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    Upstart smartphone platforms have their work cut out for them. The market has become increasingly a three-man race, with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone succeeding while past players like BlackBerry fade into the background. Getting a foot in the door there is a huge obstacle, and platforms like Sailfish, Ubuntu, and Firefox OS continue to struggle to do so. Among them, Firefox OS has had the problem of being largely targeted at users who needed quite basic phones, and much of the hardware that's arrived to date has been a bit low-spec and forgettable. But today we find ourselves ...

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    If there's one thing LG might like even more than releasing new mobile devices, it's filing trademarks for their names. Sure, all companies have their trademarks, but we end up hearing about a lot of new LG gear for the first time from such filings, and often with names that also give us a solid hint at just what sort of devices these might be. Already this year alone, we've seen such trademarks for unreleased smartwatches, a possible phablet, and maybe even the next G Flex. Now we've got one new name to add to that growing list, with LG trademarking the G Pad X. To refresh your memory a ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast (both to stream and download it), as well as timecodes to let you jump through the podcast. As always, thanks for listening, and we'll see you right here next week! "Bring us alternate topics," you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered. On today's podcast, we're joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup's BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we're ...

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    Android 5.0: it's not just for smartphones anymore. (Well okay; it was for smartphones and tablets before, but that kinda ruins the joke.) With the latest software update out of Google, the company's wearable computing platform gets a big boost. Around here, we call it the Android Wear Lollipop edition – and it's already made our Moto 360 and G Watch R smartwatches much more capable. Join us for a guided tour of Android Wear Lollipop! In five minutes, we take you for a spin around new notification settings, specialized modes for movie theaters and beach days, a new gallery built just ...

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    Weeks ago, when Google officially dropped Android 5.0's source code into AOSP, LG was fast to claim the title of the first OEM to update a non-Nexus phone to the Lollipop build (though, technically speaking, Motorola had already begun soak testing the update for its Moto X "Pure Edition" at the time). At the time it was only available in Poland, and finally today we're learning of further progress, with the LG G3 Lollipop Europe release nearing completion as you read this. All across the many European countries, users of the international-oriented D855 G3 model are being alerted with the ...

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    By this point, most currently-supported Nexus devices have seen the release of Android 5.0.1 for their hardware. Google was quick to send out OTA updates for its WiFi tablets, and last week we started seeing the arrival of updates for phones like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. While all that was great, we were a little curious about what wasn't emerging: a corresponding update for the Nexus 5. Not only had an OTA not been spotted, but Google hadn't even added the 5.0.1 release to its repository of the Nexus 5's factory images. What gives? Google's still remaining quiet on the issue, but a ...

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    There are new two ways about it: the Nexus 6 is the future of the Nexus smartphone lineup. And while the Nexus 5 has hung around even after the 6's debut, we've been forced to acknowledge that the phone's days are numbered. As of right now – in the US, at least – you'll find the Play Store out of Nexus 5 inventory; it sure hasn't felt like ongoing Nexus 5 sales are a big priority for Google. But just how much longer before this guy is gone for good? Today brings us news on a couple fronts about the handset's future, all getting started with the report that production of the Nexus 5 has ...

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    “But it's going to kill the battery. But I don't want to pay for a second cellular plan. But I always carry my smartphone on me, anyway!” Listen, not everyone's going to dig the idea of a smartwatch that pulls down its own cellular connection. And yes, there are a bunch of new issues that such products introduce. But as our experiences with the Samsung Gear S taught us, there can be a lot to love about models like this for the right users. We've already talked about the idea of LG joining Samsung with a cell-enabled smartwatch of its own, having spotted such a model at the FCC a couple ...

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    Well this is an interesting coincidence: only hours ago we were telling you about some rumors concerning LG's G Pro series of smartphones, with claims arriving that the manufacturer could be done with the G Pro lineup entirely. That led to us talking about LG and phablets in general, and how with its G-series flagships growing each generation, there might not be a need for a separate phablet - at least, barring some cool feature like the Note 4's S Pen stylus. Now, while LG does have the stylus-equipped G3 Stylus (above), the phone's hardware falls seriously short of G3 quality, and the ...

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    Back in the spring of 2013, we took a look at the LG G Pro, a 5.5-inch Android phablet. At least, that's what we called such devices back then, though with the G3 sporting a 5.5-inch screen itself, that “phablet” label hardly seems appropriate any longer. The G Pro 2 moved things up to a 5.9-inch panel, still a bit large, but with phones like the Nexus 6 out now, it's still not so big as to feel like it belongs in a separate class. Perhaps LG has finally read the writing on the wall when it comes to treating phones in the five-to-six-inch space as something different than regular ...

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    For certain manufacturers of mobile devices, having your own SoC at the heart of your products, rather than some off-the-shelf component, is a big deal: Apple's got its A-series of chips, just like Samsung has its Exynos. And for the longest time we'd been talking about LG's efforts to join them at the table with some silicon of its own. It took the better part of two years for this component to materialize, but this fall we finally saw the fruits of LG's hard work pay off with the launch of the G3 Screen and the LG Nuclun SoC within. But now that we're a few weeks removed from the ...

