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    It’s a little silly to talk about the cancellation of certain internal development plans for next-gen Android flagship phones when said intentions were never officially confirmed. They weren’t even rumored, or at least no such gossip made the headlines on the Western Hemisphere. Over in LG’s homeland, insiders apparently spoke of a possible dual-curved G6 to follow the suit of numerous Samsung devices already while preceding the late 2017 iPhone 8 (7s?) on the “edgy” bandwagon. That’s no longer the case, it seems, as the down-on-its-luck Korean OEM stumbled into “supply ...

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    The developer preview program for Android Wear 2.0 has been extended through early next year. Why? We don't know. Android won't tell us. But it did release Developer Preview 3 for users to load up on and there's one big feature that's got everyone excited: the Play Store is now navigable on Android Wear watches. Not only will it be much less of a hassle to look up and download apps as you need them without pulling out your phone — more importantly, this update allows developers to only develop and publish Wear apps. No phone companion needed! It saves developers time and gets more of ...

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    The LG X power has made its way into the news again in the United States, this time on US Cellular. The mid-ranger with a 4,100mAh battery and an otherwise modest spec sheet is available for $149.99 prepaid or a total of $210 in 20, 24 or 30 monthly installments. As a note to Sprint nabbing a MediaTek-powered device, this particular CDMA network actually got the version with a Qualcomm chipset on it — perhaps the Snapdragon 410, but we can't say for sure. The LG G Pad X II (get a load of that name, is also on sale at the network. The 10.1-inch tablet has a 1920 x 1200 LCD, a Snapdragon ...

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    One of the first US retail outlets to let people know it has the LG V20 rearin' for release is B&H Photo. Yep, that camera place off Ninth Avenue in Manhattan that's closed Saturdays. But come this Sunday, October 2, just as it opens back up for another week, the store (at least the online version of it) will be up and running with pre-orders of the first smartphone announced with Android Nougat. There's only a silver version listed on the fairly empty product page, so we don't have price details just yet. We do believe that with the give and takes of what's being offered in Korea ...

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    Apple, Samsung and Google are not just the world’s three leading mobile industry players in general, thanks to their active involvement and commercial success in many profitable market niches, also spearheading the early progress of mainstream on-the-go payment services. But you can never afford to rest on your laurels in such competitive businesses, with Xiaomi and Huawei the first names that come to mind when thinking digital wallet contenders/rising smartphone stars. Meanwhile, another long-awaited challenger gets a new delay and false start, with its rumored integrated circuit chip ...

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    There’s always an upside to a highly anticipated flagship phone failing to translate potential into actual box-office success, but while the LG G5 reportedly flopped hard, the ensuing sweet deals never came. That’s probably because retailers waited for the non-modular V20 to close in on its own commercial rollout, at which point the G5 will be royally screwed. Not when sold at $479 unlocked in a crazy attractive bundle, though, with free included charging cradles, spare batteries and activity trackers. Believe it or not, B&H Photo Video throws in a gratis Garmin Vivofit 3 wearable ...

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    LG is one eccentric chaebol. In addition to making plenty of components for its end-user products, like smartphones, and then, in some cases, providing the infrastructure for paid services for those products, as it does operating as a cellular service provider, LG U+, in Korea, there's just a ton of synergy possible. Concerning LG U+ in particular, it seems that its CEO is interested in expanding its presence to Japan, China and the US, investing in artificial intelligence and IoT as well as conventional wireless service. LG U+ CEO Kwon Young-soo said that he has developed relationships ...

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    China and India have repeatedly been highlighted in recent months by independent financial analysts, Apple investors and even various top-ranking executives, Tim Cook included, as the key markets dictating the Cupertino money maker’s future prosperity. But what about South Korea? Home to Apple arch-rivals Samsung and LG, this is the most developed country in East Asia, as well as extremely urbanized, with 25 million residents in the Seoul Capital Area alone. Seoul, by the way, is the world’s fourth largest economy, behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles, which begs the question ...

