It is no secret that LG was no longer content to watch Apple and Samsung battle for supremacy in the smartphone and tablet markets. This prompted the company to increase their efforts at producing devices consumers would be interested in, like the recently released LG G3 or their L Series of devices. Those efforts seem to be paying off as LG announced they shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones during the second quarter and their mobile division turned a profit for the first time after three consecutive quarters of losses.
Well, this is new.
The LG G3’s QuickCircle case has a circular window which allows users to see important notification information and date/time data. But now, users will be able to use the window to actually play games while on the run.
Google, via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has made the official kernel files for the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch available for download. This is good news for developers who want to work on developing custom ROMs for the devices or fine tune apps to take full advantage of the platform. Being smartwatch devices, this should also help those developers who want to create unique watch faces for the devices.
In releasing the code, Bill Yi on the Android Building Google Group indicated the development team is planning a “full platform push” for the next version of Android, currently dubbed Android L.
If you want to grab the source, hit the source link below.
AT&T’s LG G3 does support wireless charging, but if you’ve invested in any Qi charging mats, don’t expect them to work. The AT&T version of the device will only work with PMA (Power Matters Alliance) charging pads, which includes offerings from Duracell and a few other companies. AT&T has pretty publicly tried to support PMA charging instead of Qi, so this move makes sense for the company, even though it’s not great for customers. Read more
Smartwatches have been around for a couple of years now, but most consumers sat on the sidelines waiting for something more compelling. Watches like the WiMM One, Sony SmartWatches, and Galaxy Gears (now just Gear) were all okay, but they seemed to serve as appetizers for the main course. Why? Because they lacked consistency or a solid foundation. Plus, most people knew Google, not to mention Apple, had something up their sleeve.
Google did have something up their sleeve and it’s called Android Wear. A simple version of Android that allows developers to add code to their existing apps rather than creating something from scratch. Android Wear will also be free from manufacturer skins, which gives everyone a consistent user experience.
LG has finally announced some details about when and where you’ll be able to get your hands on the G3 Beat. The budget device will be released in South Korea on July 18th with a global rollout to many European countries over the next few weeks.Pricing will be announced in individual markets when it becomes available.
As a reminder, the G3 Beat sports a 5-inch, 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8 GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel rear shooter. It has many of the great design features of the bigger G3, including the Floating Arc design of the device and laser auto-focus for the camera, LG’s Smart Keyboard and QuickMemo+, and the UX from the G3.
As far as budget devices go, this one definitely looks like a solid contender, especially if you like some of the things LG does on their high-end devices.
source: LG Newsroom
Every flagship smartphone gets a miniature sibling to go along with it. All of the cool manufacturers — Samsung, HTC, LG, and Apple — do it! The launch these smaller devices usually happens a few months after the flagship’s launch. LG, though, does not seem to be choosing to wait very long to release the watered-down version of the G3. The G3 S believed to be this device and it has received certification in China. Read more
There is one more place to purchase an Android Wear device from. Best Buy is now carrying smartwatches from both Samsung and LG. Prior to this, the only places to get such devices from were Google Play and Amazon. Through Best Buy, the G Watch is ready to ship; however, the Gear Live is currently listed as only a pre-order. Both colors of the G Watch are available (Titanium Black and White Gold) and Best Buy has the Gear Live in Black and Wine Red.
Hit any of the links below to order one today.
Source: Best Buy [LG G Watch – Titan Black] [LG G Watch – White Gold] [Samsung Gear Live – Black] [Samsung Gear Live – Wine Red]
Over the course of the next few weeks, Sprint will be rolling out an update to two LG devices. The update brings the carrier’s WiFi Calling feature that literally allows customers to place calls and send messages over a WiFi network at no extra charge. Assuming the WiFi network being used is stable, improved quality can be expected. The international aspect of this feature will also launch in the coming weeks.
The two devices receiving the update are the G3 and G Flex. An update notification will appear for those devices and a download will begin when accepted. Once complete, install and WiFi Calling is almost ready to go. A WiFi Calling app will be placed in the Apps folder for setup. Sprint currently offers WiFi Calling for many devices from Samsung and HTC already while intending to expand the offering to many more devices through the rest of 2014.
Let us know when you receive the update.
Verizon’s mysterious budget LG device, the G Vista, is slated to go on sale this upcoming Friday, July 18th. There’s still no solid word on pricing, but since it’s clearly modeled after the G3 with lesser specs, and Verizon is selling the G3 for $99 on-contract, there’s no way this device can cost too much.
As a reminder, we’re expecting the G Vista to launch with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and 8 GB of internal storage. It’s pretty likely we’ll see a lot of the G3’s great software features make its way onto the device, too.