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Android Authority this week – March 29, 2015

Posted by wicked March - 29 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Android fans, this week brought us closer to the release of the hot new Galaxy S6 and One M9; Cyanogen made waves again with its aggressive rhetoric against Google; leaks revealed our first credible look at the LG G4, due in late April; we heard rumors about the One M9+ and the Galaxy S6 Active; Google updated some of its apps and we heard reports about some new ones; a bezel-less Oppo device broke cover; Xiaomi teased a new device for March 31; and finally OnePlus said it’s preparing to unveil a… drone?

Inside AA HQ

Josh worked hard to get the second big review of the season, the One M9, in time for the embargo on Sunday evening (seriously, HTC, weekend embargoes are always a bad idea). You should definitely check it out if you’re interesting in buying the new M9 or just to see how it stacks up.

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All in all, we’re pretty proud of how the M9 and Galaxy S6 reviews came out, and we hope you find them useful and informative. And we’re not stopping here; expect more comparisons and “feature focus” pieces where we look at the marquee features of both devices in the following days and weeks.

As for what’s next, Lanh has the Galaxy S6 Edge and he’ll be bringing his impressions pretty soon, while our resident ninja, Kevin, is about to get his review of the exotic Meizu M1 Note out in no time.

We’re ramping out our sister site, TabTimes. Derek pushed out a fresh new design and Jon is in charge of bringing you steaming-hot posts about iPad, Android tablets, Windows tablets, and everything else. Let us know what kind of content you would like to see more of!

Last week it was a Galaxy S6. Today, it’s a Nexus 9 that we’re putting up for grabs in our weekly international giveaway. It takes just a minute to throw your name in the hat: check it out here!

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The Friday Debate Podcast

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

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Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Cyanogen news

LG G4 rumors

LG G4 leak

One M9 and M9+                  

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Active

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge-4

Google apps updates

Look ma, no bezels                  

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Xiaomi is not slowing down

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OnePlus: no Oxygen, just a drone

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Happy Sunday!

 

 

Leaked photos might be the LG G4 or G4 Note variant

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

LG might not still be giving anything away (at least not officially) about their upcoming new flagship, the LG G4, but that doesn’t mean we’re any short of rumors, speculation, and today, supposed leaked photos. However, we are not sure if what we’re supposed to be looking at is the flagship or a variant of it, the LG G4 Note. It’s most likely the latter, as no flagship from the Korean OEM has yet ever had a “dent” on top like the one we’re seeing in this picture.

No, that dent doesn’t mean it’s damaged. It actually looks like a space for either an antenna or a stylus. And given that major smartphone makers don’t necessarily put antennas on their devices, we’re betting it’s the latter. If you remember, the LG G3 Stylus, a mid-level variant of the current flagship , had a silo for its pen at almost exactly the same spot.

If the strong rumors about the LG G4 having a curved body are true, then the picture shows it’s as straight as the other smartphones, so then this must be another model, most likely the LG G4 Note. Adding to that the aforementioned silo for the stylus, this is the most likely product being displayed. It’s a little bit different than the current flagship, with the camera sensor more of a square and then the power button more elongated.

The other leaked images show the software details, and it looks like it will be running on Android 5.0.2, not the 5.1 we’ve been seeing in Nexus devices. And it also carries the Material Design visual guidelines that the LG G 3 already espoused. Hopefully, we’ll find out more in the next few days or weeks.

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VIA: SlashGear

Photos Reportedly Showcase LG’s Upcoming G4 Note, But We Kinda Doubt It

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

According to a user on the XDA forums, who says he works for a, “major carrier” in the US and, “gets to see these devices in development stages,” claims that he has in his possession the rumored G4 Note device from LG.

The device was first mentioned only earlier this week when reports began circulating that the G4 flagship device would not feature any metal materials, but an even more premium device, claimed to be the G4 Note, would in fact feature metal. 

Now, the images posted are quite clear and not blurry, so we must give credit where credit is due. According to the leaker, we can easily see where a stylus is slotted in the top left on the backside of the device. However, as many other people across the web have already pointed out, that is likely to be a TV antenna slot which LG features for Korean markets. The same exact slot can be seen in this photo here, which is of our Korean model G3 from last year.

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In addition, after looking through the photos a bit more, the numerical name for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 610 processor, which is MSM8936, can be seen in the baseband version under Software Info. If the G4 Note is said to be more premium than the G4, then we wholly doubt that it will run a Snapdragon 610 processor. While sure, this could be an early prototype running completely different innards, we just think it to be highly unlikely.

