After holding steady in June’s comScore numbers, Android saw a slight dip in August. While a dip would normally be unsettling, Android still holds more than 50% of the mobile platform market share. Apple, however, did see growth with iOS even though their new devices had yet to launch until recently. Microsoft, who has reportedly talked to HTC about dual booting Windows Phone with Android, saw a slight jump and is nearly the number three operating system. Hit the break for information on manufacturer market share.
Yesterday we got word that LG”s curved-screen offering is going to be called the G Flex, and will probably be unveiled next month. An LG model of F340 appeared in the GFXBench database, which could very well be the device. The LG G2 is the F320 and the LG Vu 3 is the F300. It’s too soon for the G2 Pro, so this has to be it. The phone will have an OLED 1280 x 720 display (size unknown), the Snapdragon 800, and an Adreno 330 GPU.
It was originally thought that it was going to be called the LG Z, but it must be an internal name. G Flex sounds a lot better, plus Sony is already using the “Z” name.
With Samsung prepping a special edition of their Galaxy Note 3 with a curved display, LG has been working on their own curved smartphone to compete. Originally, we thought LG’s device was going to be called the LG Z, but new reports are claiming that device will be called the LG G Flex instead. It’s likely to have a 6-inch screen, although it won’t have a “flexible” display but more of a “curved” display. Remember the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S?
Hopefully it’ll have some definite advantages over regular smartphone screens. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.
Since Samsung confirmed a Galaxy Note 3 with a curved display for this month, we can’t be too far off. Samsung Sinjonggyun representatives told reporters that it would be “released next week.” Expect it to very expensive and to be very limited.
Earlier in the week it was revealed that LG will not sit back and watch Samsung take center stage because they will unveil their own smartphone with a curved display. ZDNet in Korea found out it will be called the LG Z. The Z series will most likely be used for these type of phones moving forward. They are also reporting that it will have a 6-inch display, which contradicts the report we heard earlier in the week indicating that LG was going to mass produce 4.5-inch flexible displays. No word on when LG will officially announce the Z just yet, but one as to wonder why they would go with “Z” since it’s already being used by Sony?
MetroPCS has announced the addition of the LG Optimus F6 smartphone to their portfolio of devices available for buyers on their prepaid no-annual-contract service. The LG Optimus F6 will be able to access the T-Mobile 4G LTE network via a MetroPCS unlimited data, talk and text plan starting at just $40 per month. MetroPCS is offering the Optimus F6 for $199 through retail stores and online at their web site. The Optimus F6 has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processer, a 5MP 1080p capable rear-facing camera, and comes with Android 4.1 installed. Hit the break to read the full press release for more details if you are interested in grabbing an Optimus F6 from MetroPCS. » Read the rest
Over the weekend, we learned that LG is possibly working on a new device known as the LG G Pro Lite Dual. As the name implies, it will likely be a dual-SIM variant of the Optimus G Pro. Today, Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru learned that the rumored device may include a stylus. While it may not have the pressure sensitivity of Samsung’s S Pen or even the capabilities of it, it would be a welcome addition since the G Pro Lite Dual is purported to have a 5.5-inch display.
The LG G Pro Lite Dual is slated for an mid-October release in Russia and the specs are assumed to be watered down from the Optimus G Pro, hence the “Lite” moniker.
We already know that Samsung will unveil a limited edition Galaxy Note 3 with a flexible (curved) display next month, but according to the Korea Herald, LG is going to offer something similar next month as well. As previously reported, Samsung and LG are going to start mass production in November, but it appears Samsung has the upper hand. Over the next year, Samsung’s flexible panel capacity will hit 1.5 million per month, but LG’s capacity will hit only 35,000 per month.
Also interesting to note is the display sizes that both companies will produce. Samsung is going to offer a 5.5-inch display, which means this limited edition Note 3 will have a smaller display. LG, on the other hand, is going to offer a 4.5-inch display.
While LG may be readying a device with a massive display, they could also be working on dual-SIM variant of the LG Optimus G Pro. Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru leaked a few details on the device along with a possible press image (above). The Russian site suggests that the 5.5-inch, 1080p display from the current device would remain; however, the camera would be lowered down to 8 megapixels from the 13 megapixels on the Optimus G Pro.
The reasoning for the “Lite” name is unknown because the device will still have many of the LG G2′s fancy software features. The rumored G Pro Lite will have Guest Mode, QSlide, and KnockOn. Also, the battery size is said to remain at 3,140mAh. And while it’s not stereo sound, the rumor is the device will have dual speakers to improve sound for both high and low frequencies. The expected release date in Russia is set for the middle of October.
LG has created yet another video to go along with the launch of the LG G2. While the other was focused on the actual design process for their flagship device, LG opted for a little bit of comedy to show off a very important feature. In this case, a chicken doing plenty of adventurous activities with a camera on its head is used to “inspire” the G2′s optical image stabilizer camera. Hit the break for the full video.
To show why they chose such an interesting design for their latest flagship, LG has released an informative video. Design expert Youngho Kim talks through the video explaining why LG made such different, arguably innovative, choices. He explains that “making a larger screen was not the difficult part, but doing it without enlarging the phone size” was; therefore, LG minimized the device’s bezels to give it an edge-to-edge look.
LG goes as far as explaining the materials for the backing. Why they would do that, I am not sure. LG went with the traditional Korean manufacturer route and used a fingerprint-grabbing plastic. Hit the break for the full video from LG. » Read the rest