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    With the V10 likely proving more popular than expected, and the G4 taking after a fine wine in its aging process, LG has little reason to speed up G5’s development, even though an April launch would once again give Samsung’s newest Galaxy S-series hero (-es) the upper hand. But that doesn’t mean it’s all quiet on the LG G5 rumor front for the moment, as a self-proclaimed “mobile leaker” on Reddit alleges to already know the “full phone specifications.” How could he? Well, he apparently gained possession of a pre-release prototype in protective cloak, which however can’t ...

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    When LG unveiled the super-stylish Watch Urbane wearable in both Android and webOS flavors, we couldn’t help but wonder if the eternal Korean smartphone number two was planning to once again take a page from Samsung’s playbook and revive Palm’s old operating system in order to oppose the rising Tizen threat. That obviously didn’t prove to be the case, and while Tizen handhelds, smartwatches and smart TVs are multiplying by the day, webOS seems destined to remain a TV-exclusive platform for the foreseeable future. Its open-source 3.0 flavor will debut at the 2016 International ...

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    Beside a very small sample of enthusiastic software tinkerers and risk takers, we don’t imagine anyone installed the first couple of CyanogenMod 13 nightly batches, given they brought buggy Android 6.0 to devices that should ultimately score official, stable updates OTA from manufacturers. The Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as all those low-end LG phones are a whole different story, looking doomed to run Lollipop or even ancient KitKat as far as users who play by the rules are concerned. For these types of gadgets, custom Marshmallow ROMs that have the potential to function about as smoothly ...

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    To the dismay of Android power users still hopeful of a tablet return in style, LG never came through with that rumored Snapdragon 805-based 8.3-inch G Pad 2 beast, instead launching an SD800 10.1-incher with just 2GB RAM in tow, and an even humbler Snapdragon 400 8-incher. Now, it’s finally time for our promised LG G Pad II 8.3 LTE, but unfortunately, this thing also packs 2 gigs of memory instead of 3, and a Snapdragon 615 processor takes the place of the gossiped 805. Oh, well, perhaps it’s for the best, given the latter’s more advanced age, and how the downgraded RAM could allow ...

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    It feels like most of the big smartphone manufacturers would love to have their own chips powering their phones. Call it a source of pride, a way to reduce costs, or a powerful marketing force, but there's something special about being able to not just say that a phone's a Samsung handset, for example, but that the phone's Samsung all the way down to its core. Certainly Samsung's had more success in this field than most, but that hasn't stopped other companies from trying their own hand at in-house SoCs – like LG with its Nuclun chip. We've already been looking forward to what the ...

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    The holiday season might be a time of magic and miracles, but not even Santa Claus can bring you an official OTA Android 6.0 update for the archaic Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s simply not worth the effort, given many power users are already on a third sequel, waiting for the fourth to drop in just a couple of months. People who aren’t ready to completely give up on the 2012 4.8-incher launched with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-loaded, and don’t mind buggy, experimental software builds can however try out CyanogenMod 13, the most popular community-sourced take on Marshmallow. The GS3 got its ...

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    Another first for LG? Not exactly, as Motorola pulled an even quicker turnaround time for US carrier-locked Moto X Pure Editions as far as Android 6.0 updates are concerned. But the G4 remains a road-opener of sorts, after a Marshmallow soak test kicked off in Poland more than two months ago, and subsequent over-the-air spreads to Korea and various European markets. You have to hand it to Sprint also for getting a head start on its rivals, though solid software support can’t boost those stagnant user numbers without better coverage, as well as lower device and plan prices. While the Now ...

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    It’s no big secret Samsung continues to dominate global smartphone sales despite recent profit dips, and Apple follows in second as far as shipments go, with the lion’s share of net financial gains. Meanwhile, Huawei has reportedly consolidated its last spot on the podium even before the Nexus 6P launched, and according to Digitimes Research, Lenovo and LG wrapped up the top five between July and September. Typically, that’s where most quarterly market reports end, only some occasionally going until the tenth position. But things often get mighty interesting as you descend down the ...

