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LG appoints a new CEO to head up mobile division

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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LG is a company that has managed to do something in the mobile world that few competitors accomplished. Once looked at as a mere third-rate phonemaker, the company has rose to become a top rated powerhouse that’s been doing all the right things. As shown with their record breaking sales for Android devices last month, LG is serious about mobile, and now it appointed a new CEO to make sure that it stays on the right track.

While one of the first thoughts that came to my mind was “why change bosses if the current one is doing so well?”, the newly appointed mobile leader certainly has the right credentials for the job. Effective January 1, Juno Cho will take the reins as the new CEO of the mobile division, moving on from his current position of president of LG Corporation. Cho is well versed in the mobile industry, having lead LG’s mobile business strategy (along with sales and marketing) for North America between 2000 and 2007.

The current CEO Jong-seok Park of LG Mobile will shift to the role of Chief Technology Advisor, and considering how well he has done while at the helm, one can only hope that his influence will remain strong.

LG also announced changes to their upper management structure across multiple divisions, and seems very serious on maintaining momentum.

LG has worked very hard to completely turn its mobile division around, and its success has been a nightmare for other Android manufacturers. Though other factors are at play, Samsung has undoubtedly felt the sting, with its numbers taking a huge dive while LG sales projections continue to soar.

With the huge success of the LG G3, it’s safe to assume that the tech world will have its eyes and ears open on news of LG’s next flagship.

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Get LTE up and running on your Nexus 4, even on Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

If there’s one thing most consumers probably didn’t know about the Google Nexus 4 (manufactured by LG) is that it was initially intended to have LTE connectivity. But since Google was unable to get regulatory approval for LTE on the Nexus 4, they locked up the feature via an update on the radio firmware of the device.

Fortunately for the Android world, there are places and groups of people like the XDA developers forum where injustices like this are not allowed to stand. If the Nexus 4 was designed with 4G data capability, then trust that people (with lots of time on their hands) will move heaven and earth to give the device that capability back.

This started with a tweak of the radio firmware back to version 0.33 – the last one that had the LTE enabled – and making it available for Nexus 4 users, done by XDA member “morrislee”. Lately though, the Nexus 4 received an update to Android 5.0 and – you guessed it – LTE was still disabled. This again was remedied by XDA member “beerbaronstatic”, who created a hybrid firmware good for Lollipop but with the LTE enabled. Pretty nifty work right there.

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If you are still on Android 4.x and you are interested to get LTE back on your Nexus 4, check out the official thread at XDA here. If you are on Android Lollipop and want LTE goodness, check out this thread here. Please remember that you will be dealing with flashable images and custom firmware. Please make sure that you back your phone up before attempting to install any of these tweaks.

SOURCE: XDA

Google’s Project Tango starts shipping to developers

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

If you’re a consumer, it may be hard to figure out what to do with Google’s Project Tango – which is really a high-powered tablet manufactured by LG with very special cameras and sensors that will be able to scan, map, and render real-world environments to 3D images. The tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip and costs USD$1,024. But the device is specifically targeted for developers — to whom Google has started shipping the device — so you wouldn’t have to answer that question yet.

So what exactly do you get for your USD$1K? The Tango tablet itself has a 7-inch screen with a 1920×1200 resolution. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat (yep, no Lollipop yet), with a range of highly specialized cameras on the front and back. The end goal is to be able to map and render environments and objects in 3D.

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Aside from that, it includes a mini-dock for charging (and doubles as a stand for the tablet as well), and the pin for releasing the 4G nano SIM slot, confirming the fact that yes, the tablet will have LTE connectivity. The issue really is that Google wants this high-end piece of developer gadgetry in the hands of people who will be able to contribute and help design useful programs and apps for the device.

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The tablet is not out in the market, but LG has promised that it will make a consumer-targeted counterpart of the Tango in 2015. That is just a few months away, so we will await what LG has in store for us.

