In stark comparison to yesterday’s Unpacked event that saw Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ handsets, LG has silently launched its G Pad II tablet in Korea. The 8-inch G Pad II tablet is a mid-range offering, and we have the specifications after the break.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen confirmations of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A becoming available soon in both Europe and the US, and now the S Pen equipped version of the 9.7-inch tablet has gone on sale in Korea. We have the pricing and specifications after the break.
Korea’s Communication Commission is planning on suspending SK Telecom’s ability to sign up new customers for a seven day period, and it looks like that sanction might hit right on the launch date (April 10th) of Samsung’s Galaxy S6. With SK Telecom accounting for 50% of wireless market share in South Korea, that’s a tough blow to take for Samsung. Read more
It looks like LG had a pretty solid 2014, as analysts expect the company to post a 25% growth in their smartphone market year-over-year. LG shipped about 59.6 million smartphones, up from 47.6 million the previous year. The success of the flagship G3 and its cheaper variants like the G3 Beat and G3 Stylus contributed to how well LG did in 2014. Read more
Samsung is currently in the process of pushing out an update to all KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus variants of the Galaxy S5 located in Korea. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop build, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
LG’s G-series devices have been quite a success for the company, which expects its sales numbers to boom by the end of this year.
Two Korean brokerage firms, Kiwoom Securities and Korea Investment, forecast roughly 60 million smartphones in sales this year, while Daewoo Securities expects LG to sell over 62 million smartphones.
Between the years 2011 and 2012, the company only shipped between 20 and 26 million units, while last year, it shipped 47.6 million devices.
Since last year, LG has become more of a staple in the market, so 60 million units may not be too much of a stretch. This all bodes well for stockholders, and hopefully for the consumers as well.
Source: Korea Times
The LG G3 is still only a few days old, but in Korea, it’s selling fast. Korean media is reporting that Samsung is selling 25,000-30,000 LG G3 units daily, which is approximately two times higher than the company’s previous flagship device, the G2. Even more interestingly, the G3 is outselling the S3 by a factor of three, as the Galaxy S5 sold about 7,000-8,000 pieces per day in its initial launch period.
Of course the G3 is brand new so that definitely has something to do with it, and all of the new features can’t hurt either. Sources say that LG is still using a much smaller marketing budget than the monstrous amounts Samsung uses. Perhaps letting the device speak for itself is paying off.
Via: Phone Arena
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.
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
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.