LG has teased a new phone they’re going to announce at the World IT Show in a few days, and it’s a pretty crazy concept. The device, currently going by the name LG AKA, is a smartphone that has different moods. It also has a large pair of staring eyes. Definitely not creepy at all.
The AKA is customizable and you’ll be able to swap out the back panels for a few different colors. The eyes on the device, however, act all on their own. The eyes have different emotions and moods and will change depending on how you use the phone and the kinds of apps and music you keep on it.
LG certainly made a mark during 2014 with the release of the LG G3, solidly placing it in front of smartphone buyers as a legitimate high-end manufacturer. As the company looks forward to 2015, the bar will be raised. In one area, the camera, LG revealed at the Korea Electronics Show today that it is ready to step up with an improved unit that will include 20.7 MP resolution sensor and an improved optical image stabilization system.
LG Innotek, the group that is producing the new camera hardware, indicates the image stabilization correction angle will increase to 0.7 compared to the 0.5 angle in the LG G3 unit. The larger correction angle means better adjustments can be made for unwanted movement like shaking when users try to capture video or images.
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One of the launch devices for Android Wear is available at Best Buy with a very attractive price tag. The G Watch, normally $229, is on sale for just $159 with free shipping. There are only three Android Wear devices on the market right now and this one from LG is still perfectly suitable for many people. Both Titan Black and White Gold models are reflecting the discount.
Are you interested in the LG G Watch at this price? Let us know in the comments if you are picking one up.
Source: Best Buy [Black Model Product Link] [White Model Product Link]
Next month, people in Europe eager to purchase an Android Wear device will have another option. The G Watch R has been listed by a Netherlands retailer to go on sale during the first week of November. The price listed by the retailer is €299 (or about $379 here in the United States). LG has made it clear that the G Watch R would be more expensive than the original G Watch, but a $400 price tag would be a bit much. Of course, converting currency is never a true portrayal of what something will cost.
The latest and greatest Android Wear smartwatches from ASUS, LG, and Sony are now available for pre-order in the UK through Expansys.
The ASUS ZenWatch, which is supposed to be pretty limited, is going for £159.99 ($257). If you want to spend a little more, you can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 for £189.99 ($305) or you can get the best of best, the fully round LG G Watch R for £219.99 ($353).
LG has just confirmed a report we covered earlier today by South Korean news publication, ET News, proposing that it was gearing up to launch the markets second circular-faced Android Wear watch in South Korea next Tuesday, October 14, by issuing a press release.
When LG announced the G Watch R, they did say that it would become available in October, but when exactly? Back in September, it was rumored to be October 14, and it looks like that one will hold. According to the South Korean media, it will indeed be released next Tuesday, October 14, at least in South Korea. It could also become available as soon as tomorrow at one retailer, which might have an exclusivity period.
Pricing is the other big question and the reports indicate 352,000 won, which equates to about $332. That’s a pretty steep price tag. Based on the original G Watch price of 270,000 ($253) that’s a $69 difference. Add that to the original U.S. price of the G Watch, and you get $298.
Yesterday, we reported that Virgin Mobile would be one the first carriers in the United States to offer LG’s latest budget-friendly smartphone, the Tribute, and now you can order the handset from the operator’s website for just $79.99 on a prepaid plan.
Earlier this month, LG announced its next budget-friendly smartphone, the Tribute — essentially a rebranded variant of the F60 with some minor carrier adjustments designed to make the phone function correctly in the United States.
It looks like two carriers in the U.S. are gearing up to launch the handset. According to industry insiders, both Sprint and Virgin Mobile have been in contact with LG and are currently awaiting stock.
We’ve already got two LG smartwatches running Android Wear — but who said the company couldn’t double dip into the market, this time with a device running webOS?
It doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, as Samsung has already diversified itself by offering Tizen-based smartwatches in addition to its Android Wear devices.
Speculation seems to be true regarding LG and webOS, as the company had a developer website set up earlier today for the project. (Although it has since been taken down.)
There are some screenshots from the site, though — check one out above and another after the break.