Pre-IFA debut also reveals wider LG ambitions for 'premium' input devices
In an effort to capture a larger share of the fast-growing mobile accessories market, LG will unveil the industry's first solid rollable wireless portable keyboard at the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin, Germany. Unlike other portable keyboards on the market, the Rolly Keyboard folds up along the four rows to create a "stick" that fits into a pocket.
Advanced In-Cell Touch notebook displays have reduced weight, thickness
Upcoming notebooks with touch-sensitive displays could be lighter and thinner, if manufacturers adopt a new screen offered by LG Display. The Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) displays, previously used in smartphones and going into mass production for notebooks, are said to considerably cut down the thickness of the panel compared to other touch-enabled versions, by embedding the touch sensor technology into the LCD panel itself, eliminating the need for a separate touch layer.
Six-sided batteries offer 25 percent capacity increase over rectangular counterparts
Smartwatches with higher-capacity batteries could soon be hitting the market, if manufacturers adopt a new battery from LG Chem. The battery, hexagonal in shape, is said to provide up to 25 percent more capacity compared to similar-sized rectangular batteries, which the company believes can provide up to four more hours of battery life, a significant addition to the amount of time current smartwatches are capable of lasting for between charges.
Top of new LG projector range has Smart TV functionality, 1080p resolution
LG has unveiled its 2015 lineup of LED projectors it will be shipping to the United States starting this month. The four projectors are led by the PF1500, a television replacement which offers a resolution of 1920x1080 at a brightness of up to 1,400 lumens with a maximum screen size of 120 inches, while the remainder are lower-resolution devices that are lightweight and even more compact.
Two more smartphones launched using LG G4 branding
LG has introduced two more smartphones bearing the G4 name, with both new devices offering more restrained specifications than the flagship model. The G4 Stylus is a cheaper, lower specification phablet that is effectively a rebranding of the G Stylo, while the G4c is a more compact, budget-conscious smartphone that shares the design and many of the features of the full-size version.
LG Lancet runs Windows Phone 8.1, includes HD Voice Calling compatibility
Verizon has unveiled LG's latest smartphone, the first running Windows Phone in a long time. An exclusive for Verizon Wireless, the budget-ranged LG Lancet is LG's first Windows Phone 8.1 device, and will have the honor of being the first Windows Phone smartphone on Verizon to be compatible with HD Voice Calling, thanks to its inclusion of Advanced Calling 1.0.
Latest LG flagship has 16MP F1.8 camera with OIS 2.0
LG has formally launched its previously-teased flagship smartphone. The LG G4 follows on from its predecessor, the LG G3, upgrading the screen to a 5.5-inch 2560x1440-resolution IPS "Quantum Display" panel, which is claimed to offer 20 percent greater color reproduction, a 25 percent improvement to brightness, and a 50-percent greater contrast.
Google adds LG Watch Urbane to store, discounts Moto 360, LG G Watch R
Smartwatch listings on the Google Store have been updated, with a new Android Wear addition and some price changes. The LG Watch Urbane is available for the first time in the store, priced at $350, while the LG G Watch R has dropped $50 from $300 to $250. The Moto 360 has also been discounted in the store, dropping from $250 to $180.
LG phablet capable of using higher capacity microSD cards than currently available
LG is continuing in its attempts to compete against Samsung's Note range, by launching a new stylus-equipped phablet with a relatively unusual storage specification. The LG G Stylo is a mid-ranged phablet with a 5.7-inch 720p display and average specifications, but it is notable in being able to support microSD cards up to 2TB in size, supplementing its 8GB of built-in storage.
Leaked site includes questionable placeholder specifications for LG G4
The LG G4 may have leaked far earlier than the manufacturer intended, after a website, said to be a staging area prior to the flagship smartphone's launch, surfaced. The page, spotted by Evan Blass and now hidden from view, contained a large number of images showing the G4 in full, complete with the stitched leather backing that appeared in earlier teasers for the device's unveiling.
EE enables Wi-Fi calling, uses phone dialer instead of separate app
British carrier EE has turned on Wi-Fi calling for its subscribers in the United Kingdom. Launching initially on the Lumia 640, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge set to offer it from April 10 and more devices in the future, EE's version uses the phone's dialer instead of a secondary app, and will allow customers to make or receive calls and texts from both the cellular network and Wi-Fi hotspots. EE expects to have more than five million of its subscribers capable of using Wi-Fi calling by the summer.
Blog post mentions non-existent, unannounced 8K-resolution Apple product
LG Display has made the mistake of claiming Apple has announced a new device, when it hasn't. A post on the LG Display newsroom explaining the concept of 8K-resolution screens oddly mentions a non-existent announcement from Apple that it would be releasing the "iMac 8K" later this year, a product that Apple has yet to give any official confirmation about, and has yet to surface in rumors.
