CAD based renders reveal expected LG V30 design

Although it did not really start out that way, LG’s line of V series devices has risen to become the second half of the company’s flagship smartphone offerings each year. This is similar to the pattern we see from Samsung with the release of their Galaxy devices in the spring and their Note devices in the fall. With the LG G6 out for a few months now and the LG Q6 officially launched, we now turn our eyes to the forthcoming LG V30.

The affordable LG Q6 launches with FullVision 18:9 display and Snapdragon 435 SoC

There have been a couple of rumors pointing to LG launching a mini version of the G6 in recent weeks, and the Korean handset maker has confirmed it today with the Q6 series of handsets being officially announced. As you might expect of LG after how it decided some regions would get the G6 with Quad HD DAC and others would get wireless charging instead, the Q6 series consists of the Q6, Q6+, and Q6α, each with varying levels of specifications. 

[Video] Unboxing the Moto Z2 Play

Who’s up for some unboxing action? Our Justin Herrick has his hands on the Moto Z2 Play, a handset that features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 626 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. There’s a 12MP rear camera, a 5MP front snapper, and a 3,000mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the previous model. The design is immediately recognizable as a Moto Z device and it is naturally compatible with Moto Mods.

The Moto Z2 Play is currently available from Verizon although an unlocked version with slightly higher specs will go on sale later in the summer for $499. Without further ado, though, join us after the break to see Justin unbox the handset. 

Desktop client for Google’s Allo app is still a few more weeks away from release

Google’s Allo app launched last year, and it’s safe to say that so far it hasn’t become the go-to app for instant messaging, despite being pre-installed on new handsets. One of the main complaints about the Allo messaging service is the lack of a desktop client, while Google is working on one it is still a few more weeks away from being released.

LG’s infographic about slim bezels tells us what we already know

The launch of the G6 back at MWC 2017 represents a return to form for LG, with the Korean handset maker abandoning the unpopular Friends that appeared with the G5. This year, LG is all about rounded edges, the 18:9 aspect ratios, and of course, slim bezels. With that in mind, LG has published an infographic illustrating just how important large displays with minimal bezels are important to consumers. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Note FE launches in Korea for $606

With a whole bunch of returned Galaxy Note 7 components sitting in its warehouses after it had to issue a worldwide recall for the flagship, Samsung was faced with an environmental nightmare and a loss of capital. With this in mind, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note FE (Fandom Edition), a handset that is basically a Galaxy Note 7 but with different branding, a smaller but safer battery, a slightly upgraded processor, and the addition of the Bixby virtual assistant. The Galaxy Note FE went on sale today in Korea with a price tag of ₩699.600 ($606). 

OxygenOS 4.5.5 OTA is rolling out to the OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 only launched on June 20th, but there has already been a flurry of updates for the handset bringing camera improvements, bug fixes, and optimizations. Today sees the beginning of an incremental rollout of OxygenOS 4.5.5 to the OnePlus 5 via OTA bringing improved WiFi connectivity and instructions on how to reconnect to a Windows 10 PC among other things.

Some Pixels users experiencing ‘installation error’ with July’s security update

One of the benefits of owning a Nexus or Pixel device is the frequency of updates and the monthly security patches that usually roll out at the beginning of each month, the latest of which became available to download yesterday. The July update isn’t going quite as planned though as some Pixel owners have found that they are unable to install the OTA, with their handsets giving up “Couldn’t update” and “Installation problem” errors. 

Latest Moto X4 leak confirms dual rear cameras and curved display

It was just a week ago that Project Fi tweeted that a new mid-tier handset would be joining its ranks later this year, the first non-Google device to do so. This mid-tier handset was outed as the Moto X4 shortly after. Since then, it has been reported that the Moto X4 has an all-metal body, water resistance, as well as a dual camera setup on its rear.

More pressure piled on LeEco as CEO’s bank accounts and assets frozen

It’s no secret that LeEco is feeling the heat financially. The company is experiencing severe cash flow problems and had to halt its expansion plans, call off its acquisition of Vizio, pawn off some property, as well as lay off some staff in the U.S. Despite having received a cash injection of a couple of billion dollars from a property tycoon, it seems that LeEco is still in dire straights, so much so that a Shanghai bank has ordered the freezing of selected LeEco assets in response to receiving late payments on a loan.