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Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime rumors resurface in lieu of LG G3 expectations

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

Talk of Samsung outing a ramped up QHD version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has once again returned as rumors of the future LG G3 start pouring in. While both devices are, aside from being based pure speculation, a good few months away, this move might upset some of the fans and early adopters of Samsung’s latest flagship given how close the two releases would be.

Rumors and leaks point our attention to a device codenamed “kq”. For reference, the Galaxy S5 has a code of “klte”, which is what ROM makers like CyanogenMod labels the device. The rumors still keep on coming even after Samsung CEO JK Shin outrightly denied that a premium version of the flagship will be coming. However, sentiments and stances might have changed in light of the LG G3, expected to come sometime later this year, which is expected to arrive with, among other things, a 1440p 2K screen.

The specs rumored for this Galaxy S5 Prime sound mostly like those expected for the Galaxy S5 itself before Samsung proved them wrong. There is, of course, the QHD screen, offering users and improved viewing experience in 2560×1440 pixels. But more than that, there is also renewed expectation that the Prime smartphone will run on an Exynos 5430. If one can recall, this chip offers not only the usual ARM big.LITTLE setup but also one of the few to boast of a 64-bit architecture.

It sounds almost a bit ridiculous, almost suicidal, and more like wishful thinking brought about by disappointment that Samsung would be outing a higher end smartphone this close to the rather successful commercial launch of its flagship. But then again, the Korean manufacturer has been known to do ridiculous things in the name of rivalry. Still, there will be no small amount of backlash from among its own followers should Samsung prove these rumors to be correct. It might be better off putting such features in the Galaxy Note 4, though not everyone probably wants a poking stick with their slab.

VIA: SlashGear

LG V700 and V400 budget tablets spotted at FCC

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

Almost everyone has a low cost, low feature tablet these days, well, except for the likes of LG. That might soon change as two LG supposedly budget tablets, the V700 and the V400, make their way through the FCC.

Not much about these two are known and most of the Internet’s knowledge about them come from My LG Phones. According to them, these tablets will be skimping on some features in order to push costs down a good notch. In particular, they will only connect to the Internet via WiFi. But more than that, the tablets are believed to not even sport Bluetooth, so better forget about pairing with some accessories. The tablets will have two camera’s though, a 5 megapixel rear shooter for the V700 and a 3 megapixel one for the V400, while both have a 1 megapixel front-facing camera.

The tablets, particularly the LG V700, have been seen in the FCC’s catalog. However, aside form label placement, rear cover design, and a few technical details, it doesn’t shed much light on the nature of these devices. It does, however, suggest that they will soon also be making their way on retail or carrier shelves in the US. When that will happen is, at the moment, anyone’s guess.

It will be interesting to see the effect on the market these budget LG tablets will have. Among the top Android device manufacturers, Samsung is the one with the most toes in the budget market waters. LG, much less HTC, barely have tablets at all, and the few that LG has focuses more on the premium side of the economy. The LG V700 and LG V400 could very well help further spread the Korean manufacturer’s brand in the tablet space, in all price ranges, the same way it has for smartphones.

SOURCE: FCC
VIA: My LG Phones (1), (2)

LG ‘W Watch’ name surfaces before the G Watch is even released

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

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The LG G Watch has not even been released yet and we are already talking about another LG smartwatch. A United States Patent and Trademark Office filing revealed the name of the “W Watch.” This is not the first time we are hearing about an LG smartwatch being released shortly after the G Watch. Would LG really risk the bad publicity of releasing something right after their initial Android Wear device? It sure seems like that may be the case.

But what else could the W Watch be? I think a smartwatch not tied to Android is a very good possibility. Perhaps something that would work with many platforms is something LG is working on.

Source: USPTO
Via: Pocketnow

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LG files patent for “W Watch” name, speculation abounds

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

LG has patented a moniker for what could be an upcoming wearable. Their recent application, LG is attempting to patent the name W Watch, which is noted to be a smart watch, of course. We’ve already got expectations of a smart wearable or two from LG, so we’re especially intrigued as to what else they’ve got in the works.

 


We know LG will release a G Watch at some point, as they’ve already shown that off at various points. A G Watch name suggests a flagship wearable, much like their G series of smartphones. The W moniker is one we’ve not seen from LG, so we’re interested to see just what they have in store for us.

