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New LG smartphone shown off in TENAA images, LG’s next flagship?

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Samsung’s 2015 strategy has been focused on moving away from past design decisions and aimed instead on a more premium image with toned down software. In contrast, LG’s strategy has largely been the opposite.

While the Galaxy S6 ditched removable backs, batteries, and plastic, the LG G4 offered all those things alongside a more premium leather backed variant for those that weren’t keen on plastic. Now that the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ have arrived with the same design choices, how will LG respond? As it turns out, LG looks to be gearing up for its own phablet-sized flagship, at least if new evidence from TENAA (China’s FCC equivalent) proves accurate.

As you can see, the filing delivers a number of images showing off a previously unknown handset, dubbed the LG LG-H968. The images don’t tell us anything specific about the specs, but the design appears to be made of plastic with a metal frame, and likely packs all the usual things you’d expect from such a device like microSD and a removable battery. You’ll also notice that LG’s iconic rear buttons make a reappearance here. Even more intriguing is the front facing camera, which has the sensors moved behind the glass protecting the display. There also seems to be what might be laser autofocus on the front.

So what exactly is this phone? We already knew LG was working on a “super premium” phone, though they later denied using such language to describe it. There have also been rumors of an LG G Note, suggesting that LG’s next flagship might go directly after the Note 5. That said, the filing here doesn’t mention or show a stylus, and so we can’t say for sure that this device really does pack an S-Pen rival.

Either way, we do believe it is a safe bet to assume that this is a phablet-sized phone and is intended to combat Samsung’s latest, though whether it has a stylus or will actually be called the “G Note” remains unclear. What do you think, do you hope that LG really does offer a Note competitor, is a high-end larger-sized flagship enough to interest you?

Rumour: LG’s Nexus 5X coming September 29th with $400 price tag

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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While news from IFA 2015 is still filtering through, it seems that the one topic that makes the hearts of many Android purists skip-a-beat has reared its head again. Yesterday we learned that Google will announce both the LG and Huawei Nexus devices on September 29th, in San Francisco, and now some new details about LG’s latest Nexus device have emerged.

alleged_lg_nexus_5_white_rear_leak_081715The details come courtesy of Android Authority, whose unnamed source has informed them that LG’s Nexus handset will probably be known as the Nexus 5X.

While the Nexus 5X will be more affordable than the Nexus 6 initially was, according to the source, it will still be around $50 more expensive than the original Nexus 5. To be honest, if the price tag is accurate, the relatively small increase in cost would be what most people would expect to see, especially considering the bump in specifications. The 16GB version of the Nexus 5X is expected to retail for $399, with the 32GB variant running to $449. It should be noted, none of the leaked factoids have been officially confirmed at this point, thus, a normal sized pinch of salt should accompany these details for the time being.

The same unnamed source dropped other interesting tidbits, including that, as long suspected, and alluded to with the tons of leaked renders, LG’s Nexus 5X carries a fingerprint scanner on the plastic rear panel, with a raised camera sensor and dual-LED flash accompanying it. Colour options include white, black, and light blue. A USB Type-C port is also said to be present, which, I’m sure we all hope, will be the full-featured product, and not the stripped down version that is present in the OnePlus 2.

If, and it is an if, these leaked details all come to pass, the Nexus 5X is bound to find its way onto the want lists of many Nexus fans. Especially considering that, for many, the 6-inch Nexus 6 handset was simply too big and costly. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Source: AndroidAuthority

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Exclusive: LG’s Nexus 5X coming September 29 for around $400

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off
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The Nexus 5X will come two years after the popular Nexus 5.

The LG-made Nexus is coming at the end of the month and it will be slightly more expensive that the original Nexus 5.

A source close to the matter has revealed to us details about Google‘s and LG’s plans for the new generation of the Nexus 5 smartphone. The source warned us that this information is not final, and as such, official details may differ, but we feel very confident in the veracity of this report.

First up, our source confirmed that the new Nexus will be made available in the Google Store from September 29. Both the LG Nexus and the Huawei Nexus will be offered at this point. This confirms a recent report from CNET, as well as an older rumor from Korean media.

