System and applications
In Q7 we can find Android 8.1 Oreo, which is hidden under the LG UX interface add-on. I did not expect Android Pie from LG Q7, but the manufacturer should take care of more often security updates. At the turn of October and November the smartphone used Android security updates dated 1st May 2018.
The LG add-on is aesthetical and enhanced, it offers a lot of personalization and useful functions (for example KnockON, that is waking the display with a double tap), a dedicated gaming mode and multitasking physical buttons, as well as the fingerprint scanner, thanks to which we can take screenshots or photos. Icons are placed on main desktops, but in settings we can change the mode that has the apps menu.
LG has definitely placed too much preinstalled apps in the system, out of which some double the functions of the mandatory set from Google. For creating and managing notes LG has preinstalled QuickMemo+, there is a task manager, recorder, FM radio, music player, files manager, as well as update centre, Smart Doctor – an app that is supposed to help controlling the battery consumption, power saving and diagnosing and testing the device. For transferring data from an old smartphone to the new LG we can use the LG Mobile Switch, and if we will change our mind about deleted apps, it will be possible to revert this for 24 hours thanks to the app recycle bin. But there are more. In the Services tab we will find a launcher for the SmartWorld app, a technical phone support called RemoteCall Service and Safe family – an app for securing data in the smartphone, signed by McAfee. You think that this is all? No, LG has preinstalled Facebook, Instagram and Amazon Assistant…