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    Update: Our official audio podcast publication will be set to run at 3:00am Eastern on Sundays most weeks. We'll advise you of special cases as necessary. And as always you can hit up the podcast post on the site for direct access to the download links as soon as they're up. Like, right now. Enjoy! Our CES followups are done, our convention-center head colds are almost dribbled out, and the first small scents of jamon are starting to waft over from Barcelona. It must be almost springtime for Pocketnow, and you know what that means: the MWC 2016 rumor reactor is humming its way up to 100% ...

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    While we’re not expecting much in way of surprises from the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as far as designs go, following a major renovation effort last year, LG’s mainstream smartphone flagship family is probably due for a number of important aesthetical changes. First and foremost, it’s time to ditch plastic. Genuine leather is cool and all, but almost everyone that’s someone in the mobile industry has adopted metal as a primary high-end build material, and LG may not be able to swim against the current for much longer. The big challenge is going to be combining an aluminum ...

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    With the rise of both Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, it feels like if you fancy yourself a serious smartphone manufacturer these days, you're expected to offer users a bespoke mobile payment system. Last fall we heard that LG could be the next company to introduce something along those lines, with word that the so-called G Pay could be nearly ready to debut. But unlike Apple's pure-NFC system or Samsung's that uses NFC in concert with magstripe emulation (while keeping all the hardware on your phone), this LG system might just require the use of its own physical payment card. But how exactly ...

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    The claws are out. Both Samsung and LG have major new smartphones just over the horizon, and you'd better believe that once the Galaxy S7 and the G5 are official, we're about to see some serious PR muscle deployed in the hopes of drumming up public interest in those new flagships. But for LG, at least, the company's not content to wait around for that new hardware to land before going on the offensive, and its social media team appears that it can't help itself but to throw some shade at Samsung as the latter tries to play up its quick-charging tech. All Samsung wanted to do was to remind ...

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    How would you like to be able to easily expand the internal storage space of your Nexus device? Don’t answer that, because it’s really a no-brainer rhetorical question similar perhaps to asking if you’d enjoy spending a day with Harrison Ford in Han Solo character. Unlike one of Hollywood’s most reclusive grumps though, modifying at least a Google Nexus 5 phone to accommodate microSD cards is decidedly within reach… if you’ve got the spare time, right tools and set of skills. All you need to do, according to a Reddit member nicknamed Sockpockets, is carefully remove the ...

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    Like for so many other smartphone manufacturers, 2015 was a bittersweet year in terms of LG sales and profits, prompting a mid-range restructuring effort and G Flex 3 cancellation to better focus on the G5 and V10’s unnamed sequel in the high-end market segment. But the problem is the non-flagship K series is a little all over the place right now, kicking things off with two very good-looking models back at CES in Las Vegas, then expanding it by an additional three variants. Only one of these is currently available in Korea, while the lowest-end handheld of the bunch recently gained full ...

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    When's the last time a new mobile gadget had you really excited? Were you awed by the sheer size of the iPad Pro? Rendered speechless by the 4K screen on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium? Whatever that piece of hardware was, though, there's a good chance we're talking about a 2015 model. After all, so far this year we've yet to see much in the way of high-profile launches, and while CES brought us lots of cool stuff to check out, some of the season's biggest devices have been holding back for MWC. With the expo getting ready to let loose upon Barcelona in just a few more weeks, we're taking a ...

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    If you've been keeping an ear to the LG G5 rumors stemming back the past several weeks, it's easy to come away with the impression that the phone we're about to see launch is one that may be the G5 in name only, taking some big steps away from the sort of hardware we became familiar with in phones like the G3 and G4. Big changes may include abandoning the classic rear volume controls, to say nothing of the unusual slide-out battery design that's been teased. One of the more unusual rumors to emerge suggested that LG could give the phone a multi-purpose expansion port, dubbed the Magic ...