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    Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5. If you're a die-hard Android fanboy/girl with a wad of phone-buying bills burning a hole in your pocket and no idea whether to spring for the super-modern or settle for the slightly dated, this is the comparison for you. While the gulf in screen and chassis size is huge here, there's more to this decision than bigness. The Nexus 6 carries a larger battery, higher-resolution camera, more modern processor, more elaborate radio stack ... and a $300 premium over its year-old predecessor. That means it starts at $649 instead of $349, probably its biggest deviation from ...

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    This is just great: far too often we find ourselves reporting on issues with popular smartphones, only to see time go by without any fixes materializing. And after sharing news with you back in July about how the LG G3 was using a contrast-enhancing software filter to make on-screen text annoyingly “pop,” we went months without any sign of salvation. LG still may not be willing to do anything about the oversharpening, but the independent dev community has finally arrived with a fix, offering the solution we've craved. The custom kernel is available for multiple G3 variants, including ...

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    It's been over a year now since LG introduced its curved-screen G Flex Android, and while it certainly wasn't a phone for everyone, we found ourselves quite taken with it. In the months since we've been on the lookout for information about a possible second-generation effort, and while some rumors suggested the phone wouldn't launch until February 2015, others claimed that it could debut before the end of 2014. Now the latest rumor attempts to split the difference, pointing to CES in January for LG's launch announcement. We've got plenty of questions regarding what LG could be planning for ...

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    LG not only managed to have a great third quarter this year, but 2014 in its entirety smiled upon the South Korean manufacturer's mobile division. Phones like the LG G3 and its variants have something to offer for everyone, and, as our review can testify, the flagship for this year does a great job at being right there with the rest of the smartphones from other competitors. 17 million smartphones were shipped in Q3 (up 16 percent from the quarter before), with revenue of $4.14 billion, out of which $163 million being profit. So, it's definitely not bad performance behind this move, as ...

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    The Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft is one heck of a tablet computer and it managed to score pretty high in our full review back in summer. As it turns out, other manufacturers have acknowledged both the success of the slate and the need for such hardware, as an LG Surface Pro 3 competitor is in the works, according to a recent report. Much like the Surface Pro 3, LG's take on the concept will be a laptop once its keyboard is attached, and a tablet once it is converted. According to unnamed LG insiders, the tablet will be powered by an Intel fourth-generation core processor, and, in order to ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year's Galaxy Nexus didn't even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn't come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it's an issue we've been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, ...

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    With the Motorola-made Nexus 6 starting to arrive in customer's hands, the Nexus 4 is hardly noteworthy anymore. It's screen was a measly 720p and measured 4.7-inches with a pixel density of less than 320. With a quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU, LG's Nexus 4 was a powerhouse - back in its day. It shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but got fairly timely updates all the way up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Then tragedy struck. Google's support window on devices follows the industry standard of about 18-months. The Nexus 4 was announced in October ...

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    If you’re shopping for a new smartwatch in the Google Play Store, you’re faced with a sea of choices from chic to super-minimal … but only one stands out as a watch that would survive an extended dose of real-world use and abuse. If that's the kind of thing that winds your crown, then the LG G Watch R is very possibly your next Android Wear smartwatch. The G Watch R brings more to the table than its hulking stainless-steel body, of course. Its P-OLED display is just as sharp and vibrant as the Super AMOLED on Samsung's Gear Live, and it's a perfect circle to boot. Its software load ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    In a couple days, this Lollipop update madness will calm down, and we can start turning our attention back to all the other smartphone and tablet news under the sun, but for the moment, Google's distribution of its latest platform update – and specifically, to Nexus devices – remains a hot topic on the minds of many users. We've already seen progress on a few big Nexus models, like the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7, but what about the Nexus 4? The two-year-old handset is very much on tap to get Lollipop, but its factory image didn't arrive yesterday alongside its brethren, and we ...

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    If, for some reason, you find yourself wanting to purchase an LG G3 but not able to deal with the current selection of color options, allow us to introduce to you the just-announced Blue Steel LG G3. Basically, it's an LG G3 – but blue. There are no fancy technological additions to the phone, no special software is included: it's just a blue phone. With that out of the way, if you find yourself longing for a Blue Steel LG G3 (and we don't blame you; the thing doesn't look half bad), you'll first want to give our review of the phone a read; the phone is still one heck of a contender in ...

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    Sorry, Google: you weren't first to the Android update race with your Nexus devices this year. But surely, even if Google wasn't the leader out of the gate, those Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for Nexus phones and tablets must be nearly ready to go by now, right? Last week we heard a rumor that Google's Nexus update plans had hit an unexpected delay, but that they'd be getting started soon, with today, November 12, mentioned as a possible release date. We've yet to get confirmation of updates hitting actual phones, but Sprint sure thinks that one's about to arrive for the Nexus 5, updating ...

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