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    While the upcoming Galaxy S7 remains largely shrouded in mystery, a betting man would find it relatively safe to put all his chips against the adoption of “gimmicky” 4K display technology. Not only have recent rumors tackled pressure sensitivity rather than resolution, suggesting very little will change on the latter front, but fresh reports out of Asia now tell us Samsung plans to stick to Quad HD pixel counts for the whole of next year. Possibly, even longer, if 4K mobile content doesn’t become prevalent soon enough, and power efficiency and heat consumption concerns aren’t put ...

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    Google's Nexus phones have always been appealing to a certain class of smartphone buyer, but with this year's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, is it finally time for Nexus to go mainstream? Affordable pricing is back, the hardware is pretty darn attractive, and with two phones to choose from, offering shoppers a choice of size and style, it's easier than ever to find a Nexus you like. If there's still room on your list for a new smartphone this holiday season, Google's giving you a better reason than ever to pick up one of the new Nexus phones, as it cuts prices and offers an attractive shipping ...

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    The world became a better place in many different ways this year, as the US Supreme Court recognized the legality of same-sex marriage, NASA discovered water on Mars, and the vast majority of people online responded heartwarmingly to Europe’s refugee crisis. Meanwhile, a number of bad things also shaped Google’s 2015 search history, including the Paris terrorist attacks, Volkswagen emissions scandal, and several recurring American mass shooting tragedies. But some things never change, and to the outrage of dedicated Android zealots, Apple’s popularity didn’t wane over the past 12 ...

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    For the second year in a row, LG apparently aims to stand out as the device manufacturer capable of the swiftest major Android updates outside of the Nexus franchise, already dispatching Marshmallows for the European G4, and gearing up to do the same for the G3. Remember when we told you both flagships were looking at surprisingly early bumps to 6.0? Well, LG could meet its self-imposed mid-December G3 deadline, uploading the M open source code to the company’s public servers, which likely means 1GB goodie packs will begin rolling out over-the-air in a matter of hours. Days, tops. For ...

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    Before LG attempted to bring us the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE – a smartwatch with a ton of promise that was mysteriously pulled from sales nearly as soon as it became available – we had the the first-gen Watch Urbane. Going up for sale back in April the smartwatch is still relatively young, and we found a lot to like about the wearable when performing our review, from its premium metal construction to high-quality OLED display. If there was one big negative to the Watch Urbane, though, it had to be the price: at $350, it's one of the pricier Android Wear options out there, and ...

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    As the perennial underdog of the Korean smartphone industry, LG isn’t afraid of the occasional gamble and experiment. Oftentimes, these fail, and pulling the plug before sinking too much money into them becomes vital. The G Pro venture was scrapped after a couple of lackluster generations, and rumor has it the same will happen with the G Flex lineup. Which started out rather promisingly back in the fall of 2013, but lacked a certain je ne sais quoi to develop a solid mainstream following earlier this year. No point dragging it out any further therefore, especially as LG recently kicked ...

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    In case the nation’s third largest mobile operator and leading “Uncarrier” wasn’t able to convince you it’s the top choice this holiday season with generous incentives for Verizon and AT&T deserters, Binge On unlimited streaming, and Black November deals, perhaps some discounts on probably the best Android phones in the world will pique your interest. By using the promo code “DEAL75OFF” on T-Mobile’s official website, you can take a cool 75 bucks off the regular no-contract prices of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and LG V10. Moreover, the GS6 was already slashed ...

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    According to one of its designers, Sony may be loosening up on its smartphone development cycle just a tiny bit. Rumors have gone contrary to this spooling down for a while, even as Sony has been making plays for Toshiba's camera unit and figuring out what it really wants to do in mobile. In the end, we may end up remaining on pace for a six-month-or-so update. A screenshot from a T-Mobile presentation in Poland places two new Sony Xperia models for introduction in Q2 of 2016. Also on tap throughout the first quarter: four new Samsung Galaxy phones, two new Lumias and another HTC One. Four ...

