Keyboard-equipped LG smartphone for T-Mobile similar to LG Enact
A new sliding smartphone is on the way from LG, and is heading to T-Mobile, according to a new leak. Reportedly named the LG Optimus F3Q, the smartphone is shown in an alleged press image to have a full QWERTY keyboard hidden behind the display, and could end up being the equivalent of a keyboard-equipped Optimus F3.
Demographic skews older, and with more buyers under median income
"Almost half" of the people who bought the iPhone 5c in September and October were people switching from Android phones, particularly ones by Samsung and LG, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. By comparison, some 80 percent of iPhone 5s purchases were by people upgrading from a previous iPhone. Kantar also notes that over 40 percent of 5c buyers were earning less than $49,000 per year, versus roughly 20 percent for the 5s. 5c buyers also tended to skew older, with an average age of 38 instead of the 5s' 34.
LG will add Android KitKat to G2 late in first quarter of 2014
The LG G2 will receive the latest version of Android early next year, allowing the device to skip past Android 4.3 entirely. Version 4.4 of the mobile operating system, also known as KitKat, will appear on the company's flagship smartphone late in the first quarter of 2014, or near the end of march, according to details passed from LG Canada to Mobile Syrup.
LG firmware will fix TV fault over data transmission without user permission
LG has admitted that its smart televisions are sending data related to TV shows and content watched to its servers. The electronics producer will be releasing a future firmware update for the televisions, one that fixes an issue where user data got fed back to LG, even if the television's owner did not allow it in the device's options menu.
UNcarrier carries on with no money down offer
T-Mobile has kicked off its holiday cell phone sales season with an offer that will give consumers the chance to pick up new smartphones from LG or Sony with no money down. The offer is the latest in T-Mobile's ongoing effort to claw back market share from its three larger competitors, a goal the carrier has pursued by offering a series of unconventional wireless plans for its customers. Consumers looking to pick up a phone for no money down can choose from three LG or Sony offerings, as well as one T-Mobile-branded device.
Channel information, file names on storage passed back to LG
Smart TVs from LG are collecting data on the owner's viewing habits and connected devices, and forwarding the information back to base, according to one customer. It is alleged that the data is also being fed back to LG, even if the customer selects an option in the television's software that supposedly prevents it from doing so.
LG goes for form factor tweaks to gain Android handset share
LG, the other South Korean tech giant, finds itself in a difficult position. Namely, it has to compete with Samsung, which has become an absolute behemoth in displays, processors, tablets, and smartphones. As many other Android manufacturers have found, there is really little to be done on the platform in order to differentiate one's handsets from the pack. HTC has taken the high build quality path, releasing the iPhone-quality HTC One flagship to mixed results. Others have gone the super low-end route, but very few are making money. With the G2, LG has decided to switch up the standard form factor while maintaining a solid-but-affordable build quality. How well have they pulled it off? Check out our full review of LG's new flagship in order to find out.
Thinner bezel, Android KitKat appears in alleged Nexus 10 images
Images claiming to show the Google Nexus 10 have appeared online, allegedly suggesting that the device is being created by LG, instead of preceding manufacturer Samsung. If true, this would mean that LG would not only be producing the Nexus 5, but also the Nexus 10, leaving the Nexus 7 tablet alone in being manufactured by Asus.
Curved smartphone will supposedly hit American carriers
LG's curving G Flex smartphone will not be limited to its native South Korea for distribution, according to a new rumor. Reliable mobile industry leaker @evleaks tweeted on Wednesday that the new phone with a novel form factor has been "confirmed" to be bound for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. No dates have been announced for the curved smartphone's arrival, but given @evleaks' history of pronouncements, it may be some time in the near future.
Apple allegedly turning to Samsung for help
Anticipated shortages of the Retina iPad Mini are linked to burn-in problems Sharp is having with its IGZO LCD panels, an industry source claims. The burn-in is thought to be caused by malfunctions in thin-film transistors. The source notes that while the burn-in is invisible to the eye, it still doesn't meet Apple's quality standards.
Nokia Lumia 1520 pre-orders open in US, ships November 22nd
AT&T has opened up pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1520, with the device shipping on November 22nd, later than first thought. Priced at $200 on a two-year contract, $585 off-contract, and $27 per month under AT&T Next, the Lumia 1520 offers a six-inch 1080p IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the back.