VIA: SlashGear

LG rolling out Android Lollipop for G3 in South Korea

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

This is good news for owners of the LG G3, as LG is ready to roll out updates to Android 5.0 for the flagship phone this week, albeit limited to the South Korean market for now. This is not new for LG, as it usually prioritizes its home market for updates like this.

It’s not clear whether LG will be providing an OTA update via the South Korean mobile carriers, but what is sure for now is that the update will be available at the download center of LG’s South Korean website. The LG G3 is carried by the top Korean mobile providers, and so it might be possible that the software upgrade to Android Lollipop will be provided as an OTA update in the near future.

The LG announcement mentions the major features that G3 users can expect with the upgrade, including the hyped Material Design aesthetic, speedier apps via the ne Android Runtime environment (ART), Lollipop’s Project Volta that increases battery performance, and even the ability to unlock the phone with Bluetooth devices.

The South Korean manufacturer has promised Lollipop updates for the G2 as well – these updates shall be forthcoming after the rollout of the update for the LG G3. All in all, good job to LG for getting the update out quickly.

SOURCE: LG Korea

South Korean LG G3 to get Lollipop update next week

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Following its successful rollout in Poland, LG has today announced that it’s planning to start pushing out the much-anticipated, eagerly awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all models of the G3 located in South Korea and is expected to hit the three major carriers as soon as next week.

All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. LG has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications.

The full changelog can be seen below.

Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.

Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:

  • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
  • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
  • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
  • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
  • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
  • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).

New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.

Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.

Ambient Display: While your phone’s display is off, Ambient Display can show notifications without turning on the full display. This will be triggered when a notification arrives. You will see notifications similar to that shown on the lock screen.  You can turn this feature on in the Display menu in Settings, and note that it will increase the power consumption of your device.

Motorola Assist and Downtime: Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don’t want to be disturbed.  Motorola Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.

Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).

Share your Device: You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone.  Guest mode is enabled by default.  You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings. Note that the personalized Motorola experiences (Motorola Assist, Motorola Connect)  are for the owner account only. The Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.

Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.

Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.

Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.

Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.

Smart Lock (Trusted Devices): Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.).  Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.  Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

Be sure to check back as we’ll let you know the minute the update starts rolling out.

Source: LG

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Verizon adds LG Transpyre to prepaid catalog

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

For people who don’t want to be burdened with contracts, prepaid is usually the way to. But the US consumer market has become so used to contracts that mobile providers rarely put quality phones for their prepaid service. Verizon has recently tried to improve its lineup of phones by adding the new LG Transpyre smartphone to its prepaid mix.

The LG Transpyre is a mid-tier phone through and through. With a quad-core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB RAM, it’s not going to win any performance races – BUT, it will do the job. The Transpyre features a 4.5-inch 800×480 (WVGA) screen, with 8GB internal storage and a 5MP/1.3MP camera combo.

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The win here for prepaid users is that LG has filled up the Transpyre with pretty robust features. First, it is capable of 4G LTE connectivity for faster mobile internet. The Transpyre also features the patented Knock Code security system and the Knock On (double tap to wake) feature. The storage is expandable to 32GB via microSD.

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Verizon is making the LG Transpyre available without a contract for prepaid users at USD$100. This phone will fit users who don’t do power work processes with their mobile devices. For browsing, going online with social media, taking the odd picture or video here and there – the LG Traspyre will more than do the job for you.

VIA: Phone Scoop

LG G3 Android Lollipop update to hit South Korea this week

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The LG G3 was one of the first smartphones to receive official news regarding an Android Lollipop upgrade, but so far the roll-out doesn’t appear to have taken place on time. LG has been quiet about the update over the past few weeks, and has only now piped up to announce that South Korean LG G3 owners are next (first?) in line for the 5.0 treatment.

The announcement comes via LG’s official Korean blog, which states that the update should arrive come the end of this week. Lollipop will be rolling out to the big three Korean carriers, LG U+, SKT and Korea Telecom, at the same time.

