Samsung claims top spot as biggest smartphone manufacturer ahead of Lenovo and LG’s large growth

smartphone growth 2013

Just a heads up, part of this information is going to be the same thing we’ve been hearing for months. According to IDC data, Samsung accounted for the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, shipping 72.4 million units in Q2 of 2013, up from 50.3 million in 2012. This accounted for 30.4% of global marketshare, which was actually a slight dip in market share from last year but still a huge jump ahead of the next dog in the pile, Apple. Apple shipped 31.2 million devices and accounted for 13.1% of market share this past quarter.

The impressive part of this information concerns LG’s and Lenovo’s market share, however. They both increased their phone shipments year-over-year by over 100%, which is a very impressive feat. LG shipped 12.1 million devices accounting for 5.1% of the market, while Lenovo shipped 11.3 million, accounting for 4.7% of the market. It’s not enough to compete with the top two manufacturers, but they’re slowly and steadily gaining ground. ZTE filled out the pack by increasing shipments 57.8% year-over-year, which isn’t as great as LG and Lenovo, but still a bit better percentage-wise than Samsung and Apple.

This is all information we’ve been hearing a lot lately; smartphone growth is still booming pretty loudly, and although there’s two companies at the top of the heap, there’s a handful of other aggressive manufacturers that are doing a great job making a name for themselves.

source: IDC

Overkill, much? LG announces partnership with MediaTek to develop triple-SIM phones


You thought having two SIM cards in your phone was unnecessary? Just wait until you hear this one. LG has announced a partnership with MediaTek to develop triple-SIM smartphones. Don’t get me wrong, many people will have a ton of use for this, so it’s definitely a smart move by the South Korean manufacturer.

A phone with three SIM-card slots will let users handle three networks at the same time for calls, texts, and data. The phone(s), whenever released, will most likely not come to the United States, but somewhere down the road it’s definitely a possibility— maybe even from a different manufacturer. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of all this. Hit the break for the full press release.

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LG G2 images leak in multiple colors including red, blue, pink, and grey


A few pictures of the upcoming LG G2 smartphone have leaked, which show the phone in a variety of colors, including red, blue, pink, and grey. The pictures do look a bit suspect, so take it with a grain of salt. I am willing to be an awful lot that these are cases and not actual color options of the phone.

So far, here are the confirmed specs that we do know about for the device:

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Chipset at 2.3Ghz, a  5.2 inch Full HD IPS Display, 13MP camera with Optical image stabilization technology, Dual Speakers, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Smart DMB supported(Digital multimedia broadcasting for South Korea), LTE-Advanced Supported, Physical Navigation Buttons are not present on front side, Built-in Wireless charging, and a 2610mAh battery. Check out the full image after the break.
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Possible release time(s) for LG G2 leaks


The impending release of LG’s new flagship, the G2, has been getting a lot of attention recently, and for a lot of good reasons. It’s expected to feature top-of-the-line specs, and include the latest software. We do know that the G2 will most likely be announced at LG’s press event in NYC on August 7, but when will it be released?

We’re still in the dark on that one, but a Korean tech site has a pretty good idea…

In early August, the G2 will most likely be released in Korea, probably very soon after the phone’s announcement in NYC. A North American release will come next in September, with Europe following shortly after. On a global scale, the smartphone should be available in October.

None of these (non-specific) dates are confirmed by LG, but it does sound legitimate and would make perfect sense that the phone would come out at the aforementioned times. We’ll see soon enough on August 7.

Source: GForGames 

LG posts new teaser video for the G2


LG is doing all they can to hype up the release of their brand new G2, with the latest trick being a teaser video for the flagship. The video tries to give the device some human qualities, which is a way of sort of making the device more approachable and desirable. It also shows off those rear-facing power and volume buttons, which seem to be one of the coolest features of the device. Either way, you only have to wait until August 7th to get all the official details from LG, but hit the break to check out the video in the meantime.
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LG files for several ‘G’ trademarks in South Korea including G Watch and G Glass


LG already announced that moving forward, they will drop “Optimus” from their premium smartphone lineup. The plan is to utilize “G”, and from what we can see, it will be used across the board. They recently filed for several trademarks in South Korea with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), which included G Watch, G Glass, G Hub, GPAD, G Link, and G Band. We already heard that LG was working on a smartwatch, a glassware product, and a new tablet, but it appears they could be readying a bracelet and a media center as well.

Now there are tons of trademarks that go unused, so don’t be surprised if some of these names are never mentioned again. However, it does give us a clue as to what LG might have up their sleeve.

source: PocketDroid

LG Optimus F3 now available on Virgin Mobile USA


LG and Virgin Mobile USA announced the availability of the LG Optimus F3 smartphone today . Priced at only $179.99 when mated with a Beyond Talk monthly plan starting at $35 month, the device offers an LTE alternative for budget conscious buyers.

The device runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor driving a 4-inch display. The Optimus F3 has a 5MP rear-facing camera capable of full 1080p HD video capture. Loaded with Android 4.1.2, LG has added some additional apps like the Expressive QuickMemo app and a Quick Translator capable of translating from 44 different languages into 64 native languages.

Check out the press release after the break for more details.
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Say goodbye to ‘Optimus’ and hello ‘G’, Optimus G successor to be simply called G2


LG is dropping the “Optimus” name from their premium smartphone lineup and going with just the letter “G”. Therefore, the successor to the Optimus G will be called the G2. Moving forward their premium lineup will be part of the G Series of devices. As to whether Optimus will be used on other lines, I would have to say no. They just announced they dropped “Optimus” from their 4:3 premium smartphones which will now be called “Vu”. We can only assume it will be dropped in all other series moving forward.

Now that we got that out of the way, why on earth are they planning another 4:3 phone?

Presser after the break.

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Confirmed: LG Optimus G2 will sport a 5.2-inch Full HD display


Trying to figure out what is a phablet and what is a phone is starting to get a little hard. Just a couple of years ago, 5.3-inches was considered a phablet. Phablets were always reserved for secondary flagships, but the Optimus G2 is the main flagship for LG.

We has been rumored that it will come with a 5.2-inch display and the Wall Street Journal just confirmed it. That is only .10-inches smaller than the original Galaxy Note. It was just last week when LG confirmed they have the thinnest HD display in the world, and the size just so happens to be 5.2-inches. LG isn’t confirming that this display will actually be on the the G2, but do they need to?

source: WSJ