The Society for Information Display’s annual show is taking place this week in Vancouver, Canada and LG something special to unveil. For the first time in public, they will show off a 5-inch unbreakable and flexible OLED panel for mobile devices. The flexible part is cool, but the unbreakable part might actually be more meaningful right now. Replacing panels on phones and tablets can be pretty costly.
We have been hearing about similar products from Samsung as well, but LG is expected to trump Samsung by bringing this new technology to market quicker. Many people were hoping that the Galaxy Note III would sport something flexible, but Samsung just isn’t in a position to make that happen yet. Depending on the jumpstart, LG could put a dent into Samsung’s mobile market share.
Hit the break for the full press release.
We’ve been hearing plenty of rumors of the elusive white Nexus 4 for the past few months, and now we’ve got some more fuel for the fire. According to the latest round of rumors, Google is going to launch the white Nexus 4 on the Play Store on June 10th. An even cooler detail about this variant of the Nexus 4? It’s going to be running Android 4.3.
Google spent the first day of I/O focusing on Play services instead of an Android update, and they definitely succeeded. Unfortunately, this lends some credibility to the rumors that 4.3 is likely just going to be minor under-the-hood tweaks, like new APIs. Either way, we’ll be sure to let you know next month.
source: Android and Me
Yesterday, only a couple days before Google I/O is scheduled to open, a new photo of a white Google Nexus 4 device surfaced. Today, things ratchet up a bit with the discovery of a white Nexus 4 at a Qualcomm booth at The Mobile Show in Dubai. The folks at TechView even took the time to video the device which was presented to them as a demo unit. One thing that is apparent now is that only the back is white with the face still sporting black panels surrounding the screen. Since there is no information on a timeframe for a retail release, or if that will even happen, there is always the possibility the whole thing could end up being white, not just the back. Hit the break to check out the video.
While a handful of rumors regarding the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note III have been floating around the internet, the most speculation has been given to the device’s screen. Early rumors predicted that we’d see Samsung’s first flexible display, but with delays getting those to market it looks like that will not be the case. A report by an investment firm in South Korea says that the display on the Note III will be a 6-inch, non-flexible AMOLED screen, debunking other rumors that Samsung may introduce the world’s first plastic OLED display.
In the report it is speculated that Samsung is not ready to mass produce flexible OLED displays and are currently only capable of manufacturing 24,000 screens a month. LG, who had also hinted at a flexible device by year’s end, is reportedly also having problems mass-producing their flexible display.
Another image of LG’s mysterious new device has made its way onto the internet today. This one comes courtesy of the infamous @evleaks twitter account and shows the device’s almost non-existent bezel. While nothing can be for certain, this is almost definitely the same device we got a glimpse of last week. It is probably safe to assume this is LG’s follow up to the Optimus G, although some more excitable folks believe it to be the next Nexus device.
Regardless of what it is, it is shaping up to be a gorgeous device with a very minimal design. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more, and don’t forget to hit the break for last week’s image in case you missed it.
LG has an event scheduled for May 30 in Macau, and although fans might be hoping for the Optimus G2, it probably won’t be the featured star. There really isn’t much to go on from the invitation other than the prominent “G”, which could bring you to the conclusion that it will be the G2, but it is still too soon for the G2 to be unveiled. I expect the recently leaked Optimus GK to be the star of this one. It’s a smaller version of the Optimus G Pro and it features a 5-inch Full HD IPS display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 13MP camera, 2MP front camera, and 3,100mAh battery.
Who knows, it could be something completely different as well. What do you guys think?
We know that LG isn’t holding back when it comes to its plans to introduce new and cutting-edge smartphones, but it appears that LG is possibly looking to take the next step and introduce some new tablets in the near-future. According to various Korean media outlets, LG is quietly working behind closed doors and working on a new tablet that will be unveiled sometime in Q3 of this year. There are no concrete details of the upcoming device— so we don’t know about the display size, processor or operating system– at least not yet. Despite the lack of details, all indications are pointing that the Korean giant is wanting to try the whole tablet thing again after its Optimus Pad tablet, which generated lackluster sales and never seemed to gain any sort of popularity. So hopefully LG’s rumored new tablet will be able to break in and get a piece of the ever-growing tablet market share and help LG to achieve its goal of world dominance for 2013.
Be sure to stay tuned with us as we will try to provide any further details that we may hear about this developing story…
via: Phone Arena
A new filing with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for a new LG device may point the way to the successor to the LG Optimus G. The new device carries the model name LS980, which seems to be consistent with LG devices headed for the Sprint network. Some digging on the Sprint site yielded a build.prop info page for the LS980 indicating the device will run Android 4.2.2 and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 chipset. The Snapdragon 800 is not scheduled to be available until later this year, so the release of this device may be timed to hit the holiday shopping season.
The Sprint page also reveals the LS980 will have a 1920×1080 screen, so it will likely be capable of displaying full 1080p HD video. The device will have 2GB of RAM and carries 32GB of onboard memory. However, it does not look like it will support an external microSD card for additional memory. A rear-facing camera is listed at 13MP and capable of recording full 1080p HD video. All of these specs are consistent with earlier information discovered in some AnTuTu benchmark scores for a new LG device.
source: Bluetooth SIG, Sprint
via: Android Police
Evleaks shared images yesterday of what may be a future LG device, possibly the Optimus G2. With a curved glass front, no buttons, and a unique earpiece, this one is sure to be a game-changer. Although the phone shares some similarities with the Nexus 4, there is no suggestion that this is in fact a Nexus device.
For now there really isn’t any more information on the device, but we’ll let you guys know when there is an update of any sort. If you’ve got any ideas of what phone this may be, shout it out in the comments!
Sources: Evleaks FB and Evleaks Twitter
comScore released smartphone manufacturer and operating system data today for the first quarter of 2013 in the U.S. market. The numbers show Android continuing to dominate with 52 percent market share for operating systems. This was down slightly from December 2012 when Android held 53.4 percent of the market. Blackberry also slid down to only 5.2 percent of the market and Symbian took a small dip. Apple’s iOS was the big gainer for the quarter jumping 2.7 percent to grab 39 percent of the market and Microsoft also gained slightly.