International models of LG G2 set to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

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Korea’s LG G2 was updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat just a few weeks ago, and we know that the international variant, the D802, is set to receive the update before US models.

But it doesn’t seem like it’ll be long before the update hits the international market— 4.4.2 will begin rolling out to those phones during MWC 2014.

None of this is confirmed yet, but we do know that LG plans to have the device updated before the end of Q1 2014.

Via: PhoneArena
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The Korean LG G2 receives Android 4.4.2 with support for ART onboard

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The update that was slated to arrive at the end of January, is now pushing to the Korean LG G2. While only a few days late, the OTA comes with the new Android RunTime (ART) onboard. The experimental runtime that will eventually replace Dalvik is said to be better for both battery and performance.

Basically, when you use Dalvik, the bytecode for an app is created after you open said app. With ART, this happens right after you install the app, making apps ready to go before you even open them the first go around. People who use the new runtime have reported an increase in storage use (10-20 percent) but mileage may vary. But I digress.

Korean LG G2 owners should be on the look out for the OTA and this new option. There is still nothing on when US users are to see Android 4.4 on their handsets, but currently it’s slated for the end of the quarter. So those of you who own the phone in the US will have to wait patiently for another month and a half at the latest.

source: Phone Arena

Android KitKat update for LG G2 starts rolling out in Korea

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Earlier this month we reported on news that LG G2 smartphone was expected to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update before the end of the year. LG has delivered as reports from Korea indicate the update, clocking in at 637 MB, has started hitting phones as an over-the-air update. The reports are uncertain as to what order the update is rolling out to devices in the country and no information was provided on how long the process will take, but it looks like it will be nice, early Christmas present for at least some owners in Korea.

Early reports put the update for the LG G2 coming to the U.S. before the end of the year as well, but no sign of the update has surfaced as we prepare for the final week of the year. Other markets will be waiting a while still with France expected to see the update in early 2014, along with Canada.

source: phoneArena

LG G Flex to launch next week in Korea, European release to come in December

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Curves seem to be all the rage these days, and LG certainly has an option for you in the G Flex. The phone launches in Korea next week on November 12th, and Europe will be getting the device in December. France’s ‘Orange’ cell service provider will be getting the device next month as well.

Along with its curved, flexible six-inch OLED screen, the device comes with 2GB RAM and a 13 MP shooter.

The initial announcement didn’t mention anything about price, but now we have some more information— the Korean price will be 999,900 Won, or about $940.

It’s still tough to tell whether this device or Samsung’s Galaxy Round wins the head-to-head match-up between the two most prominent curved-display smartphones, but we should know soon enough.

Source: Engadget

 

 

Possible release time(s) for LG G2 leaks

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The impending release of LG’s new flagship, the G2, has been getting a lot of attention recently, and for a lot of good reasons. It’s expected to feature top-of-the-line specs, and include the latest software. We do know that the G2 will most likely be announced at LG’s press event in NYC on August 7, but when will it be released?

We’re still in the dark on that one, but a Korean tech site has a pretty good idea…

In early August, the G2 will most likely be released in Korea, probably very soon after the phone’s announcement in NYC. A North American release will come next in September, with Europe following shortly after. On a global scale, the smartphone should be available in October.

None of these (non-specific) dates are confirmed by LG, but it does sound legitimate and would make perfect sense that the phone would come out at the aforementioned times. We’ll see soon enough on August 7.

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Samsung looks to release inexpensive Galaxy Folder in Korea with clamshell form factor

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The innovation of the clamshell form factor was the first revolutionary change that the mobile phone market saw years and years (and years) ago. And now it looks like Samsung wants to bring it back with their new “Samsung Galaxy Folder,” which will be an inexpensive, low-end device that will launch exclusively in Korea.

It’ll be Android-powered, naturally, and feature the good old T9 phone keypad, LTE support, Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and a new UI specifically designed for the obviously different form factor of the device. The display is rumored to be a small 800 x 480 pixel display.

The photo featured above is not of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Folder, but rather a luxury “Jackie Chan phone” that launched in China and was ridiculously expensive, at about $2000-3000 USD. (We’re still not sure how they managed to sell any of them.)

However, the new Samsung Galaxy Folder is expected to be very cheap, and will be a good test for the flip-phone market. If it does well enough in Korea, perhaps we’ll see an international launch in the near future, or at least a  similar device from Samsung later on.

Source: Unwired View

 

Samsung gets in a loving mood by introducing the Galaxy Note 10.1 in Garnet Red

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Samsung is getting into a loving mood by introducing a new variation of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for both Korea and additional global markets. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the new tablet will feature a special-edition Garnet Red color and come fired up with full LTE connectivity as well— giving customers yet another way to connect to those various 4G networks out there. Aside from the LTE chip built-in and the Garnet Red color, the tablet will pretty be identical to the original by including a quad-core Exynos chip, 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 5MP + 1.9MP FFC cameras and all those fun S-Pen bells and whistles.

There’s no word on pricing and availability of the new color variation— but we suspect that we will see something in Korea and additional markets soon… very soon.

source: pocket-lint

Korean Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Officially Reaches 1 Million Sales

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As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.

You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.

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Samsung Pushes Jelly Bean Update To The Korean Variants Of The Galaxy S III Smartphone

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News has surfaced that Samsung has (finally) pushed the coveted Jelly Bean update to the Korean variants of the Galaxy S III smartphone. According to the gang at SamMobile, the update is now up for owners of the different Korean versions of the smartphone and can be downloaded via Kies Desktop Software or through OTA. The massive update will bring the Android software version to 4.1.2 and the build to JZO54K, while bringing the usual goodies like Multi-View, Smart Rotation and revamped Notification Panel.

As exciting as this news is— the rest of the world is still waiting for the other versions of the Galaxy S III getting the Jelly Bean update. At least we’re seeing the devices get the update— one step at a time.

source: SamMobile

New Galaxy Note 10.1 set to launch in Korea with Jelly Bean and VoLTE

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 Samsung has recently decided to revamp its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for Korean markets to include VoLTE, or voice-over-LTE. That will give users fast data speeds, as well as the ability to make voice calls. I can’t imagine too many people holding that monster up to their ear, but speaker phone always works. » Read the rest

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