Google IO 2016 Coverage

LG is developing a new high-end processor for mobile phones


We have heard many a rumor that LG has been working on their own processors for mobile phones. The last we heard about it was a report in September claiming the processor known as “Odin” was ready for a release this year.

It’s possible that particular version of the processor was scrapped because a new report from the same source states that LG was working on an octa-core featuring Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores, but it’s now scrapped due to overheating issues. Where have we heard that one before?

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The LG Watch Urbane brings luxury to Android Wear


Android Wear has come a long way in the short time since it was launched, being pioneered by LG and Motorola with their G Watch R and Moto 360 offerings. But while Motorola has yet to follow-up on their initial design, LG has moved on from the G Watch R’s’ bland but functional design to a more trendy and upscale look. Today, LG has announced the rather stylish looking Watch Urbane.

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LG Y70 makes a quick stop on Indian import tracking site


The upcoming LG Y70 has made an appearance on Zauba. The Indian import tracking site registered the handset’s arrival on Thursday. And, surprisingly, the listing gives us some information about the Y70. It will have some version of Lollipop running behind a 4.7-inch display. The resolution of the display is unknown at this time but 720p seems likely.

The LG Y70 is said to be launching in South American and European markets.

Source: Zauba

LG to give away a plastic version of Google Cardboard to G3 owners


With Samsung offering the Gear VR, many are wondering what LG, or even other Android manufacturers will do. LG is joining the party, but they are doing exactly the opposite of Samsung in that they are embracing Google, which is something Samsung never does.

LG VR is going to be based on Google Cardboard, except it will be tailored for the G3 and it will be made  from plastic. LG VR will utilize the same ring magnet found on Cardboard, and it will work with the G3 magnetic gyroscope to scroll through applications and menus. However, this VR will also leverage the rear volume rocker layout and the G3’s 1W speaker for better sound.

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Samsung and LG to embrace rear dual-cameras


A new report out of Korea has Samsung and LG releasing smartphones this year with dual cameras at the back. This is nothing new since HTC tried it already (pictured above) and appears to be giving up on it with the One (M9). Two rear cameras offer more depth to your photos and allows you to easily add Bokeh type effects.

What’s interesting about this report is that it suggests the Galaxy S 6 will sport such a thing, but we have had so many leaked renders and there is no sign of it. My guess is that it would show up on the Galaxy Note 5 or the next version of the Galaxy Note Edge. Remember that Samsung patent we saw last week? It was for a dual-curved edge phone, but there was also a popup that was unexplained. That could easily be a second camera as we speculated in that post. I guess it’s also possible that it shows up on the Galaxy S 6 Edge, but I still think it’s unlikely.

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Sprint updating the HTC One (M8) and LG G3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop next week


Sprint is on fire when it comes to updating devices to Lollipop. If the HTC One (M7) and the Galaxy S 5 wasn’t enough, how about the HTC One (M8) and the LG G3? A leaked document shows that the HTC One (M8) will get Android 5.0 Lollipop on February 13 and the LG G3 will get the tasty treat on February 16. If you happen to own the Harman Kardon edition of the One (M8), don’t fret, because it’s included in the update as well.

Of course, it should be noted that “subject to change” is listed so if anything goes wrong with the final testing, Sprint will delay the launch. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

source: Android Central