Verizon’s line-up continues to fill out with new devices, the latest one being the LG G2 that was revealed last week. When LG held their reveal event, they indicated the device would be available on all major U.S. carriers. Verizon has stepped up and launched a sign-up page for possible buyers who want to be notified of the latest news for the G2 on the network. Unfortunately, no date of availability is provided yet.
Hit the source link if you want to sign yourself up.
We got word back in May that LG was looking to re-enter the tablet game sometime during the 3rd quarter of this year. If you remember, LG had the Optimus Pad, which didn’t do so well, and eventually caused LG to stop concentrating on tablets. I guess they just couldn’t stay away as they are readying their next tablet, dubbed the G Pad.
This one will have an 8.3-inch (1920 x 1200) display, a quad-core CPU, and 2GB of RAM. The CPU was unspecified, but I suspect it will be a Snapdragon. There are also plans for it to have both WiFi and cellular options.
A few days ago we reported on rumors that Motorola may be the next manufacturer of a Nexus smartphone. Chinese site MyDrivers.com has shifted the focus back to LG as the company tagged to produce the Nexus 5 with a report today indicating the device may be based on the LG G2. There are expected to be some differences though as word is Google will want to keep the price point close to, if not the same as, the Nexus 4, selling for $299 off contract.
Preorders are a natural part of a phone’s prerelease cycle, and they generally mean the phone’s availability is right around the corner. We’ve already seen a few carriers start accepting sign-ups for information for the device, but the first company to actually accept a preorder is Clove UK. The 16 GB model will be going for £390, or £468 including VAT. That comes out to $602.08, or $722.50 with VAT. It’s definitely not cheap, but we’ve seen higher on some of these phones. First availability of stock is suggest to be in September, but that can obviously change as we get closer to the actual release date. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as anything else comes up.
Ah yes, the phone that just won’t go away. Sometimes you have to wonder why companies insist on producing products that no one wants. Take the LG Optimus Vu for instance. It was the only phone to feature a 4:3 display. LG thought it was great for magazines and Web browsing, but the phone was too big. Nobody was interested in it, but that didn’t stop them from making a second edition, which again, nobody bought. Will the third time be a charm? Most likely not. The only real difference this time will be better specs and the “Optimus” name is dropped.
A good soundtrack, nice cars, and a couple of good looking people are in LG’s recent video showing off the functionality of their rear key button in their upcoming G2 flagship device. The video shows off how the rear keys can be used to lower or raise the volume, how easy it is to take selfies, and how to access the quick memo pad. Check out the video after the break!
LG made a splash last Thursday with the unveiling of the G2 in NYC, but things got a little ugly by Friday. LG held an event in Seoul promoting their new flagship and things got a little out of hand when they launched 100 balloons. Dubbed “G in the cloud”, each balloon had a certificate good for one free G2. Not a bad deal whatsoever. Unfortunately, fans started shooting at the balloons with BB guns in order to get the certificates. “Some were using BB guns to shoot the balloons. As far as I know, there were only some 20 security guards. LG should have placed more security personnel as the event was already promoted via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and leading local portals. Some of the injured were hospitalized,” a blogger wrote.
The result was that 20 people were injured and LG cancelled similar events they had planned across the nation. “We canceled events offering free G2 smartphones that had been scheduled in major cities nationwide, including Busan, due to safety concerns,” the firm said in a statement. We have no idea how serious these injuries were, but LG did say they would cover all medical costs for those suffered. The following news spot from Korea shows some of the highlights from the event. They compare the event to the movie “World War Z”, and call this one “World War G”
ComScore released their newest U.S. smartphone market numbers for the quarter ended June 2013 showing Apple continuing to slowly grow their share while Android held firm in the number one position. Google’s Android saw a slight dip earlier this year when U.S. market share fell from 52.3% to only 52.0%, but held firm at that same 52.0% through the second quarter.
It’s all but officially confirmed that Samsung will be unveiling their brand new phablet, the Galaxy Note III in Berlin next month at IFA 2013. We have a good idea of the phone’s hardware specs, but we haven’t been able to figure out what version of Android the device will ship with. The LG G2 (which was announced on Wednesday) will be shipping with Android 4.2.2 and will upgrade eventually to 4.3— disappointing, but not a huge deal.
Good news today on the Samsung front though, as SamMobile tweeted out that the Note III will indeed come with 4.3 right out of the box. This gives the phone a head start over most other phones, and could also possibly mean that Samsung will be ahead of the curve for the impending release of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie later this year.
The Galaxy Note III is shaping up to be an absolute beast so far— so that just leaves one question: Will you be grabbing at the LG G2 this year, or will you end up going with Samsung’s new flagship phablet, the Note III? Hit us up in the comments.
If you missed the LG G2 event from yesterday you missed a whole heck of a lot. The 5.2 full HD 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 packing powerhouse for starters. Throw in the 13MP camera and 24 bit 192 KHz Hi-Fi Sound and the next LG Flagship is sure to turn a few heads.
Well for those that were hoping to see the live event but weren’t able to do so, we have the next best thing. If you head on past the break you’ll find a replay of the entire event. If you want to skip past the opening display you’ll have to hit the 20 minute mark. Either way you’re in for a good time.