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    Samsung and LG managed to sync up their latest quarterly financial reports, probably unintentionally, and both Korean tech giants have reason to be proud of how much money they earned overall between January and March. Strictly from a mobile point of view however, Q1 2016 wasn’t a rosy period for the nation’s eternal number two, which saw its division sales and operating income take big hits on lack of innovation, noteworthy new releases and high G5 marketing expenses. The LG G5, mind you, only launched commercially on April 1, so it’s not technically to blame for its maker’s ...

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    It may seem like a dull period for smartwatches with nothing exceptionally big, new and inspiring having appeared this trade show season — though major releases targeting women were needed to bring them into the market. Maybe our editorial attention spans were just too short after having to inspect over a year-long parade of smartwatches. But this is a growth market and research firms have the metrics to confirm it. Strategy Analytics measured 4.2 million total shipments for this past winter quarter, 223 percent better than the 1.3 million in the period last year. 2.2 million — or 52 ...

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    For a smartphone dating all the way back to 2013, the Nexus 5 still holds a special place in the hearts of a good number of Android users, and while it's clearly been surpassed by more powerful Nexus hardware, some recent hot deals on the phone have managed to keep it in our thoughts. But for as much as the Nexus 5 did right, it was never a phone that fared well for users with big data needs: with no microSD expansion (well, not without a separate mod), and only 16GB and 32GB storage options, it might not be long before you found yourself uninstalling old apps to free up space. Google and ...

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    While LG’s proprietary Android skin has never been the worst out there, actually bringing a number of nifty software add-ons to the table and keeping stock modifications to a relative minimum, we’re certain some OS purists would still love to be able to load up a 100 percent vanilla Marshmallow package on the G4 or G5. Or maybe you’d just like to be free to customize the two phones’ UI at will. Well, that’s doable now without jumping through too many hoops, or downloading shady unlocking tools from obscure developer forums. To be fair, an official bootloader unlock guide has been ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    Update: The podcast is up now and will be sent out at 3pm Eastern on Friday. The HTC 10 makes us wonder if any phone can really be perfect. Galaxy Note 6 rumors are building steam. What might we see on Samsung's next phablet? With the flagship phone market maturing, we'll take a look at why people are waiting longer to upgrade their phones? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and ...

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    For a company unimpressed by Apple’s recent return to compact 4-inch handheld designs, and certain it can beat the competition’s “same-old technology” with radically different weapons, LG sure seemed fixated on the iPhone SE when it trademarked the G5 SE name. But it turns out this is little more than a branding coincidence after all, as subsequent rumors suggested, and the LG G5 se and iPhone SE couldn’t be more different. The former, with the subdued lowercase letter moniker, just surfaced with absolutely no fanfare on its manufacturer’s Russian website, carrying the H845 ...

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    Yes, we know the modular LG G5 and water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are all Android power users can think about these days, but do you also happen to remember a little 2015 flagship by the name of LG V10? Sure you do, and there’s still nothing little about it. Granted, it’s not LG Friends-compatible, and it only features the one rear-facing camera, but on the plus side, it’s large, robust, and it’s got that secondary “ticker” display to squeeze the most out of its respectable 3,000 mAh battery. Why aren’t more people considering a V10 purchase then? Well, ...

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    What a difference one year makes... Over 2015 LG landed critical praise after launching phones like the G4 and the V10. While the G Flex 2 was caught up in the performance issues surrounding the Qualcomm 810, LG handled their following phones gracefully, extracting as much power as they could from the lower end Qualcomm 808. HTC struggled to find its footing after the launch of the One M9, a phone also poorly received due to performance concerns and for including a "good" camera against some truly great photography competitors. Later that year they also tried to utilize a lower power ...

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    Silicon powerhouse it is, Qualcomm actually had to fend off a decline in revenue this quarter — this despite a decently performing Snapdragon 820 chipset and some popular mid-range SoCs in the 600-series. Revenues for the quarter ending March 27 came up to $5.6 billion, a 19 percent decline year-over-year. It was able to score an 11 percent gain in net income, up to $1.2 billion, but only thanks to a sale of wireless spectrum in the UK that netted the company more than $380 million — the earnings statement recognizes $200 million of that sale. Chip shipments dropped 19 percent to 189 ...

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    The congestion of the worldwide smartphone market has been anticipated by analysts for a long time now, and you can almost notice it with the naked eye these days. Whether we’re talking Android devices or iPhones, upgrades happen at a slower pace than before, and driving new adoption is mission impossible, as billions of people already own intelligent handhelds. The best most major OEMs can thus hope for this year is share and sales stagnation, with perhaps a handful of rising Chinese stars looking at growth on both fronts. Overall, the market has begun to contract, and global shipments ...

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    It seemed like LG was really about to hit 2016 out of the park, but so far, it hasn't been the kindest of unwindings for the G5, its modular nature and not to mention one of its Friends. But hey, at least we now know what's up with said Friends and where to get them as LG has launched a dedicated site featuring them. You'll mostly find that the site directs you to retailers where you can buy the modules. A "Playground" section will be populated with neat tips, tricks and reviews and there will be real-life events centered around the Friends, too. The company is encouraging tinkerers to ...

