Posts tagged with: LG
  • by | March 29, 2014 9:51 AM

    We've heard of LG's plans to deliver Knock Code to the G Flex -- and the G2 -- and 4K video capabilities have been rumored to land with a software refresh not so long ago. Well, as it turns out, LG's flexible curved smartphone is getting its Android KitKat update; however, for the time being, only devices in South Korea are on the distribution list. The changes and additions, aside from the above mentioned Knock Code, include improvements to the Bluetooth Car-Kit controls, as well as performance improvements which come with Google's ART. Other devices (outside of LG's home turf) should ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 5:41 PM

    Whatever happened to the Nokia Lumia 1820? We'd been talking about it since last year, and for a while we were hoping it might make an appearance at MWC, but then it dropped off the face of the earth. Was there still a chance this guy might be headed for launch, or were we barking up the wrong tree all along. As if from out of nowhere, the 1820 is back on our radar this evening, with a case maker's website alluding to the smartphone, along with a few rumored Samsung models. Noreve makes some fancy leather cases for a whole bunch of smartphones. Pull up one of those listings, and edit the ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:01 AM

    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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  • by | March 27, 2014 2:56 AM

    We've met the LG G2 mini in person with the occasion of this year's MWC, and we got to experience, first hand, a phone that is neither mini, nor G2. It features either a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm, or 1.7GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4i processor (for the LATAM LTE version), a 4.7-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, either an 8.0 or a 13.0MP (for the LATAM LTE version) shooter, 1.3MP front facer, and a 2,440mAh battery. If you like the phone, expect it to be available next month. The LG G2 mini is coming in April to CIS countries, after which it ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 4:51 AM

    LG has taken it's Knock-On from the G2 to the next level, as we've seen the new Knock Code in action with the occasion of our G Pro 2 hands-on video in Barcelona (alongside the G2 mini, F Series and L Series devices). This new way of unlocking the device is able to recognize one of close to 80,000 combinations of tapping the screen to life. Next month (April), LG will start bringing Knock Code to other devices in its portfolio, via a software update. The G2 and G Flex are specifically being mentioned in the press release, however, with the wording "in specific countries". Two to eight ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 1:49 PM

    Last week's big news was the announcement of Android Wear, Google's effort to embrace the growing tide of smartwatches and help give it a common face, with broad compatibility. Beyond the project itself, we also heard about two specific pieces of hardware, the Motorola Moto 360 and LG's G Watch. Not only was the round Moto 360 the more eye-catching of the pair, but Motorola was extremely forthright in its discussion of the watch, holding a public Hangout and sharing a fair number of details. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of our coverage focused on it. With the G Watch, on the other hand, all we ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 7:20 AM

    When talking about smartphones, Apple and Blackberry are somewhat alone in that they make their own  hardware. Phones powered by Microsoft's OS and Android are built by OEMs like HTC, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others. Back in the day, major companies like Dell, HP, Compaq and others would outsource the production of their devices to OEMs. Over time, these OEMs began to gain popularity and eventually brought hardware carrying their own brand to the market. Ironically, Compaq, Dell, HP, and others have all but gotten out of the smartphone/PDA game, having been replaced by the OEMs ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 11:31 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's re-launch of the iPad 4, and the birth of a cheaper iPhone 5c with 8GB of storage. We then talk about the iPhone 6 and the possibility of it getting optical image stabilization in its camera. HTC follows the news as we get possible launch dates for the M8. Google Now later takes the spotlight as we talk about the recent changes for better interaction with others. We end today's show talking about Google's announcement of Android wear, the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple brings back the ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:22 PM

    Google just made its biggest move into wearables since we first heard of Glass, revealing the Android Wear project and making an early version of the SDK available to developers. The news also brought with it word of a number of companies interested in manufacturing wearables that would plug into this Android Wear system, giving users a consistent, familiar Android experience across devices. But who will be first to deliver? LG is shaping up to be an early adopter, and a smartwatch called the G Watch is reportedly in the works. We don't have any specifics about the watch's hardware, but ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 11:37 AM

    Last month, we checked out a patent application filed by LG, describing a very unusual wearable. Instead of something easily recognizable as a smartwatch, or even an activity tracker, the product described was more along the lines of a wearable stylus, going flat and wrapping around the user's wrist like a bracelet. Still, the patent described some ways of giving the band some smartwatch-caliber features, like the ability to see notifications from your phone. Today we get our first look at this product in the flesh, but it's not everything we were hoping for. Notably absent is even the ...

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  • by | March 16, 2014 1:44 AM

    Almost a year ago Verizon announced the LG Lucid 2, which was really LG's Optimus F5 tailored to suit the carrier's needs. Since it's been a almost a year, the network operator is probably planning on bringing a new model to its line-up, and the phone above appears to be just that. According to @evleaks, we're looking at the LG Lucid 3. With model number VS876, the Lucid 3 is expected to be a mid-ranger device with the usual Verizon logos and a Samsung-like home button. The overall design of the phone has been tweaked a little and it's more in line with (actually we're almost convinced it ...

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  • by | March 14, 2014 5:39 PM

    What's going to be the first smartphone you own that features a quad HD, 1440p, 2K display? While we've heard about efforts from a few OEMs with varying degrees of presence in Southeast Asia, we're still waiting for word of the first such phone from a brand with big appeal in the West, too. Samsung was a contender for a while, but then the GS5 arrived with another 1080p panel, and the company has since shot down rumors suggesting that a “premium” QHD GS5 was still in the works. Who else is still in the running? Rather than waiting until late summer, we've been hearing that LG might ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 11:18 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Microsoft plans to kill its WP8 licensing for certain OEMs. Then we talk about LG and how the LG G3 may bring us a better display than its competitors.T-Mobile follows the news as we get reports on how it'll sell the Galaxy S5. Then let's talk about iOS 8 and some of its recent leaks, including a healthbook app, and new iCloud integration. We end today's show talking about Google's smartwatch specifications. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft kills WP8 licensing fees for some new OEMs? - Purported LG G3 UAProf reveals ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 7:09 AM

    Curved screens are nothing new to Google's Nexus family of smartphones -- or are they? The second iteration of Google's flagship phone was made by Samsung. It was called the Nexus S. It's successor was the Galaxy Nexus. Both had curved screens. But that's not entirely true, is it? Both the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus had curved glass, but that glass covered flat screens, thereby providing only the illusion of a curved screen. Perhaps that's just semantics, and it's all in the past anyway. When you jump forward to today we have a very different situation: both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 ...

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