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    LG and Samsung stand out among smartphone manufacturers through their use of curved displays on their handsets: Samsung with its Edge models, and LG with devices like the G Flex 2. And while Samsung's also experimented with Flex-style whole-screen-curve designs, it's found the most success with adding curved edges to otherwise flat screens, a feat LG's yet to duplicate on a commercial model. We wonder if that situation might soon change, as LG's spotted filing trademark applications for a number of Edge-themed names. So far this month, LG's applied for a US trademark for the name G Edge, ...

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    New smartwatches from major manufacturers are just around the corner, as we look forward to the debut of a second-gen Moto 360 from Mototola, as well as Samsung's inaugural round-screened effort, the Gear S2. And while it's been quite a while since we saw a new smartwatch from either manufacturer, other companies have already brought us fresh models in 2015, companies like LG. But a new rumor suggests that LG isn't about to sit back and let these other guys take all the spotlight, and claims that the company is prepping a new smartwatch of its own, one that could offer one of the ...

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    As if we weren't captivated enough by all the leaks and rumors surrounding Google's plans for its next Nexus-series devices, today's announcement of Android Marshmallow only has us thinking all the more about the company's upcoming launches. Last week we saw an admittedly unofficial render emerge of LG's rumored Nexus handset, and now that a leaked image of actual hardware appears to largely confirm the phone as depicted, it's time to see what else the same source can come up with. Today we switch tracks over to the larger Huawei Nexus phone, as it gets the same video render treatment. ...

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    Even though Qualcomm has done a very good job at innovating in the mobile processor business, it seems that its own partners want a piece of the pie. Samsung is one of the first with its Exynos processors, but we've also seen Apple and Huawei follow the trend as well. LG gave it a try in the past and didn't succeed at all due to overheating, but it seems that things that it won't give up. Today we find some leaked benchmarks of the LG NUCLUN 2 processor, and it seems that LG is after competing with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, and Samsung's Exynos 7420. Specs reveal that it'll be an ...

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    Last week might have been dominated by Samsung when it came to launches, but when we're talking about rumors of upcoming models, the hottest action may have been over with the new Google Nexus phones, instead. After checking out some leaked hardware details we had the opportunity to look at a render of one of the handsets, supposedly based on details of the LG Nexus as provided to case-makers. Considering its unofficial nature, could that video be trusted? We're feeling a lot more confident about it this week, upon the release over the weekend of a hands-on image of the LG Nexus that sure ...

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    A few weeks back, we caught wind of a new rumor about LG and its tablet plans, suggesting that the company was prepping a new G Pad 2 for launch early this fall, one with some respectable-sounding upper-tier hardware. While it looks like we'll have to keep waiting before we find out whether or not there's any truth there, this week we have the opportunity to check out a slightly different LG tablet as it goes official, and while it's a much lower-end model, it does manage to deliver at least one attractive, rare feature. The LG G Pad II 8.0 is launching in South Korea with an eight-inch ...

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    When we first started talking about the possibility of the rumored new LG Nexus phone getting a 3D camera, we were talking about specific camera hardware – sources described a combination of traditional visual light and infrared sensors. But then later rumors started getting away from us a little, and instead of focusing on the camera hardware itself, we were instead looking at case designs – ones with big dual cutouts that sure seemed to fit with the idea of a twin-sensor 3D camera system. But could there be another explanation? Recent leaks have claimed that both LG and Huawei Nexus ...

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    Among all the recent rumors and leaks of a future possible LG Nexus, the South Korean phone manufacturer announced that it will introduce a new offering this month. The LG music service will bring HI-Fi content for customers of its premium smartphones, through the company's own LG SmartWorld app. The new LG music service will be available only on certain LG phones, as well as online at www.lgworld.com. Customers in around 70 countries --including the United States, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom-- will be able to enjoy 24bit/192kHz recorded ...