In addition, the bezels on this device are rather large, appearing to be much more prominent in the design than that of the G3’s. The display itself does appear to be rather big, but nothing about the look of this phone screams next-gen.

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At the end of the day, this is likely not the G4 Note, and instead, is possibly a mid-range device bound for overseas markets with a TV antenna.

What is your take?

Update: Well, would you look at that. The OP has posted another photo on XDA, this time, showing off what looks like a stylus. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but to me, it sort of looks like he ripped out the antenna (given its metallic color), and his finger is covering up where the antenna slides inside of itself. Of course, I could be completely wrong, but until LG announces this thing, nothing is confirmed.

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Via: XDA

Photos Reportedly Showcase LG’s Upcoming G4 Note, But We Kinda Doubt It is a post from: Droid Life

Korea report: LG G4 to come with a curved display

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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We have just had our first leaked glimpse at what might be LG’s G4, or perhaps the rumored G4 Note, and sources from Korea have let slip another juicy detail. The LG G4, which is said be heading our way near the end of the April, will come sporting a curved display, likely at the same QHD resolution as the G3.

This design choice seems quite likely. Curved displays have been forming the core look of recent LG releases. LG’s new mid-range Magna and Spirit smartphones both come with subtly curved displays, which are similar to but not quite as pronounced as the G Flex 2. Early alleged press renders also showed off curved design earlier this month, but it is a bit difficult to tell from the head-on shots in the latest leak.

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LG also has another even more premium product planned for later this year, so a curved display may be a good way for LG to differentiate handsets in what may otherwise become a crowed premium line-up.

LG is pinning a lot on, what industry sources are claiming is, a radically different design with the G4, as the company hopes to surpass the 10 million sales mark for its flagship smartphone this year. Some research firms are even more optimistic. Kiwoom Securities suggests that LG will sell 15 million G4 units in the first year. 7 million LG G3 smartphones have been sold since its launch last April.

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Alleged early press renders for the G4 also show a slight curve to the display.

The latest LG G4 rumors also suggest that the upcoming flagship will ship with a fingerprint scanner, a new 20.7 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and a plastic case, rather than the previously rumored metal cover. Of course, we’ll have to wait until LG’s official announcement for the final hardware details.

Is this what the LG G4 Note will look like?

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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This summer, it seems that LG will join Samsung in releasing a handset that is centered around the use of a stylus. The name device itself have yet to be confirmed but it is currently being called the G4 Note (or G Note). In fact, it could be the device that LG selects as its flagship for 2015. Not much is know about the G4 Note at this time, but images have surfaced showing an alleged pre-release model.

The images were posted by s3rv1cet3ch on the XDA Forums and show the front and rear of the device. The front looks like a cross between the G3 and G Flex 2. The bottom of the front features the company logo on a black frame that is outlined with grey.

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The rear shows what seems to be either metal or some either high quality material. It looks identical to any other flagship device released by LG within the last two years due to the rear button setup. The buttons are not shiny and instead look like they have a matte finish. Viewing from the back, you will notice that the stylus slot is placed on the top left. Samsung goes with bottom placement for its styluses.

The software images do not giveaway much aside from the version of Android running. Here, we see Android 5.0.2 Lollipop in the form of build LRX22G.

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Source: XDA Forums
Via: 9to5Google

Come comment on this article: Is this what the LG G4 Note will look like?

LG G4 Note Leaks

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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T-Mobile employee and XDA user s3rv1cet3ch has leaked images that he claims are of the upcoming LG G4 Note, LG’s answer to the Samsung Note series and ‘big brother’ to the G4.  LG CEO Cho has been quoted as saying at a press meeting that the company would unveil the next flagship smartphone, G4, in the second quarter, and another high-end product in the second half. With the second quarter now just days away we could finally have a few hints of what to expect. If the photographs are indeed of the G4 Note they confirm several rumors we have been seeing and can now confirm, they show a sleek metal body, a stylus and that the device is running Android 5.0.2.

Rumors have been surfacing recently stating that LG will be using aluminium bodies in future iterations of their devices, in a strategic move focused on competing against rivals such as Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi. Other rumors that the device will feature a stylus that appeared following LG filing for a ‘LG G Pen’ back in December have also been confirmed here (see top left of the first image). Whilst it is hard to tell from the images, the apparent 5.3 inch screen does seem to match up here. However the almost non-existent bezels that were expected clearly were not implemented. It is almost impossible to tell from the images as to whether or not the device has a slight curved display.