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    Unlike most other market research firms, which tend to update their smartphone reports quarterly, Kantar Worldpanel tracks the fluctuations of the world’s leading platforms and manufacturers month after month in EU5 countries, as well as the US, China, Japan, and Australia. You already know September saw iOS and Huawei considerably boost their respective shares on the old continent, but October apparently marked a return to form for both Android and Samsung nearly all around the globe. Google’s dominant operating system managed to surge no less than six percentage points in Italy ...

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    As much as Apple may have tried to keep the launch of its first ever battery life-extending iPhone accessory on the down low, the interwebs blew up with mostly aversion to the “Smart Case’s” distasteful bulge. CEO Tim Cook quickly jumped to the defense of his design team, trying to excuse the poor aesthetic choice by highlighting ease of use and removal simplicity compared to often rigid third-party options. Still, what you see is what stays with you more often than not, and you can’t argue the iPhone 6 or 6s looks pretty when cloaked in the juice pack. Even worse for Cupertino, ...

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    Timing is everything — and money, too. Samsung seems to be biding its time in pushing out the Galaxy S7. Sony will probably launch the Xperia Z6 two minutes from now ... not really. What about LG? It's been pulling its primary flagship launches up earlier and earlier from the summer and into the spring. We may now see it come down to cold, old winter. Specifically, a new Weibo post from Chinese tech blog site ZEALER is throwing the dart on the calendar as to when the G5 will come out. Apparently, it landed on February. Citing Korean industrial sources, the post goes on to list the specs ...

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    We've just seen the most robust fall mobile phone releases in a long time. From the iPhones to an iPhone-like, the Lumias to the DROIDs, the Nexuses to the Priv. And also the OnePlus X, but we can stop counting at this point. A couple of these devices came from manufacturers who put up flagship machines this very same model year: one was a "plus" to a company's device lineage, the other "One" was regarded as a necessary evil to its respective maker. HTC and OnePlus, in the end, decided to trail their main high-end device of the year with "diet flagship" slabs. Enter LG. The V10 comes to ...

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    If you thought Big G’s $300 Nexus 5X listing from a couple of weeks back was a one-time deal just because it expired once Black Friday wrapped up, you were… technically right. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get LG’s stock Marshmallow-running 5.2-incher at a nice discount for Christmas. Through December 30, the US Google Store will apparently charge $330 for the 16GB N5X configuration, which is a little steeper than the BF offer, yet a cool 50 bucks off the MSRP nonetheless. Even better, a group of third-party electronics merchants including Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H ...

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    We’re less than a couple of weeks away from the theatrical premiere of the seventh installment in the epic Star Wars film series, and both iconic and new characters, as well as symbols instantly associated with the George Lucas-created franchise are already everywhere. You can’t leave the TV on for more than a few minutes without hearing the iconic soundtrack play while the December 18 release date is advertised over and over again, billboards around the world are plastered with lightsabers, and the threatening masked appearance of a cryptic Darth Vader heir is deeply imprinted on the ...

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    Just because the mobile-dedicated rendition of Microsoft’s greatest desktop operating system yet has finally been released to manufacturing, so at least theoretically it’s fully stable and polished, it doesn’t mean Redmond’s engineers will abruptly stop trying to make the platform better. Insider feedback shall continue to be appreciated as well, starting with the first cumulative update to Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10586. This carries the 10586.29 designation, so it focuses entirely on crushing bugs, not adding any new features to the mix. Known issues addressed by the ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    When we step back from Samsung's smartphone lineup and look at the phones beyond the flagship Galaxy S and Note series, what do we think about? The A-models like the newly refreshed Galaxy A3, A5, and A7? Sure, but those are far from the only more mid-range handsets Samsung's been cranking out, and this year we've also witnessed the debut of the first Galaxy J smartphones. Most recently that list grew to include the Galaxy J3, as we saw the phone launch in China. What about global release plans; would we ever run across that guy here in the States? As it turns out, we just might, as we get ...

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