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    Aside from the two upcoming flagships expected to improve brand profitability where it matters most, LG clearly needs a strong mid-range overhaul as well, with last year’s Spirits, Leons, and Joys lacking the focus required to give Motorola or all those rising Chinese budget stars a run for their money. Enter the K family, inaugurated at CES in Las Vegas with the introductions of the 5-inch K7 and 5.3-inch K10, and shortly after, expanded by another three models. Three very cryptic models, at least a couple of weeks back, slated to target different markets in a joint, concerted effort to ...

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    What do we know about LG's MWC plans? The company's got its press event scheduled for February 21, we've heard it confirm plans to announce a “major smartphone” at the show, and comments from company execs have reportedly identified this handset as a flagship-level device. Considering our expectations for seeing the flagship G5 launch either this winter or in early spring, it was easy to read all that as supporting the idea of an MWC G5 launch. Is that what we're actually going to get, though? One of LG's international branches is trying to keep us guessing on Twitter, as it sows the ...

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    CES 2016 may not have brought us a ton of all-new phones, but we sure got to see new spins on some recent models, and that included the golden special edition Nexus 6P graduating to wide availability. The handsome-looking handset emerged as a show favorite, and shoppers have been free to pick one up for themselves both through the Google Store and with retail partner Best Buy. Even though the gold Nexus 6P is still the new hottness, it's already attracting efforts to make it just a bit more commercially appealing in the form of some solid discounts, bringing the price down fifty dollars. ...

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    Any time we run into some unwanted behavior from our phones, we hold out hope that a simple software patch might be able to set things right. Sure, that patch might take a while to get here, and other issues could still remain, but the prospect of an OEM so easily being able to reach out and fix a bug for a large number of users in one fell swoop is a pretty appealing one. LG G4 owners might have been hoping for a similar solution for widespread reports of the phone spontaneously resetting and entering an endless bootloop cycle, but we've got some bad news: LG has confirmed that the root ...

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    Following a phenomenal half a decade or so for many smartphone manufacturers, market saturation caused by lack of innovation and too few upgrade incentives made it much trickier for even Apple and Samsung to turn a profit and post sales growth in 2015. Of course, there was also your occasional overperformer based in China that knew how to cater to increasingly cash-strapped audiences, while companies like Xiaomi or LG reported bright spots and not-so-bright ones in their end-of-year financial records. Once again aided by improved box-office numbers in North America, the G4 and V10 creators ...

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    Can you remember an LG G-series phone that didn't use the company's iconic rear-volume-button design? We have it on the G4, we had it with the G3, and we even had it with the G2, all the way back in 2013; really, if you want a G-series flagship with traditional side-edge volume buttons, you have to look back to the old Optimus G, before we had this new naming scheme at all. But now for the upcoming G5, it looks like LG is breaking from habit and going back to the old way of doing things – despite some early signs suggesting that the G5's rear-button scheme would continue with the ...

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    LG wants to come to MWC to "play" for the first time in a long time, especially when we're talking "G" models. And with the G5 comes its share of leaks, including a surprise switch-up in design language, a battery trap door, and two optical portholes on the back. We're now getting a good glance and how some of those changes will actuate, thanks to a Droid Life insider source. [gallery columns="4" ids="461584,461585,461586,461587"]   There's a "NOT FOR SALE" sticker along with a bunch of other overexposed stickers and a nice little blue one. A previous picture of the G5's back, supposedly ...

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    Why in the world would anyone buy the “ancient” LG G4 mere weeks ahead of its sequel’s expected introduction? Well, for one thing, the 5.5-incher doesn’t show its age at all, running contemporary Android 6.0 Marshmallow in Asia, Europe, and at least on one US carrier. That same operator wants to cut you a phenomenal deal through Monday January 25, taking a “minimum” of $200 off the G4’s current list price with any trade-in of a working handheld. Some phones will obviously net you higher discounts, but based on Sprint’s wording, we presume the least you’re going to get ...

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    "Life's good... especially when you've got a flagship smartphone from LG in your pocket." With the LG G5's formal announcement expected to be made at MWC 2016 in Barcelona next month, the rumor-mill is in full force, churning out leaks-a-plenty. Leaks and rumors are one thing, and we could add our voice to an already growing choir of anonymous sources, educated guesses, and outright speculation. Instead, let's take a look at some of LG's past offerings and where other players in the industry are today, then come up with five things LG needs to do to make the G5's launch a success. ...

