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The LG G3 may be a gorgeous phone, but it has a flaw

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

LG G3 cracked casings

“…just look at the G3, no phone even comes close to how sexy that is! ” – Jason
“…g3 is really gorgeous…” – Alan. 

We can’t rightly argue with Jason and Alan over on our Google+ page, we think the G3 is a good looking phone too, but LG is not perfect, and, as we’re gathering, the G3 has a few concerns as well. Some major complaints are surfacing for the build of the G3, reports are rolling in of cracks forming in the outer plastic casing from the microphone opening.

“Uh oh!” – Darcy.

The cracks are just hairline fractures and appear to cause no structural concern, but that is no consolation to those of you that have dropped hundreds of dollars on this amazing flagship device. Many users report that they’ve experienced difficulty inserting their micro USB charging cable, and that the force of inserting the plug is assumed at least part to blame for the fractures.

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Entire forum threads have been dedicated to this concern with many users submitting photos of the same cracks occurring in their devices all around the globe. Meanwhile, LG has had nothing official to say about the issue.

LG G3 Editors-Choice-4 crackedWe’ve been very happy with the LG G3 ourselves. Despite these new concerns, which we’ve not encountered yet ourselves, the device is a solid unit, well deserving the ‘flagship’ badge. We even went so far as to name the LG G3 one of the finest phones of the year, with an editors choice badge. We would hate for this issue to strip the G3 of that honor.

A lot more than just ‘editors choice’ may be riding on what LG decides to do next. Should they fumble the repairs for their flagship G3 right now, the goodwill gained from the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, regretfully, may be quickly forgotten. Manufacturers that are closely trailing LG, like ZTE, Huawei, OnePlus and Xiaomi, would be happy to steal customers away, especially with their phones that are intended to compete with the G3, and do so at a fraction of the cost to consumers.

Have you experienced the cracked LG G3 casing? What repairs/replacements have you received?

Via: Phone Arena;

LG to unveil L Fino and L Bello smartphones at IFA 2014

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

LG has announced a pair of new smartphones that it will be unveiling at IFA 2014 next month along with the rumored launch of the G Watch 2. The new smartphones include the LG L Fino and the LG L Bello devices. LG says that these two smartphones are aiming to extend the company footprint to markets by offering powerful devices at lower price points.

Both of the L series smartphones will have the LG Rear Key button and will feature an 8MP rear camera. LG will also use its proprietary UX features on the smartphones. A lot of effort was put into making the cameras perform well and to make it easy to take photos with no blur. Both of the cameras will include a Touch and Shoot feature that lets them tap on the display to focus and shoot an image.

A Gesture Shot feature allows the user to open and close their hand in front of the camera to start a 3-second countdown for the shutter. A front camera light adds a white background for softer lighting in self-portrait mode. LG is also fitting the smartphones with Knock Code and a QuickCircle Case.

The Fino will use a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4.5-inch 800 x 480 screen, 4GB of storage, and a 1900 mAh battery with Android 4.2.2 as the OS. The Bello will use a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2, 5-inch 854 x 480 display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. LG is offering no pricing details at this time and the smartphones will land in Latin America this month with launch in Europe, Asia, and CIS coming later.


LG announces two new budget devices, the L Fino and L Bello

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


A while back we reported that LG was planning on bringing the UX from their flagship G3 to upcoming low to mid-range models. Now it appears that their plans will come to fruition as they’ve announced two new budget-friendly devices: the LG L Fino and L Bello. If the interface wasn’t enough, both models also stay true to LG’s “Floating Arc” design language, complete with rear-mounted buttons, which makes for some premium-looking handsets.

The L Fino is the runt of the two, with a 4.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display and a pocket-friendly body. Under the hood its packing a capable 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage powered by a 1,900mAh battery. The L Bello is a little more robust with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The L Bello also has a larger 2,540mAh battery and an FWVGA (480 x 854) display. Both feature an 8MP rear-facing camera that LG calls “class-leading”. The L Fino features a VGA-quality front-facing camera while the L Bello has a 1MP snapper on the front.

LG has also made sure to include many of its popular UX features including Gesture Shot, Front Camera Light, Touch & Shoot and the popular Knock Code. No word on carrier availability or pricing yet, but its safe to assume these will be competitively priced. Both phones also feature support for LG’s QuickCircle case. Let us know in the comments if either of these devices pique your interest.

Source: LG

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LG to unveil L Fino and L Bello at IFA in Berlin, designed for growing 3G markets

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

 LG L Fino and L Bello Series 4 and Series 5

LG has announced that they will be bringing two new L series phones to IFA in Berlin in September. The phones, the L Fino and L Bello, are being called “powerful alternatives to higher-priced smartphones” and are geared toward emerging markets.

