Android 4.2.2 update for Nexus 4 wipes out unofficial LTE

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Remember not too long ago when some adventurous tinkerers found out you could enable LTE on the Nexus 4 because of how similar the hardware is to the LTE-enabled Optimus G? Well, if you’re one of the few using that trick, you may want to hold off on updating your Nexus 4 to 4.2.2. Apparently, in the latest version of Android Google has completely taken away the ability to turn on LTE for the Nexus 4. It’s definitely a disappointment, but when you think about FCC regulations and the like, it shouldn’t surprise anyone Google made this decision. If you just can’t live without LTE, though, I’m sure a few developers will figure out a way to get that unofficial support back, but until then you’ll just have to live without it.

source: Ars Technica

LG shows off Optimus G Pro curved glass design

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LG is trying to ramp up excitement for their new phones before MWC, and they’re doing a pretty good job. This time they’re showing off the design of the Optimus G Pro, which takes some serious design cues from the Note 2, but not in a bad way. One thing you won’t see that’s in the other popular phablet is a curved glass design, which LG says creates a 2.5 effect on the screen. Aside from that, it’s got the same finish as the other more familiar phones in their lineup. It’s closely based around the Japanese version of the phone we’ve seen, down to the specs, but hopefully we’ll see this hit more markets than just South Korea. Be sure to keep an eye out for this at Mobile World Congress.

source: Newswire

Korean Version Of LG Optimus G Pro Confirmed To Have 5.5-Inch Full HD Screen

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LG is following suit with Android’s most successful manufacturer, Samsung, they’re going big. LG confirmed the the Optimus G Pro for South Korea will come with a 5.5-inch full HD screen. As expected, this Galaxy Note II-sized device will beat the Galaxy S IV to market. This larger variant sounds like the one we expect announced at Mobile World Congress. If ginormous phones are your cup of tea, you’ll want to keep a close eye on our MWC coverage.

At this point the Optimus G Pro’s main advantage over its Samsung counterparts is its full 1080p screen but the rest of its specs are nothing to scoff at. It has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, LTE connectivity and a nice 3,140 mAh battery. The South Korean version is, but for its half-inch larger screen, identical to the Japanese version.

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LG makes the Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II official

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Yesterday we got word on the updated Optimus L series and LG didn’t waste anytime making them official with a presser. The Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II will probably not be part of the announcement on 25th, but they will certainly be on display during the MWC Conference. This upgrade seems to be a way for LG to try and recapture some of the success the “L-Style” line has had in the past with around 10 million units sold since last year’s launch.  In terms of specifications these devices are mid-range at best and the dual-SIM technology suggests they aim to sell this on the central/eastern European market.

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Details of the LG Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II leak ahead of MWC

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We already know LG will be unveiling a few phones at MWC, and it looks like three of those bad boys will be the L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II. It was about this time last year when the first versions of the L Series were unveiled, and they might not have been the most popular phones in the land, but 10 million units sold isn’t too shabby. Fast forward a year and the second versions are ready to take on the world. Hit the break to get the scoop.

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LG to launch Optimus G Pro later this month to beat the Galaxy S IV to market

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We’ve seen some pretty interesting details about LG’s new powerhouse phablet, the Optimus G Pro, that was announced last month. First we heard that LG was going to announce the bigger, 5.5 inch version of the phablet alongside a handful of other devices at MWC, but now we’re hearing rumors that LG might try to get the Optimus G Pro pushed out by the end of the month to try to beat Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S IV to market, and hopefully snatch up a few sales before the S IV potentially steals LG’s thunder.

I think this is a pretty great move on LG’s part. The Optimus G Pro packs some serious horsepower, including a full-HD screen and a bigger battery than the Galaxy Note 2. By launching before Samsung has a chance to sweep the market, it’ll get some early buyers and possibly sway enough people to stick with LG phones over Samsung phones. Can’t wait to see how this one’s going to play out.

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Seems Like LG Will Be Announcing 4 New Phones At MWC This Year

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LG sent invites to their press event during Mobile World Congress, and if there is anything we can take from this it’s that LG has more to offer than just the Nexus 4. You can clearly see the giant 4 to the left of the invitation which indicates, if anything, that there will be 4 new devices from LG at this years Mobile World Congress. While there have been many rumors surrounding what devices may be shown, many sources have been pointing to two main ones.

The first of these rumors is the possibility of a new device line being dubbed the “F” series which many speculate to be a line of 4G-LTE  capable devices that are set to be in the “affordable” price range for consumers. The second half of this rumor is the possible refresher (upgrades) to the current “L Series”  line of devices that were shown at the last year’s MWC. Possible upgrades may include a faster processor or maybe a bigger battery.

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Nexus 4 (un)officially reaches the 1-million sales mark

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Google’s latest powerhouse has formally reached a major milestone. While certain fans out there have been critical about its availability, the Nexus 4 smartphone has officially reached the 1-million sales mark. While some have done their best to give an educated guess at how many devices were currently lurking out there in the wild, some crafty XDA users took some time to go to the forums to do some more digging and using a Turkish device’s IMEI number, actually found out that the Turkish device is actually the 999,998th Nexus 4 was officially sold:

 

“Ladies and gentleman, we just reached the millionth device!

(of course just judging by serial number, i.e. minus gaps)

ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY

Which means, IMEI prefix 35391805* is now officially complete and the next one will be started.”

 

This is a pretty neat achievement considering Google & LG have each had their fair share of stocking issues and continue to create massive pandemonium and demand for the device. In addition— it appears LG wasn’t too farfetched when it gave those lofty sales’ goals and all. Let’s just see how much the Nexus 4 sales numbers climb once Google & LG gets their acts together and finally have the device in consistently.

source: XDA Forums

 

New, larger LG Optimus G Pro coming to MWC

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Sources claim a new, larger version of the LG Optimus G Pro that was announced last month is on its way to Mobile World Congress 2013. Last month NTT DoCoMo announced the availability of an upgraded LG Optimus G sporting a 5″ full HD display and a nice 3,000 mAh battery. That device was dubbed the LG Optimus G Pro and followed on LG’s popular Optimus G smartphone. In spite of that recent announcement, there were still rumors circulating that LG had a 5.5-inch device in the works as well. » Read the rest

LG releases a video reminding us a “breakthrough will be made at MWC 2013″

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You remember when LG tried to tease us a little yesterday? Well it seems it is intent on enticing us even more by releasing yet another teaser— this time in the form of a video that can ultimately be described as a “breakthrough being made at MWC 2013″. Unfortunately the “breakthrough” can be described as vague at best— numerous key words such as “premium”, “creative”, “stylish”, “powerful” and “speedy” are showcased in the video which describes LG’s mysterious new toy. Could this be a follow-up to LG’s resounding Optimus G series? We can’t quite be sure– but fortunately MWC is right around the corner, so we won’t need to wait too long to see whatever it is LG has cooking.

Hit the flip to check out the teaser vid for yourself.

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