While we can come up with several suggestions for what W could mean (women, Windows, water…), it likely suggests a new lineup altogether. To our minds, it could mean “Wearable” — giving LG appropriate naming for their incoming lineup of smart watches and various other gadgets. We’ve seen LG working on various types of wearables, from simple fitness bands all the way to weird earphones that measure heart rate.

While none have the W moniker, obviously, the W Watch could be the first in a lineup from LG. We’ve not yet seen anything to suggest other patents with similar naming, but time may prove otherwise. Of course, until we see something from LG in the form of hardware, we just don’t know what to make of W anything. Maybe they just like naming things after letters.

Source: USPTO

Via: Pocket Now

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From leaked packaging materials to UA profiles, the upcoming LG G3 has been spotted in tech news quite a bit recently. We believe that the LG G3 will be one of the first major devices to embrace QHD, and we can expect a complete jump forward when it comes to the G3’s spec sheet. But what about the software side of things?

LG has ambitious plans when it comes to revamping its own software

When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was first rumored, we heard all kinds of fanciful rumors about how the GS5 would receive a major overhaul to its Touchwiz-based software. Unfortunately, the actual end product didn’t see all that many changes after all. If a new set of leaked images prove correct, however, it looks like LG has much more ambitious plans when it comes to revamping its own software.

The above images were originally leaked by Digital Trends, via an unnamed “industry insider”. As you can see, the new look takes LG’s custom UI and gives it brighter, flatter icons and a cleaner notification screen. Whether you consider the new look to be an improvement or not, is probably a matter of opinion, though it does fall a bit more in line with the looks of KitKat. It’s also hard to deny that there are at least some similarities between the LG G3 UI and iOS 7.

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LG preparing its own Google Now-like ‘concierge’ service

Aside from the new look, Digital Trends sources indicate that LG is also preparing a new “concierge” feature, though that’s not necessarily the final name of said feature. The concierge service basically collects personalized information from various sources, watches how you use your phone and from there can make smart recommendations and so much more. In short, it’s sort of like LG’s version of Google Now, though reportedly it will go beyond the functionality that Google already offers.

One example of the concierge system at work can be seen in the AccuWeather widget above, in the form of a pop-up notice that says “You may want to take an umbrella, since rain is expected during this afternoon”. If DT’s sources are correct, this is just a basic sample of what the concierge service will be capable of.

Concierge reportedly will go beyond the functionality that Google Now already offers

So how likely is this new UI change and rumored concierge service? Honestly, it’s hard to say. At one point, the rumor mill was fairly confident that the Galaxy S5 would see a massive software refresh, and we all know how that turned out. That said, LG has seen some of the backlash that Samsung received from ‘staying put’ in terms of its hardware/software design language and so this may have motivated the company to do something a bit more drastic with the LG G3′s software.

So how about it, if the above screenshots are legit, what do you think of them? How do they compare to LG’s current UI?

LG Optimus L70 and L90 being added to Metro PCS and T-Mobile

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

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Today T-Mobile and Metro PCS confirmed that they would be getting the LG Optimus L70 and L90, both featuring Android 4.4 KitKat along with LG’s custom UI enhancements.

T-Mobile will carry the Optimus L90 starting on April 30, and it will sell for the full retail price of $228. Specs include a 4.7-inch qHD display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Hit the break for the full press release.

Metro PCS will carry the Optimum L70 for only $49 after a $100 instant rebate. Specs of this device 4.5-inch display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

T-Mobile and MetroPCS Deliver Huge Value

with Duo of Affordable New LG Smartphones

Just in time for spring – clean up with the budget-friendly, feature-rich

LG Optimus L90 and LG Optimus L70 from T-Mobile and MetroPCS

BELLEVUE, Wash. – April 22, 2014 – If you long for springtime but loathe spring-cleaning, the Un-carrier may have just the thing for you. Un-carrier customers can clean up with the budget-friendly, feature-rich LG Optimus L70, available from MetroPCS today, and the LG Optimus L90, available from T-Mobile April 30th.Both affordable, new Android smartphones are offered for little or no upfront cost, no annual service contract, no overages, no hidden device costs, and no upgrade wait – making it easy to refresh, renew and upgrade for not a lot of green.

