LG announces V20 will come with Android 7.0 - and this one's coming to Canada!

Wow... yes!  It's coming to Canada this time around.

proposed leak of the V20 specs

Now, a lot of us are talking all about the new Note 7, but LG doesn't want you to forget it exists (can you smell the rivalry?) and sent over the announcement of the LG V20.

But most importantly, I've been able to get our LG Canada confirm that this time the V series is coming to Canada.

See, the V10 came out and it was essentially the G4 but upgraded to include a fingerprint sensor on the back and a couple of other things.

But we never got to see the device at all north of the 49th.  I was a sad panda.

Then we got the LG G5.  As nice as it was, it was still a little shy of the 'greatest phone' out there, and departed from the cool style of the G3/G4 I really liked.

Well, the V20 will by my G5... at least in my mind.  I'm really looking forward to it.

Now our contact couldn't say when, or for how much, but at least we know it's coming.

Best yet, it's going to be the first phone to LAUNCH with Android 7.0 Nougat.

See the press release below


Successor to Acclaimed V10 Offers More Advanced Multimedia Features

TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2016 — LG Electronics (LG) confirms that its next flagship smartphone, LG V20, will be the first device with the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system preloaded, when it begins shipping in the third quarter.

The LG V20 builds upon the premium and rich multimedia smartphone experience of last year’s LG V10. It will be tuned to take advantage of many of the best features of Nougat, including Vulkan-supported graphics for more immersive gaming while also delivering better battery performance with Doze. Consumers will also enjoy new productivity features such as Direct Reply, which lets users 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. The two companies continued to collaborate on a series of Nexus smartphones starting with the Nexus 4 in 2012, which was shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Nexus 5 that 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, the world’s first and only Android Wear smartwatch with cellular based connectivity

“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.”