If you’ve been trying to find a great dock for your Nexus 4, the search may be over. German industrial engineer David Hawig has introduced his Andock, which is more of an entertainment hub than a dock on Startnext. The dock cradles the Nexus 4 horizontally and provides an HDMI out, NFC, and a fan for CPU cooling. I think it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a dock for mobile phones that comes with external CPU cooling. » Read the rest
Could Google and LG be working on a 32GB Nexus 4 running Android 5.0, and sporting LTE and CDMA radios for Google I/O? According to SIDHTECH, this may well very be the case. They go on to speculate that a Nexus 5 at I/O is probably unlikely because the Nexus 4 was released last fall. However an updated Nexus 4 is more likely.
If this new rumor is true, this version of the Nexus 4 could work on Sprint and Verizon’s networks, it would have LTE , and more storage. I know a lot of readers were down on the Nexus 4 for a lack of some or all of these features. It also is reported to be launching with the Android 5.0, which is rumored to be called Key Lime Pie. Maybe this is Google’s and LG’s way of correcting a bad mistake in not offering these things from the beginning. If so, let’s hope they do a better job with the supply issue this time.
As part of its prepaid lineup, Verizon may be bringing the LG Optimus L3 back as the LG Optimus Zone. At least that’s the information we are seeing from evleaks, which has a pretty reliable track record. The smartphone will feature an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch QVGA display, 800MHz processor, 3.15-megapixel camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Not the most interesting specs really, but with this being an older phone, I would venture to guess that this is probably going to happen. We don’t have anymore information then this, but rest assured as we hear it so will you.
Source: evleaks Twitter
The LG Optimus F7 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, and will make its way to Boost Mobile. This new F-series of devices from LG feature mid-range performance and LTE connectivity. There are currently no details on pricing or when the Optimus F7 will arrive on Boost Mobile, but it’s said to be “soon”. Here are the specs:
- 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD display (312 ppi)
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 32GB
- 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- 2,540 mAh battery
The LG Optimus G Pro is an answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, and offers rock solid specs at a similar price point. Starting April 12, the Optimus G Pro will receive a “Value Pack” upgrade which brings Smart Video, Dual Camera, and Pause & Resume. Smart Video utilizes eye-tracking technology and if a user is watching a video and looks away, the video will pause. Once the user looks back at the screen, the video will then start playing again. Dual Camera uses the front and rear-facing camera at the same time when taking photos. Pause & Resume is very similar to Vine functionality where you hold to record and release to stop recording, creating videos with very simple edits. You can watch the LG Optimus G Pro “Value Pack” upgrade video and catch the full press release below. » Read the rest
We knew LG’s Optimus G Pro was eventually coming to the US, we just weren’t sure when. Well, the cat’s out of the bag, and sources indicate that AT&T will be picking up the G Pro on May 10th. That puts it right up against the HTC One and the Galaxy S 4, so LG is walking into some very stiff competition with that release date. However, it will be the 5.5 inch version, not the 5 inch version that was released in Japan, so this might attack more of the Note 2′s market instead of the One and S 4.
No word on any other carriers, but I’m sure we’ll hear something sooner or later.
source: Android Central
Samsung presented the Youm brand of flexible displays at CES, but could LG bring their own flexible displays to market before them? According to the Korea Times, LG has flexible displays for next-generation smartphones and tablets that can be twisted and bent. LG is expecting to ship their first batch later this year, and ahead of Samsung.
Currently LG is leading in the overall display market, which isn’t making Samsung too happy. LG shipped 218 million units of LCDs 9.1-inches and higher, while Samsung shipped only 163 million units. That’s a 29% global market share for LG, up from 26% in 2010. As far as OLEDs, Samsung is late to the party and has already admitted they are considering using LG’s OLED technology. Even when it comes to Ultra HD, LG is further along. Of course it isn’t just about sales as the two companies are enthralled in patent disputes as well.
LG seems to be winning in the panel game, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they ship their flexible displays before Samsung, but in terms of mobile smartphone market share, LG has a long way to go.
source: Korea Times
Not too long ago Sprint began updating its version of the Optimus G to Jelly Bean, and AT&T looks to be following suit. It’s almost a month late, but hey, better late than never. AT&T hasn’t officially announced the update, but many members on the carrier’s own community forums are beginning to receive the update, so it’s definitely happening. The update comes in at 336 MB and brings your device up to Android 4.1.2, Build E97020j. Anyone receiving that coveted update on their Optimus G yet?
source: Android Central
Verizon has a new mid-range device coming soon and will offer the LG Lucid 2 for free on a new two-year contract. We reported the news yesterday and instead of the Lucid 2 being available in retail stores starting April 4, customers will only be able to order online with the phone making its way to physical stores in the coming weeks. The LG Lucid 2 is actually the Optimus F5 and for an entry-level smartphone, offers very reasonable specs.
- 4.3-inch IPS display at 960 x 540 (256 ppi)
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 64GB
- 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- 2,460 mAh battery » Read the rest
Considering the Optimus G Pro has warranted a ton of praise from both the press as well as customers out there, it should come as no surprise that LG has officially hit a milestone with the device. The Korean manufacturer announced it has sold 10,000 on its initial February 21st launch. Oh and for good measure, LG confirmed that Optimus G Pro sales topped over the coveted 500,000 unit mark during the first month of the release. It looks like customers out in Korea really took a liking to the beefed up specs including the 5.5-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon chip, 2 gigs of RAM and full LTE capabilities.
Now all we need is an American variant to officially hit the States and we’ll be in business.