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    Last week, one of the most interesting leaks related to Google's plans for upcoming Nexus phones passed across our desk, purporting to offer a brief hands-on look at the Huawei-made Nexus phablet we've heard rumored so often. The handset featured a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and appeared to have the name Poseidon embossed on its back – and while that wasn't quite one of the code names we were expecting for these Nexus phones, its marine theme was at least in the right ballpark. Earlier today some fresh details about both the Huawei and LG Nexus phones arrived, coming from Steve ...

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    Google sure sounds like it might break from tradition this year and bring us not one, but two Nexus phones. And as is only fitting for a pair of Nexus handsets, Google may just turn to a pair of manufacturers to build the phones, with rumors zeroing-in on LG and Huawei. There have been no shortage of leaks attempting to describe these anticipated models, framing the LG phone as the smaller 5.2-inch model and the Huawei as a 5.7-inch phablet, but so far such finds have largely focused on silicon: SoC choice, RAM configuration, and the like. Today some fresh leaks attempt to shed new light ...

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    As far as form-factor goes, the original Nexus 5 is arguably one of the best I've seen in the last several years - and that's saying a lot! Its 4.95-inch screen comprised almost 71% of the phone's face and hit the sweet spot between functional size and pocketability. That screen packed in the pixels, too, with a full HD (1080 x 1920) display at a pixel density of around 445 ppi. Sure, inner workings of the Nexus 5 are a bit dated by today's standards. A 32-bit, quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 GHz, teamed up with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM is a bit, well, "yesterday", and ...

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    Smartphone platforms have seen their fair share of security scares over the years, but there's something about this new attack on the Android StageFright subsystem that really has industry players responding in way unlike what we've seen before. Rather than dragging their feet in getting fixes out, we're not only seeing a rush to update devices, but also some bold new commitments being made to keep on top of security updates going forward, devoting resources to getting those updates out in a timely fashion. Google's going to be leading the charge as it prepares platform-level updates, ...

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    Among the many announcements that we heard Google make back at I/O earlier this year, we learned of the coming launch of Android Pay, Google's next-gen mobile payment system and spiritual successor to Google Wallet. And while we've known to expect Android Pay to go live following the arrival of Android M later this year, Google hasn't been sharing a ton of details about just how we'll see the service debut. Perhaps it shouldn't be too surprising, but a new report claims that Android Pay will arrive with the help of LG, as the service is supported by an LG-made Nexus phone. Wouldn't a Nexus ...

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    At this point we're still not sure if Google will push more Nexus devices to the market, but the amount of rumors sure say it will. We've followed the tracks of both an LG Nexus smartphone and a Huawei Nexus phablet for weeks now. We have seen information on their specs before, but today we learn more information. When it comes to the LG Nexus, we're talking about a 5.2-inch 1080p P-OLED display powered by a new Snapdragon 620 processor, which is the successor to the Snapdragon 615, but with more powerful Cortex A72 cores. We also see 4GB of DDR3 RAM, options for up to 64GB of storage, USB ...

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    I've just come down from basically a month using the LG G4 exclusively. It's a great phone, and its svelte leather cover looks amazing in my shirt pocket!  I've been generally happy with the phone. The screen looks great and is big enough to get everything done that I need to. Calls sound good. LTE and WiFi perform well, although Bluetooth is a little spotty. The one major drawback has been the speed. As I mentioned in my "review rebuttal" I got around this by installing and using the Google apps (Calendar, Keyboard, Now Launcher, etc.) in place of the stock LG equivalents. That worked ...

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    Some years we see amazing jumps in the technological specs that come packaged into smartphones. Other years, not so much. Regardless, smartphone makers try to release a really remarkable smartphone almost every year - but it seems like they miss that target more often than it's hit. Part of that is likely due to the the fact that OEMs are engaged in a specs battle. Each maker has a product to build, and that product is measured by the sum of its parts. One with this processor, the other with that. One with X amount of RAM, the other with Y amount. And so on. On paper it's not difficult to ...

