The LG G2 is one beast in terms of specs, but the user interface is what you’re going to deal with every day. LG has their own UI and it’s far from stock Android. It’s inspired by Samsung’s TouchWiz in that there are lot of tweaks and features that you might not know exist unless someone tells you. You will find popup tutorials that can be both annoying and helpful, but if you want to learn a little more about what you can do with your shiny new LG G2, hit the break for my video walkthrough.
LG is trying to steal the spotlight from Samsung by announcing the mass production of the “world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones.” There’s only one problem, they didn’t announce an actual device, but Samsung could later this week. Rumors indicate LG won’t announce their device until next month. Since Samsung is closer to announcing an actual device, one has to wonder if LG really has the “world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones?”
In the press release, LG says their flexible OLED isn’t glass, but plastic substrates instead. They apply film-type encapsulation and attach a protection film to the back of the panel, thus making the display bendable and unbreakable. It’s only .44mm thick, which makes it one of the slimmest displays and it comes in at 6-inches. Hit the break for the full press release.
Well there it is. What could be the service manual for the Nexus 5 has surfaced. It confirms a lot of what we were already assuming along with some interesting notes. Hence its presumed name, the screen will be nearly 5-inches with a 1080p display (IPS TFT, too). On the inside, the new Nexus will be no slouch. Powering it is the Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM to manage tasks. Hit the break for more details, highlights from the manual, and the full manual itself. » Read the rest
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.