of AOSP. Formerly known as LG UX or Optimus UI prior to that, the Velvet UI was announced this year as part of the LG Velvet and LG Velvet 5G devices.

The two Velvet phones are already available in a handful of markets and are expected to keep finding their way to even more regions in the coming weeks and months for that matter. Not only are early adopters impressed with the device build, but also the software that runs the show.

But as usual, not everyone is willing and ready to shell out hundreds of dollars every time a company releases a new phone. Instead, companies have found a way of bringing the experience in their new phones to older phones via software updates.

LG Velvet UI update released for V50 ThinQ

This is exactly the case for secret admirers of the LG Velvet devices and the all-new Velvet UI. A good number of those still holding onto older LG flagships also want this and LG is giving it to them as requested, but of course, not everyone is going to get the update at once.

Matter of fact, only a handful of LG devices have been given the greenlight as far as the Velvet UI update is concerned, namely LG V50 ThinQ, V50S ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, V35 ThinQ, G8 ThinQ, G8X ThinQ, and G7 ThinQ. We don’t know yet if this list will grow bigger, but it’s likely.

That said, below are the LG devices that have picked up the Velvet UI update so far. The table will be updated regularly to reflect the latest developments.

New updates will be added in the section below and the tracker follows after that

Update 1 (October 20)

IST 07:24 pm: LG has announced that it will be making the Velvet UI skin available for devices such as the LG Q51 and Q61 and which are part of the company’s budget lineup as per a report.

Update 2 (November 18)

IST 01:55 pm: LG has reportedly released the Velvet UI for the LG V35 ThinQ (LM-V350n) model. This new update bears the software version V350N30b/V350NO30b and is rolling out via OTA and LG Bridge in Korea.

Update 3 (December 11)

IST 04:55 pm: The latest development suggests that LG might be ready to kick-start the Android 11 beta testing for the LG Velvet, at least in Korea. Check out more details here.

Update 4 (December 14)

IST 05:15 pm: The changelog of the Android 11 Beta Preview for the LG Velvet has been revealed. The update is set to begin rolling out in Korea at first. Head here for more details.

Update 5 (December 25)

IST 10:28 am: As per a recent report from Twitter, LG has released a new software update for LG Velvet 5G which offers the November security patch along with bug fixes. However, Android 11 is still nowhere to be seen.

I just got another Ota for the LG Velvet 5g, according to this one for bug fixes, the patch is still from Nov. At the moment good frequency of Otas for this team, now Android 11 is missing

Update 6 (December 28)

IST 10:15 am: LG Korea has shared its software update plan for the first quarter of 2021. According to the schedule, the LG Velvet will get the update to Android 11 in Q1. No other device has been mentioned. More details here.

Update 7 (January 11)

IST 17:45 pm: It appears that LG has started rolling out the Velvet UI update for the LG G7 ThinQ and LG G7+ ThinQ in India. The December patch also tags along with this new skin.


Update 8 (January 27)

IST 12:45 pm:Preview builds of LG Velvet UI are set to start rolling out soon to eligible devices. However, we can now have a pretty detailed look at some of the major changes set to come in this build and you can check that out here.

LG Velvet UI tracker table
Device/Region Korea Europe USA Canada India
LG V50 ThinQ Released Coming soon Coming soon N/A N/A
LG V50S ThinQ Coming soon N/A N/A N/A N/A
LG V40 ThinQ Released Coming soon Coming soon N/A Coming soon
LG V35 ThinQ Released N/A Coming soon N/A N/A
LG G8 ThinQ Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon N/A
Device/Region Korea Europe USA Canada India
LG G8X ThinQ Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon
LG G8S ThinQ Coming soon Coming soon N/A N/A Coming soon
LG G7 ThinQ Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Released
LG G7+ ThinQ Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Released

If you can wait no more, at least for those who own the T-Mobile variant of the LG G7 ThinQ, how about go the manual way and try some of the new Velvet UI apps here? Of course, this won’t bring the full experience, but it’s something to hold onto as you wait for the official update.

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