LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the 3rd quarter


Well it looks like the G series for LG is starting to pay off. The company just announced that their operating profit doubled during the third quarter. Looking at the mobile division, LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the quarter and enjoyed their best operating income (KRW 167.4 billion) since 2009.

That’s now two consecutive profitable quarters, and LG expects even better numbers even though the smartphone market might be saturated.

These numbers are no doubt from the success of the G3. We reviewed it  and think it’s a strong candidate for the smartphone of the year.

You can see the full presser after the break.

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The world’s thinnest smartphone is here, the Oppo R5


After announcing the N3, Oppo had something else up their sleeve. The Oppo R5 is not only their first 64-bit smartphone, but it’s also the world’s thinnest phone. Coming in at 4.85 mm, you won’t find anything close.

The frame is made of hand polished reinforced industrial grade aluminum alloy micro-arc. I have no idea what the hell that is, but it sounds cool.

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Oppo unveils the N3 smartphone with motorized swivel camera


If you’re into selfies, you might want to check out the new Oppo N3. It features a 206 degree motorized swivel camera, which means that you can capture selfies with the same 16 MP lens. And using the included O-Click Bluetooth remote, you can control the swivel and capture images remotely.

The rest of the specs include a 5.5-inch TFT 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AA), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot of up to an additional 128 GB of extra storage, and micro SIM + nano Sim, LTE, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone also includes a fingerprint reader on the back, which requires only one tap of your finger, rather than a swipe.

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Google now lets you use your Play balance to pay for subscriptions


Google customers can now use their Play Store balance to purchase subscriptions for Play Music All Access and Play Newsstand. According to Google’s Support page, the ability to use credit to purchase memberships is being restricted to just those two platforms for now, but compatibility will be added for other services in the not-too-distant future.

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Sprint-branded HTC One now receiving Eye Experience update


In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.

Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to see the full changelog.

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Sprint expands its super-fast network to 17 new locations


Sprint has today expanded its Spark LTE service to include 17 new locations, which now makes a total of 46 markets across the US where the enhanced coverage is currently available. Spark is an optimized version of the operator’s LTE network, which is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of between 50-60 Mbps on a number of capable device, including the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, and many more.

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Plastc Card pre-orders surpass $5.2 million worldwide


Across the world, there are people who want thinner wallets and more secure payment options. This kind of desire is so strong that Plastc Card, which stores everything digitally into one card, has generated $5.2 million in pre-orders after just one week. Top markets for pre-orders were the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia. Simple math shows that roughly 33,000 people pre-ordered Plastc Card. Clearly, there is a real demand. It is now up to the company to actually deliver.

Plastc Card is scheduled to ship in Summer 2015.

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Pre-order system for OnePlus experiences issues, company once again apologizes


Nothing seems to come easy for OnePlus. There have been software issues and hardware issues with the One. However, the biggest problem is its availability. The invite system was a total mess as no one could get a hold of an invite. And there was really no reason for it. So OnePlus scrapped it in favor of a pre-order system. The company would allow prospective buyers to purchase the device at select times. Unfortunately, the pre-order system is not all that much better. The servers used experienced issues trying to handle a large influx of people.

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