BlackBerry begins pre-order sales of Leap smartphone
Pre-orders for the mid-range BlackBerry Leap have commenced in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries. BlackBerry is selling the smartphone with a five-inch, 720p display unlocked directly from its website, priced at $275, though it warns the version it sells will not work with Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular (i.e., America's CDMA-based carriers). Pre-orders in Canada will begin at a later date.
Standalone LTE smartwatch uses WebOS, has premium pricing
LG is going to be putting the LTE-equipped version of the Watch Urbane on sale in its native South Korea later this week. The stylish smartwatch, initially revealed by the manufacturer last month, is able to run as a standalone device thanks to its cellular connection, allowing it to make and receive calls and messages, and also receive app notifications, all without being connected to a smartphone.
Curved back, sides in early LG G4 render suggest similar display to G Flex 2
The LG G4, the manufacturer's rumored followup to last year's G3, could have a curved display if a leak is genuine. An image claimed to be an early promotional render of the smartphone shows the back of the device with a slight curve, suggesting the main display of the device will also have a similar curvature to the LG G Flex 2, shown earlier this year.
Second LG Watch Urbane will make calls, measure heart rate
Not content with giving its Android Wear smartwatch range a facelift, LG is making a version of its recently-announced premium Watch Urbane that can be used as a standalone device. The Watch Urbane LTE has, as its name suggests, built in cellular connectivity that can let it be used to make and receive calls, all without attaching it to a smartphone.
LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, Joy all borrow G3 physical design
LG has unveiled four smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress, in a similar move to its Watch Urbane launch. The four mobile devices, named Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy, are all said to be mid-ranged smartphones that borrow much of their design from the LG G3 including their rear-mounted volume controls, with LG creating LTE-equipped and 3G-only variants of all four models introduced today.
Follow-up to Nuclun believed to launch later this year
Samsung may not be the only one trying to compete against Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor with its own devices, with LG apparently doing something similar. A report claims the electronics manufacturer will be following on from its Nuclun processor with another self-produced processor, this time as a 64-bit octa-core chipset.
Stainless steel casing used in upmarket LG Watch Urbane
LG has revealed its latest Android Wear smartwatch, ahead of other expected launches at Mobile World Congress next month. The LG Watch Urbane has a round face similar to the G Watch R, though this time LG has taken inspiration from the design of higher-end watches and encased the watch in a stylish stainless steel body, with gold and polished silver color options.
VR for G3 based on Google Cardboard design, made of plastic
Samsung is not the only smartphone manufacturer looking to offer a virtual reality experience to consumers using their devices. LG is going to be providing buyers of the G3 smartphone with a headset designed to work with the handset, similar to Samsung's Gear VR initiative, with the accessory said to use a similar design to Google Cardboard.
Apple leaps ahead of LG in latter's home market
Apple has seen significant surges in the Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean smartphone markets since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last September, according to a study by Counterpoint Research. The most significant performance is reportedly in South Korea, where in November Apple leapt from under 15 percent marketshare to 33 percent. That put the company ahead of LG, slotted at just 14 percent, and significantly closer to Samsung, which dropped from 60 to 46 percent. LG and Samsung are both local to Korea, and have traditionally enjoyed a homefield advantage.
Accident during routine maintenance at South Korean factory under investigation
An incident at an LG factory used for LCD production in South Korea earlier today has resulted in the deaths of two workers, it has been announced. A pair employees of an LG contractor were killed in the incident, which involved the accidental venting of nitrogen at the P9 facility in Paju. Four other employees are also said to have been injured, with at least one in a serious condition.
Prototype LG smartphone includes extra displays on side edges
LG's fixation with using flexible displays in its smartphones does not stop with the G Flex 2, as the company has reportedly been showing off another mobile device behind closed doors at CES. A prototype device using an "Active Bending" display panel has been quietly demonstrated, one which appears to take after Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge.
Latest fashion phone from LG has impressive performance, features
At a pre-CES event in Las Vegas, we got a chance to briefly play with the Sprint-exclusive G Flex 2 smartphone from LG. It feels solid in the hand, though its plastic shell makes it rather warm to the touch and deceptively light. As such, some may associate this lack of heft with cheapness, though the handset is anything but.
Audi is evolving tech interface with the help of Samsung, Qualcomm, Nvidia, LG
After the smoke cleared, strobe lights dimmed, and high-energy music stopped at Audi's morning press conference at CES on Tuesday, the German automaker promised evolutions of its in-car tech, going as far as to introduce a concept that would drive and park itself, with no occupants at all. To drive the point home, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, the Board Member for Technical Development of AUDI AG, started the company's updated, 690-horsepower Prologue concept with an LG smartwatch, pressed another command, and the car drove itself onto the stage.
