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LG GATE will bring enhanced security levels to the V10

Posted by wicked October - 8 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


You may remember that Samsung’s KNOX security brings enterprise-level security to many of its popular devices. LG today announced  that LG GATE will be coming to the V10 as it has with some of its previous devices. It aims to meet the United States Federal Government standards with FIPS 140-2 device encryption. It also meets the AES-256 security standards.


The LG V10 also has an additional layer of security that many new devices have been seeing lately–fingerprint scanning. While it does provide an extra level of obstruction for getting into your device, fingerprint scanning has never been dubbed the most reliable form of security. As far as smartphones go, it’s more of a convenience thing.

LG GATE will bring some very nice enterprise-level security to the scene, however, folks need to keep in mind that it won’t protect you from anything. Sure, it’ll keep you safe from outside intrusions, but as far as viruses and malware go, nothing beats common sense. Make sure to stay off of questionable websites and don’t download anything that seems risky in the slightest.

Between LG GATE and taking personal precautions, the LG V10 will be one secure device. Anyone plan on picking one up when it arrives in the US?

source: LG GATE

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LG’s latest flagship launches in South Korea for $689

Posted by wicked October - 8 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


It has only been a week since LG took the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone, the V10, and now it’s available to purchase in South Korea. The handset comes in Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue and Opal Blue colorways, and has a price tag of 799,700 Korean Won ($689) attached.

Just in case you need a refresher on its specifications, the V10 packs a 5.7-inch qHD and a 2.1-inch IPS display, a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, an Adreno 418 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 2TB via microSD) , a 16MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP selfie shooter and a 3,000mAh battery.

If you’re based in South Korea, like the sound of the LG V10 and want to pick one up — hit the source link below.

Source: LG

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It’s one thing to play around with a smartphone, install emulators and know your way around rooting, but what Reddit user dafu has done is a whole new level of geek, and we are all falling in love with it!

The DIY extraordinaire made a custom-built classic game console with an Android smartphone. But it’s no average gadget; it’s made of gorgeous oak wood and has a full set of buttons to suit all your gaming needs. These controls were assembled from a taken apart Bluetooth controller, which the creator then built into the body.

Inside the wooden shell there is an LG Optimus Vu 2, which is a rather old phone, but its internals are good enough to run all your classics. Just in case you forgot, this handset comes with a 5-inch 1024×768 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 2150 mAh battery. It was probably just an older phone laying around, which makes this one of the best ways to recycle a used handset.

After working through the hardware, dafu went on to play around with the software, which really seems like the most complicated process. We thought it would just be a matter of installing some emulators, but what fun would that be?

Instead, he went on to root the handset in order to customize the whole experience to his will (except for the LG logo during boot and a log during power down). Things get more complicated once we realize the user wrote his very own launcher for this Android-based console, which does come with a bevy of customization.


You can read all about the software in his detailed explanation, where he went as far as sharing the custom launcher. He also has some photos and a full description on how to build the machine over at imgur. Just in case you are feeling like taking on this adventure and making your own console.

Surely, it’s no easy feat, so be ready to to plenty of research and hard work. This specific one took about 2 months to make, but the results are simply amazing. The maker also claims the machine works like a charm after extended use from him and his son.

What do you guys think? Are you up for the challenge?

What could have improved the Nexus 5X?

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


The Nexus 5X is manufactured by LG and acts as the successor to the Nexus 5. The device comes with a lot of improved specifications and new features.

Even though it may not have flashiest specifications of any phone, the Nexus 5X packs mostly premium components and a design that impresses at the $379 starting price. And who doesn’t want that? With stock Android and rapid updates coming directly from Google, you can’t go wrong. Here are features that Google and LG should have considered to make the Nexus 5X even better.

Wireless charging


A multitude of Nexus devices — the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 7 (2013) — included support for wireless charging. Even though wireless charging is yet to become the norm, it would still be appreciated by many considering lots of Android competitors have it built directly into their flagship phones. The new included USB Type-C port is likely the culprit here. Since USB Type-C is reversible, Google may have found it a worthy replacement for wireless charging. It may also be a factor that keeps the price down low.

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)


Optical image stabilization (OIS) is used to stabilize your device when taking pictures or recording video to avoid blur and movement while holding the phone. Rather than including OIS, Google decided to increase the camera sensor size on the Nexus 5X to 1.55 μm-sized pixels. According to Google’s, this will make up for the lack of OIS and work just as well if not better. But we’ll have to wait for samples to be sure.

Gorilla Glass 4


Most presumably, in order to keep the price low, Google decided to use Gorilla Glass 3 rather than the new and more durable Gorilla Glass 4. If you like to throw your device around a lot, you might want to consider the Nexus 5X’s larger sibling, the Nexus 6P, for its increased durability. If you are fine with using protective accessories, this should be nothing to worry about. As far as I’m concerned, the difference between Gorilla Glass 3 and Gorilla Glass 4 is barely noticeable and won’t make much of a difference when your device goes face first onto the concrete.

