Shortly after the LG G Watch launches in the second quarter of this year, LG plans to release an additional smartwatch. Reports out of Taiwan suggest the company is working on a second smartwatch that would be released once the G Watch spent some time on the market. The details of this second watch are unknown.
We will keep you posted on any updates with this second smartwatch.
comScore released their latest market share numbers for February 2014 for the U.S. smartphone market. Android continued to maintain a dominant position as the leading platform for smartphones with 52.1% of the market, a small increase of 0.2% compared to November 2013. Apple’s iOS also improved, by half of Android’s growth, moving from 41.2% to 41.3% of the market. The big winner in terms of percent growth was Microsoft’s platform which jumped from 3.1% to 3.4% of the market. Combined with a major slide by Blackberry, dropping 0.6% to only 2.9% of the market, Microsoft has taken over the third spot behind Android and iOS. » Read the rest
Sprint has begun pushing out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their version of the LG G2. The changelog for the update isn’t very detailed, listing that it’s just an upgrade to Google’s latest version of Android and a fix for Sprint’s Next Radio audio problems. You’ll still get all of the improvements that KitKat brings to all devices, however.
If you own a G2 on Sprint’s network, be sure to start periodically checking for the update. Let us know in the comments if any of you have gotten it already.
Fans of miniature things, listen up. According to @evleaks over on Twitter, Sprint will be getting the LG G2′s mini sibling. The LG G2 Mini will land on Sprint’s network with the model number LS885. While we do not have a firm release date, it should be sometime in April since the global launch is set for that month. » Read the rest
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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