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    LG is currently in the process of working with all of its partner carriers to update G3 and G4 phones to Android 6.0 over the past couple of months. The company's latest premium smartphone launched on T-Mobile on October 30 — 25 days after the original Android Marshmallow images hit Nexus devices — with Android 5.1.1. We assumed, but had no guarantee that the V10 would eventually get the upgrade. But T-Mobile has confirmed that it and LG and starting the process for the device. The V10, along with the G3, G4 and G Stylo are in T-Mobile's Android Marshmallow update stable. No push ...

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    The twists and turns of the path of Nexus came to a head last year with two phones from different manufacturers — one a Google favorite, the other a rising star. Trade winds blew in word that a troubled legacy phonesmaker would be making both of this year's Nexus smartphone entries. Noted HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR has tracked down "alleged" HTC Nexus device codenames. Allegedly related to HTC Nexus devices codenames are: T50 T55 — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) January 19, 2016 There's little precedent for this codename format in both Nexus and HTC phone portfolios. As far as Android devices ...

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    If you followed Pocketnow's CES 2016 coverage, you'll know that LG didn't follow up last year's G Flex 2 with a third-generation sequel. That's a shame, because it likely would have been the star of the show, at least from a smartphone perspective. For two generations, the G Flex line has brought the most futuristic features LG has to offer, including them not in a reference design or engineering prototype, but in a consumer smartphone available to everyday people. With the LG G5 rumored for MWC 2016 in Barcelona next month, here's a few features I'm hoping make the jump from the ...

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    Cobalt. It doesn't just strike your eyes with a certain pitch of blue: it's a key component of our smartphones' lithium-ion batteries. But it seems that the labor used to obtain this mineral has been poorly regulated. And Amnesty International is implicating Apple and Samsung — both companies having their own shares of labor problems — as well as Sony, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo and eight other multinationals for being complacent to child labor in their supply chains. All of those manufacturers, while they don't necessarily share battery providers nor battery part providers, do ...

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    We're coming up on just a month away from LG's MWC event, and while the company has yet to out and say “we'll be there with the G5,” it's sure been hinting strongly that could be a possibility, most recently with execs supposedly talking about plans for a flagship announcement. When we do finally see the G5 go official, what kind of design can we expect? A new leak attempts to give us maybe our best overview of the phone's construction yet, showing a slim, tall build, that steps away from one of the most iconic G-series components. Last month we took a look at a leak that painted the ...

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    This is far from the most exciting development on the LG G5 speculation front of late, but in case you needed further confirmation the handheld was real and coming soon, a trusted Hungarian website unearthed its model number and OS version it runs in pre-release testing. No surprises in either department, as the G5 closely follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, with an H830 inside designation. The LG G4, mind you, was also known as H810 or H815. In terms of software, the smartphone that isn’t afraid of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is already on Android 6.0, so it should definitely launch ...

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    While it wouldn’t exactly be fair to call the LG G4 a box-office lemon, the leather-clad 5.5-incher was expected to build on its predecessor’s success, and help its creators make last year’s manufacturer top five, which wasn’t ultimately the case. It’s back to square one for LG now, as the V10 might be exceeding expectations, but not in such a spectacular way to justify a G5 launch months after the Samsung Galaxy S7. Instead, the company’s highly anticipated full-metal flagship should debut at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress next month, directly “taking on” its fiercest ...

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    Although LG technically killed the Optimus brand a long time ago, Verizon seems to reckon the name is still worth something to a cash-strapped American audience, charging $70 for the just-released LG Optimus Zone 3. That’s $70 off-contract, obviously, with no catches or strings attached, aside from mandatory activation on a prepaid plan setting you back at least an additional $30 a month. While very rich and diverse, Big Red’s prepaid roster doesn’t feature another device available as cheap as the Zone 3, even the modest second-gen Moto E fetching $80. It therefore goes without ...

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