Expandable storage


Okay, you didn’t think Google was going to actually include expandable storage right? Recent Nexus devices have hinted that Google has strong feelings against expandable storage mainly due to the cloud services it provides. Google Drive supplies 10GB of space for free to everyone and more is available to purchase at a very low cost. If you’re lucky, Google often runs promotions giving away additional Drive space for free. If 16GB or 32GB isn’t enough for you, consider those options.

Front-facing speakers

Unlike its big brother the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X only has one front-facing speaker. Sound quality of recent Nexus handsets hasn’t disappointed, though, but many would still love to have two front-facing speakers blasting sound out of the device. The only time you would notice a significant difference is when watching movies or video clips. Other than that, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal-breaker.


Additional, faster RAM

Those obsessed with specs will be very disappointed to know that the Nexus 5X only includes 2GB of DDR3 RAM. An increase in RAM allows for better performance and enables the device to keep multiple apps running in the background without having to reload them. Most Android flagships are currently backed with 3GB or even 4GB of RAM, so the Nexus 5X’s 2GB can be seen as a disappointment. On the good side, Google has made significant improvements to RAM management in Marshmallow. So maybe, just maybe, the Nexus 5X won’t need it.



The Nexus 5X has some room for improvement but not every smartphone is perfect. It really depends on your personal needs and wants for a device. The Nexus 5X definitely improves upon the original Nexus 5 but it’s up to you to upgrade.

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Verizon bumps the LG G3 up to Android 5.1.1

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Right now, owners of the LG G3 on Verizon’s network are noticing a software update that raises the handset’s version to Android 5.1.1, build VS98535B. The update is sized at 353MB and Verizon has not yet detailed other items, if any, that are included.

Via: Droid Life

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Verizon’s LG G3 Gets Update to Android 5.1.1 “VS98535B”

Posted by Kellex October - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

According to a handful of our readers, the LG G3 on Verizon is receiving a 353MB update to Android 5.1.1. The software version is VS98535B and the Android build is LMY47V.

We are still waiting for Verizon to post a changelog, but the update appears to be live for almost everyone. Feel free to try and pull it by heading into Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates. 

Cheers Mark, Matt, and Jon!

Verizon’s LG G3 Gets Update to Android 5.1.1 “VS98535B” is a post from: Droid Life

These T-Mobile Devices Will Get Updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Posted by Kellex October - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Lost in yesterday’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow bag of Nexus glory was a subtle announcement from T-Mobile as to which of its devices will receive the update to Google’s latest tasty treat. Via their software update status page, we can see a list of devices that have all entered the early development stage for the upgrade to Android 6.0.

Outside of the Nexus devices they support, which are about to receive the update, the rest are all still in stage 1, which is “Manufacturer Development.” In other words, T-Mobile is waiting for each individual OEM to get them updates for testing before being able to push it to your phone. It’ll be a while on some of these, unfortunately. 

The full list of devices is as follows, in case you can’t see the image above:

  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M9
  • LG G3
  • LG G4
  • LG G Stylo
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Why can’t Verizon and AT&T put together lists like this?

Via:  T-Mobile

These T-Mobile Devices Will Get Updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a post from: Droid Life

Is the Nexus 5X a good deal?

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google’s Nexus line-up has always been an interesting part of the Android story. We never know what to expect. This year, Google has changed things up again by releasing, not one smartphone, but two. The Nexus 5X is the long-awaited successor to the popular Nexus 5, while the Nexus 6P follows on from last year’s less loved Nexus 6.

If you felt the Nexus 6 was too expensive, and it looks as though many people did, then you might be excited by the pricing on the Nexus 5X. It starts at $379 for the 16GB version and it has a pretty enticing set of specs. But does it compare to the value for money that the original Nexus 5 represented two years ago? The market has moved on since then, prices have fallen, and the Nexus 5 was originally offered at $349. Is the Nexus 5X a good deal?

The high points

The first stand-out feature on the Nexus 5X, both figuratively and literally, is the 12.3MP main camera. Google knew it had work to do on this front. One of the biggest disappointments about the Nexus 5 was the performance of the 8MP camera. It looks as though the 5X is going to be capable of capturing quality shots, and it needs to be. The front-facing camera has also been overhauled in the wake of selfie-mania, and it’s rated at 5MP, undoubtedly a massive improvement over the old 1.3MP effort in its predecessor.

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Nexus Imprint is the other thing that immediately jumps out about the 5X. A conveniently placed fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, under the camera, is a smart move, and less awkward to use one-handed than a traditional home button placement. It only requires a single touch and it looks lightning fast.

If these two features are as good as they look, then they definitely make the Nexus 5X a tempting prospect at this price.

