Back in 2015, LG introduced the V10, the first smartphone to feature a secondary display above the main 5.7-inch screen. This year, the company followed the V10 with the LG V20 which features the same tech. Now, it looks like next year’s LG V30 might be bringing in some changes to the secondary display.
The secondary screen on the LG V20 showing app shortcuts.
The small, secondary display on the LG V10 and V20 provided extra functionalities like adding app shortcuts, displaying the time and a ticker for notifications or alarms. It also allowed the main 5.7-inch display to have more screen real estate giving users more room for what they want to see onscreen.
For next year’s LG V30, it looks like the unique feature is going away. Notorious leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) recently went to Twitter and informed his followers that he has early renders of the LG V30. He followed that up by tweeting “I will say this: adieu, ticker.”
Of course, a lot of online publications quickly reported that LG was going to remove the secondary display for the V30. Blass tweeted later on that “Language is just so important” and that news websites have mistranslated his statement.
If LG isn’t ditching the secondary display, what does Blass’s statement actually mean? Perhaps the secondary display will still be on the LG V30, but its functionality will be updated and improved.
One of the problems with the secondary displays on the V10 and the V20 is accidental taps and presses. It’s possible LG has found a solution for that problem on the V30. It’s also plausible that Blass is simply saying that the secondary display on the V30 will no longer function as a ticker for notifications and alerts. After all, that seems redundant considering that the Android operating system already provides several options for displaying notifications.
It’s still a long way to go before the LG V30 is announced in fall 2017, and rumors like this will surely keep popping up until then. For now, the LG V20 is proving to be a success in the United States. LG has already sold over 200,000 units of the V20 since it launched back in late October, according to 9To5Google.