Art Slim OLED panels measure 55, 65, 77 inches, use webOS for smart TV
LG is continuing to commit to OLED-based televisions, by launching a number of sets alongside LCD versions it teased late last month. A total of seven 4K-resolution OLED TVs will be revealed at CES, with the collection including the company's webOS 2.0-based smart TV system, as well as a few new content partnership announcements.
LG, Sony, Denon among early supporting hardware brands
Google has announced that its Cast technology will soon be able to send audio-only feeds to devices such as speakers and AV receivers. Users will be able to cast from Android and iOS apps, as well the web, presumably via Chrome for Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS. Some compatible services will include Deezer, Google Play Music, NPR One, Pandora, Rdio, and TuneIn.
Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor used in curved LG G Flex 2
LG has unveiled the latest iteration of its curved smartphone at CES, as part of its pre-event keynote address. The LG G Flex 2, the successor to the G Flex, is one of the first smartphones to be announced as using the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, an octa-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2GHz, which LG has paired with 2GB of RAM.
Curved screens evidently planned to be 'latest thing' if Samsung, LG have say
As LG gets ready for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, a new model of curved monitor is announced. A newer version of the UltraWide Curved 34UC97 released earlier this year, the new model -- curiously given the name 34UC87M, implying some compromises from the earlier model -- is made to work in multiple screen configurations and aimed at multi-monitor fans and gamers.
Cellphone makers asked to make data more secure regardless
Taiwan's National Communications Commission has issued a report clearing a variety of companies of breaking local data privacy laws, according to Reuters. The organization says that all 12 of the previously-implicated cellphone brands -- including Apple, Huawei, Samsung, LG, Sony, ZTE, and Xiaomi -- are in the clear, despite Xiaomi being the impetus for the investigation. In August, Xiaomi apologized and promised to make changes after a Finnish security firm discovered Xiaomi software was collecting address book data without permission.
Art Slim panels less than an inch thick, lighter than existing TV panels
LG will be using CES next month to showcase its latest generation of panels for televisions, alongside other displays. The Art Slim TV panels are said to be lightweight units meant to help manufacturers create light and thin TV sets, with the two examples set to be shown at the electronics tradeshow measuring less than an inch thick and taking up less space than current LCD screens.
Claims not yet verified by authorities, LG; Reddit user offers photo evidence
A Reddit user's younger sister had her LG G3 battery explode as it sat charging on her bed, according to photos and a report from Reddit Android group contributor "s-blade." The heat from the explosion appears to have been so intense that it caused the phone to melt through the mattress, only lightly scorching the sheets as it sank into the bed. The report mentions that the battery and charger involved were original equipment, and not cheap knock-offs or counterfeit low-cost replacements that have a track record of serious problems.
Will collect royalties from parties such as Cisco and Google
(Updated with correct purchase price, lawsuit settlements) A subsidiary of San Francisco-based RPX Corporation, RPX Clearinghouse, is buying patent assets held by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium, according to an announcement. Rockstar was formed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony in 2011 in order to buy some 6,000 patents in the wake of Nortel's bankruptcy. Although roughly 2,000 of the patents have already been separately distributed, RPX has entered into a deal in which it will receive license payments from a syndicate of over 30 companies, such as Cisco and Google.
Portable speaker, two soundbars, Blu-ray player incoming from LG
LG has revealed more details for new speakers joining its Music Flow networked speaker collection, competing against similar systems from Samsung and Sonos. Set to be shown off at CES, the new items consist of a portable speaker, two sound bars, and a streaming 3D Blu-ray player, all of which will be compatible with Android and iOS devices.
Case of rival-firm vandalism may impact LG's presence at CES
Samsung and rival Korean-based electronics manufacturer LG have clashed in the past over patents, and engaged in attempts at tarnishing each other's brands. This past September, an LG executive supposedly vandalized four Samsung washing machines in a Berlin mall. As a result, the head of LG's Home Appliance and Air Solution division has now been grounded by the South Korean government, potentially preventing him from attending next month's Consumer Electronics Show.
Leaked screenshot suggests LG G2 to gain Android Lollipop soon
The Android Lollipop upgrade may reach the LG G2, if a leaked screenshot is to be believed. According to TuttoAndroid, the screenshot is said to show the G2 as running Android 5.0.1, with part of the screenshot showing a new, flatter user interface in line with Material Design principles. No date for the update has been provided -- but if the image is genuine, it could start reaching phones as early as January next year.
Production halts on Nexus 5, only black variant available on Google Play
Production for the Google Nexus 5 has finally ceased, it has been confirmed. The smartphone, the predecessor to the Nexus 6, is no longer being manufactured by LG for the search company and, despite a few slight availability issues for some variants, Google is going to continue selling the device until it runs out of stock completely.