The LG Nexus will probably go under the Nexus 5X moniker. We say probably because a decision on the final name has not been taken yet at Google HQ. That name makes a lot of sense: it allows Google to keep its “Nexus #” naming convention, while signaling that this is a new device in a much more intuitive fashion than by adding a “(2015)” or “(2nd gen.) suffix.

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The Nexus 5X will look a lot like the device pictured in this leaked image.

Next up, we can confirm that the leaks that have been making the rounds showing the design of the Nexus 5X are accurate. The device will feature a circular rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, along a raised camera and the dual LED flash on the side.

The Nexus 5X will be available in white, black, and light blue, and will feature a plastic back and a USB Type-C port.

Perhaps the most important detail we gleaned from our source is the price of the Nexus 5X: the device will be affordable, but not as affordable as the original Nexus 5. The Nexus 5X will cost $50 more than the Nexus 5, according to our source. That means we can expect a starting point of $399 for the 16GB model and $449 for the 32GB model, assuming Google has decided to stick with 16GB for the base version.

Again, this is non-final info so do not take it for granted just yet. That said, this is a very solid source, so we fully expect this info to pan out.

That’s it for now! How do you feel about a $400 Nexus 5X? Let us know your thoughts.

Hands-on with the LG Watch Urbane Luxe: Android Wear, deluxe

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The new Watch Urbane Luxe has a fancy name and comes in a fancy box. But is it fancy enough to justify a $1200 price tag?

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, we’ve met up with LG, who showed us the latest variant of their well-received Android Wear smartwatch series. The Watch Urbane Luxe takes what it’s pretty much a standard Watch Urbane, adds a coating of 23K gold, and an elegant alligator leather band, at a price tag that’s more than three times the regular  version’s.

Developed in collaboration with the US-based Reeds Jewelers, the Urbane Luxe will be available exclusively in the US (at least for now) and only 500 units are set to go on sale. This is a very limited edition device, and LG and Reeds hope that the exclusivity will add some additional cachet to what is already a special piece of design. Each device features a serial number and comes in a nice lacquered wood box that does well to complement the Luxe itself.

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Why 23K gold, you may ask? According to LG, 24K is just too soft to work as a resistant coating, so the gold is alloyed with a tiny proportion of other metals to give it strength. LG was keen to note that the Apple Watch is just 18K, though the Luxe is just coated with gold, not made of solid precious metal like Apple’s premium Apple Watch version.

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The alligator band features a gold-plated “deployment clasp” invented by Cartier, which supposedly adds quite a bit to the smartwatch’s final price. The clasp looks interesting and it’s easy to adjust and use, once you figure out the mechanism, but truth be told, only watch aficionados will care about it for more than a few minutes.

Other than the revamped exterior, the Watch Urbane Luxe is the same device we’ve come to know: Android Wear running on a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 512MB of RAM, with a 1.3-inch P-OLED circular display with a 320 x 320 resolution and a 410 mAh.

The Watch Urbane Luxe is yet another experiment from a company that hasn’t been afraid to experiment with new ideas in the wearables department (just look at the webOS Watch Urbane LTE). It remains to be seen if the results of this experiment will warrant more adventures down the path of luxury from LG or its competitors.

Stay tuned for more IFA 2015 coverage!

Google will unveil new Nexus smartphones on September 29th in San Francisco

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

nexus-logo (1)We’ve been hearing tons of rumors lately about Google’s upcoming lineup of Nexus smartphones, and it looks like we’ll finally see them officially unveiled in late September. The company is set to hold an event in San Francisco on September 29th, just in time for the holidays.

We’re expecting two Nexus devices, one of which will be a larger Huawei device and the other will be a smaller LG phone. These devices will probably be among the first Android devices to run Android Marshmallow, which we typically see with Nexus devices.

We’ve got a pretty solid idea on what both smartphones will have in terms of hardware, but pricing is still up in the air. Before the Nexus 6 last year, Google tried to set a trend with low cost devices. There’s no telling which direction the new Nexus devices will go, but we’ll know for certain by the end of the month.

source: Cnet

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Report: Google is Hosting Event September 29 to Unveil Nexus Phones Made by LG and Huawei

Posted by Kellex September - 2 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

According to a report out of CNET, Google plans to unveil two Nexus phones on September 29 at an event in San Francisco. Their sources claim that Google has partnered with LG to make a smaller Nexus phone and Huawei to make a larger Nexus phone. Rumors, of course, along with a number of leaks, have suggested the same for weeks now. 

