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    Smartphone shoppers have a ton of options when looking for a new phone, but for all the various manufacturers and mobile platforms out there, today's handsets have a bad habit of falling into the pattern of repeating the same old layout. Sure, some OEMs try and mix things up by moving things around, putting buttons on a phone's rear panel or tweaking existing designs, but it's the rare smartphone that really looks like it's doing something markedly different from its peers. Enter: LG and its AKA, a phone with a pair of eyes that change shape based on what you're doing with the handset. ...

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    A little less than a month ago I wrote an article titled "Why I haven't bought the Moto 360 - yet" in which I detailed why I hadn't made the jump from my LG G Watch to the smartwatch from Motorola. I concluded that the round face was just too small a jump to justify replacing the G Watch with the Moto 360, especially given its shortcomings in battery life and performance. That was weeks ago. Then, just last week, Pocketnow Reader Christer Nilsen was watching my Kyocera Hydro Life unboxing video and noticed something interesting - yes, there I was with a silver Motorola Moto 360 on my ...

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    Motorola's Moto 360 isn't just the first round-faced Android Wear smartwatch to hit the market, it's also one that's already been taking early strides to make itself more attractive, picking up some enhanced battery life thanks to a recent software update. But it won't be the only circular player on the scene for long, with LG's own G Watch R set to give it some new competition. We had already heard that G Watch R sales could begin later this month on October 14, but a new report claims that LG's not content to wait even that much longer, and sales should be getting underway tomorrow. ...

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    The LG G Flex is still regarded as one of the most interesting innovations of our time. By interesting we're not really calling it the best one, as many of us were disappointed by the quality of the display, but other technologies like the self-healing coating did make some positive headlines. We're still waiting to see what LG is planning for this product's future, and today we get some hints on what to expect. LG has just visited the USPTO with some new trademarks, and these all seem to be focused on the future names for the G Flex. The patent names were G Flex Frame, G Frame, and F ...

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    Some of us here at Pocketnow are die-hard Palm/HP/webOS fans (we won't give names, you know Michael Fisher and Adam Doud anyways), and, fueled by that passion, our own Adam Doud has written a little post imagining the webOS powered smartwatch. The fate of the platform was in question after LG purchased it, and, we were afraid we would not see anything webOS-powered except a couple of TVs or toasters. As it turns out, a special website hosted by LG has popped up (and then it has been later taken down). While it lived, it referenced an SDK (software development kit) for... wait for it... an ...

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    There is a time when comparisons get tough. Yes, believe it or not, there are cases where we compare two great phones and find it hard to decide on a winner. On one hand we have Apple’s latest iPhone, which has gained the praise of most of our editorial team, and on the other hand we have the LG G3, considered by most to be the ultimate powerhouse. Would it be fair to declare a winner in the case of two devices that were clearly designed with different users in mind? Would it also be fair to declare both devices as winners when their differences are so substantial? Make sure you watch ...

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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    Will LG ever deliver smartphones powered by its own SoC, like Samsung does with its Exynos chips? We've been discussing the possibility going all the way back to February 2013, with this idea that LG was brewing up an “Odin” series of chips to call its own. Ever since, we've been trying to get a sense for when Odin-powered handsets might be ready to debut, and despite a stray lead here and there, there really hasn't been much evidence to go around. Is Odin still happening at all, or are we looking at vaporware by this point? A new report out of South Korea says that Odin's nearly ...

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    When Android Wear was announced, I had a difficult decision to make: stick with Pebble or take a chance on a smartwatch that I'd only seen in pictures. I was one of the gazillions who backed the Pebble Kickstarter project, putting money down on a product that hadn't even been created yet, let alone made it to display-room floors. Jumping into the Android Wear ecosystem wasn't much different. When the first watches powered by Android Wear were announced, only the two with square faces were available. The "round one" by Motorola wasn't available - and wouldn't be for months. Honestly, ...

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    As time goes on, the mobile device landscape changes: phones are getting bigger, and once-popular form factors like QWERTY sliders are fading into obscurity. But even as your shopping options homogenize into an unremarkable sea of cookie-cutter slates, there's still the odd phone doing what it can to stand out, and today we check out one handset that's trying to keep an old design alive, as LG launches its Wine Smart flip-phone Android. Unlike some of those Android flip phones we've seen from Samsung with dual screens, inside and out, the Wine Smart has but a single 3.5-inch HVGA panel. ...

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    Updated with the high-quality edited version of the podcast, which you can stream or download down below (or through your favorite podcatcher app). We hope you enjoyed; we'll check back in with you next week! If you ask us, the first thing you should do on iPhone launch day is take a long, hard look at the competition. Not because the iPhone is a bad product, but because everyone else tends to step up their game when Apple brings a new phone –or two– to the yard. And that's more true than ever this year. With that in mind, we'll talk about all kinds of smartphone and smartwatch ...

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    LG's G Flex did what no other OEM seemed bold enough to do: make a curved smartphone - and make it flexible! If that weren't enough, the company managed to include (perhaps out of necessity) a "self-healing" feature. Minor (and even "more than minor") scratches on the back would simply fade and disappear over time. Outside of a Terminator movie, it doesn't get much cooler than tech like that! It's been almost a year since the first-generation G Flex was announced, and we've heard some rumors that a new G Flex is slated for the same time this year (or not until early next year, depending on ...

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    Apple only recently announced its first real wearable, the Apple Watch. Patterned after Google's Android Wear and Samsung's Gear line, Apple Watch tries to fill the void in that part of Cupertino's product offering. Though not yet available, Apple has spelled out what its smartwatch looks like, and has even given us a fairly thorough walkthrough of what we can expect when the Apple Watch finally lands. Interestingly, Apple Watch misses out on a few key points that, at first glance, its competition already does better. Since there is time before the Apple Watch comes to market (if you'll ...

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    Another day, another LG midranger – at least, that's what it feels like from over here. In just this year, the South Korean manufacturer has already released a bevy of phones such as the G3 Beat / G3 S, G3 Vista, G3 Stylus, L Fino, and L Bello, and with a few months still left in the year, it sure doesn't look like the company plans to cool the pace a tad. Today, the LG G3 Vigor is now official, a new midranger that plans to set up shop stateside. The phone has a 5-inch 720p IPS display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 2,540 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG's Optimus UI ...

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    For as high-tech as our smartphones are, the voice calls they make decidedly aren't. Phones have long been held back by legacy voice standards, failing to take full advantage of the bandwidth and processing power of modern handsets. Luckily for us, salvation awaits in the form of voice over LTE, or VoLTE. Last month, Verizon shared its plans to activate its own VoLTE network in the weeks to come, and today we get word that it's getting things started, going live with what it's calling Advanced Calling 1.0. With Verizon VoLTE now active, how can you take advantage of it? Well, for the ...

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