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    Will we have to wait until October 21 to see the LG V20 hit the shelves in the US? Ideally, it'd all be sooner for us to grab a retail unit and review it. But unless we're going to Korea to buy one, we're probably not seeing that action for a bit. The Korea Times reports that LG's home market will see the V20 on sale starting September 29 at the price of ₩899,000 ($804), a 12.5 percent increase in price from the V10. It's not a good sign for us who paid between $600 and $700 for that phone, but the figure's still lower than what the Galaxy Note 7 has gone for. "The price for the new V ...

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    You may still call it "Google Now," but when you mail it next, your search will be returned to sender. In the latest beta version of the Google app, the "Now" features have been renamed. Google Now, the pane of automatically compiled news, weather, sports and interesting information, is simply called "Feed". Now on Tap, which picks and fleshes out information from your current screen, is now called "Screen Search". "In Apps," a content search feature for stuff in apps, remains named as such. It also now has an "app" widget that gets you instant access to the mode as on the LG V20. It's ...

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    In discussing when Samsung will restart Galaxy Note 7 sales in the US, it seems that Evan Blass of VentureBeat has also related the event to the start of some sort of sales activity for the LG V20. It was disappointing to hear word that the V20 would probably be shipping out after Google's Pixel phones have had a chance to, but Blass seems to have affirmed this rumor with two tweets. First off, we're learning of a long lead-in period to new sales of the Galaxy Note 7 devices in the US. Even though customers have apparently started exchanging their battery-defective phones or their ...

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    The LG V20 is one of our most anticipated phones of the year, and we've already produced a handful of first look and quick comparison videos. We haven't seen the packaging yet though, nor have we gone through the process of setting one up. Our initial videos were produced using an engineering sample, and now we're finally able to take a look at what LG's unlocked retail packaging will look like. Plus, we'll take a second listen to those B&O earbuds that some markets will receive with a V20 purchase. Also, a little inside baseball, with so many people asking us questions about this ...

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    By now you've read the news, there won't be any new smartwatches powered by Android Wear coming from most of Google's wearables partners this year. According to sources, LG, Motorola, and Huawei are "sitting it out" this year. LG says it's waiting to "see what sticks". Some news sources are painting this as "doom and gloom", underscoring that Apple has "won" the wearable war, and pointing out that even Google's most loyal partners have "abandoned" the platform. Don't give in to the fear-mongering and propaganda. We will see a couple Android Wear smartwatches this year, notably the the ...

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    Boost Mobile is about to grab a handful of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boxes for a launch next Friday, but it also has a "power-full" phone from LG to deal with. Oddly enough, so does its parent company, Sprint. Both postpaid and prepaid operations will begin selling the LG X power, a phone with 4,100mAh battery, an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 and Android Marshmallow. What could be a two-day phone for those who want to buy it will cost $0 down and $9 per month for two years on Sprint or a flat $129.99 on Boost Mobile. Sprint and Boost are both touting new unlimited data plans with ...

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    We're running a special segment this week to discuss Samsung and the response to the Note 7. Is the media doing a fair job in reporting on these incidents? Has Samsung responded appropriately? Is there any way to salvage the Galaxy brand name? Also, the iPhone 7 will be in our hands in less than 24 hours, and it's apparently selling out like crazy! HTC has a new phone headed to Sprint! We've got a fresh look at the Google Pixel phone! Microsoft kills the Lumia! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 15th (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have spectrum in the AWS-3 bands, but they're not using it just yet as they build out spectrum across lower and high frequencies as well as their AWS-1 bands (in LTE terms, Band 4). Well, a swift kick in the pants from LG may get the gears cranking. The company can also claim another first — you know, besides the whole "native Android Nougat phone" deal. FCC Office of Engineering and Technology filings show that its upcoming V20, soon to serve all three networks, will support LTE Band 66, a key part of that empty, unused (at least by those carriers) ...

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    While the Nixon Mission goes on sale this season as a water-treading debutante and the ASUS ZenWatch 3 evolves the company's commercial philosophy on smartwatches, the Android Wear platform will not be further bolstered by three of its major players this year. CNET has confirmed that LG, Huawei and the Motorola subsidiary of Lenovo will not have new releases until at least 2017. For LG, that leaves the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE as its latest Android wearable, released last November only to be taken from store shelves and re-released this March. Huawei launched its Elegant and Jewel ...

