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Verizon allowing LG G3 owners to uninstall bloatware

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Carriers in the United States are notorious for loading new devices with bloatware. Bloatware, for those unaware, includes the pesky applications that carriers have installed to greet users right out of the box. Unless you root the device, it is almost impossible to ditch any type of bloatware. Verizon, surprisingly, wants to change and is offering a way to remove bloatware.

They are starting with the brand new LG G3. Using Android’s built-in app manager will allow users to easily and quickly clean up the device. Ironically, Verizon’s very own apps can not be uninstalled even with this process. For now, it is unknown if the carrier will extend this capability to present or future devices; however, it is certainly a good sign to see Verizon of all carriers make this kind of decision.

Via: FierceWireless

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LG G3 with Verizon lets you remove carrier “bloatware”

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Here’s a neat idea — carrier “bloatware” that can be removed. If that sounds like a dream come true, you may want to snap up an LG G3 via Verizon. The carrier is going to allow their proprietary apps to be removed on the flagship smartphone from LG.

LG has confirmed to us that the G3 is on a trial program with Verizon, wherein those Verizon apps you might not be using can be taken off. They’ll load up normally during the boot process, and manifest in the app drawer. If you don’t find them useful, though, you can take them off your device using the unistall method you’re used to — nothing tricky about it.

Before you get too excited, we would suggest you at least give those apps the once-over. Some carrier apps can be a bit redundant, but others might prove more useful than you know. It’s a great idea for those times you know you won’t be using an app, but really — give them a chance first.

This program is also a trial, and LG tells us you won’t incur any data charges for the download or installation process. We hope this comes to more Verizon devices, and is something other carriers who put “bloatware” on their devices look into. Whether or not you take advantage, it’s nice the option is now available.

Verizon pinged us this afternoon to point out a new bloatware application installation process they are currently testing with the LG G3. On the G3, users may notice during the activation and setup process that there are apps being installed in the background that will eventually show in the app drawer. These are applications that in the past have come pre-loaded out of the box on Verizon phones, only Verizon doesn’t appear to want to do that anymore.

The downloading of these bloatware apps does not count against your data plan. Verizon also noted that these can be uninstalled just like any other app you would download. 

Here is what they had to say:

Verizon is trialing a new service on the LG G3. Pre-loaded applications will install in the background during the activation and set up process. Once setup is complete, the applications will appear in the applications folder as though they have been traditionally pre-loaded. However, there IS one key difference; the applications can be completely and entirely uninstalled by the customer via the standard uninstall process. Customers will not incur any data usage or charges for the download and installation of these applications.

Now, we tested the uninstall process of bloatware on our Verizon G3 unit and were unable to uninstall all of the apps that Verizon pre-loaded for us. It could be that only specific pre-loaded apps are capable of being uninstalled, just like has always been the case. It doesn’t look like Verizon’s suite of apps can be removed.

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The timing of this is interesting to us. You may recall the story we ran a couple of weeks ago from a reader who was able to participate in a survey from Verizon about pre-loaded bloatware applications. While the intent of their survey wasn’t revealed, they certainly seemed curious as to what this particular reader (who owned an LG G2) thought about the apps that came pre-installed on his device. Maybe this is part of a new plan?

We have reached out to Verizon with a couple of questions and will update this post as we have more.

Verizon Tests New Bloatware Process on the G3: Installs Apps on Setup, But They can be Fully Uninstalled is a post from: Droid Life

LG ships 14.5 million smartphones in record-high performance

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Sometimes, all it takes is just one brilliant product and several popular ones (and for your archrival to have a slump) to pull up your net profits. Korean OEM LG Electronics announced a 165% increase in net profit earnings, with their mobile electronics company contributing largely to the numbers. They have shipped a record number of 14.5 million smartphones for this second quarter, ending three straight quarters of losses for the mobile division.

LG Mobile’s record number of shipped phones has been due to the excellent reviews and popularity of their LG G3 in the local Korean market as well as strong sales of their L series. They are hopeful that the continued global rollout of the G3 will boost sales even more, particularly in the US market, as early reviews of their latest smartphone have been mostly positive. They will also be introducing different variants of the G3, including the LG G3 Beat. They are also planning to launch more L Series models that will be on the mass tier level.

