There are all sorts of user interfaces out there — TouchWiz, ZenUI, Sense, and Optimus UI are just some of them. These different UI’s tend to come packaged with all sorts of bloatware such as theme stores, digital assistants, and popop tips. In addition to that, there’s usually a bevy of carrier apps packaged into your phone, as well. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a way to get rid of all of that junk aside from disabling them, but there is at least a way we can make any smartphone take on the look of pure Android.
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
Only six months after LG released the Optimus G to the masses, a successor has been spotted in benchmarks and at the Bluetooth SIG getting its Bluetooth certification.
As you can see in the picture above, it looks like there will be three variations of the LG-F320, or what we will call the Optimus G2. The F320L and F340L variations both run the latest Android 4.2.2 and are backed by a 2.0GHz processor (presumably the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800). The F320K variation has a 1.5GHz processor and runs on Android 4.1.2. All three variations are rumored to have a 13 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera and a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display.
Oddly enough, the F320K outperformed both of the other variations in AnTuTu benchmark scores, even though it’s clocked at 1.5GHz (as opposed to the other’s 2.0GHz). Nothing else is known at this time about the G2, but hopefully LG will change that soon.
LG has officially unveiled its latest mid-range device— the Optimus F5 smartphone. Sandwiched in between devices such as the Optimum G (Pro) and the Optimus L9 series, the Optimus F5 arrives with modest features such as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 running the show. Oh and while the device doesn’t have much to scream at, it at least features 4G LTE, which allows customers to enjoy the simple pleasures of fast internet data on their handsets. The Optimus F5’s trump card compared to other mid-rangers is the inclusion of custom LG software like QSlide and Live Zooming running the show.
So now that the device is out in the open, it’s time to give the most eager details— its availability. As of now, the device is expected to arrive in French retailers on April 29th, while other markets will follow shortly after. While there’s no overt mention of when we can expect to see the device out here in the States, we’ve already seen indications suggesting that it won’t be long for Verizon customers to see this puppy as well.
Hit the break for the full presser.
It has been a very busy year for LG as they have flooded their Mobile World Congress booth with a total of eight smartphones on display. The most recent devices are the F series, which include the the Optimus F5 and the Optimus F7, which are both solid mid-range devices but the F7 is the most powerful of the pair sporting a 4.7-inch 720p LCD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-Megapixel camera, and a decent sized 2540 mAh battery. This announcement came right after the debut of LG’s L series refresher, which inludes the Optimus L3 ll, L5 ll, and L7 ll, all lower-end devices, and unlike the aforementioned F series, are only 3G capable.
With voice command assistants being all the rave these days, LG just couldn’t resist and decided to join in on all the fun. To attempt to stay on pace with Samsung, LG released their voice recognition software dubbed as “Quick Voice”. There’s nothing really new here if you’re already familiar with the Galaxy SIII’s S-Voice software and the iPhone 4S’s Siri. It’s a voice activated software that will enable the user to ask for various questions such as what the weather is and will assist you in setting up certain tasks such as setting up an alarm or calendar events. Quick Voice will launch “soon” on some of their current smartphones in Asia such as the Vu and LTE II. So far, no word yet on whether it will appear on some of their American handsets such as the Optimus 3D and LG Thrill 4G.
I’ve never really cared too much for these types of dedicated voice recognition apps as Android has already had this since the Eclair days. Having a dedicated app such as S-Voice and Quick Voice just seems gimmicky to me. But with the popularity it gained from Apple’s Siri, I can’t blame the competition for taking a crack at it.
source: LG Korea
LG’s Optimus LTE has already been galavanting around South Korea and Japan, and the U.S. has seen it as the LG Spectrum and LG Nitro HD. Now, right before launching in Hong Kong at the end of April, LG has decided to change its name to the LG Optimus True HD LTE. Name changes between markets is commonplace, so what’s the big deal? The big deal is the “True HD” portion of the name. It’s apparently a slam against Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD technology, which uses a Pentile pixel layout, meaning less sub-pixels per pixel, reducing some sharpness.
LG doesn’t think Samsung should use “HD” for it’s screens because of this, so they added “True HD” to call attention to the fact that their screens will NOT use a Pentile display and is therefore real HD. LG has also criticized AMOLED’s over-saturated colors and higher power consumption, stating that LG’s AH-IPS screens have a more consistent power consumption across varying levels of whiteness.
This amounts to mostly a spec war since most users cannot tell the difference between Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED HD screens (seen on the Galaxy Nexus) and other non-pentile HD screens, at least when it comes to sharpness and clarity. The higher color saturation is typically seen as a positive to most users who aren’t concerned with true color reproduction, but if they do any sort of semi-serious photography with their devices, it becomes more noticeable. All this drama will most likely go away as soon as Samsung releases their Super AMOLED Plus panels in time for the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Check out some of LG’s slides comparing the two technologies after the break.
The yet-to-be-released LG Optimus 3D Max, successor to the very first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D, is now one step closer to release, gaining Global Certification Forum (GCF) approval. The Max, codenamed the P720, is approved for quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, EDGE class 12, and HSDPA category 14. It will most likely not have 4G LTE.
This device will sport a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP procesor, 1GB of RAM, and run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box (promised ICS update to come). The Max will also feature greatly improved 3D experience.
No official dates for release, but judging by when they got GCF approval, the device could be launching before the end of Q2. That’s anywhere between April and June, and that’s most likely starting with Asia.
So who’s looking forward to the Max?
LG showed off the Optimus 3D Max at Mobile World Congress this year, and now Gameloft has gotten on board to optimize a bunch of their titles for the glasses-free 3D device. Just what games will be available from LG’s Smart World once the phone is released? Here’s a list:
- Assassin’s Creed 3D
- Dungeon Hunter 2 3D
- James Cameron’s Avatar 3D
- N.O.V.A. 2 3D
- Shrek Kart 3D
- BackStab 3D
- Fishing Kings 3D
- Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus 3D
- Shadow Guardian 3D
- Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Order & Chaos
- Splinter Cell 3D
One thing the Max can do that it’s predecessor, the Optimus 3D (or LG Thrill in the States) , cannot is convert regular 2D apps into 3D. While that’s a cool trick, converted apps are not “optimized”, meaning someone didn’t painstakingly go through the app and tweak the assets for a more engaging 3D experience. That’s what Gameloft is doing with this partnership.
Read Gameloft’s press release after the break.
The dust is still settling over in Barcelona after the Android-fest that was Mobile World Congress 2012. We saw devices of all shapes and sizes and covering a mass range of budgets, so inevitably one or two devices have flown quietly under the radar. One such device is the ICS toting, LG Optimus L7 which is now winging its way over to Canada by way of Rogers Wireless. Canadian mobile website, mobilesyrup has received a tip suggesting that the device is set to join Rogers “Smartphone Lite” budget phone line-up.
As a quick reminder, the Optimus L7 is a mid-range, Android 4.0 ICS phone with a 4.3″, 480 x 800 display, 1 GHz single-core processor and a 5MP, LED equipped camera. There’s no word on price or launch date just yet however we’ll be sure to update you as soon as there is.
source : mobilesyrup