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    The picture you see below, claimed to be "very raw material" drawing of the 2015 Nexus, has been leaked suggesting the back layout of the upcoming LG-made 2015 Nexus. It looks like a back cover to us, and we won't debate its veracity, but, instead remain skeptical. The leak suggests that there will be a camera, a flash, and something else, which could be a fingerprint scanner, or another camera. There were rumors that claimed the upcoming 2015 Nexus will feature a 3D camera, and we asked ourselves (and you) whether that would be a good idea or not. Some of us are intrigued by this, but we ...

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    It's not exactly news that the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 pack two of the best smartphone cameras ever. We specifically called them out for their optical excellence in our full reviews, dubbing the G4's camera "the best available on Android today" and singling out the Galaxy S6's shooter as "one of the best low-light performers we’ve seen." Putting them up against each other in a direct comparison, the closest we could get to a conclusion was to say that they were neck-and-neck, with a slight edge going to the LG G4 thanks to its more precise manual controls and out-of-box RAW image ...

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    LG's G Flex 2 helped get the ball rolling on 2015 smartphone flagships, launching back at CES with its Snapdragon 810 SoC and that tell-tale curved screen. And while it started off as an early favorite, actually spending some real time the handset revealed a number of troubling issues concerning performance and battery life. As was too often the case with interesting smartphones that tried to do things a little differently, its ambition exceeded its reach. Now we've got new high-end SoCs on the horizon, and word that LG's investing big in a new flexible screen plant; is there reason to ...

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    You don't have to be born in the early 80s, like some of our team members, to feel a certain nostalgia to the flip phone form factor. We have spent quite some time lamenting about the Android flip phone and its comeback, and yes, we were super excited when we got the chance to spend some time with LG's Android flip phone offerings, the Wine Smart and Ice Cream Smart at MWC 2015 earlier this year. LG seems dedicated to the cause and has announced yet another Android flip phone. The LG Gentle brings a 3.2-inch LCD display with (an ancient) resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1.1GHz quad-core ...

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    What comes after the LG G Pad? The LG G Pad 2, of course. The LG G Pad was announced at the 2013 IFA, more or less two years ago, and the South Koreans circled back to the 8.3-inch tablet in May 2014, adding three more to the G Pad family, measuring 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inches in diagonal. It might skip the 2015 IFA, but the LG G Pad 2 is definitely coming, if this leak is to be believed. October is when the LG G Pad 2 should become official, and the report claims it will sport the same screen size of 8.3-inches, a somewhat lower, Full HD resolution (compared to WUXGA (1920 x 1200) on the G ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    This would be the third fourth year where we praise LG's efforts in mobile. Surely the LG G3 wasn't our favorite smartphone last year, but this years LG G4, the company's new G Flex 2, and even some of its legacy devices from two years ago continue to spark joy. If you thought this Korean giant was done for the year, then you clearly don't know much about LG. LG CEO Cho Jun-ho was recently on the company's results conference call, and teased that the company will launch a "super premium phone" in the second half of this year, as if the LG G4 and G Flex 2 weren't already premium enough. It ...

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    If you've been following the industry over the past couple of years, you are definitely familiar with smartphones that pack flexible screens. From the LG G Flex to the G Flex 2 and G4, to the Samsung Galaxy Round, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge (and soon Plus), to name a few, there's a real trend in the industry to go with a flexible screen. Whether it is for looks, ergonomics, or just flexing R&D muscles, these flexible screen smartphones look like are here to stay. To cope with demand, both present and forecasted, LG Display is investing in the flexible screen industry, by building ...

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    Rumors about corporate acquisitions in the smartphone world have a funny way of surprising us. Just look at last year's acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo: it felt like Google had only just bought the company, and the idea of dumping it already sounded almost preposterous – until Google confirmed the news just hours after the first rumors landed. So when fresh rumors starting bouncing around yesterday that Google could be looking to purchase a major stake in LG, our thoughts quickly went from skeptical to imagining how we might just see such a thing happen. Alas, the deal may never come ...

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