The phones are 3G capable and will begin shipping in Latin America, with some countries in Europe, Asia and CIS to follow. Pricing and availability will be announced in the local markets at the time of launch.

Both phones will have LG’s rear button layout, as made popular on the higher end G2 and G3 devices. 8MP rear camera sensor with LG’s proprietary camera software promise fast and high quality photo capture, plus a handful of LG’s other unique connectivity features, like Knock Code and support for QuickCircle Case promise a premium experience.

LG L Fino LG L Bello for IFA Berlin

LG L Bello

  • 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor
  • 5-inch 854×480 display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear, 1MP front camera
  • 2540mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • HSPA+ 3G
  • White, Black, Gold
LG L Fino

  • 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor
  • 4.5-inch 800×480 display
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear, VGA front camera
  • 1900mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • HSPA+ 3G
  • White, Black, Gold, Red, Green

While phones of this caliber often fail to impress in comparison with the higher end flagship phones that we always read about, vendors like Motorola have found great success with similarly equipped inexpensive phones in the Moto E and Moto G. We’ll have to see these new L phones in action, but the 8MP camera certainly promises a slightly different focus, and advantage, for the same segment of users.

We’ll be bringing you coverage from IFA in Berlin, stay tuned, I’m sure we’ll have more to share about the LG L Fino and LG L Bello from the show in September.

Were you looking forward to another set of L line budget phones from LG, or is the market about saturated already?

Via: Android Central;

Fire Phone losing ground quickly to LG G3, AT&T exclusivity to blame

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

FirePhone-navigationThe Fire phone has been having some issues lately on the market and has not been selling nearly as well as Amazon has wanted. The lack of adoption by consumers seems to be the result of the exclusive deal between Amazon and AT&T. While AT&T may be a large company, they don’t have all of the market, so all Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers are stuck with another device, whether they want a Fire Phone or not.


According to research firm Chitika Insights, out of tens of millions of ad views across 350,000 websites, only .02 percent of that traffic came from the Fire Phone within its first 20 days of existence, as opposed to .06 percent from the LG G3. Just how much traffic should come from a new, successful phone? Only 11 days after being released last year, the GS4 was responsible for .19 percent of phone traffic. Compounding on the carrier exclusivity issue is the Fire Phone’s lack of exciting features for its price point. As a whole, the device received less than positive reviews, which definitely didn’t help its sales figures.

What do you think? Does Amazon have any hope here? Are you waiting for the inevitable price drop to snag this device? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Cnet

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LG Announces Sonos-Like Hi-Fi Speakers Called Music Flow

Posted by Kellex August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Last night, LG entered the Hi-Fi home audio market by introducing a new brand of audio products, called Music Flow. Music Flow, as a brand, is made up of a set of home audio speakers along with a companion app that allows you to easily listen to your entire collection of digital music both outside and inside the home. 

On one side of the Music Flow equation, you have a set of Hi-Fi speakers (plus a bridge) that are setup within your house. The speakers range in power from 70W to 40W to sound bars. With the tap of your device, thanks to NFC, you can play music through a speaker with ease (a “first” in home Hi-Fi systems). If the speakers are bridged throughout your house, you could carry on your music experience in each room, a lot like how Sonos works.

On the other side of Music Flow, you have a companion app called Music Flow Player. This app is the hub and controller for your speaker system. According to LG’s announcement, the app also lets you listen to your music collection outside of your home even if the music is stored on a variety of devices. The app lets you listen to internet radio stations (Spotify, Deezer, Napster, and TuneIn) and provides recommendations for playlists as well.

If you needed an actual reason to buy these, the system may have one special feature. Should you be out and about, jamming away to your music collection via phone, but then return home, you can continue listening without interruption on your Music Flow system at home. That’s kind of cool, right?

The collection of Music Flow products will be on display at IFA during the first week of September. Availability will start in the UK this month before spreading to other European markets next month. A global rollout should happen some time after that. No pricing was announced.

Via:  LG

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LG G Pad 8.0 – now with added LTE

Posted by Tom August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

An LTE-enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0 has been unveiled.

The LG G Pad 8.0 LTE tablet has a few tricks up its sleeve (which are even easier to enjoy with the new online anywhere option), including QPair 2.0 and Knock Code.

QPair 2.0 gives the ability to connect the tablet to smartphones via Bluetooth to choose the tablet to answer calls, receive notifications and send messages.

Knock Code is LG’s security function that recognises user tap codes for swift unlocking.