Talks with Samsung were 'not productive'
LG Display is nearing a deal to provide OLED displays for Apple's iWatch, according to a Korean report. The Korea Herald adds that a RITEK subsidiary, RiTdisplay, will also be supplying OLEDs. HMC Investment Securities analyst Kim Young-woo in fact characterizes RiTdisplay as the main supplier, with LG serving as a secondary partner "to be safe." Left out of the equation is Samsung, which is reported to have met with Apple regarding iWatch screens but made no progress in negotiations.
Wind Mobile pre-registration page for Nexus 5 pulled
Yet more leaks suggest that Google will be launching the Nexus 5 soon, thanks to a Canadian carrier and LG. Wind Mobile published and later pulled a pre-registration page for the Nexus 5, along with what could be a complete specification sheet for the device, while another photo shows that stock of the device may have already reached distributors.
New curved phone from LG packs self-repairing' back cover
LG on Sunday finally unveiled its rumored curved smartphone, the LG G Flex. The new device packs a six-inch display and mid-range specs, and most attention has been drawn to its vertically curving screen. The G Flex arcs from top to bottom, possibly giving it a better fit when held to a user's face.
Thieves make off with truck filled with LG G2 units
A truck filled with units of LG's G2 flagship phone was stolen from a truck stop in Gary, Ind., on Thursday when the truck's driver stepped away for a bathroom break. CNet reported this week that the thief or thieves made away with 22,500 G2 units. The G2 units were slated for delivery to Sprint, which will begin carrying the smartphone next month.
Nexus 4 apparently will remain on offer with LTE
An LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 4 has shown up for Bluetooth certification, seemingly confirming that Google will continue selling the handset even as it prepares to launch an expected follow-up in the Nexus 5. The filing is not entirely unexpected, as some had speculated that Google would keep the older Nexus version around, giving Google a more rounded smartphone lineup going forward. The search giant has not revealed anything with regard to either device, though the Nexus 5 launch is thought to be imminent.
LG sees profit fall on TV competition, G2 marketing
South Korea's LG Electronics posted consolidated revenues of $12.51 billion for the third quarter of 2013, grabbing $196.34 million in profit off that total. LG, the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, saw its mobile division continue to grow, but the firm's television division continued to struggle in the face of mounting competition and lower demand. This quarter's profits were the lowest the company has seen over the course of 2013.
Four-inch display, 5MP camera with flash, autofocus on Firefox OS smartphone
LG has launched its first Firefox OS smartphone, with the mobile device going on sale in Brazil starting today. The entry-level LG Fireweb running the fledgling open operating system touts a four-inch, 480x320-resolution display, and though it goes on sale after the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, the Fireweb offers a few marginal improvements.
Concave screen, rear LG G2-style buttons shown on LG G Flex
New photos and a video demonstration for the oncoming LG G Flex have surfaced, this time shown with an active display. The smartphone, with its signature curved OLED screen, demonstrated the extent of its x-axis curvature on an Argentine television show, despite the company's apparent lack of announcement of the device.
Position tied to release cycles
The launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c put Apple back on top of US smartphone sales during the month of September, new data from Counterpoint Research indicates. Samsung had been holding that spot since May, peaking at 37 percent in August. In September, though, Apple shot from 17 percent up to 39 percent, pushing Samsung down to 29 percent. The companies' next closest competitor, LG, slipped back under 10 percent, a threshold it was over between June and August. HTC, Motorola, and Nokia each have less than 5 percent of the US market.
LG said to work on three Chrome OS devices
South Korean tech giant LG appears ready to launch a line of computing products that run Google's Chrome OS. TMWatch on Monday reported on a number of new Australian trademark filings by LG, all of which contain the word Chrome. From the names of the devices, it would appear that LG will be rolling out at least two Chrome OS-powered desktops.
LG releasing G Pad 8.3 in United States on November 3rd
LG has put its G Pad 8.3 Android tablet heading to the United States, following its release in the United Kingdom and South Korea. The tablet, with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 4,600mAh battery, will go on sale from November 3rd priced at $350.
LG G Pad 8.3 heading to retail in the UK and Ireland
LG is launching its G Pad 8.3 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in time for the holiday shopping rush. The tablet, with an 8.3-inch 1080p display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 1.3MP cameras, 4,600mAh battery and 16GB of storage, will cost £260 ($415) when it goes on sale.
Local companies continue to hold greatest share
Together the iPhone and the iPad currently represent about 14 percent of South Korean mobile devices, according to new tracking data from Flurry. In all, there are about 33 million smartphones and tablets in use in the country. Most of these are made by local firms; Samsung has a 60 percent share, while LG is in second at 15 percent. Pantech -- a marginal device maker in the US -- controls a 10 percent share in its home country. The remaining 1 percent in Korea is split between all other Android device makers.