Google declined to comment, so (for now) CNET is operating under the classic journalist line of  “according to people familiar with the company’s plans.” In other words, nothing is official quite yet. September 29 isn’t far off, so if Google is planning an event, we should know very soon.

Keep in mind that Google hasn’t done many product events in the past like this. They tried to early on for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4, but seemed to run into one natural disaster or another and eventually gave up on them, instead opting to announce new Nexus products with waves of posts to their official blogs. If my memory serves me correctly, the last event was for the Nexus 7 (2013) and Chromecast.

Wow, though. We just got the Note 5 and S6 Edge+, both of which are great phones. Motorola is giving us the Moto X Pure Edition pre-order today. The OnePlus 2 is out there somewhere in invite land. And now we have two Nexus phones coming at the end of the month? So much fun to be had.

Via:  CNET

Report: Google is Hosting Event September 29 to Unveil Nexus Phones Made by LG and Huawei is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon rolls out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-powered LG G Vista

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

This time last year, AT&T announced the LG G Vista. It’s a mid-range smartphone that runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat out of the box. A year later, Verizon is releasing the same G Vista but now with the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The updated smartphone includes a number of improvements like the design of the home touch buttons among others.

You can say this is the LG G Vista 2015 model. When you long-press the Recent button, you are easily taken to the Menu. As with any other Lollipop-powered phones today, you can set notifications and set how they are shown on the lock screen. You can also set notification preferences depending on what information you want to see.

The updated LG G Vista now features “Smart Lock” in Settings. It allows you to add any trusted device that can communicate with the phone easily and automatically whenever it’s nearby. It can also unlock the device without you having to unlock or entering a password manually. If you want to “Show all notifications”, you can set such by swiping down the notification cards or tapping “More” to expand the notification list.

The LG G Vista with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop now includes the Interruptions feature so you can set the alarms and notifications the phone will sound or display. You can set ‘None’, ‘Priority’, or ‘All’ so you can see or not see some items. Other special features include the Floating Action Button, Screen Pinning, Search in Setting, and Avoid bad WiFi connections. The update also includes the Android security patches for the recently discovered vulnerabilities.

SOURCE: Verizon

More LG Nexus 5 rumors surface, phone might use Snapdragon 808, 2700mAh batt

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG is working on another Nexus. Yep, there’s a new one that’s expected to roll out this year together with the Huawei Nexus. If the rumors are true, this is the first time that Google is releasing a duo not just from one company but from two under the Nexus brand. The latest information we’ve got is from a source saying that the LG Nexus will have a 5.2-inch screen and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.

The phone is believed to be just a sub-flagship. We’re not sure what the means but it could be mid-range or between mid- and premium. We also heard the phone will have Adreno 418 GPU inside, 3GB RAM, Full HD 1080p resolution, type C USB port, and a 2700mAh battery which is not really huge but still better than most phones today. The Nexus device is said to come in blue, white, or black variants.

When it comes to imaging, the upcoming LG Nexus is rumored to have a 12.3MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera. Phone might come in 16GB or 32GB variant only and hopefully, a microSD card slot for memory expansion. We’re also hoping for a September release.

As for the name, we’re calling it “LG Nexus 5″ for now but we’re not sure if Google will really call it as such. We just know that the next LG Nexus will be smaller than that Huawei Nexus that is pegged at 5.5- or 5.7-inches.

VIA: Android Police

Verizon-branded LG G Vista now receiving the Android 5.1 update

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to the LG G Vista. In addition to the latest build of the operating system, this upgrade also carries a much-needed patch for the Stagefright security exploit.

All the changes you’d expect to find in the Lollipop software are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, stronger 256-bit encryption, a smoother multitasking experience personal unlocking and Material Design.

If you live in the United States and have not yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade.

 

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AT&T now rolling out Stagefright patch for the LG G4

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Hot on the heels of T-Mobile, AT&T has now started rolling out a software update to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G4 located in the United States. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring any new features to the handset, but it does transport a patch for the open-source operating system’s Stagefright vulnerability.

As is the norm, the update is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the upgrade manually. To do so, open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”.

Source: LG

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