“As the Un-carrier, we’re relentlessly focused on offering more value to our customers,” said Jason Young, senior vice president of marketing at T-Mobile. “And the LG Optimus L90 and Optimus L70 deliver in spades. Both of these affordable Android-powered smartphones pack sweet high-end specs in a sleek design. Combine either one with our unlimited talk, text and data plans, and you’ve got the kind of value and freedom that only America’s Un-carrier can deliver.”

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With the sleek LG Optimus L90, T-Mobile customers won’t have to compromise for a feature rich smartphone at an affordable price on America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network. It boasts a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and is equipped with a large and vivid 4.7-inch qHD display. The 5MP camera, with LG-exclusive advanced camera features, allows you to express and share more with family and friends. The rear cover self-healing paint is designed to help recover from the normal wear and tear of daily use, including minor scratches and surface damage from keys and other objects.

The LG Optimus L90 will launch nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers, select national retail stores and online at www.T-Mobile.com starting April 30th.  Plus, with the Simple Choice Plan, T-Mobile customers can get the Optimus L90 for the low cost of $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $9.50 – making it one of T-Mobile’s most affordable Android-powered smartphones.

And for those customers currently with other carriers, there’s is no better time to switch, since T-Mobile will pay every penny of you and your family’s early termination fees (ETFs) when you make the switch, trade in your devices and upgrade.

LG Optimus L70

Available today, MetroPCS customers can get their hands on the LG Optimus L70 smartphone, at a price that won’t break the bank. Similar to its T-Mobile counterpart, the Optimus L70 boasts a large and vivid 4.5-inch WVGA display and 5MP camera with LG-exclusive advanced camera features. With a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and long lasting battery, the Optimus L70 is the perfect device for aspiring tech enthusiasts, looking for all the smartphone essentials, network speeds and ease of use without the high price of other premium smartphones. The LG Optimus L70 is available nationwide at participating MetroPCS retail stores and online at www.metropcs.com.  The Optimus L70 costs $49 after a $100 instant rebate. New customers who port-in a phone number and who enroll in and pay for a second month of qualifying service are also eligible for a $49 mail-in-rebate, making the LG Optimus L70 even more affordable for customers.

To learn more or to purchase the LG Optimus L90 at T-Mobile, visit www.t-mobile.com.

MetroPCS customers can learn more or purchase the LG Optimus L70 at www.metropcs.com.

LG Optimus L90 $0 down + $9.50 x 24 months. If you cancel wireless service remaining balance on phone becomes dues. Total: $228 0% APR O.A.C. for well-qualified buyers.

Taxes & fees additional; total device tax due at sale. Fastest LTE network based on download speeds. Qualifying service & device purchase with port-in required for ETF payment. Up to 5 lines. MetroPCS mail-in rebate offer not avail. for phone numbers currently activated on the T-Mobile network. See T-Mobile.com and MetroPCS.com for specific offer and service details

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New UI for LG G3 possibly spotted in leaked images

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG’s new flagship could bring a fresh interface as well. LG’s Android skin is fairly in-depth, and typically up-to-date with styling cues. Leaked shots, said to be from the LG G3, show a design that offers up flatter icons, rounded shapes, and a different color scheme.


The G3, expected to launch in the summer, is likely in the final stages of software tweaks. From top to bottom, i seems as though LG has reimagined their UI, and we must say — we like it. The natural comparison is to Samsung or Apple, and that’s fair, but those are both great as well. The icons are a touch smoother, and have a bigger color shceme than we’re used to. Rather than light up the actual shape of the service when in use, the entire icon now captures your eyes.

The icons in the settings menu are also flat and round, unlike the transparent background that’s been in use. LG has also redone their own apps, bringing in the flatter design in lieu of the skeumorphic icons that are going away altogether. The contact cons have also changed, again sticking with the rounded format.

There is no word on an official launch date for the G3, but we would expect to see this UI along with it. The real question remaining is whether or not LG will follow in the footsteps of Motorola and HTC, splitting their apps from the OS skin to allow for faster updates of older devices. Their software support comes slowly, and that’s a big reason why.

Source: Digital Trends

Additional LG G3 Screenshots Leak, Reportedly Confirm Flatter UI

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
Additional LG G3 Screenshots Leak, Reportedly Confirm Flatter UI


It is nearing the end of April, and we have already seen two flagship devices from HTC and Samsung. However, it seems that more than ever, the public is eagerly awaiting what LG will unveil to compete against the One (M8) and Galaxy S5.