Rumored LG G Flex curved display smartphone appears in press renders
The rumoured LG curved display smartphone has surfaced in the first leaked photos of the device. Like the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Round, the LG ‘G Flex’ utilizes bendable display technology to create a smartphone design with a radical curve not previously seen in a smartphone display. Interestingly, LG has opted to put its curve along the x-axis of the Flex, rather than along the y-axis like Samsung’s device. While intriguing, the design approach has yet to be proven to offer genuine functionality from an ergonomic perspective, with critics suggesting that it is likely to be another example of Android makers simply applying technology for technology's sake.
Clearest look to date at Nexus 5
The newest Nexus handset from Google and LG has been one of the tech industry's worst-kept secrets, and now a working unit has shown up in a video posted online this week. The video, spotted by Android Police, shows what appears to be a Nexus 5 prototype running Android 4.4 KitKat. Further solidifying the notion that it is a prototype, the operating system the device is running still bears the name Google was going to give to its new Android iteration: Key Lime Pie.
Bluetooth SIG notice suggests launch within next week
The upcoming Google Nexus 5 has allegedly surfaced yet again, this time passing through the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for certification. The device, labeled as "LGE LTE Mobile Phone (LG-D821)," is believed to be the Google smartphone, which is rumored to be launching on October 15th at the same time as Android KitKat.
Handset competes with Galaxy Note 3
LG has introduced the G Pro Lite, a large smartphone that appears to serve as a midrange competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. The new Android handset features a 5.5-inch display with 960x540 resolution, paired with a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.
Cable battery production by LG to occur in coming years
LG has started mass production of curved batteries, something which it hopes to use in future smartphone designs. The new batteries will remove the need for manufacturers to design a mobile phone or tablet with a rectangular battery in mind, with the curved version seemingly being built to work alongside the also-announced curved smartphone displays.
Nexus rumors continue to swirl
Adding to a regular flow of leaks and rumors, a source claims that the LG Nexus 5 smartphone will retain its $299 entry price despite a list of major upgrades over the Nexus 4. PhoneArena has also been told that the available configurations will have two different battery capacities, allegedly pairing a 2300mAh component with the 16GB edition and a larger 3000mAh cell with the 32GB variant.
Phone launch expected in November
LG's display division has confirmed that it is ready to begin mass producing flexible OLED displays for smartphones. Built from plastic substrates rather than glass, the new six-inch displays are vertically concave from top to bottom with a 700mm radius and a thickness of just 0.44mm.
LG tablet with 1920x1700, 8.3-inch display released in home country
LG has put its G Pad 8.3 on sale in South Korea, ahead of its release to the rest of the world. The G Pad 8.3, launched early last month, sports a better-than 1080p 1920x1200 WUXGA display powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
New leak reveals Nexus 5 specs
The Nexus 5 specifications that previously leakedappear to have been largely correct, as a service manual for the device leaked to the Internet over the weekend. The forthcoming Nexus handset from LG was exhaustively described in a 281-page draft service manual discovered by Android Police. The veracity of the manual seems almost certain, as LG soon asked the Android fan blog to take the document down soon after it was posted. Other copies of the document have since shown up online.
Apple increases lead from Samsung, iOS still behind Android
Apple continues to have the highest market share of smartphones, according to the latest comScore MobiLens report. While Android manages to top the list of smartphone platforms for the period, Apple managed to increase its lead on Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and LG from the start of the period by 1.5 percent, reaching a new market share total of 40.7 percent.
Asus-made Nexus 10 shown in retailer's stock system
Google could be planning to launch an updated Nexus 10 tablet in the coming weeks, according to a leaked store inventory screenshot. The claimed image from a retailer's inventory system arrives at the same time as another rumor suggesting a change of manufacturer for the Nexus 7 tablet could also be on the cards for next year.
LG smartphone to use flexible display in rigid body
LG will be following its success with curved televisions by announcing a smartphone with a curved screen in the future, claims a report. The manufacturer has entered mass production of the device, dubbed the LG Z, with the central feature consisting of a flexible display attached to a rigid body, and will apparently have similar specifications to the recently-launched LG G2.
5.5-inch display, stylus combined with mid-range internals, qHD resolution
LG is preparing to launch another smartphone that appears to be taking on the Samsung Galaxy Note, albeit with lower specifications. The LG G Pro Lite Dual is said to have a large 5.5-inch IPS display, though at a low qHD resolution of 540x860, but it still manages to include a Note-style stylus and space to store it.