Via fareastgizmos


LG reportedly outing a G Watch 2 at IFA 2014

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It’s only been months since Google I/O in July, and only months since LG launched and gone to market with its wearable device, the LG G Watch. But what is this we’re hearing? LG wants to rectify the almost pedestrian design and aesthetic of the G Watch with a new version to come out at the IFA 2014 in Berlin? Most likely a good move for them.

After Google I/O, only LG and Samsung carried their Android Wear smartwatches to market, with Motorola’s Moto 360 possibly launching on September 4. But LG’s G Watch elicited “not so great” feedback from consumers, with users saying that it looked ordinary. The “shock” and corrosion issue also did not help the device’s cause at all.


Maybe that is why LG was quick to act on the feedback, if the rumors be true. The insider info on the LG G Watch 2 is that it would have an OLED display to improve the pedestrian LCD exoerience from its predecessor. Rumors also point to a better aesthetic design that the original G Watch, more in keeping with consumer tastes than Google’s reference point.

LG is also set to meet up with watch makers from all over during the sidelines of IFA 2014, in search for a partner or multiple partners for the future iterations of the G Watch. With the Moto 360 in the wings set to impress the Android world, it will do LG a lot of good to strategize how to move forward with the G Watch brand.

VIA: SlashGear

LG plans to bring G3′s UX to future entry-level and midrange phones and tablets

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.

The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.

Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.

SEOUL, Aug. 19, 2014 ― From entry-level to premium, LG has been actively working to provide a consistent and uniform user experience (UX) across its entire mobile product lineup. Toward that end, LG Electronics (LG) will begin standardizing its proprietary UX features, first introduced in the new LG G3, across most of the company’s mid- to entry-level smartphones and tablets launched in the second half of this year.

Since its worldwide unveiling in May, the LG G3′s UX features have been positively received by both customers and industry experts with many bestowing high praise for its user-friendly enhancements. The 2014 Red Dot Communication Design Award judges also applauded the LG G3, with a total of three “Best of the Best” awards for its intuitive UX features.

“With the basic principles of the G3′s UX features rooted in making complex technologies simple and convenient, our goal was to provide consumers with a user experience they genuinely need and want,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Standardizing these features across our entry- and mid-tier mobile products is just a natural extension of our desire to make every LG device feel premium and unique.”

A simplified camera displaying only the most frequently used menus is one of the UX features that will be standardized across mid- and entry-level LG smartphones. One of the key camera features is Touch & Shoot, which helps capture special moments quickly and intuitively by letting users tap anywhere on the display to focus and trigger the shutter in one single step, eliminating a time-consuming two-step process. Gesture Shot makes taking selfies simple and fun. Opening and closing one’s hand in front of the lens starts a three-second countdown before triggering the shutter for brilliant, blur-free selfies. Clean View offers a full, clutter-free preview interface by removing all camera menu icons from the screen.

Another UX feature to be standardized is Smart Keyboard, which reduces input error by up to 75 percent by tracking and analyzing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what words the user intended to type. The keyboard can be re-sized to better fit the user’s hands and thumbs. Suggested words, which appear above the keyboard, can be entered with just an upward flick of the thumb. Individual keys can be customized with frequently used symbols for even faster input. Long-pressing the space bar and sliding the thumb or finger left and right repositions the cursor for faster editing.

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LG G3 UX features coming to mid to low end devices

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

When you finally land on a winning formula, it’s only natural to want to capitalize on it as much as you can until the well runs dry. The LG G3 has been praised not just for its premium hardware but for its software suite as well, which LG will now be bringing in parts to its roster of less premium devices down the line.

LG has slowly been introducing a number of custom software features that have reached their crowning glory in the G3. Features like Multi Window, QSlide, QPair, and Knock Code have been improved in the latest smartphone and have likewise made appearances in LG’s other devices. The company will be continuing that rollout of features and is now targeting its line of entry-level and mid tier smartphones and tablets.

Of the many UX (user experience) feature in the G3, two will be coming to other LG devices, namely Smart Keyboard and a set of Camera features. Smart Keyboard goes beyond the call of duty of other “learning” keyboards by studying not just your most used words but also your typing habits and mistakes. The keyboard also offers some degree of customization to make it even more personal and tailor fit for different kinds of users. On the camera side, three specific features will be making their way down the chain. Touch & Shoot combines the act of “tap to focus” and “tap to shoot” into a single tap to make taking photos quick and easy. Gesture Shot lets you activate a three-second timer by simply opening and closing your hand in front of the camera. Finally, Clean View removes all the clutter around the camera screen, giving you an unobstructed view of your target.

LG does not mention which devices will be receiving these new features nor when, though it mentions devices released in the second half of this year. The OEM also doesn’t mention if there will be other UX features that will join the list in the near future, though that might be a possibility as LG continues to consolidate its UX offering across is different devices.