The LG G3 is by no means a complete mystery, as we have already seen multiple leaks over the past few weeks. Today, we have another look at the reported flattened UI, and possibly a few new features for the upcoming device. 

In this latest leak from Digital Trends, we get to see more than just the home page of LG’s updated user interface. A sneak peek into what some of the widgets will look like, and even a glance at the menu settings is included in today’s leak. Once again, these leaked photos show the updated flattened look that LG is working to push to their upcoming devices. These screenshots also come in at the 2,560 x 1,440, which seems to confirm earlier reports of the QHD display.

These three screenshots also show LG’s answer to Apple’s Siri, Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, which is reportedly being called, for the time being, the “Concierge.” The homepage features a widget that is suggesting to its owner to take an umbrella, because it drew information from AccuWeather that reported there was rain in the forecast.

Sources to Digital Trends state that the suggestions will go even further than Google Now, which would be quite exciting if it ends up being true.

It is hard not to get more excited for the G3, as more leaks keep pouring out.

Via: Digital Trends

Additional LG G3 Screenshots Leak, Reportedly Confirm Flatter UI is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE review

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG released the G Pad 8.3 in the US back in October of 2013. The initial release was a WiFi only model, and that was followed up by a Google Play edition. The GPe model was also WiFi only in terms of connectivity, however a cellular connected model has since come available through Verizon Wireless. We’ve been playing with a review unit for the past few weeks, and at risk of offering a spoiler in the beginning, we can say there hasn’t been any disappointment.

Hardware

Basically that is to say the Verizon model LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE has kept the same overall build quality. A quality display and a durable (and good looking) metal backing. The tablet has an 8.3-inch Full HD display, and while the overall size of the G Pad 8.3 is bigger compared to 7-inch tablets — it is still able to be held one-handed. Obviously, there is some size difference between this model and say, the Nexus 7, but we feel the G Pad 8.3 serves a rather nice middle ground for those not willing to step up to a 10-inch tablet.

The device has a quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. We didn’t experience any performance related issues. Our usage included some reading with Instapaper, Feedly and the Kindle app, music with Play Music and video with Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube. Of course, there was also the basics such as email and Hangouts as well as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Pretty basic stuff, but similar to how we suspect many would be using an 8.3-inch tablet.

The gallery sitting below contains some benchmarks, just in case you’re the type that likes to see those numbers.

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As for the storage, of the 16GB available at launch, we ended up with roughly 9GB free after our set of apps were installed. Not great, but that is just about what many would expect with a 16GB device. Thankfully the G Pad 8.3 also has a microSD memory card slot. This one can handle cards up to 64GB in size.

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There is some branding; a Verizon and LG logo on the front, and also on the back. They are fairly obvious on the front, but blend in nicely on the back. The back of the device is metal and feels solid and premium, but it does seem to attract fingerprints rather well.

The left side of the tablet is clear, the right side has the power button and volume rocker, the bottom has the microUSB and the top has the headphone jack and microSD card slot. That same card slot also holds the SIM card. The gallery sitting above offers a tour of the device.

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LG has a pair of speakers on the back of the tablet, which run along the side. There is a speaker towards two of the four corners. If you rotate the top of the tablet to the left the speakers will then be along the bottom in landscape mode. The speakers sound good, however if you are holding the tablet and listening to something — you will want it to be in landscape.

Battery

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE is equipped with a 4600 mAh battery. LG suggests that should be good for up to 18 hours of play time. Or for up to 26 days on standby time. We weren’t able to sit the tablet long enough to confirm the 26 day estimate, however we can say it seems to have held well overnight. More realistically, we didn’t have any issues getting a few days of usage.

You can see from the images here in the post that we knocked the battery down to 18 percent after 31 hours and 39 minutes of usage. That left us with an estimation of about 1 hour and 45 minutes before we ran dry. Again, we didn’t see any reason to complain about the battery. But having said that, things will vary from person to person.

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Heavier gaming and lots of video watching will take a greater toll on the battery life. But screen-on time also does a fair bit of damage. As we mentioned, we spent a fair bit of time reading using Instapaper, Kindle and Feedly and of that battery example — 76 percent was screen time.

We should also point out that we are not very battery friendly. We have cellular and WiFi turned on. As well Bluetooth and GPS were also active. We also don’t believe in holding back notifications and apps were free to check as the defaults allow for. Bottom line here, we tend to use the tablet exactly how we want, and then deal with what that does to battery life. But in this case we think it turned out rather well.

