LG Velvet gets Android 12 in the US with new privacy features, no sign of Material You [U]

While LG is done with smartphones, the company is fulfilling its promise to still support existing models. Now LG Velvet gets its Android 12 update.

LG Velvet, which launches in Korea, is the brand’s first smartphone to get Android 12. Although the update is certainly quite late, it’s still nice to see it come at all, considering that LG has not played an active role in the smartphone industry for almost one year.

Update 15/4: Android 12 is now rolling out to the LG Velvet in the US, starting with the variant sold by Verizon Wireless. As we noted with the rollout in Korea, there are no signs of changes in Material You, but this US rollout provides a better picture of what’s new, including:

  • Lock button in the power menu
  • Precise / approximate location permits
  • IoT control panel in the quick settings menu
  • “Remove permissions and free up space” in app settings
  • Security and Emergency Added to Settings
  • Camera / microphone access indicators
  • Option to block camera and microphone access

Our original coverage follows.

There are not many changes on LG’s Android skin, not surprisingly, but there are a few things mentioned in LG’s changelog. First, the new camera / microphone privacy indicators are live, and LG is adding a lockdown feature to its power menu. There is also a new “IoT Device” option for the Quick Settings menu. Other Android 12 features that arrive in LG’s update include precise / approximate location for apps and the ability to delete unused app permissions. Based on the appearance of the change log, there is no indication of any implementation of Material You colors or designs.

As mentioned, the update is now only rolling out in South Korea, but it is likely to find its way to international markets in the coming weeks. The LG Wing is probably the next in line, but considering that Android 11 first arrived in December last year, do not bet that Android 12 is coming soon.

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