LG Display has announced it will start mass production of flexible OLED displays for smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013. The flexible displays will support ultra high-definition and besides the benefits of being flexible,will be very thin as well. According to LG’s official statement, “We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year.” The production facility in Paju is expected to be able to produce 12,000 sheets on a monthly basis, though it is not clear how many devices could be produced from a single sheet.
Voice commands are becoming a staple when it comes to phones and tablets these days. Apple pushed it into the lime light with Siri and Google refined it with Google Now. While some of the features seem to be for novelty sake companies like Samsung and LG are taking a look at using it for navigational purposes. With that being said it appears that LG is working on a phone that will debut some time in 2014 that will feature voice commands at the core of its system.
This functionality will be used to navigate through various system functions. This will help, for example, in the car where handsfree voice navigation is crucial. One function may include zooming in and out of maps, but from what it sounds like voice navigation will work throughout Android itself. That’s about it on the software front. On the hardware side of things the device may sport a Snapdragon 800 processor which should help the software run smoothly.
Other than that there isn’t much to go on. LG hasn’t said anything regarding such a device. Voice navigation seems to be a logical step in a hands free world. How about you folks out there? Does the idea of voice navigation on a system wide level intrigue you?
source: GottaBe Mobile
In an effort to revamp its smartphone lineup, LG is rumored to drop the ‘Optimus’ name from its premium devices and move the name to mid to lower-end devices instead. According to various reports, LG is in the midst of devising a new brand identity for its flagship models, which should help to generate more chatter and excitement among consumers. There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the new flagship name (or if this sudden change indicates a new LG flagship that’s on the way), but the hope is that we’ll have a clearer understanding sooner than later.
Complimenting the more uniform naming arrangement for its smartphone models, LG is also rumored to go with a more common design language for not just its upcoming handsets— but other types of devices as all— all in order to bring more consistency and familiarity with customers. So while this is exciting (and unusual to say the least), no one knows exactly what this means really. Will the LG smartphones and say appliances feature some sort of sleek curvy design? Will each be featured in a few exclusive colors? Again no one knows exactly… but it certainly will be exciting to see what direction it is LG may be headed towards.
via: Phone Arena
U.S. Cellular customers looking for a sweet mid-range device are in luck as the wireless carrier has officially announced its latest offering— the LG Optimus F7 smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten about the basics of the phone since its original launch a while back, let’s give you a little refresher: the Optimus F7 comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, microSD slot and a spiffy 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 display. And yes— the device’s software is up-to-date for the most part as it not only features Jelly Bean loaded up, but some of LG’s awesome software too such as the implementation of the QSlide multi-window feature. The device will also come jam-packed with with the usual 3G and LTE radios built-in, giving users of the device quality network speeds when available.
The device is available now on the U.S. Cellular website and at U.S. Cellular retailers for a smooth $99 on-contract or customers who don’t want to feel tied down will have the option of purchasing the device for $399 outright. You’ll find more deets once you hit the source link below.
source: US Cellular
LG has released a series of pretty funny videos showing off some of the “Fabsharing” features on the new Optimus G Pro, including Dual Recording, Live Effects, and VuTalk.
Dual Recording allows users to record using both front and back cameras at the same time, with picture-in-picture capabilities. Live Effects adds special effects to pictures and videos, creating a pretty humorous result. VuTalk allows for interactive screen-sharing during phone calls, illustrated in the promotional video by a grandma and her grandson playing hangman on their phones with each other while in the middle of a phone call. Pretty cool stuff! It’s obvious that LG is catching on with Samsung’s ways here, knowing that the majority of consumers purchase based on features, not on hardware.
Check out the videos after the break.
Yesterday at the D11 Conference, Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai unveiled the HTC One Google Experience phone, which is now the second phone like this to be announced. The next obvious question from Walt Mossberg was, “Does that mean you aren’t going to make anymore Nexus devices?” Pichai answered by saying the goal behind Nexus was to invest in cutting edge hardware along with their partners to guide the ecosystem. He closed by saying “That will continue as well.” Correct me if I am wrong, but the word “phone” was never mentioned. I heard “devices”.
Let’s rewind to October of last year when a report from AndroidandMe said that the LG Nexus was on the way and a new Nexus Program was in the works. The rumor was that Google opened the Nexus program to all OEMs. Based on these latest phones from Samsung and HTC, it’s safe to say that this rumor held true. There were some things about it that were wrong as in the OEM skins (TouchWiz and Sense) would be part of a customization center, but it appears Google is heading into a different direction with the Nexus program.
Earlier today we showed you another leaked photo of LG’s upcoming flagship the Optimus G2, and now we have another LG device to show off. The LG Optimus L9 II is making the rounds and its posed to make waves in the upper midrange tier of Android devices coming out. The L9 II will feature a 4.7″ 720×1280 pixels HD IPS display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and will run Android 4.1.2 Jellybean. Other than that, not much is known about the device but as usual, check back with us for updates as we get them.
Via: Phone Arena
Yet another image of the upcoming LG Optimus G2 has been making the rounds on the internet, resembling leaked images from before. While the photo doesn’t tell us anything new about LG’s next flagship, it does provide another look at the extremely thin bezel and it’s almost edge to edge screen. Curiously, the device has no buttons on the front, but it is rumored to have touch areas on the back for navigation, and will presumably have onscreen buttons as well.
The G2 is also expected to feature a full HD display and a Snapdragon 800 processor and is set for release sometime in the third quarter of 2013.
Despite being told that LG is not working on a Nexus 5, we naturally didn’t believe them, and according to a Korean site, Daum.net, LG has already produced their first prototype of the upcoming Nexus 5. The device has apparently been kept under very strict security, but Google’s Larry Page has seen the device. Exciting stuff, right? Unfortunately, there’s no details about specs, or if it’s going to have that fantastic camera or a less-than-1080p screen, or LTE or a microSD card slot. (Tip: Don’t hold your breath for the SD card) Google tends to release new hardware with the new major iterations of Android, so whenever they decide to show off that elusive Key Lime Pie, a new handset is bound to come with it.
Also, according to Daum, LG has shipped 3 million Nexus devices. It’s not competitive with what the big dogs like Samsung and HTC have moved recently, but the Nexus 4 was never supposed to compete with those kinds of phones. Hopefully, if LG is secretly making the next Nexus, they’ll be able to avoid those early shipping
disasters headaches this time around.
via: Unwired View
We may see the Nexus 4 as a resounding success, but it appears that LG is possibly throwing in the towel when it comes to the future development for Nexus devices— well for now at least. Contrary to what we’ve heard before, LG Europe Vice President Won Kim asserts “the Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google… However we do not need such a marketing success again“. Additionally, Kim argues that there is no need for the release of a flagship device with stock Android build in. When posed the question regarding the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Edition smartphone, Kim is blunt in his thoughts about that type of device by arguing LG has “no plans to provide our devices like Samsung has now done. This has no added value for us without our own skins“.
So does this mean that LG has its eyes on refining and developing its own unique devices? Not necessarily folks. While speaking with The Next Web, an LG spokesperson confirmed “what Mr. Won Kim said is that we are not currently working on a Nexus 5, which is true. But that doesn’t mean we would turn down the opportunity“. So in essence, there is a possibility that while they aren’t working on the next Nexus device, it doesn’t mean that we’ll never see a future LG-based Nexus device ever again. After all, LG certainly doesn’t want to see its competitors claw back into the hearts of the masses again, right?
source: All About Phones
via: The Next Web