LG announces Wine Smart Android-powered clamshell phone for the Korean market

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LG has had its fair share of strange and daring devices over the years, but for their newest phone, the Wine Smart, the Korean manufacturer have gone down a more nostalgic path. The Wine Smart is an entry level Android phone running 4.4 KitKat, in a clamshell form factor. While Samsung has released similar devices, this one is aimed specifically at handicapped or elderly users, meant to be easy to use but far more powerful than the feature phones that typically use this form factor. Hit the break for a quick teaser video from LG.


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LG billboard earns Guinness World Record entry

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LG has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for a classic advertising medium, the billboard. Constructed just outside the King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia, the new LG billboard spans the length of two football fields. More precisely, the billboard comes in at 240 meters wide and 12 meters tall producing 3,000 square meters of advertising landscape for LG. The dimensions are great enough that it has been recognized as the world’s largest billboard and according to LG it will help the company become “the face of the electronic industry” greeting guests to Saudi Arabia.


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LG G3 Vigor joining Sprint portfolio this Friday

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The LG G3 Vigor, a smaller, less powerful version of the LG G3 for users looking for a less expensive phone, will join the Sprint portfolio starting this Friday. The hardware for the LG G3 Vigor is basically the same as the LG G3 Beat sold in some foreign markets. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch 720p resolution display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, an 8MP camera, and a 2,540mAh battery.
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LG announces the 3G only G3 Stylus

LGG3StylusIn early August, an LG made smartphone with a stylus surfaced and was said to be coming out to be pitted against the venerable Galaxy Note 4. Later reports suggested that the device would actually be a smartphone for the budget friendly market and would not compete with the Note 4. It then debuted at IFA this year in Berlin showing off some very modest specs. Well, fast forward almost two weeks and the modest G3 Stylus is finally official. 
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Brazil to be first country to get LG L Fino and LG L Bello

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Last month LG announced a pair of smartphones meant for budget buyers. The LG L Fino, a 4.5-inch device, and the larger LG L Bello, a 5-inch smartphone, may not push the envelope when it comes to specs, but they do push LG’s user experience down the market spectrum. Users get Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box along with features like Knock Code, Gesture Shot, and the Touch & Shoot camera interface. The devices do get LG’s rear-mounted buttons.

LG has officially announced the first market to get the devices will be Brazil. Other countries located in the Latin America market are expected to follow shortly. Eventually the phones should hit European and Asian markets as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States’ markets. Pricing has not been announced. However, LG did indicate the L Fino will be available in white, black, gold, red and green. Meanwhile, the L Bello will be available in black, white and gold.

source: GSM Arena

LG G Flex 2 to have smaller, higher-resolution display

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It seems LG have learned from the poor sales of the original G Flex that people will not accept sub-par displays anymore. According to a report citing an LG India executive, LG’s upcoming G Flex 2 will have a smaller, higher-resolution display than its predecessor. This means a higher pixel density, which hopefully will mean a better display than the Flex’s 720p, POLED panel.


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LG now including extra battery and charging cradle with purchase of new G3

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According to a LG press release, the company will now be including an extra battery and charging cradle with the purchase of a new G3.

The promotional period starts today, but only goes until Sept. 22, so you have some time to decide if you want to go in on the G3.

The free extra battery and charging cradle are valued at a total of $70, so this is a pretty solid offering from LG.

Source: PR Newswire

LG G Watch dips to $179 price tag on Google Play

LG_G_Watch_officialIf you’ve been keeping up with the tech world today, you’ve likely heard about Apple’s entry into the smartwatch game. Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably tend to swing on the Android side of the fence, so you’d be much more interested in an Android Wear device over an Apple Watch. Fortunately, LG has you covered.

In honor of Apple’s announcement, the price of the LG G Watch on Google Play has taken a price cut down to just $179. This matches the Best Buy deal we saw on this watch not too long ago, and it’s still a great value for what you get. The deal runs through September 23rd, so you don’t have to jump on it immediately, but I would keep an eye on stock over the next few days.
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Google 7″ Tablet passes through FCC, Could be Nexus 7 (2014)

Nexus-7_FCC_testing Google just sent an unannounced 7-in tablet through the FCC, meaning we should be seeing another small tablet hit being released shortly. The model name for the aforementioned device is NX74751, the NX being the primary reason to suspect it being the next Nexus 7. There has also been speculation that this tablet is the LG G Pad 7.0 GPE, due to the battery being manufactured by LG.
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July comScore numbers show Android’s dominance softening a bit

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With IFA 2014 behind and Apple ready to unveil the latest iteration of their smartphone, consumers are surely figuring out how to get the latest, greatest smartphones in their hands. As a competitive fall and holiday season opens, comScore has released their smartphone manufacturer and operating system numbers for July. They show some slight weakening for Android, a trend that carries over from the June numbers.
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