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    Two major announcements from two tech companies. Apple had the courage to remove one of the most standardized cable ports ever created from the new iPhone 7. The Apple Watch 2 won't turn any heads in terms of design, so will people keep buying it? The Air Pods feature some incredible technology, but will people adopt the Trekkie look? Or if Apple isn't your flavor, we also have this beast of a phone to talk about called the LG V20. Juan, Jules, and Jaime are here to tackle your questions about two of the hottest announcements of the season, so make sure you're charged and ready for episode ...

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    As Sprint did not get the LG V20 this year the same way it did not get the V10 last year, the tradewinds have so not blown the right way for not-Europe. Online retailer Clove Technology relayed the news that official carrier sales for the V20 will not be happening in the UK in its blog. Clove will, though, SIM-free. We don't have any cellular information for the V20, but it's likely that an EMEA version would support UK carrier bands. The retailer is also promising a warranty and device support as well as English language, operator brand-free units. Pricing and availability will be ...

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    Sprint is getting the butt end of LG's V20 this year as it did last year with the V10. Today, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all announced carriage of the chaebol's latest flagship, the first to boot with Android Nougat. None have given pricing and dates of sales. T-Mobile priced the V10 at $600 on launch (October 30, 2015) while AT&T and Verizon went into the upper-$600 range. Who knows if Sprint will pull a late breaker, but it doesn't look that way right now. Source: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon

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    Technically, the headline should read “don’t lose hope for an LG G6 with modular accessories”, as it remains highly unlikely mainstream Android flagships will follow the failed Project Ara’s suit anytime soon. But, you know, space constraints and all that. The point is the V20’s design, functionality and versatility weren’t influenced by the G5’s unexpected box-office misfortune, as the former’s development cycle was obviously “well underway” when the latter started selling in underwhelming numbers. Meanwhile, if you’ve been keeping an eye on the Korean ...

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    The LG V10 was one of the first mainstream smartphones — nevermind smartphones, period — to put the audio experience first. It had a 32-bit DAC provided by ESS Technology that did a great job pumping clean, hot waveforms out. Well, hello Hi-Fi redux. ESS is back with its SABRE ES9218 product, a Quad DAC system, inside the LG V20. It's said to cut noise and distortion down by 50 percent. It also provides the same 75 levels of volume adjustment, plus the left-right balancing found on the V10. FLAC? It plays that. ALAC? Yep. AIFF? That, too. How about DSD? Whatever that is, Sony... sure. ...

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    Shooting video with the LG V10 was simply a treat. It gave us control over every aspect we've been used to for still photography — but for video. It gave us control over the audio we recorded. And it gave YouTubers, indie filmmakers and industrious folk another tool in their camera arsenal. It got bonus points for letting them check Facebook, too. Well, here comes the LG V20. It has all of the above, but better. The hardware, for instance, nets us an extra camera with a 135° wide-angle lens. Shooting stills is a breeze. Video is still a breeze if not a gust, to extend the metaphor. In ...

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    Flying solo to a market in desperate need of a non-exploding hero device may have been the right call for LG after the colossal G5 and Friends flop, with the V20 at least seemingly building on V10’s undeniable strengths while keeping gimmicks to a minimum. Of course, any early comparison, in lack of rigorous testing and lengthy real-life examination, can be highly subjective and, at the end of the day, prove flat-out wrong. But the LG V20 undoubtedly improves on G5’s dubious primer paint-including construction with a legit metal back, not requiring costly accessories to deliver premium ...

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    Let's dig into what made the LG V10 special: a durable chassis with singular looks, hot-swappable memory and power and a multimedia I/O that's been difficult to beat. Now, meet the V20. It's got a more conventional dress on, but that body can still pull those MIL-SPEC 810Gs. That "Dura Skin" doorway gets traded up for a honest to goodness doorway. Plus, there's an extra camera and a few extra DACs, too. Oh yeah, there's also a bigger battery, the Snapdragon 820 and some interesting Android Nougat interactions. And — for single-tasking fans — no, there don't seem to be any Friends for ...

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