LG takes shots at HTC and Apple while hinting at metal phones in the process

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LG’s Chul Bae Lee had plenty to say when being interviewed by a Russian technology site. Lee is the company’s leader over at the design center, so he is a pretty credible source to be saying all of this. On the subject of metal phones, Lee questions why HTC has not been very successful if metal is a huge demand. Also, he claims LG is considering the introduction of metal; however, no time frame is provided. Lee then switched gears to Apple and metal. He says that Apple’s iPhone has poor reception due to metal interfering with the wireless signal. And finally, Lee assures everyone that LG will not produce a very thin metal smartphone like Huawei since battery life would take a huge hit.

Lee also talked about the success of the LG G2′s design. In a pre-release survey, about 50% favored the placement of the volume and power buttons on the backside. In return, LG was very happy and continued to run with the design (as if they had a choice at that point). Lee also feels that reviews for the G2′s design have been respectable.

Source: Hi-Tech@Mail.ru
Via: Phone Arena

T-Mobile LG G2 KitKat update rolling out through PC utility

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While it might be some time before the Android 4.4 KitKat update on the T-Mobile LG G2 rolls out over the air, the update is now detectable straight from LG through the PC utility. If you are comfortable manually installing the update you can also get it through a download link.

The new update will bring a number of standard KitKat features, such as the white notifications bar icons, as well as a number of performance upgrades.

Source: XDA Developers

[Deal] Pick up an LG G Pad 8.3 on Newegg for $224.99

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If you’ve been eyeing LG’s 8.3-inch G Pad tablet, Newegg has a deal that you don’t want to pass up. They’re offering the quad-core powerhouse of a tablet for $249.99 with a promo code, plus free shipping.

The G Pad is powered by a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. At just over 200 bucks, this tablet offers a great bang for your buck, especially compared to similar tablets like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line or even the Nexus 7. » Read the rest

New leaked press render suggests the LG L90 will head to T-Mobile

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Thanks to @evleaks over on Twitter, it looks like the recently announced LG L90 will be joining T-Mobile’s device lineup at some point. He tweeted the image above which is a press render of the L90 along with some T-Mobile branding on the backside.

From our previous post, here are the LG L90 specifications:

  • 4.7-inch qHD IPS Display (qHD 960 x 540)
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor with 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB of memory
  • 8MP rear camera / VGA front camera
  • 3000mAh removable battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3G (HSPA+21Mbps)

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and LG Pad 8.3 to possibly arrive on Verizon March 6

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Verizon_Wireless_LogoVerizon took forever to get the Nexus 7, but it seems they will be considerably faster getting the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and LG Pad 8.3. According to a leaked document, the Note Pro 12.2 as well as the Pad 8.3 will arrive for Verizon users in just a few weeks, on March 6.

This obviously isn’t an official document, and things could still change from now until then, but it’s good to see that Verizon seems to have plans to get their users the Note Pro 12.2 within a month of its announcement.

Source: Android Police

 

2014 GSMA Global Mobile Awards are in, phone of the year goes to…..

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Every year at Mobile World Congress, the GSMA holds the Global Mobile Awards, and this year was no exception. They have a slew of categories for devices, services, and apps.

For best phone, it went to the HTC One unsurprisingly. Unfortunately winning in this category doesn’t always translate into sales or profits. Did an Android tablet get best tablet? Unfortunately not, as the Apple iPad Air grabbed that one. Again, unsurprisingly.

What about innovation? The most innovative device manufacturer went to LG. AT&T also took best consumer mobile service.

If you want to see all the awards, hit the break for the full presser.

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AT&T’s LG G2 currently receiving KitKat

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LG_G2_Back_TAKitKat is currently rolling out for LG G2 users on AT&T. According to the carrier, KitKat will make the G2 17 percent faster than Jelly Bean, and improve battery life dramatically. Among the improvements:

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
  • Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
  • Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
  • Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
  • Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.

To download, make sure your device is more than half charged, and head to Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now to get started.

Source: AT&T

Google and LG working on a smartwatch to be previewed next month, announced in June

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google_lg_logoExpect the battle for smartwatch supremacy to really get interesting in just a few months. It is being reported that Google will be unveil its smartwatch plans next month, with an actual announcement coming in June at Google I/O. And like they do with their Nexus, Google will not be manufacturing the hardware. Instead, LG will step up to the plate. Google is very happy with the job LG has done with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 that tasking them with a smartwatch was an easy choice. The software for the smartwatch is believed to be based on Google Now, much like Google Glass.

In the middle of the night, @evleaks than tweeted a statement aligning itself with the previously stated announcement date. He said “Apparently Google’s smartwatch is being made by LG, and will launch at I/O.” Does he know something we don’t? Probably. But we’ll just have to keep waiting until more information trickles out until next month when Google is said to give a preview of the smartwatch. » Read the rest