The 14.5 million shipped smartphones also represent a 20% increase from the same period last year while sales increased 16% as well at $3.51 billion. This has been their highest figure since the first quarter of 2010 and stopped three quarters where the mobile company had reported losses.

All in all, the whole company had a second-quarter net profit of $399.8 million, operating profit of $588.5 million and a 26.5% increase on year-on-year profits. TV and mobile operations earnings contributed a huge part in these figures, taking advantage of a recent slump from fellow Korean company Samsung.


LG ships record 14.5 million smartphones, experiences strong financial growth during Q2

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


It is no secret that LG was no longer content to watch Apple and Samsung battle for supremacy in the smartphone and tablet markets. This prompted the company to increase their efforts at producing devices consumers would be interested in, like the recently released LG G3 or their L Series of devices.  Those efforts seem to be paying off as LG announced they shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones during the second quarter and their mobile division turned a profit for the first time after three consecutive quarters of losses.

LG indicates the smartphone shipments represented a 20 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Smartphones with LTE capability accounted for more than one-third of all smartphones sold this year as LTE markets continue to expand around the globe. Financially, LG smartphone sales increased 16 percent year-to-year, totalling KRW 3.62 trillion ($3.51 billion USD) netting the company KRW 85.9 billion ($83.4 million USD) operating profit.

LG says they expect performance to remain strong during the latter half of the year as they continue to rollout the G3 to more markets and introduce more “mass tier” products like the LG G3 Beat and more L Series smartphones.

source: LG

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Life’s good for LG, if the company’s financials are anything to go by. The smartphone division had a record quarter (selling 14.5 million smartphones), leading to a Q2 net profit of KRW 412 billion ($399.8 million) and an operating profit of KRW 606 billion ($588.5 million). That’s a 165% and 26.5% increase year-over-year, respectively.

LG still makes a lion share of its profit from the sale of televisions, home appliances, and air condition units, but mobile was the big story here. LG’s smartphone division turned a profit for the first time in three quarters, raking in KRW 86.9 billion ($83.4 million). Sales increased to KRW 85.9 trillion ($3.51 billion), which LG lends to the popularity of the G3 in South Korea and “strong sales” of its L Series phones.

Looking ahead, LG isn’t putting all of its eggs in one basket. The company plans to launch additional variations of the G3 – such as the G3 Beat – in several markets, as well as additional L Series models.

We recently reviewed the LG G3 and found it to be the best Android smartphone currently on the market. LG’s profit is well deserved, and will hopefully encourage the same level of innovation this time next year.

Via: LG

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LG shipped 14.5 million smartphones in Q2 2014, a new company record

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The end of July marks the time of the year when companies march out their second quarter earnings reports, much to the joy of investors, assorted business types, and curious industry observers like ourselves. Although Samsung is already preparing us for its poor quarterly performance, rival smartphone manufacturer LG seems to be having a much cheerier time lately.

LG Electronics has just announced a very impressive 165 percent increase in its second quarter net profit, when compared with the same period last year. The company has posted a Q2 2014 net profit of KRW 412 billion (USD $399.8 million), from an operating profit of KRW 606 billion (USD $588.5 million), an increase of 26.5 percent year-over-year.

LG shipped 14.5 million smartphones in Q2, a new record-high for the company

This charge for profit is being led by earnings from LG’s home entertainment and mobile communications divisions, the latter of which probably isn’t so surprising, given the high quality products that LG has been putting out over the past year.

LG’s Mobile Communication Company shipped 14.5 million smartphones in the second quarter of the year, marking a new record-high for the company and a 20 percent increase over last year’s second quarter results. It seems that analysts were quite accurate with their prediction of 15 million handsets for the quarter. In terms of financial figures, sales revenue increased 16 percent over the same period last year, reaching KRW 3.62 trillion (USD $3.51 billion), the highest figure since the first quarter of 2010. The mobile company secured an operating profit of KRW 85.9 billion (USD $83.4 million), putting an end to three consecutive quarterly losses for the division.

LG G3 Vs HTC One M8-46

The G3 is another great handset from LG. Whilst Samsung appears to be struggling in the flagship market, LG’s efforts seem to be paying off.

Strong growth in LG’s mobile sector has been attributed to strong demand for LTE enabled handsets, which account for more than one third of all LG smartphones sold so far this year, as well as the healthy launch of the company’s flagship LG G3 in South Korea. Similarly strong sales can also be seen with the company’s midrange and budget L Series III smartphones.

