AT&T pushes Digital Life through partnerships with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG, Lutron


More home automation and Internet of Things news from CES 2015, this time coming to us from AT&T. The communications giant has developed its own platform for home security and automation called Digital Life. At CES 2015, AT&T announced that they have struck deals with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG Electronics and Lutron Electronics to expand their offering and compete with other systems. According to Kevin Peterson, senior vice president of Digital Life with AT&T, “Innovation in home automation is skyrocketing, but to really drive mass adoption, we need to leverage the strong platform that we have built working with key industry leaders and developers to bring the best ideas together to benefit the customer.”
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Sprint, AT&T confirm the LG G Flex 2′s availability


At its CES 2015 press conference, the G Flex 2 made its worldwide debut for LG. Consumers in the United States are curious to know which carriers intend to offer the handset. Two carriers have stepped forward quickly to confirm that the G Flex 2 will be available on their networks. Both Sprint and AT&T will release the G Flex 2 in the first quarter of 2015. To bring some spice to the handset, Sprint will have an exclusive Volcano Red color.

Pricing and a specific release date have yet to be provided.

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LG makes the G Flex 2 official, complete with a Snapdragon 810 and 1080p display

LG G flex 2 CES 2015LG has officially announced the follow-up to last year’s curved G Flex, and it has some pretty big improvements over the original. The phone still features a curved screen and self-healing materials, but the hardware has been bettered across the board.

The curved display on the G Flex 2 is a full 1080p P-OLED screen with a popping 403ppi. The internals are competitive for 2015, including 2 GB of RAM with a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. The Snapdragon 810 is the latest and greatest from Qualcomm with two quad-core CPUs and support for viewing 4k video. The G Flex 2 is one of the first major phones to sport the 810, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares in real-world performance tests.
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LG G Flex 2 coming next week at CES


The LG G Flex (pictured above) wasn’t a bad phone, but it was just a little too big (6-inch display) in my humble opinion. I remember saying in my review that if it were in the 5-inch range, I might have been all over it. It looks like I might just get to see that next week at CES.

Word is that LG will unveil the G Flex 2 next week, which will most likely be at their press event on January 5th. The G Flex 2 is expected to be around 5.5-inches, just like the G3. It’s also expected to sport the new Snapdragon 810 chip, which is not only 64-bit, but it’s also octa-core.

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Huawei smartphone sales grow by 40% in 2014 according to leaked memo


It is no secret by now that Chinese smartphone manufacturers are finally starting to generate some significant momentum in gaining market share through increasing sales of devices. A leaked memo floating around Huawei as the company preps for the public announcement of their 2014 results reveals strong growth for the manufacturer. According to the data revealed in the memo, sales rose by almost one-third to $11.8 billion in 2014 on the back of a 40% increase in smartphone shipments. If there is any downside, it is the fact that Huawei’s estimated 75 million smartphones shipped lags below their target of 80 million units for the year.
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LG G4 may rival Note 4, include stylus


Phablets with styluses haven’t really been popular, aside from Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. That’s not stopping LG from reportedly trying their hand at it. According to sources in Asia, the LG G4 will adopt a phablet format and also include a stylus. Everything’s not completely clear, as this could be instead a new G Pro or a new G Stylus.

According to previous information, the G4 will have a 5.3 inch screen, with a Quad HD resolution, an ultra narrow frame design and a Snapdragon 810 64 bit processor, as well as 32 or 64 GB of storage. In addition, LG will include 4 GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera, as well as a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for more information.

Source: GSM Dome


Patent portfolio sale sign of détente for smartphone industry?


In another sign of the continuing end of hostilities between the world’s smartphone manufacturers, Rockstar Consortium, Inc. has announced the sale of 4,000 patents to RPX Corp. The portfolio was originally obtained by Rockstar in a bidding war that took place during 2011 between Rockstar and Google to obtain the intellectual property from Nortel Networks. Rockstar is a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. RPX licenses patents to companies that join their syndicate, including Google and Cisco Systems.
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