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    Annnd coming in third place, it's AT&T. We've been keeping track of software updates for carrier versions of the LG G4 as it was one of the first phones to get bumped to Android Marshmallow. But it's been a fun exercise in watching carriers go through their own processes with editing and sending out the update package. Thus, we come to AT&T,  just behind T-Mobile and all behind Sprint in the US for broadcasting the Android 6.0 OTA which includes a change to video calling as well. As the roll-out rolls on, we watch Verizon to see when it will get its software act together. Source: ...

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    We’re less than a couple of weeks away from possibly the year’s most crowded mobile expo, where two highly anticipated new Android flagships will be officially showcased for the first time, and we all know what that means. Samsung and LG have mere days left to try to clear as much Galaxy S6 and LG G4 inventory as possible, before prospective buyers can start sizing up the two against their successors and conclude the 2015 heavyweights are perhaps a little costly for what they offer nowadays. Following a four-day Sprint bargain for traders, and a lightning B&H deal that brought the ...

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    The most generous, snarkiest, and also fastest-rising mobile operator when it comes to 4G LTE coverage strikes again for a limited time, bringing back a promotion that’s contributed to the survival of affordable Android tablets in several instances in the past. Forget affordable, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 is outright available for free from T-Mobile starting February 5, as long as maintaining a 1GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan for two years isn’t a problem. Technically, that means the Lollipop-powered 7-incher isn’t altogether free of charge, but what’s ...

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    The LG G5 is expected to be one of the hottest phones of 2016. There are tons of rumors that point to the company playing with a bold new design that might be smart enough to cause some disruption in the market. LG continues to be one of the few companies, if not the only one that still believes in bringing power-user expandability to its users. Hopefully the LG G5 will prove that the company will continue that legacy, and if not, then it proves that the company needs to re-think its approach for the future. Watch our video to learn more, or read up on it here as well:

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    Global iPhone sales set a new all-time record during the holiday season (ahead of a radical projected decline), while Samsung reported an unprecedented quarterly dip, so you’d probably expect the US mobile market to have gone with the worldwide flow. But surprise, surprise, the Galaxy actually increased its share of American smartphone subscribers, from 27.6 percent between July and September to 28.4 in the year’s final 90-day window. Meanwhile, Cupertino somehow lost almost a percentage point, though its local manufacturer domination is in no danger, the gap to second place sitting at ...

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    Normally, we probably wouldn’t bother reporting on 6.0 upgrades for all carrier-specific US versions of all semi-popular 2015 Android devices. But there are still so few of them brought up to date, even after four months of Marshmallow “optimization”, that the T-Mobile LG G4’s software makeover feels like huge news. It’s been a long month and a half since Sprint started dishing out sweet over-the-air M goodies to its own G4 model, and Magenta can’t exactly follow suit, distributing the update merely via the LG Bridge tool. That entails physically hooking up your phone to a ...

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    Everything we've been seeing lately about LG's upcoming G5 has been telling us to expect a radical new look for the phone's back, dropping the now-standard rear volume controls in favor of a single power button/fingerprint scanner, and going with a side-by-side dual-camera arrangement, with the lenses flanking the phone's flash and laser-assist auto-focus. And while this layout has become a key part of the G5's story, so far we haven't been super-clear on the specifics. At least, every time it seems like we get a chance to peek at the phone's rear, either in schematics, renders, of even ...

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    When discussing media creation from our mobile devices, the advances in camera sensors, lenses, and video options takes the majority of focus. It’s the sexier side of the conversation, seeing that over a short period of time our phones have leapt from standard definition video and single digit megapixel stills, to UHD video and 12+ megapixel images. However we’ve also been seeing (and hearing I suppose) some subtle but important advances in audio capture. What was a novel feature a couple years ago, most many mid-range, most flagships, and even a few entry level phones now employ ...

