Motorola’s Moto G, LG’s G2 keep manufacturers in play

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Ever since HTC started to slide from the top of the Android mountain, the company has been trying to pin its future success on different versions of the HTC One with little to show for the effort. However, two companies are showing how a solid product that appeals to customers can have an impact on the market for smartphones according to Kanta Worldpanel ComTech’s latest sales figures for the three months ending February 2014. According to their analysis, the Motorola Moto G has boosted the manufacturer from owning virtually none of the market to topping 6% of sales in the U.K. in just six months. Dominic Sunnebo notes that the success of the Moto G “highlights the speed at which a quality budget phone can disrupt a market.” » Read the rest

Development of the LG G Flex 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Round 2 diverging

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While currently filling a niche market, smartphones with flexible displays haven’t really taken off. Even so, companies like LG and Samsung are still working on devices with this tech. However, the companies seem to be taking different directions in what they want to accomplish with their devices.

LG appears to be working on improving the performance of its AMOLED screens. It will do so by increasing the resolution while also shrinking the panel to 5.5 inches. Other areas up for improvement include solving an issue with “ghosting” images as the display heats up.

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LG Optimus Exceed 2 leaks, a prepaid smartphone for Verizon

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The Lucid 3 (VS876) is not the only device LG has in the works for Verizon Wireless. The Optimus Exceed 2 is a prepaid option heading Big Red, we just do not know when. Courtesy of @evleaks, we have a very clear look at the device. Like LG’s other handsets, the Optimus Exceed 2 has very slim bezels. The main difference between this device and the previously leaked Lucid 3 seems to be the fact that since this is a prepaid Verizon handset, it only supports 3G and not 4G LTE. But both devices are officially announced, we will not know the actual internal specifications. » Read the rest

LG G2 mini to be available starting in April

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In conjunction with MWC 2014, LG announced their take on a “mini” version of their flagship device, the LG G2. While some consumers continue to hope manufacturers will decide to release devices on par from a hardware standpoint with flagship devices, just in a smaller form factor, the manufacturers seem to think scaling things down includes the specs. LG is no exception as the smaller form factor for the LG G2 mini also comes with scaled down hardware. The goal, as revealed by LG’s Dr. Jong-seok Park, is to make a device that is “a very attractive option for mid-tier markets” by keeping costs down with less expensive, less powerful components.

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Second image of LG G Watch released

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LG has released a second image of the upcoming Android Wear powered G Watch. The G Watch is set to be one of a number of devices to be released using the new Android Wear wearable tech platform, along with devices from companies like Motorola, HTC, ASUS and Samsung. LG and Motorola are so far the only two companies to release details about upcoming wearable devices.

Thanks to the new picture we have a much clearer idea of what the device is going to look like, confirming LG’s plans for a minimalist design, even doing away with the LG logo. LG has decided to stick with a rectangular device, unlike Motorola, who has opted for a rather eye-catching round design.

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LG will cut the price of the G2 and G Pro 2 when the Galaxy S 5 releases

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LG and Samsung are two of the most competitive Android OEMs, so it’s not uncommon to see the two base some of their strategies around what the other company is doing. LG is making the latest move in the form of some price drops right around the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S 5.

According to an LG official, the LG G2 and the G Pro 2 will see some international price cuts. The devices aren’t ancient by any stretch, but they aren’t on quite the same level as 2014 flagships, so a price drop will make them very desirable for the forseeable future. It’s probably not going to deter many people away from getting the latest and greatest devices if that’s what they’re after, but for someone that’s trying to get the most bang for their buck, they could very easily be swayed towards a cheaper 2013 high-end phone. » Read the rest

LG announces new Smart Lamp light bulbs

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Just when you thought everything was ‘smart,’ a company announces something new. This time around is LG with the all new Smart Lamp light bulb. The light bulb will connect to your Android device as long as it is running at least Android 4.3 or iOS 6 devices. LG says the Smart Lamp light bulbs will run for ten years if they remain on for around five hours per day.

So what do the light bulbs actually do? There is a security mode to turn on when you are not home in order to imitate someone actually being present. Also, unsurprisingly, the bulbs can enter a mode that matches the songs streaming from your Android device. And when someone calls, the light bulbs will let you know courtesy of some flashes. When available, LG’s Smart Lamp ligh bulbs will retail for around $32 in the United States (or 35,000 won in South Korea).

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ePrice and Amazon Germany post the price of the LG L70, will be available from April 1

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When LG announced the L Series III comprised of three mid-range smartphones at the MWC event last month, they didn’t mention the pricing of the LG L70 or when the device would be available for sale.

According to ePrice, the LG L70 will carry a price tag of $163 in Taiwan and will be up for sale starting from April 1. On the other hand, Amazon Germany has also listed the price of the device at $246, which is more expensive than what ePrice suggested. However, the availability date hasn’t been mentioned on Amazon’s site but it seems that it will also have the L70 in stock from April 1.

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White House may drop BlackBerry after testing Samsung, LG smartphones

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President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation. » Read the rest