In conjunction with MWC 2014, LG announced their take on a “mini” version of their flagship device, the LG G2. While some consumers continue to hope manufacturers will decide to release devices on par from a hardware standpoint with flagship devices, just in a smaller form factor, the manufacturers seem to think scaling things down includes the specs. LG is no exception as the smaller form factor for the LG G2 mini also comes with scaled down hardware. The goal, as revealed by LG’s Dr. Jong-seok Park, is to make a device that is “a very attractive option for mid-tier markets” by keeping costs down with less expensive, less powerful components.
Sprint announced today that they will make the LG G Flex, the world’s first curved smartphone, available on their network starting on January 31st for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. On that date, the device will be available through their Business Sales, Telesales, and web site. The LG G Flex will be available in retail stores starting on February 7th. A pre-order page has been setup on the Sprint web site and users who place an online pre-order will receive a free Quickwindow Folio case valued at $59.99. Users who wait to buy from a Sprint retail location will also have the option to purchase the device using Sprint’s Easy Pay with a down payment of $149.99 and 23 monthly payments of $20.84 and a final payment of $20.68. » Read the rest
We already know that the Nexus 5 will be coming to the Play Store off-contract, and that it will also be sold by carriers in the US. We now have news that the Canadian carrier, TELUS, will be offering the device as well.
Whether it will be available through TELUS at the same time as other carriers, we don’t know. Pricing is also unknown for now.
Expect to see Google release the Nexus 5 to the Play Store by the end of the month, likely on the 28th or 30th.
Source: Mobile Syrup
We’ve been getting more and more information on the Nexus 5, and don’t expect the news to slow down anytime soon. After we reported on the fact that multiple battery options will be available, we are now receiving information regarding the device’s release date and pricing from Japan.
Note that since this information is from Japan, this does not necessarily mean that the same will be true in the United States. Here’s what we have:
Many have been anticipating the eventual release of BBM for Android this weekend, as the popular messaging platform will
never soon be available to many more smartphone consumers.
However, in what was supposed to be a weekend filled of fanfare for the arrival of the application, we have seen nothing but the exact opposite.
Android users have been waiting hours upon hours for the app to be released but nothing has been released so far.
Blackberry made a statement yesterday regarding the delayed rollout.
Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.
Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.
After yesterday’s explanation, an update was expected for Sunday. Guess again, BBM fans. Blackberry still has nothing to show except for a new tweet, sent out earlier today.
We will provide you an update on timing as soon as we can. Teams are working non-stop. Sign up for launch alerts at http://t.co/j4pEiTlYKd
— BBM (@BBM) September 22, 2013
We now have official word from Sprint that the LG G2 will be available to customers by the holidays, and that you’ll be able to start pre-ordering the device on Oct. 11.
It’s a way later than what we’ve suggested from other carriers, but remember, this is the first time we’ve heard any official word on release dates for the phone. Earlier reports were simply rumors, and can (and most likely will) change.
Here’s the info that we have gotten about T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T.
- T-Mobile: Rumored for September 18th
- Verizon: Rumored for September 12th
- AT&T: Rumored for September 13th
Hit the break for the full press release from Sprint.
Now that the LG G2 has been fully announced and we have confirmation on all the specs and other software features, all we were waiting on were release dates for the four major U.S. carriers that will be offering the device. We don’t have all four, but we can report on the rumored dates from Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T (obviously withholding Sprint.)
- T-Mobile: Rumored for September 9th or September 18th
- Verizon: Rumored for September 12th
- AT&T: Rumored for September 13th or online starting September 6th (tomorrow)
Sources have confirmed that the upcoming LG tablet, known as the “G Pad,” will not come with the originally rumored Snapdragon 800 processor, and will instead pack the Snapdragon 600. A few other important details about the device have been released as well, including that the tablet will have an 8.3-inch WUXGA display with 350 knit brightness and 60% color reproduction rate. It will be available in two variants including WiFi and LTE, and that the WiFi variant will be for the Korean Market, and the LTE variant will be available from Verizon Wireless. More details to come on the tablet as we approach the rumored unveiling date at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
Gameloft’s next sure-hit game is set for release tomorrow on the Google Play Store, and will surely garner plenty of sales at initial launch, especially when considering Google’s heavy promotion of the game alongside the new Nexus 7.
This next installment of the Asphalt series introduces some welcome improvements, including spectacular graphics (‘Retina’ optimized), a brand new realistic physics engine, new maps, weather effects, 180 events, 47 cars, and new game modes.
The game also includes simultaneous online multiplayer supported by Google’s new Play Games service which tracks scores in leader-boards and makes it easy to play with friends on the fly.
The game will be available tomorrow on the Play Store for $0.99 and we’ll let you guys know as soon as it’s released. Check out the new trailer after the break.
Would you look at that! Verizon has finally revealed the sign-up page for the HTC One, just in time for a bunch of other great flagship devices to be released in just a few weeks. Unsurprisingly, we still don’t have a formal release date from Big Red— an early leak had said that the phone would come out on August 1. That date has come and gone… The release date was then seemingly pushed to August 15, and now we’re looking at either a launch on August 23 or 29 according to some sources.
Source: Verizon Wireless