I don't think it's just the kernel, because my software says LL instead of LS as well. By the way, whether the photo is LS or LL shows up in the EXIF data as well under image ID.
For example, I had a couple of Galaxy S6s (which I kept replacing due to screen issues). The ones with the Sony sensor takes better images, unfortunately. Or perhaps it's just placebo. I dunno.
Image ID on the Sony: A16LSIA00VM
Image ID on the ISOCELL: A16LLIC08VM
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Anyway, I took a look at photos from reviews and all of them have 'LS' or the Sony sensor on them. Seems like Samsung did a pretty despicable bait-and-switch if some units are indeed ISOCELL... My Sony one was manufactured 3/14/15 in Vietnam. Samsung on 4/17/15 in Vietnam.
Thanks for the exif tip!
Verizon 920v made in China - Sony Sensor LS