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We should also point out that LG does have a battery saver option. This may be familiar to those using other LG devices, it is called “Battery Saver.” You’ll need to turn this on from the settings, and it will kick on when you get to 30 percent. The screenshot sitting above offers a rundown of how Battery Saver can be further customized once activated.

Software

The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. And as one would expect — there is also a fair amount of apps that have been pre-loaded. These include a variety of Amazon apps, as well as others such as iHeartRadio and Polaris Office 5. Verizon also has their apps, which we find to be somewhat useful. The tablet has the Mobile Hotspot app and the handy My Verion Mobile app amongst others.

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The screenshot sitting above offers a look at what can be expected at first boot (with one exception, the Speedtest app).

There are some real highlights outside of these pre-installed apps though. Sitting along with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean are some LG tweaks. This includes features such as KnockON which allows you to wake the display with a double tap. You can also double tap to put the tablet back to sleep. Other LG highlights include Slide Aside, QSlide Function and SmartShare. Overall we like what LG has done with Android and find the experience to be solid when jumping between LG tablets and smartphones.

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LG also offers a few other goodies, such as the ability to customize the navigation buttons. There are a variety of preset options to choose from in the settings. You can adjust them by going to Settings -> Front touch buttons. The example you see above offers Back, Home, Menu, Notification Shade. That last one will lower (and raise) the notification shade. Simply put, LG device owners should spend a bit of time poking around the settings to see what options work best based on their personal usage.

Connectivity

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Connectivity is s bit of a touchy subject as it tends to vary from market to market. It will also vary from day to day in some cases. We’ve seen much faster speeds coming from Verizon, however a random test at noon offered the following; 25.36 Mbps down and 15.50 Mbps up. We always like to see faster, but this is more than enough for streaming audio and/or video.

Camera

So — you have a tablet and want to take pictures. We aren’t necessarily fans of seeing people use tablets to take pictures out in public. But at the same time, we aren’t going to judge. Plus, we also have to remember the saying about how the best camera is the one you have with you.

We’ve included a few sample images, as well as a sample video. These were simple quick shots and a basic video. More important — they were shot (captured) and uploaded without any editing. You can judge the quality for yourself.

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Otherwise, there is also a 1.3MP front-facing camera (that can do 720p) for video chatting. Nicely, the front-facing camera seemed to have worked well with the few video chats we did with the tablet.

Wrap-Up

As we mentioned earlier in the review, the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE serves as a nice middle ground for those who want something between the 7 and 10 inch form factors. This one offers a bit more screen real estate and manages to keep things in a form factor that is still easy to hold with one hand.

Not to mention, the display, day to day performance and battery life left us with little reason for concern or worry. In fact, we’ve suggested this device to a few family members that had been asking about tablets. At present Verizon has the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE selling at $199.99 on a two-year agreement.

As with other tablets, this can be added to a Share Everything plan for $10 additional per month. While the $199.99 price point isn’t bad, and despite knowing that price if often a factor — we may suggest shelling out the extra $100 (if possible) to grab this without the agreement. The no-contract price is $299.99.

Bottom line, we’ve liked the WiFi only models of the LG G Pad 8.3, and like it even better as a Verizon connected model.

LG Optimus L70 and L90 launching with MetroPCS and T-Mobile

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The LG Optimus L90 is heading to T-Mobile later this month, and MetroPCS launched the Optimus L70 today. In the case of T-Mobile, the handset will be available beginning on April 30th. Perhaps as equally important for some — both the L90 and L70 are being pushed as an affordable contract-free option.

The Optimus L90 will have a 4.7-inch qHD display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and LTE connectivity. There was also mention of a “self-healing paint” on the rear cover to help protect against the normal wear and tear associated with daily use. T-Mobile will have this one priced at $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $9.50.

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MetroPCS is pushing the Optimus L70 as being the “perfect device for aspiring tech enthusiasts.” The L70 has features to include a 4.5-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and dual-core 1.2GHz processor. MetroPCS users considering the L70 can expect to pay $49 (which comes after a $100 instant rebate).

Additionally, new customers coming to MetroPCS will be able to qualify for a $49 mail in rebate. Those new customers would need to port-in a phone number and sign up for, then pay for a second month of service. Bottom line here, both T-Mobile and MetroPCS will be offering an affordable Android handset.

SOURCE: MetroPCS

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