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    Not sold on Samsung’s “more of the same” Galaxy S7 approach, and instead looking for a flagship Android device like no other before it? The LG G5 could be the answer to your long-time pleas for palpable, major mobile hardware innovation, though there’s still not enough proof to support a drastic G4 redesign to the point the sequel’s battery will pop out of the bottom edge. What’s crystal clear is an LG G4-similar construction, with a bland plastic frame and replaceable leather rear cover, would feel like a step in the wrong direction after V10’s sophisticated, athletic and ...

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    From the moment LG sent out its invitations to its Mobile World Congress press event, we found ourselves wondering if the G5 might show up. It couldn't launch that early, right? But it wasn't long at all before we had to start seriously reconsidering what the manufacturer might be up to as the company confirmed plans to show off a “flagship-level” phone. LG stopped short of outright saying “we're going to launch the G5,” but based on the info we had access to, that outcome started sounding like a pretty reasonable conclusion. Well, we've still got over two weeks to go until LG's ...

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    The LG V10 has been criticized for being a bit on the chunky side, but that casing comes with the advertised benefit of MIL-STD-810G drop and shock resistance. I’ve been critical of the smartphone industry of late for building pretty phones, but phones that don’t seem well designed to survive daily lifestyle abuse without assistance. I usually use my phones naked (in that the phone is used without a case, not that I am sans clothes). I reserve my case use for specific situations. Trip to the grocery store? No case. Aggressive hike in the hills? Rugged case. Fancy night out? Maybe a ...

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    The net neutrality controversy surrounding the recently launched Binge On service is far from over, and some of you may understandably be opposed to the way T-Mobile is advertising its service at the expense of the competition. But everybody likes free money, and that’s what the “Uncarrier” is currently offering its new prepaid clients to make amends for any false moves. Technically, free phones is what you’re looking at, but outside T-Mo’s promo, they’re worth a little dough, so it’s like you’re getting free money. All you need to do is join a Simply Prepaid plan starting ...

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    It gives wibbly weather reports even those at the Met Office in London would tsk at. And it bothers users every so often with battery consumption notices, just like many a Chinese Android phone. You can probably tell that we are editorially not in favor of LG's Smart Notice widget, found on its major Android flagships from the past several years. But on the LG G3, the widget was more than just unfavorable: according to two security firms, Smart Notice lacked a security check feature when passing on new contact notifications to the user. Malicious types would be able to insert code that ...

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    Of all the upcoming big smartphone flagship launches, both those we're expecting for MWC and those that might land in the weeks thereafter, few models have leaked to nearly the extent the LG G5 has. From schematics, to renders, to images of actual hardware, we've had ample opportunity to get an early look at this phone, and while there are plenty of details we're still hoping to see confirmed, by this point we've got a pretty strong sense of how the handset's coming together. Maybe the one thing we've been missing throughout all this is some nice hands-on video footage of the G5, giving us ...

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    Update: Our official audio podcast publication will be set to run at 3:00am Eastern on Sundays most weeks. We'll advise you of special cases as necessary. And as always you can hit up the podcast post on the site for direct access to the download links as soon as they're up. Like, right now. Enjoy! Our CES followups are done, our convention-center head colds are almost dribbled out, and the first small scents of jamon are starting to waft over from Barcelona. It must be almost springtime for Pocketnow, and you know what that means: the MWC 2016 rumor reactor is humming its way up to 100% ...

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    While we’re not expecting much in way of surprises from the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as far as designs go, following a major renovation effort last year, LG’s mainstream smartphone flagship family is probably due for a number of important aesthetical changes. First and foremost, it’s time to ditch plastic. Genuine leather is cool and all, but almost everyone that’s someone in the mobile industry has adopted metal as a primary high-end build material, and LG may not be able to swim against the current for much longer. The big challenge is going to be combining an aluminum ...

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    With the rise of both Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, it feels like if you fancy yourself a serious smartphone manufacturer these days, you're expected to offer users a bespoke mobile payment system. Last fall we heard that LG could be the next company to introduce something along those lines, with word that the so-called G Pay could be nearly ready to debut. But unlike Apple's pure-NFC system or Samsung's that uses NFC in concert with magstripe emulation (while keeping all the hardware on your phone), this LG system might just require the use of its own physical payment card. But how exactly ...

