The Fire phone has been having some issues lately on the market and has not been selling nearly as well as Amazon has wanted. The lack of adoption by consumers seems to be the result of the exclusive deal between Amazon and AT&T. While AT&T may be a large company, they don’t have all of the market, so all Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers are stuck with another device, whether they want a Fire Phone or not.
LG has announced a new multi-room music streaming solution to compete with the likes of Sonos called Music Flow. Like the Sonos systems, different speakers connect to your home network, and with LG’s Music Flow Player app you can stream music to any of those speakers. The app can pull music that’s locally stored on any device, too, so long as it’s connected to the same network. You can also stream music from your phone or internet radio stations.
As a bonus, you’ll be able to control Music Flow speakers with LG’s HomeChat service and the Line messaging app. Like with the other smart appliances LG has been pushing, you can text your home network to start music or get recommendations.
The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.
The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.
Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.
Android Wear and its two launch devices, the G Watch and Gear Live, have not been not the market for six months and one manufacturer is apparently already facing a fall release for a successor. The Korean Times is reporting that LG is looking to IFA 2014 in a few weeks to introduce the G Watch 2. The reason to release a new smartwatch this fall is to combat the rumored smartwatch from Apple. In addition to Apple, Motorola is readying its Moto 360 and ASUS has had something in its pipeline for a debut next month.
To be a real differentiator, LG is putting all of the members of its family to work. LG Display would work on the display while LG Inotek and LG Chem would develop the battery. Everything would remain in-house, for the most part, to ensure quality. An in-house processor, though, is not believed to be ready for the G Watch 2 and instead another Qualcomm chipset would step forward. What is even more interesting is the fact that LG has allegedly been approached by various of the world’s top watchmakers for a collaboration. The idea behind that is brand recognition. LG would be able to back itself with a company that already has a good foothold in the industry.
LG announced today that they are expanding their tablet offerings by adding a 4G LTE enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0. The 8-inch version of the G Pad series of tablets was announced back in the spring as part of a trio of tablets from LG. According to LG’s president Dr. Jong-seok Park,
“LG is setting a higher standard for connectivity in emerging 4G markets. Today’s on-the-go consumers demand speed and convenience wherever they are, at any time. If a 4G LTE infrastructure is in place, we want LG products to be first to take advantage of the fast network.”
One owner of the LG G3 was curious to see if his handset’s bootloader would ever be unlocked. LG has responded to his request by confirming that they are indeed working on a solution to allow owners of its flagship to do so. While an estimated time of arrival was not given, it is good to know that there is something on the way. The company did clarify that it may take some time due to technical restrictions, security issues, and carrier policies. But LG is “sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment” felt by G3 owners.
Hit the break to read LG kind answer to the request.
The G Watch received an update to fix its charging pin corrosion issue this past week, but until now, the Samsung Gear Live received no such update due to there being no such problem. Nevertheless, the Samsung Gear Live is due to receive build number KMV78Y OTA throughout the next few days. It’s not certain what exactly this minor update will bring since the Gear Live lacked the issues of the G Watch, but nevertheless, if you own a Samsung Gear Live, you’ll be receiving an update this week.
Source: XDA Developers
The LG G3 S, the little brother to the G3, has been renamed as the G3 Beat in Asia. But on Sprint, it’ll go by the “LG G3 Vigor.”
This is all according to a new leaked image from Sprint’s “Getting Started” guide for the new phone.
AT&T has officially announced the LG G Vista will be coming to the network on August 22nd, which is not a surprise given the previously leaked manual for the device. AT&T will join Verizon in offering the LG G Vista. The device gains some screen real estate via a 5.7-inch display versus the 5.5-inch display of the LG G3. In gaining that extra size, LG toned down some of the other specs, like a resolution that is only 720p, an 8 MP rear camera, a Snapdragon 400 processor and only 1.5 GB of RAM. Nothing top of the line there, but it should still be a capable smartphone for those looking for a larger device who are not so interested in raw power.
AT&T will offer the LG G Vista for $49.99 on a two-year contract or $14.80 per month on the AT&T Next18 plan. Consumers can also buy it straight out for $354.99. AT&T is also offering a special 99 cents deal on the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for anyone buying an LG G Vista.
You can read the full press release after the break.
With the official release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 bearing down on us at the beginning of September, information about the specs for Samsung’s latest flagship continue to surface. The latest comes from a ZDNet Korea source that says Samsung has definitely agreed to produce some versions of the Galaxy Note 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip. This would be in addition to a version equipped with the Eynos 5433 processor that appears to be the more powerful of the two versions.
Samsung agreeing to produce two versions of a device, one with an in-house chip and one with a third-party sourced chip, is normal for the company. It is unclear whether Samsung had planned to follow their historical precedent all along though as the source indicates Qualcomm had to agree to a steep discount on the chips in order to get Samsung to agree to use them. Reports indicate this move has upset LG which is a big buyer of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and think they should be able to get a similar discount.