Middle of the road

The rest of the specs are less impressive. The screen is 5.2-inches with a standard 1080p resolution, it’s actually slightly less sharp than the Nexus 5, which was 4.95-inches and 1080p. The hexa-core Snapdragon 808 backed by 2GB of RAM looks a little lightweight compared to current flagships.

  LG Nexus 5X
Display 5.2-inch LCD display
1920 x 1080 resolution, 424ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor 2.0GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 processor
GPU Adreno 418
Storage 16, 32GB
MicroSD No
Networks GSM 850/1900
W-CDMA 2/4/5
CDMA 0/1/10
LTE Band 2/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/41
Dual SIM No
Software Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Fingerprint scanner Yes, rear-mounted
Camera 12.3MP rear-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, laser-assisted autofocus
5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture
Battery 2700mAh, non-removable
Wireless charging No
Dimensions 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9mm, 136g
Colors Charcoal Black, Quartz White, Ice Blue

Storage options are the same: 16GB or 32GB. For most people, 16GB isn’t going to be enough in the long term, but the extra 16GB costs $50 and there’s no Micro SD card slot. $429 is still relatively cheap, but it’s not a special price when you look at what’s out there. The battery is a respectable 2,700mAh, and it’s not removable.

The compromises

There are also a couple of disappointing compromises in the Nexus 5X. Wireless charging support has been dropped. Google has gone all-in with USB Type-C instead. It’s reversible, so it should be much easier to plug in, but for anyone used to wireless charging it’s still going to feel like a step backward.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the Nexus 5X design certainly doesn’t stand out. The original Nexus 5 had the angular, monolith thing going for it, with curves top and bottom that gave it a unique, instantly recognizable profile. The 5X is a rectangle with rounded corners that would be tough to pick out of a line-up, though, it is at least slimmer.

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How does it compare?

When the Nexus 5 came out, it was the best value budget smartphone on the market. There really wasn’t another phone at the time that offered quite as much for $350. We can’t say the same about the 5X. If you’re thinking of dropping $379 on the Nexus 5X, there are actually quite a few other options that you could consider.

The Asus Zenfone 2 is only $300 and it manages to pack in a 5.5-inch display, with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and 4GB of RAM. The OnePlus 2 starts at $329 and has an octa-core processor, more RAM, a bigger battery, USB Type-C support, and a fingerprint sensor. You could pick up an LG G3 for around $330 now, with a 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display. Even the Moto X Style (Pure) is only $400 and it boasts a 5.7-inch display and a 21MP camera.

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Moto X Style/Pure

The Nexus 5X may be better than some or all of these, it’s impossible to say for sure until we get some decent time with it, but it’s clearly launching into a much more competitive landscape than the Nexus 5 did. If you agree that you’ll need at least 32GB, which will cost you $429, then it’s only an extra $70 for the Nexus 6P, which starts at 32GB, but also has a bigger and sharper screen, a better processor, more RAM, and an 8MP front-facing camera, not to mention a metal body.

Good, but not great

If we rewind to the beginning of LG and Google’s Nexus partnership we can put the Nexus 5X into some perspective. The Nexus 4 was a phone that had a surprisingly premium design with good build quality, a set of specs that didn’t look out of place with the flagships of the day, and it started at just $299. If the Nexus 5X was being offered at $299 we’d be lauding it as an incredible bargain. Even if it landed at $350, like the Nexus 5, it would stand out in the budget field, but at $379… it’s not so clear.

There are lots of other little improvements in the Nexus 5X, and it’s impossible to judge properly without using it for a while. It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and there’s no telling when some of the competition mentioned above will get that. For Android fans, the stock nature of the Nexus 5X can’t be underestimated. We also have high hopes for the camera and the fingerprint sensor, but there’s no hiding the fact that there are some disappointments here, too.

On paper, the Nexus 5X looks good for the money, but it doesn’t look great.

LG V10 Unboxing and First Impressions!

Posted by Kellex October - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Hey, it’s the LG V10 in house! LG’s new flagship phone full of “stuff and things” has arrived and we are ready to put it to work. Even though a number of you probably believe that we have already written this phone off and won’t give it a fair shake, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are actually quite interested in this phone and whether or not its “stuff and things” make it stand out from a crowded high-end Android tier.

As a recap, the LG V10 sports a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, secondary ticker-like display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (with microSD support), 16MP camera with OIS, dual front-facing 5MP cameras, Snapdragon 808 processor, removable 3000mAh battery, and all sorts of droptest-worthy protection, like a steel frame on its sides. 

Our review unit, as you can see here, is the cream and gold edition, which I thought I would be somewhat grossed out by, but it’s actually quite lovely. While large, the phone feels premium in hand and so far is quite the speedster.

Anyways, to kick off this whole process, here is our LG V10 unboxing.

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Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Posted by Kellex October - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

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