LG has just announced their HomeChat service, which does exactly what the name implies; you can text your home appliances to get them to do stuff. The service will be based on the Line messaging app, and you’ll be able to send SMS messages to your ovens, refrigerators, or washing machines to get them to manage your house while you’re away.
LG is working on making this work with casual commands, so you can tell your refrigerator that you’re going on vacation, for instance, and it will go into a power saving mode. You can also ask it what’s in the fridge while you’re at it. You can let your robotic LG vacuum cleaner know that you’re on the way home so it can start vacuuming for you, or you can tell the oven to go ahead and preheat itself. I’m not sure if these functions will only be available to LG branded smartphones, but considering most manufacturers want to try to rope consumers into using one brand for all of their electronics, it wouldn’t be surprising.
Home automation can still be a little quirky at times, so it’ll be interesting to see if LG can pull this off well. They’ll be announcing their new appliances at CES this year, so expect more information about it next month.
The LG G3 probably won’t be released for at least 8 months, but it’s never to early to speculate what the hardware will be. According to “unidentified industry sources,” the LG G3 will sport a 2,560 x 1,440 IPS LCD display, an octa-core processor, and a 16MP rear camera. We presume the octa-core will be LG’s own processor codenamed “Odin.” The big question is if this processor will be widely available for all regions or be similar to Samsung’s situation, in which most of the world doesn’t get the Exynos octa-core?
Like I said, there is a still a lot time before we see the G3, so these specs could easily change.
source: ZDNet Korea
Earlier this month we reported on news that LG G2 smartphone was expected to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update before the end of the year. LG has delivered as reports from Korea indicate the update, clocking in at 637 MB, has started hitting phones as an over-the-air update. The reports are uncertain as to what order the update is rolling out to devices in the country and no information was provided on how long the process will take, but it looks like it will be nice, early Christmas present for at least some owners in Korea.
Early reports put the update for the LG G2 coming to the U.S. before the end of the year as well, but no sign of the update has surfaced as we prepare for the final week of the year. Other markets will be waiting a while still with France expected to see the update in early 2014, along with Canada.
LG is not exactly sure what may be going on over at the Korea Times, but they do know their latest report hinting at an LG partnership with Huawei is nothing but hot air. In a statement released today, LG says “there is no discussion now or in the past with Huawei on any aspects of LG Electronics’ business.” This terse statement came in response to a report in the Korea Times suggesting LG and Huawei may be working on a partnership with at least one of the goals being to help “revive” LG’s smartphone business.
While LG has generally been receiving positive reviews for the devices it released in 2013 like the LG G2 or the Nexus 5, it has continued to struggle in the market to gain share. During the past year LG saw Huawei overtake it in global shipments. However, that lack of market share is attributed to LG’s weakness in the entry-level and lower ends of the market. Coincidentally, that is also the part of the market where Huawei primarily targets their devices. Apparently the analyst cited by the Korea Times thinks LG is feeling the heat and described their smartphone business as “fragile.”
source: The Verge
Well that was quick. Last week, we got wind of the LG Gx, which was rumored to replace the G2. As we predicted, it’s not the case as it’s more of an Optimus G Pro followup. This one goes back to LG’s traditional design, as in you won’t find back power and volume buttons like the G2. The Gx sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and 3,140mAh battery. It was announced for the LG U+ network in Korea and supports VoLTE.
This phone will get a couple of new software features….Smart Day will provide more key information on the lock screen and Media Time gives improved access to music and videos from the lock screen. At this point, we have no idea if it will become available outside of Korea. Last year’s Optimus G Pro was, but we will have to wait and see.
With the LG G Flex having a release date in Asian markets, many wondered when it would head west to the United States. Earlier today, Twitter’s @evleaks tweeted an image of the G Flex for Sprint. Only the front of the device was leaked, giving way to minimal Sprint branding. On the lockscreen sits the carrier’s name and their LTE icon sits in the status bar. In case you were wondering, the model number for this device is LS995 — the same as November leak. If there’s any indication for a release date, it would be February 7 or sometime around then as that is the date displayed. Stay tuned for more information regarding the G Flex’s United States arrival. Read more
Owners of the LG G2 around the globe are anxiously awaiting word on when their devices will join the Android 4.4 KitKat party. According to LG’s Korean web site, the LG G2 will receive KitKat before the end of December. This will make the LG G2 one of the company’s first devices to receive KitKat. Previous reports also put the update coming to U.S. owners of the LG G2 before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, sources in France are reporting the Android 4.4 update for the LG G2 is expected to show up in that country during the first quarter of 2014. That would match the time frame for the rollout of KitKat on the LG G2 in Canada.
source: SFR, LG
The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3 is starting to receive the Android 4.4.2 update. According to a reader over at Droid Life, the 8-inch near-Nexus tablet is receiving the update sized at 52MB. The update “improves performance and stability and bug fixes.” On the surface, there are no major user interface changes. Head on over to Settings/About tablet/System updates to see if your LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is ready for Android 4.4.2.
Via: Droid Life
Back in October, France announced that their LG Optimus G would receive Android 4.4 as early as October. Considering KitKat’s release date was only October 31, that was preposterous. Still, it seems like the Optimus G will still be one of the first devices to receive the 4.4 update – at least in Estonia. LG’s Facebook page in Estonia announced that Optimus G customers of Elisa, the second largest carrier in the country, will begin receiving Android 4.4 today.
No word on when Optimus G owners outside of Estonia will receive KitKat, or when the higher-end LG G2 will receive 4.4.
Update: Unfortunately the information on LG’s Facebook page was untrue and LG reached out to us with the following statement…..
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. Read more