Mobile sales revenue increased 16 percent over the same period last year

As for the rest of the company, LG’s Home Entertainment Company posted second quarter revenues of KRW 5.09 trillion (USD $4.94 billion), roughly unchanged year over year, the Home Appliance Company saw revenues drop by 5 percent to KRW 3.03 trillion (USD $2.94 billion), mainly due to foreign exchange movements. Meanwhile, the Air Con and Energy Solutions Company witnessed its revenues fall ever so slightly to KRW 1.64 trillion (USD $1.59 billion). In other words, the mobile division was LG’s best performer last quarter, in terms of year on year revenue growth.

In a bid to continue its strong performance this year, LG will be rolling out its flagship G3 to new regions. LG has also confirmed its plans for several new variations of the G3, such as the slightly smaller G3 Beat smartphone, as well as new models in its L Series range.

Verizon LG G3 Hands-on

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

We have already posted up our full review of the LG G3 on AT&T, but since we have now received the same device on Verizon, we wanted to go over the differences between the two devices. While they both feature the same exact hardware, slight changes have been made in the amount of bloatware, plus minor UI tweaks have also been baked in on Big Red’s model.

Apps such as, Slacker Radio, and Clash of Clans have been added in, but the most notable software change is the addition of sliders for volume and brightness in the notification shade. AT&T’s model left these sliders out, which was actually one of our pain points while using the device. Sliders are not a complete deal breaker, but it is nice to have them for the sake of convenience. 

The Verizon G3 runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box, same as AT&T’s, and as mentioned above they both come with matching hardware. The G3 features a 5.5″ QHD display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.

Below, we have a brief hands-on with the Verizon variant, but as you might have already guessed, there really is not too much different.

If you have any questions, drop them below.

Verizon LG G3 Hands-on is a post from: Droid Life

LG Announces Puppy Pop Game for G3 QuickCircle Case Users

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

I’ve never understood so-called glance-able smartphone cases. HTC’s Dot View and Samsung’s S-View cover seem like transient novelties to me, forms in search of function. How much time do they really save you, anyway, when you are still required to fish out your device from your pocket?

My biases aside, I think most will agree that LG’s announcement of a game designed for its QuickCircle case is a little ridiculous. Puppy Pop is a time-based match-three game, won by drawing lines through identical puppies. Scores can be shared on social networks.

I’m struggling to think up a use case or target demographic for this, but perhaps if you are obsessively concerned about the cleanliness of your touchscreen, prefer playing games in a circular window as opposed to your entire phone’s display, or just really need to justify your purchase of a QuickCircle case, this app might be for you.

Puppy Pop will be made available to download for free from Google Play starting sometime today, the first game to leverage a cut-out case. Once the link is available, we will update this post.

Hopefully, it’s the first and last of its kind.

Via: LG

LG Announces Puppy Pop Game for G3 QuickCircle Case Users is a post from: Droid Life

Deal: Unlocked LG G3 in White, Gold, or Black for $499 on eBay Daily Deals

Posted by Kellex July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

An unlocked LG G3 popped up today on eBay’s daily deals for $499, which actually seems like a solid price for a brand new phone that works on AT&T (LTE too if the specs on this page are correct).

You can choose from any of the three available colors:  white, grey, or gold. This is the G3 that falls under model number D855, which appears to be an international unlocked UK unit, but again, the description lists out that it should work perfectly on AT&T’s GSM and LTE networks. Also, there is a good chance that this phone has built-in wireless charging out of the box. 

One thing to be aware of is the fact that this version only has 16GB of internal storage, which also means only 2GB of RAM. It’s the 32GB variant that has the upgraded 3GB of RAM, so that is somewhat of a downside. If you think 2GB of RAM is enough, then by all means, take a look at this deal. The rest of the specs are the same, including the QHD display, micro SD card support up to 128GB, 13MP camera with OIS+, etc.

It also comes with free economy shipping.

eBay Link

*Note – who knows why the seller put “Optimus” in the description. LG dropped the “Optimus” brand a while ago.

Deal: Unlocked LG G3 in White, Gold, or Black for $499 on eBay Daily Deals is a post from: Droid Life