Curved OLED HDTV also sees price cut by LG in United States
LG is preparing to step up its Ultra HD television efforts in the United States, by planning to ship a pair of 4K-capable televisions. Already announced for release in South Korea, the two UHDTVs will be reaching the US later this month, alongside price cuts on existing UHD offerings, as well as its on-sale curved 55-inch OLED HDTV.
Display producers to work together rather than continue legal action
Samsung and LG Display are ending their display-related patent lawsuits against each other, with a view to working together on the technologies in the future. The agreement, which effectively ends a courtroom battle that commenced in September 2012, was rumored to have been close to dropping in March of this year, but has only just finished.
Translucent Quick View case, Rubberdium stylus added to LG Vu 3
LG has launched a new addition to its Optimus Vu smartphone range, one which uses a 4:3 aspect ratio display. The LG Vu 3 retains almost the same screen dimensions of its predecessor, as previously rumored, with a 5.2-inch 1,280x960 IPS display and the addition of a Rubberdium stylus bringing it closer to being competition for the Samsung Galaxy Note range.
Back of smartphone matches that of pulled Android KitKat video
The Google Nexus 5 has apparently appeared again, this time as part of a second FCC filing. Photographs of the LG D820, believed to be the successor to the Google Nexus 4, show the inside and clear shots of the front and back, with the device looking remarkably similar to the phone spotted in the now-withdrawn Android KitKat promotional video.
Special edition aimed at cooks
Sony has introduced a special "Kitchen Edition" of its 10.1-inch Xperia Z tablet. The new offering, which was spotted by Engadget, ships with an iGrill wireless meat thermometer, pre-loaded food apps and videos, and a foldable stand. The company boasts that its waterproof tablet can be rinsed off under fresh water or even submerged for a half hour.
App in testing could lead to pop-ups from advertisers in future
Owners of smart televisions may soon have to contend with interactive pop-up advertising, if one company succeeds. Software created by interactive advertising specialist Visible World for LG smart TVs displays selectable reminders on top of other content, reminding them of when TV shows are about to be broadcast, even if they are playing a game or streaming movies.
Panel will help display manufacturers offer WiDi with minimal requirements
LG Display is working with Intel to develop its first LCD panel for monitors that will have Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) integrated into it. The new panel, measuring 23.8 inches, will allow users to stream content from notebooks and desktops to the display, without requiring a cable to be connected between the two devices.
Flagship LG smartphone reaching retail stores later this month
Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 earlier today, release dates and pricing for the LG G2 have been revealed for three US carriers. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all advised when and how much it will be offering the LG flagship, with US consumers able to get their hands on the smartphone from mid September onwards.
Increased resolution, size compared to curved OLED HDTV launched in July
Following on from the 4K launches by Samsung, Sony and others at IFA in Germany, LG has shown its largest Ultra HD OLED television. Using the same principle as its 55-inch HDTV, the 77-inch model hopes to improve its picture quality through using a concave design, at the same time as upgrading the 1080p resolution from the smaller version.
LG D820 passes through FCC, looks suspiciously like the Nexus 5
A mystery LG smartphone has been spotted undergoing certification with the FCC. Dubbed the LG D820, the rear cover of the device bears a strong resemblance to the previously unseen Nexus handset recently appeared at the Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ unveiling. If the LG D820 is indeed the new Nexus 5, it will center on a 5-inch 1080p display and pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.
LG set to roll out G Pad 8.3 in Q4
LG has made its G Pad 8.3 official. The new tablet features a 1920x1200 WUXGA (better than 1080p resolution) IPS LCD display packed into an 8.3-inch display giving it a pixel density of 273 pixels per inch. The company says that the design and features of the new tablet are based on extensive research that it has undertaken with its customers about what they are looking for in a tablet.
All-in-one with 21:9 aspect ratio to be shown alongside three similar monitors
LG will be showing off a new all-in-one computer with an UltraWide screen at IFA 2013 in September, alongside three cinematic monitors it launched earlier this month. The V960 offers the same 29-inch IPS display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 as the 29EA73, 29EB73, and 29MA73 monitors, but this time includes a built-in Windows 8 PC.
LG ramps up marketing efforts on G2 with new promo video
LG has published a new G2 promo video that highlights in some detail a number of the new functions and capabilities of its flagship Android-based superphone. The new video follows a publicity stunt released yesterday that sent the G2 into the stratosphere to capture video from the edge of space to highlight the capabilities of its 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The latest video suggests that LG is taking a much more aggressive tact with the marketing surrounding its new device, which is due to go on sale in the US