G3 owners in other regions will just have to sit tight, as the blog post doesn’t mention anything about the wider roll-out of LG’s Lollipop. Despite promising an update for Poland over two weeks ago, we still haven’t seen any signs of OTA updates reaching customers.

Those who can’t wait for an official OTA update might want to check out the unofficial leaked versions and ROMs that have become available for some handset models. Although if LG has held off on its official roll-out, there are probably some issues to content with in these older builds.

What are your thoughts on LG’s Lollipop roll-out, or lack thereof, so far?

App brings back Double Tap to Wake on rooted Nexus 6

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The “double tap to wake” feature – which I first experienced on an LG phone – was truly a game changer for me, and probably for a whole multitude of Android users out there. That’s why we were kinda happy to see it on the initial review units of the Nexus 6. Strangely, the feature was nixed when the Nexus 9 was launched for the market. Here’s a probable fix.

The app is called “Nexus 6 Double Tap to Wake”, so that there would be no confusion there. It was developed by XDA member “naxir” and gives you the ability to bring back the feature. The big caveat here is that your Nexus 6 must be rooted.

If you have no problems doing that then you can absolutely go for it. The app just gives you one single setting to tap – whether to enable the double tap setting or disable it. From initial reviews, there are some inconsistencies with the app, which stops working when your phone has been idle for a long-ish period of time. But you’re free to try it, of course.

If you are an XDA member, then we’re happy to tell you that the developer has made the APK available for free via the app’s official forum thread. If not, then you can download it with a fee of USD$1.00 via the Google Play Store.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store
VIA: Android Beat

[Deal] Grab the LG G Watch R for $210 from T-Mobile with promo code

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you’re in the market for the LG G Watch R, we have a tremendous deal for you. T-Mobile has it for the normal price of $299.99, but if you use promo code ACCOFFER18 at checkout, you will get 30% off, bringing the total to $209.99. You will also get Free shipping. I tried the code myself so I know it works at the time of this post.

Unfortunately this code doesn’t work for the Moto 360, but my favorite of the two watches is the G Watch R due to better battery life and the “Always On” display.

We’re not sure how long this deal will last, so don’t fall asleep at the wheel on this one.

Click here to order

source: Reddit

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Verizon brings two new tablets: LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and 10.0 LTE

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

People are always looking towards to the holiday season not just to receive gifts from loved ones but to also buy new gadgets for themselves (or in younger people’s case, to ask their parents for new gadgets). Verizon has just announced two new products that will vie for your wallet’s attention: the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and its slightly bigger cousin, the LG G Pad 10.0 LTE.

If you prefer to have a bigger version of your smartphone where you can read books and magazines easily, can also be used on one hand and will fit easily into any bag you bring, then go for theLG G Pad 7.0 LTE. It has an HD IPS display, runs on a 1.2GHz quad core processor and has a main camera with 5-megapixels and a front-facing camera with 1.3 megapixels. The LG G Pad 10.0 LTE has basically the same features, but of course with a bigger 10.1 HD IPS display, making it a great companion for watching videos, playing games, or just writing down stuff you need to do.

Both tablets also come with LG apps and features that make it different from other tablets in the market. The Q Pair app receives notifications on your tablet from your paired LG G3 or actually, any other Android smartphone running on 4.1 or higher. Meanwhile, if you forgot your paired phone at home, your tablet can still receive and send text messages from that number through your tablet when you use Verizon Messages. Both tablets also have a smart keyboard that learns your keystrokes and patterns and can be adjusted to your specifications (height, key arrangement).

The LG G Pad 7.0 LTE is already available on the Verizon store for $249.99, which you can also get for just $49.99 when you activate a new line for two years. The LG G Pad 10.0 LTE meanwhile can be had for $299.99 but you can also get it for as low as $199.99 with a new two-year plan. Verizon has also announced November 26 as Connection Day, where you can get special offers from other partners like Amazon, Boingo Wireless, Conde Nast, JetBlue and Pandora.

SOURCE: Verizon

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