Keep checking back here for more news as it develops.

The post LG G4 Note Leaks appeared first on xda-developers.

LG Urbane LTE launching tomorrow in Korea

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The LG Urbane was announced last month as the world’s first LTE smartwatch, and it is primed to go on sale tomorrow in South Korea. The non-Android Wear device packs the ability to support SIM cards allowing it to make its own phone calls. However, to do such things it looks like users will have to pay a pretty penny.

The device looks to be going on sale for 650,000 KRW or about $590. For those doing the math, that’s more than double for most Android Wear watches and considerably more expensive than the $349 Apple Watch.

For those that just want the watch to be connected their phone, it does so via Bluetooth as well. Well, for any device running Android 4.4 or above. The watch does feature stainless steel, a 1.3-inch P-OLED circular display at 320×320 pixel, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and a 700 mAh battery. It comes with the dust- and water-resistant IP67 certification for those worried about damaging it.

But the question still remains, if the Urbane LTE comes in at a similar price point in America, will you get one? Let us know below.

source: LG Korea
via: Phone Arena

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LG Watch Urbane LTE will cost almost twice as much as the G Watch R

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Having LTE connectivity means the Watch Urbane LTE can replace a smartphone, but that convenience comes at a steep price.

LG announced the availability of the Watch Urbane LTE for Korea; the device will hit the stores from tomorrow for a whopping 650,000 won. That’s almost $590, and, even if Korean prices are typically higher that what you get in the US, there’s a good chance the Watch Urbane LTE will remain relatively pricey if it ever makes it to other markets.

For comparison, you can buy a G Flex 2 from Expansys Korea for 818,000 won ($740), while a G Watch R smartwatch costs just 352,000 won ($318).

Announced just ahead of MWC earlier this month, the Watch Urbane LTE is very different from its Android Wear-totting cousins, the G Watch R and Watch Urbane. The device runs a WebOS-derived operating system and is designed to work independently from any smartphone. Check out our hands-on with the device from MWC:

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LG suggested that the Urbane LTE is just an experiment for now, and the eye-watering price seems to confirm this. Even if the price tag doesn’t put you off, you may have a hard time getting hold of it – it’s possible that LG will only release the Watch Urbane LTE in its home market.

What do you think about the Urbane LTE?

Deals: New Unlocked Moto X Developer Edition or LG G2 for $199 and $189

Posted by Kellex March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

If a phone is almost two years old, but can be had for an insanely cheap price, is it worth considering? Maybe as a device to tinker with? Maybe as a phone for a teenager? Maybe you broke your current phone and need something to hold you over until the Galaxy S6 drops? Or maybe you just like hoarding smartphones. Whatever the reason, we have two to look at today – Moto X (2013) Developer Edition at $199, and the LG G2 at $189.

Both phones come unlocked and should work just fine on AT&T with 4G LTE. Each is brand new, comes in original packaging, and were two of the best smartphones of their time when initially released in 2013. Still today, they should perform just fine for an average user.

Each phone also comes with free shipping. Think about it.

eBay Links:  Moto X Developer Edition  ($199) | LG G2 ($189)

Deals: New Unlocked Moto X Developer Edition or LG G2 for $199 and $189 is a post from: Droid Life

Deal: Last chance to enter the 50″ LG TV + Sound Bar giveaway

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Finding the money to upgrade your home entertainment system can be difficult at times. That’s why our friends at StackSocial decided to help you out with that problem, by giving you the chance to win a 50-inch LG TV and Sound Bar for free. The giveaway is still going on, but not for much longer. If you want a shot at winning these items, you’ll need to place your entry by tonight.

Here’s how to enter: Simply head to the giveaway page and enter your email address in the space provided. That will score you one entry into the contest. If you’d like to enter more than once, you can do that, too. After entering your email address, share on Twitter for additional entries. The more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. Make sure you enter with a valid email address so StackSocial can contact you if you win.

This is your last chance to enter, and it really couldn’t be any easier. Head to the link below to sign up for the giveaway.

Editor’s Note: This deal is through StackCommerce, in partnership with AA Deals Store and other StackSocial partners — and not an exclusive Android Authority contest.

Head here to enter the giveaway

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