Nexus 5 gets slight revision with improved buttons and larger speakers

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Google is now selling a “new” version of the Nexus 5 with a few tweaks. No, it doesn’t mean it’s an entirely new Nexus device, unfortunately. Google and LG have slightly tweaked a few things about the Nexus 5 to make a better device. This happens to many devices, it’s just rare that they get much press about it. When we’re talking about a device aimed at Android enthusiasts, though, you can expect those “slight” adjustments to be noticed pretty quickly.

The most major things you’ll notice are larger holes for the speaker at the bottom of the device and some adjusted buttons. Many users reported loose or rattling buttons on the Nexus 5, but the new ones appear to be a bit more stiff and more sturdy, which is definitely a good thing. You can see the small changes in the pictures below.
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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition tablet now available in the Play Store

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So the LG V510 wasn’t a Nexus device after all, but it might be the next best thing. It’s the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition and it’s already available in the Play Store for $349. This version of the G Pad 8.3 is identical to the non GPE version except for one glaring difference…..you get Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

The rest of the specs include an 8.3-inch (1920 x 1200) Full HD IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and 4,600mAh battery.

source: Google Play Store

Image of LG V510 carries LG logo, no Nexus branding in sight

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Remember @evleaks‘ tip that the LG V510 was indeed a Nexus tablet? Well, now a new image of the purported device shows that it may not be a Nexus tablet after all. In the image above, you see LG’s logo smacked right in the middle of the back. Also, this device seems to be made out of shiny plastic, not the same material as Nexus devices. This was supposed to be the rumored Nexus. Prior to @evleaks‘ tweet, it was believed that this model number belonged to an LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE packed inside. Since @evleaks‘ information came from a tipster, it may be wrong; however, I’d like to believe that the LG V510 is the Nexus 8. After all, wouldn’t it be great for Google to hit that 8-inch sweet spot?

Source: MyLGPhones
Via: Phone Arena

Smaller LG G2 may be in the works, matches internal specs of bigger sibling

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Everyone wants in on the mini market with smaller models of their full-size devices. Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all released downsized devices. This time around it seems that the LG G2 will be getting a downsized sibling. While the G2’s screen is 5.2-inches, this model’s would be 4.7-inches. And this device will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is unknown if the display will be 720p or 1080p. A reveal could be in the works for CES 2014 in January; however, that is nothing but an assumption.

Source: Techblog (translated)
Via: Phone Arena

LG G2 sales fall short of expectations, but not by much

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LG had planned to sell 3 million units of their LG G2 in the four months since its launch. Unfortunately, they missed their target. LG sold 2.3 million units, falling 700,000 short. It certainly did not help that they sold just 600,000 units in Korea alone. That isn’t too impressive since the LG G Pro sold 540,000 units in Korea last year. One would think the strength of the G2 would help sales in that country. LG is currently spending a ton of money on marketing to make their name synonymous with smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but that can only help the product so much.

Source: Asia Today
Via: Phone Arena

LG V510 is a Nexus tablet, but which?

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According an @evleaks tipster, the LG V510 model number does belong to an unannounced Nexus device. The image was tweeted Sunday night and @evleaks says that “the LG V510 tablet is indeed a Nexus device.”

What we don’t know is which Nexus device this actually is. Most likely it is the rumored Nexus 8. The V510 name is similar to the LG G Pad 8.3’s model number, LG V500. A previous leak set the new Nexus 10 being manufactured by ASUS, thus dropping my belief that this is a new Nexus 10. We have no word when this unannounced device will launch, but we will definitely keep you updated.
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LG G Flex 2 to come in 2014, could bend fully to 90 degrees

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The first two “flexible” display devices on the market were really just to show off new technology— they have been more marketing-based than actually usable and interesting.

However, this doesn’t mean that the future of curved displays will be dull as well.

According to new rumors, LG’s G Flex 2 may have a display that can bend up to a full 90 degrees. This means that device will be nearly indestructible (from normal use), and it could be the first fully functional touch-screen clamshell device. If the display is possible, we’re sure manufacturers will be able to build a nice form factor around it to make it all come together.

The device will hit the market at some point in 2014, and you can bet LG will aim to have it hit stores before Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy Round is released.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: ZDNet

T-Mobile to get LG Optimus F3Q with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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No, the slide-out QWERTY isn’t dead just yet because LG is going to launch the Optimus F3Q on T-Mobile soon. Unfortunately, these slide-out QWERTY devices usually don’t sport specs any better than mid-range. We don’t know for sure what the specs of this device are yet, but don’t expect much since the Optimus F3 (non QWERTY version) is a mid-ranger in itself.

source: @evleaks

 

 

LG feels smartphones with flexible displays will have 40% of market by 2018

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With the LG G Flex starting to get a release date overseas, the company is now projecting big things for smartphones with curved/flexible displays. LG believes that these smartphones will have 40% of the market by 2018. Their reasoning for believing so is in the appeal of curved displays because they form to your hands, providing a natural feel. And according to SlashGear, components for the handset are “a collaboration between cutting-edge production technologies from LG Display, LG Innotek, and LG Chem.” LG clearly believes in the future of smartphones with curved displays. Dr. Ramchan Woo says that “‘it took, like, three years [to develop G Flex], but now it would be much shorter.'”
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LG G Flex gets a release date in Asian markets

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The LG G Flex has been tagged with a release date for Singapore and Hong Kong as well as other “key Asian markets.” In a press release, LG says that the G Flex will be available to pre-order for Singapore on December 8 while Hong Kong retailers should have devices ready to go on December 13. Other Asian markets will be announcing their release dates for the G Flex before the end of the year. As for the people outside of Asia, we’ve got nothing for you……yet.

Hit the break for LG’s press release.
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