Expect 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
The flexible and bendable display era is finally here. Last year, both LG and Samsung introduced smartphones with flexible displays. Neither of which are getting all that much excitement since the displays aren’t as flexible as people were hoping for. However, I like to look at these phones as concepts if you will. They represent the birth of something that will be truly incredible years down the road. Eventually you will be able to bend and fold up your phone, but for now we get curvy, with a little bit of give. LG opted to curve their phone from top to bottom (in portrait mode), while Samsung chose to curve theirs from left to right (again in portrait mode). LG seemed to make the better choice as it just feels and looks more natural. But is it worth the extra money? Head on past the break to find out.
LG was so excited for the G2 mini, they couldn’t wait until next week’s Mobile World Congress to announce it, so they officially pulled the wraps off of it today. Unfortunately it continues the trend of making “mini” versions very mid to low-tier. So far, Sony is the only company to offer a higher-end “mini”, but I digress.
Getting back to the G2 mini, it will sport a 4.7-inch display, but the resolution is very 2011. It will sport a qHD display, which is 960 x 540. They will supposedly offer two different processors, that I assume will be based on other variants such as non-LTE and dual-SIM versions. You will either get a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 or a 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4i.
One of the coolest new features on the G Pro 2 is “Knock Code,” an enhanced version of Knock On that’s found on the G2. Knock Code allows you to set up a specific “code” for tapping on your device to wake it up, which was supposedly added as a security feature.
There are a ton of different combinations of knock codes you can use to unlock the G Pro 2, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best features you’ll find on LG’s latest phablet. If you want to see the feature in action, (trust us, you do) you can check out the video below. » Read the rest
According to media in Korea, LG is planning on making a 2-day visit to Google’s HQ here in California in hopes to continue their partnership. Over the past few years, LG and Google have collaborated to create some wonderful devices that first started with the Nexus 4. In this meeting, LG is coming with no shortage of ammunition as they plan on bringing in their LG Display, LG Chem, LG Electronics and LG Innotek branches. LG hopes that they can woe Google over with their new innovations for this year and possibly continue to make devices (hopefully Nexus).
LG has decided to announce a new series of smartphones prior to Mobile World Congress later this month. The L Series III is comprised of three mid-range devices. The name of the three devices are the L90, L70, and L40.
Hit the break for the specifications of each device and the full press release. » Read the rest
Confirming his tweet from a few weeks ago, @evleaks has posted an image of the LG G Pad 8.3 with Verizon branding. On the front is Verizon’s logo and official 4G LTE icon. On the backside is again the same set of Verizon ‘stamps.’ This is identical to the Verizon branding found on the LG G2.
By taking a look at the screen it seems like Verizon will have some bloatware added in. The Verizon Messaging app is present in the docking bay. While we don’t know when the LG G Pad 8.3 is heading to Big Red, it should be very soon as it has already passed through the FCC. » Read the rest
LG’s next big flagship will surely be the LG G3, and it seems that the company has some big things in store for the device. According to LG execs, the company is “considering all possibilities” for the G3 after being asked whether the device could include an eye or fingerprint scanner.
LG officially unveiled the LG G Pro 2 earlier at a press event in Korea, however we didn’t get to know when the device will be available in the Asian, US and other markets.
According to Cho Sung Ha, LG’s Head of Sales for Korea, the LG G Pro 2 will be available in the Korean market this month, followed by other Asian markets in March. He also said that the device will not be available in the US and European markets before April. The reason behind this is due to a survey conducted by LG which revealed that the demand for phablets is the highest in Asia. In the U.S, consumers favor 5.2 inches phone while European consumers prefer devices with 5 inch display.