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    The claws are out. Both Samsung and LG have major new smartphones just over the horizon, and you'd better believe that once the Galaxy S7 and the G5 are official, we're about to see some serious PR muscle deployed in the hopes of drumming up public interest in those new flagships. But for LG, at least, the company's not content to wait around for that new hardware to land before going on the offensive, and its social media team appears that it can't help itself but to throw some shade at Samsung as the latter tries to play up its quick-charging tech. All Samsung wanted to do was to remind ...

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    How would you like to be able to easily expand the internal storage space of your Nexus device? Don’t answer that, because it’s really a no-brainer rhetorical question similar perhaps to asking if you’d enjoy spending a day with Harrison Ford in Han Solo character. Unlike one of Hollywood’s most reclusive grumps though, modifying at least a Google Nexus 5 phone to accommodate microSD cards is decidedly within reach… if you’ve got the spare time, right tools and set of skills. All you need to do, according to a Reddit member nicknamed Sockpockets, is carefully remove the ...

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    Like for so many other smartphone manufacturers, 2015 was a bittersweet year in terms of LG sales and profits, prompting a mid-range restructuring effort and G Flex 3 cancellation to better focus on the G5 and V10’s unnamed sequel in the high-end market segment. But the problem is the non-flagship K series is a little all over the place right now, kicking things off with two very good-looking models back at CES in Las Vegas, then expanding it by an additional three variants. Only one of these is currently available in Korea, while the lowest-end handheld of the bunch recently gained full ...

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    When's the last time a new mobile gadget had you really excited? Were you awed by the sheer size of the iPad Pro? Rendered speechless by the 4K screen on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium? Whatever that piece of hardware was, though, there's a good chance we're talking about a 2015 model. After all, so far this year we've yet to see much in the way of high-profile launches, and while CES brought us lots of cool stuff to check out, some of the season's biggest devices have been holding back for MWC. With the expo getting ready to let loose upon Barcelona in just a few more weeks, we're taking a ...

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    If you've been keeping an ear to the LG G5 rumors stemming back the past several weeks, it's easy to come away with the impression that the phone we're about to see launch is one that may be the G5 in name only, taking some big steps away from the sort of hardware we became familiar with in phones like the G3 and G4. Big changes may include abandoning the classic rear volume controls, to say nothing of the unusual slide-out battery design that's been teased. One of the more unusual rumors to emerge suggested that LG could give the phone a multi-purpose expansion port, dubbed the Magic ...

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    Aside from the two upcoming flagships expected to improve brand profitability where it matters most, LG clearly needs a strong mid-range overhaul as well, with last year’s Spirits, Leons, and Joys lacking the focus required to give Motorola or all those rising Chinese budget stars a run for their money. Enter the K family, inaugurated at CES in Las Vegas with the introductions of the 5-inch K7 and 5.3-inch K10, and shortly after, expanded by another three models. Three very cryptic models, at least a couple of weeks back, slated to target different markets in a joint, concerted effort to ...

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    What do we know about LG's MWC plans? The company's got its press event scheduled for February 21, we've heard it confirm plans to announce a “major smartphone” at the show, and comments from company execs have reportedly identified this handset as a flagship-level device. Considering our expectations for seeing the flagship G5 launch either this winter or in early spring, it was easy to read all that as supporting the idea of an MWC G5 launch. Is that what we're actually going to get, though? One of LG's international branches is trying to keep us guessing on Twitter, as it sows the ...

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    CES 2016 may not have brought us a ton of all-new phones, but we sure got to see new spins on some recent models, and that included the golden special edition Nexus 6P graduating to wide availability. The handsome-looking handset emerged as a show favorite, and shoppers have been free to pick one up for themselves both through the Google Store and with retail partner Best Buy. Even though the gold Nexus 6P is still the new hottness, it's already attracting efforts to make it just a bit more commercially appealing in the form of some solid discounts, bringing the price down fifty dollars. ...

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