LG smartphone, smartwatch, stylus rumors surface before end of 2014
LG may be scaling back its smartphone launches for 2015, lowering the number of devices it will ship in the first half of the year, following similar moves by Sony and Samsung. At the same time, there is word that the South Korean electronics producer may be looking to include stylus input in a future device in a more meaningful way than before, as well as another addition to its smartwatch line.
Walmart deals on electronics available now
Black Friday sales have gone live at Walmart.com; however, if you plan on getting a head start on the deals at your local store, keep in mind it will be opening its doors tonight at 6PM. The company is offering three different door-buster events, which are outlined below. If you don't want to wait for the door-busters, or would just prefer to shop from the safety and comfort of your own home, we have highlighted a selection of deals that are available now.
LG G3 rollout of Android Lollipop commences in South Korea
LG has continued its roll out the Android 5.0 update for the G3 smartphone, albeit just in South Korea. Following an initial rollout in Poland, the Lollipop firmware update in the company's home country is a good sign for the update's overall progress, though BGR notes that there has yet to be any confirmation of any other international updates, nor what other devices will be upgraded to Lollipop in the near future.
Which fashion-forward recipient will you gift with a smart watch?
Wearable devices have become an important part of the technology industry this year, with almost every manufacturer producing a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or some other form of technology designed to be worn, not carried. If you feel the need to buy a present for someone you know who wants a wearable item, here is Electronista and MacNN's first gift guide of the season, covering the newest expansion of mobile technology.
Front cover panel of LG AKA leaves gap for eyes, notifications
LG is trying to appeal to younger smartphone users in its home country, South Korea, by giving smartphones a face and personality. The AKA consists of a mid-ranged smartphone combined with four different colors of case, with each color representing a different character, and a front section which partially covers the display, leaving a gap for animated eyes to appear.
LG bringing Android Lollipop to G3 smartphone in Poland this week
LG is claiming it will be the first major manufacturer to roll out Android Lollipop to its flagship device. The company is aiming to ship the Android 5.0 upgrade for the LG G3 in Poland this week, with "other key markets" to follow in the "near future." A rollout schedule for other LG smartphones and tablets will be announced by the device producer at a later date.
LG G Watch R available to purchase on Google Play for $299
LG's G Watch R is now available to purchase from Google Play, just as the smartwatch is about to appear in stores in the United States. The Android Wear smartwatch, complete with a 1.3-inch round P-OLED display and a heart rate monitor, finally joins the original G Watch on the Google online store, though it is priced at a rather expensive $299.
Terms of the deal unknown, but covers 'a broad range of products and technologies'
South Korean electronics manufacturer LG and advertising giant Google announced in a joint press release that an agreement was been reached between the two businesses for patent licensing. The agreement will span a decade, encapsulating current and future patents from both companies. No terms were announced for the agreement, but it doesn't appear to be limited to specific technologies.
Display panel with thin bezels entering production next month
LG Display has developed a new display for smartphones, one which has an extremely thin bezel. The 5.3-inch Full HD-resolution display has a thin 0.7mm bezel on the left and right-hand sides, allowing for smartphones using the display to have a narrower gap between the edges of the screen and the outer edges of the mobile device, similar to the Sharp Aquos Crystal.
Large LG monitor opts for higher-resolution Digital Cinema 4K standard
LG has introduced another high-resolution monitor to its computer display range, one which is able to display a higher-than-Ultra HD image. The Digital Cinema 4K monitor offers a resolution of 4096x2160, higher than the 3840x2160 resolution of a standard 4K television or display, all packed into a screen measuring 31 inches diagonally.
LG departure from plasma television business expected at end of November
LG's gradual movement out of the plasma television market may occur as early as next month, a report claims. The electronics manufacturer has apparently filed with local regulators over the decision, which will involve the ending of the company's plasma television business by the end of November, in favor of working on devices using LCD and OLED panels.
AT&T confirms it will sell LG G Watch R smartwatch in future
AT&T has advised it will be selling the LG G Watch R when it goes on sale in the United States. Though the brief announcement does confirm the carrier will host the Android Wear smartwatch, complete with a round P-OLED display, AT&T states it will be announcing pricing and availability at a later date. LG recently revealed the watch will launch in Europe at the start of November, with "key markets" including North America gaining the watch shortly after.
Google sends second batch of invitations for Inbox
Google has started to send out more invitations to its recently-announced Inbox email app. The search company has advised on Twitter that the second round of invitations has been dispatched to some of the Gmail users who have requested access by sending an email to Google's dedicated Inbox invitation address. Though the number of invitations sent is unknown, Google does say that more are "on the way".