Google IO 2016 Coverage

This Google employee doesn’t want you to buy the LG G5 or HTC 10

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Updated (4/25/16): Qualcomm supplied Talk Android with the following statement:

“Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development.”

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Qualcomm responds to Quick Charge vs USB Type-C concerns

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Consumers in search of extra USB Type-C connectors that work with some of the newer devices hitting the market have discovered some pitfalls along the way that could potentially ruin a device. Those problems led at least one Google employee, Benson Leung, to set off on a crusade to test Type-C connectors and try to inform the public about this new technology. Recent targets of Leung include the LG G5 and HTC 10, which he says he cannot recommend due to the use of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Qualcomm has now responded to the issue. Read more

Setting up the fingerprint scanner on the LG G5

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Among the best ways to keep your phone secure is with a fingerprint. Phones like the LG G5 come with a fingerprint scanner that allows you and only you to get into the phone. The little fingerprint scanner (that doubles as the power button) is a small pad where your finger would normally rest anyway, so it takes little effort to use.

Let’s get the fingerprint scanner setup on your phone.

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Giveaway: Win one of nine LG G5 cases from VRS Design!

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VRS Design, formerly known as Verus, relaunched its branding with new cases. Among the first devices supported with sweet new accessories is the LG G5. We actually just labeled two VRS Design cases as the best ones you can get for LG’s 2016 flagship.

We’re partnering with them for a giveaway that has nine cases for the G5 as prizes. Once the entry period ends, we’ll randomly select nine winners to receive one G5 case from VRS Design.

Hit the break to enter the giveaway.

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Best LG G5 cases

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If you’re worried about damage of all types on your new LG G5, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the very best cases for LG’s 2016 flagship from brands like VRS Design and Spigen. Our recommendations focus on looks, protection, and price; therefore, you’re definitely going to find at least one case that you’d like to put on your G5.

Hit the break for the picks.

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Using the always-on display on the LG G5

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Like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the LG G5 comes with an always-on display. This phone’s approach to the always-on display is much more useful because it displays icons for the apps that are pushing notifications to you. Rather than just seeing the date and time, LG wants G5 owners to get deeper information. It’s not quite like Motorola’s Moto Display on the Moto X Pure Edition, but it’s a step above Samsung’s boring always-on display.

Hit the break to see how LG’s always-on display works on the G5.

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Putting a 360-degree wallpaper on the LG G5

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What you probably didn’t know about the new LG G5 is that the phone supports 360-degree wallpapers for a truly immersive experience without the need for an special external device like a virtual reality headset. These special experiences are accessible right on the home screen of the G5. Pre-installed on the phone are two 360-degree wallpapers, but LG has a lot more waiting for you in its LG SmartWorld app.

Hit the break to see how to get a 360-degree wallpaper on the G5.

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Working QuickRemote on the LG G5

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These days, phones and tablets with an integrated IR blaster are a rarity. What was once a common component included with every flagship is now hard to find anywhere. While Samsung and HTC abandoned it, LG continues to embrace the IR blaster. The G5, the company’s flagship for 2016, comes with an IR blaster to control equipment found in any home. This means you can do things like change channels on your television or lower the temperature on your air conditioner without using a special remote or doing things manually. It’s definitely a feature unique to LG and the G5.

Hit the break to see the LG G5 with QuickRemote.

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