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    Maybe the Snapdragon 820 is actually the beast we all make it out to be. Maybe the Exynos 8890 kicks constant butt? Maybe we should give dues to the Apple A8 ... what? Okay, so forget the amazing Geekbench and GFXBench scores and blah blah blah we've seen because that stuff can be gamed. Like, we've seen it gamed. Many times. Gizmodo decided to give this spring's big Android smartphone releases and iPhones of new and old a big test. In fact, the outlet rolled its own by running tests on Gamebench, a benchmarking app that measures FPS, CPU, GPU and energy consumption performance through ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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    In part one of our LG Family Fight, the G5 had to face a one year old competitor in the G4. While that proved to be somewhat tough competition for LG's newest flagship, the G4 isn't the only phone in LG's lineup which can give the G5 a run for it's money. Six months ago, LG released a beast of a phablet, and now it's the V10's turn to wage battle against the G5. Like the G4, we can expect better performance out of the G5, thanks to the improvements found moving from the Qualcomm 808 chipset to the Qualcomm 820, but phones are more than just processors. Both the G5 and V10 offer up some ...

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    One year upgrades are tricky recommendations. The LG G5 features a radically new design over the curved LG phones of yesteryear. A metal frame is covered in a premium paint-like finish, and happily we can forget about some of the performance woes which dominated the conversation on phones like the G Flex 2. While the G5 faces intense competition from Samsung and HTC right now, we also need to consider the other older phones in LG's own stable. The LG G4 shares similar screen technology and almost identical main camera performance. Though the G5 is more powerful, how does battery life and ...

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    Can you believe there was a time, not too long ago, when Verizon was widely considered the stingiest of America’s big four carriers? Big Red’s clearly turned the page recently, with free data for early Android Pay adopters, a super-cool Gear S2 bundled in with GS7 pre-orders, and gratis LG 360 CAM chaperoning the G5 to market. Today, the number one mobile operator stateside also revives its dormant trade-in program, letting folks interested in sizzling hot new handhelds like the Galaxy S7, LG G5, Motorola Droid Turbo 2, or iPhone 6s net nifty $300 discounts. Technically, up to $300, ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your podcatchers starting at 3am Eastern on April 16. Enjoy! The HTC 10 is taking the Android world by storm. Can this one phone turn the tides for HTC? Our LG G5 coverage is in full swing, and everything you want to know about this phone will be answered. Lastly, another "backdoor" encryption bill is headed to congress, what might this mean for consumer tech? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, ...

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    Weird but convenient. A little on the costly side but extremely versatile and a great productivity enhancer for both phones and tablets. Apparently, the strengths of the first-gen LG Rolly outweighed its flaws, commanding an early sequel. Enter the aptly titled LG Rolly Keyboard 2, which aims to further improve the functionality of the original model while retaining the $110 price tag. Sub-$100 would have been an awesome deal, we know, but by the time it launches stateside, maybe it’ll get discounted. Currently, it’s only confirmed as headed to South Korea at 129,000 won ($110), and ...

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    Even when its competitors turned their backs on removable batteries, opting instead for fully-sealed handsets, LG has stood its ground, and year after year we see the manufacturer come back with new phones ready to swap out their batteries for fully-charged replacements at a moment's notice. But how many users actually take advantage of this option? We've seen the manufacturer try and stoke interest with bundle deals giving new owners free extra batteries and charging cradles, but what if you missed out on those deals? You may be in luck (with an emphasis on “may”- we'll explain in a ...

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    With yesterday's launch of the HTC 10, smartphone shoppers have a new flagship option to consider, joining the growing ranks of this season's heavyweights. And while these phones represent some attractive options, not everyone's got the resources to pay hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for the latest top-of-the-line handset. Luckily, there's no shortage of more affordable options to consider, and today we hear about the latest models descending upon Sprint's MVNO family, as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA pick up a trio of Android handsets. First up, we've got the Samsung Galaxy J7. ...

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    You won't find a more in-depth examination of a phone camera anywhere else online... Many companies have tried producing phones with dual cameras. HTC for example has played with both 3D and depth camera sensors on various EVOs and M8's. Instead of depth information or color accuracy, LG's approach is to offer two completely different cameras and separate shooting modes. One camera has a standard field of view which is very similar to the G4 it replaces. A 16MP camera, 1/2.6" sensor, 28mm equivalent focal length and an f/1.8 aperture. The other camera is an extreme wide angle shooter. An ...

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    Since even before the LG G5 launched, we've been tracking evidence pointing to the existence of some closely related handsets. Back in early February, benchmark evidence revealed a model LG-H840 that some members of the press were calling a “G5 Lite,” still packing a quad HD screen but seeing its SoC downgraded to a Snapdragon 652 chip. When the G5 finally launched, it looked like we had our explanation for this model's role, revealed as a more affordable non-VR-supporting G5 for markets like Latin America. More recently, though, we've been hearing about the LG G5 SE, and yesterday saw ...

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    One of the best things about personal computers has been the degree to which users can enhance hardware capabilities by way of expansion boards. Back in the day, that meant arduous installation and configuration of separate boards for video output, sound, networking, game controllers – pretty much anything worth using required its own board. But then motherboards started picking up more and more features themselves, and the push towards portability above all else has seen expansion options shrink from full-sized PC boards, to compact cards for laptops, to the vanishing of expansion ...

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