LG’s screen-swiveling Wing was one of the most impressive looking smartphones of 2020. But its unique design held back by poor software support. A new software update, out today for the Verizon-exclusive device, looks to help address those issues by adding some new dual-screen functionality. The LG Wing is getting its first big update, which delivers some better multitasking functionality and more. Presumably, this same update is heading over to the AT&T and T-Mobile versions soon.
This update brings along with it the nearly two-month-old November 2020 security patch. With the new update, there’s now a “send” button that shuttles apps from one display to the other, along with a “restart” button. It is to relaunch apps that transition over poorly. You can also use a third-finger gesture to accomplish a similar task. Finally, LG adds up app names to the homescreen when the phone swiveled open, making it better resemble the standard Android homescreen.
LG has also fixed one of the biggest pet peeves about the second display. It is also adding media controls for all apps to the second display when watching. Now, apps like Netflix will offer similar functionality. There are also a few other additional features in the update, including the ability to scan QR codes in the camera app automatically. You can again do a new wallpaper, a matching 5G icon, and a November security patch. If you own an LG Wing, you will be able to install the update now by checking for a software update. You need to do it in the settings app.
What is the new update?
LG Wing is getting a new software update that will make it easier to use its two screens. The update will allow users to send apps quickly from one display to the other with a ‘Send’ or ‘Fetch’ button. A software update for the LG Wing smartphone is rolling out through Verizon. It carries the firmware version F100VM10d and brings with it the November 2020 Android security patch. With the update, apps, folders, and widget names will displayed on the second home screen as well.
To send an app from the LG Wing’s second screen to the main screen or vice-versa, select the Fetch or Send button. From quick settings or swipe with three fingers on the screen that displays the app, you want to move.
The update for the LG Wing brings QR code scanning directly from the camera app. It is also said to simplify Wi-Fi setup. The update changes the color of the 5G icon and adds default wallpaper. The change that LG Wing users will probably most appreciate in this update is the ability to quickly. They switch apps between the main screen and the smaller secondary screen. There’s also a new preview shortcut in the camera UI.
The dual-display LG Wing gets a price in the latest leak:
As per XDA Developers, people with connections at LG say the phone will sell for around $1,000. It’s still a lot of money to spend on a smartphone. But perhaps not so unreasonable when you consider you get two screens instead of one. Of course, straight currency conversions aren’t often used by manufacturers, what with local variations in markets and taxes.
LG has been experimenting with multiple screens for years now. The 2020 LG Velvet is coming with a dual-screen case that gives you twice as much screen space.
Some of the specs of the LG Wing:
- Price: $999
- OS: Android 10
- Displays: 6.8-inch OLED and 3.9-inch secondary OLED
- CPU: Snapdragon 765G
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 256GB; expandable up to 2TB
- Rear camera: Triple-lens: 64MP wide (ƒ/1.7), 13MP ultrawide (ƒ/1.9), 12MP ultrawide with gimbal (ƒ/2.2)
- Front camera: 32MP
- Battery: 4,000 mAh
- Size (closed): 6.67 x 2.93 x 0.43 inches
- Weight: 9.74 ounces
At nearly 6.7 inches tall, more than four-tenths of an inch thick, and tipping the scales at a smidge under 10 ounces. The LG Wing is an incredibly massive phone. The top panel slides away with a light touch in one swift, smooth motion that slows down as it terminates and soft closes.
The LG Wing’s primary display is a 6.8-inch OLED panel with a Full HD+ resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. Underneath is the secondary 3.9-inch G-OLED display, resulting in a T-shaped design when you open it. This one-and-a-half display implementation allows for new ways of multitasking. Here one app can occupy the full screen and have complementary content on the other.
There are no punch-holes or notches as the selfie camera resides in a pop-up mechanism. Internal specifications include a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 128/256GB storage. The storage can be further expanded by up to 2TB via micro SD. The battery is rated at 4,000mAh with support for 25W QuickCharge 4+ and 10W wireless charging.
On the back of the LG Wing is a triple camera array comprising of a 64MP f/1.8 primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide shooter. It will follow a secondary 12MP ultra-wide lens for videography. Selfies feature a 32MP shooter. The phone’s primary 6.8-inch panel packs a resolution just north of full HD and hit 643 nits in our full-screen brightness test with adaptive brightness.
There’s not much to say about the Wing’s other screen — another OLED panel taking on a more square-like aspect ratio. Interestingly, there’s seemingly no way to make use of the gimbal unless you have the main display flipped open.
The update for the LG Wing brings QR code scanning directly from the camera app. It is also said to simplify Wi-Fi setup. The update changes the color of the 5G icon and adds default wallpaper. Performance is generally good, with the device acting satisfyingly quickly to switch between single-screen and dual-screen modes.