From the beginning, LG has planned to have at least five colors available for their newest flagship, the LG G3. The standard Metallic Black and Silk White have been available through AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile while the Shine Gold color has thus far been an exclusive to Sprint, which also has black available. However, there have been no signs of Moon Violet or Burgundy Red being available internationally or with any of the U.S. carriers. LG has issued a statement indicating these additional colors will start to hit the market in August:
Across the internet, there are reports that the LG G Watch is experiencing some wear and tear breakdown at an accelerated rate. The charging contacts on the underside of the co-inaugural Android Wear device are apparently corroding and thus the charging cradle is rendered useless. Users have scraped away some corrosion in order to get the charging cradle to work once again. Some users have even experienced skin irritation, but LG is claiming that no allergy-causing materials are used with the G Watch.
Are you experiencing this issue with your G Watch?
Tablet/notebook hybrids seem to be a thing now. Windows devices have been doing this for a little while and it appears that it’s now Android’s turn to do so, although we did see one or two of these make their debut at CES. It’s LG’s turn this time as they announced a new tablet/laptop hybrid that comes with a 11.6-inch IPS (full-HD) touchscreen display with 10-point touch controls. It also comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. You’ll also notice a giant Android home button at the bottom of the tablet.
According to a leaked AT&T manual, LG’s G Vista phone will be headed to the carrier, alongside Verizon.
In the picture above, which was taken from the manual, you can clearly see AT&T’s logo right on the back of the device.
Team Win posted its official custom recovery for both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch today, giving users the ability to add customer ROMs to the devices.
Once you’re in custom recovery, the options on the screen are a bit small for a smartwatch screen, so an upcoming interface update will most likely resize the buttons. Otherwise, everything works fine. Of course you’ll need an unlocked bootloader before you do anything.
Carriers in the United States are notorious for loading new devices with bloatware. Bloatware, for those unaware, includes the pesky applications that carriers have installed to greet users right out of the box. Unless you root the device, it is almost impossible to ditch any type of bloatware. Verizon, surprisingly, wants to change and is offering a way to remove bloatware.
It is no secret that LG was no longer content to watch Apple and Samsung battle for supremacy in the smartphone and tablet markets. This prompted the company to increase their efforts at producing devices consumers would be interested in, like the recently released LG G3 or their L Series of devices. Those efforts seem to be paying off as LG announced they shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones during the second quarter and their mobile division turned a profit for the first time after three consecutive quarters of losses.
Well, this is new.
The LG G3′s QuickCircle case has a circular window which allows users to see important notification information and date/time data. But now, users will be able to use the window to actually play games while on the run.
Google, via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has made the official kernel files for the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch available for download. This is good news for developers who want to work on developing custom ROMs for the devices or fine tune apps to take full advantage of the platform. Being smartwatch devices, this should also help those developers who want to create unique watch faces for the devices.
In releasing the code, Bill Yi on the Android Building Google Group indicated the development team is planning a “full platform push” for the next version of Android, currently dubbed Android L.
If you want to grab the source, hit the source link below.
AT&T’s LG G3 does support wireless charging, but if you’ve invested in any Qi charging mats, don’t expect them to work. The AT&T version of the device will only work with PMA (Power Matters Alliance) charging pads, which includes offerings from Duracell and a few other companies. AT&T has pretty publicly tried to support PMA charging instead of Qi, so this move makes sense for the company, even though it’s not great for customers.