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    Update: Score revised 10/2/2013. For more on this, see related story. About this time last year, I wrote the following in Pocketnow's full review of LG's 2012 Android flagship: LG has ... an excellent smartphone in the Optimus G. Within its well-crafted, jewel-like casing, industry-leading hardware and one of the most responsive implementations of Android we’ve ever seen combine to deliver a smartphone experience that’s not just adequate, but outstanding. [...] For those in search of an excellent, modern Android smartphone with the proper balance of aesthetics, performance, and ...

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    When it comes to smartphones, I'm a pretty shallow guy. It doesn't matter what capabilities are baked into your software, how long your battery life is, or how vast your internal storage; if you're not a good-looking device, you're not coming home with me. So it was with a halfhearted smile and forced enthusiasm that I walked into the LG event in NYC yesterday, responding to a company rep's "are you excited?" with a too-blunt "is there coffee?" It's not that I wasn't looking forward to the show - I was. But the company's newest flagship had already been leaked so thoroughly that we knew ...

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    It's weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you're kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you're returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We're in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks ... but in our case, it's a good thing. Because today's the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting. We hope you do, too, because today's Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly 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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    The LG Optimus G proved to be more than just another LG phone. It did a great job at amazing us when it launched in the fall of last year since it marked a new and more elegant deployment of smartphones from LG at times when their past was clouded by cheap phones. Another thing that characterized that Optimus G was that it was the firs smartphone to launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, which has now led the way to more efficient and powerful processors like the Snapdragon 600 and 800. A lot of us have been left wondering when Qualcomm will launch the first smartphone with the ...

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    Waterproof smartphones: so hot right now. Sony got things rolling in 2013 with the Xperia Z, and with models like the Galaxy S 4 Active looming over the horizon, it doesn't look like waterproof phones are going away anytime soon. The latest to go official comes from LG, which today revealed the waterproof Optimus GJ. As the name implies, this handset shares much in common with last year's Optimus G. That means the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, and 4.7-inch 720p display. Like some of those G variants, the GJ also has a 13-megapixel main camera. Unlike the original Optimus G, ...

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    LG sure has been keeping us busy with its smartphone events lately. It kicked-off the month with its Optimus G Pro launch for AT&T, and today we learn that it has another event scheduled to take place before the month's out, capping things off with a May 30 gathering in Macau, China; what could we hope to see? Well, as you'll notice on the invitation above, it's clear that we're dealing with something from the Optimus G family. Of course, that still leaves plenty of options, so what might be the most likely? That Sprint-bound model from yesterday is likely out of the running, because ...

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    We didn't expect to run the Weekly with a skeleton crew two weeks in a row - and it's a good thing we didn't have to. Mere minutes into this week's Tony-and-Michael-only podcast, Taylor Martin arrives to save us from the spectre of a fun, but low-energy, two-man show. In its place: jokes, laughs, and a lot of industry insight you're gonna wanna put your ears on. We talk phone batteries that can jump-start your car, what place Twitter has in music, whether we should be excited about Motorola's X phone or Nokia's aluminum Catwalk, and the strengths and weaknesses of Windows Phone, Facebook ...

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    It's finally here, slowly that is. After almost a full month since Sprint launched their Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to the LG Optimus G, the software update is now reportedly reaching AT&T customers. Sadly we haven't been able to confirm this officially, as AT&T hasn't sent out any press notifications about it. What matters is that some customers are already reporting that it is arriving to their devices. LG really surprised us last October with the Optimus G. None of us here had any positive things to say about the company until this device was released. LG proved they had ...

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    While it lacks the bells and whistles of all the latest 1080p Androids, LG's Optimus G is a pretty decent little Android, and would arguably be even more so if it hadn't been overshadowed by its cousin, the Nexus 4. Still, it's a relatively new phone, coming to AT&T and Sprint just over four month ago. That's why it's so surprising to hear talk already that the Optimus G could be going EOL. Now, this may be a mistake – an inadvertently selected row or something – but as you can see on the spreadsheet above, the Optimus G, as being sold by a retailer for operation on Sprint, is ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's new strategy to compete with the Optimus G Pro against the Galaxy S 4, and yes HTC is in the same wagon. Then we move to some leaks suggesting that Verizon won't wait for the HTC One, and will launch it close to the rest of the carriers. Windows Phone 7.8 is up next as the new update rolled out today should fix all its bugs. We then talk about the US launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and which carriers get it first after their second event planned. We end today's show talking about Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy S 4 and what's cool and ...

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    Not only did LG announce an eye-tracking / eye recognition feature to land on the Optimus G Pro before Samsung could make its official announcement of the S IV, rumored to have such capabilities, but it is now bringing the battle right to Samsung's heart with its latest move. Trolling? Maybe! Not more than Samsung's Apple-related commercials (and others) for that matter. Marketing? For sure! Times Square is where a huge gathering is expected today for the Galaxy S IV unveiling -- and where our own Adam Lein will be, joining us live from the crowd for our hangout -- and it's filled with ...

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    Sprint's version of the LG Optimus G has just received its official Android 4.1.2 update and, aside from the goodies included with the Jelly Bean iteration of the platform (like Google Now and Google Chrome instead of the Android browser), there's also better voice search as well as a brand new camera app. The Sony Xperia J is also reportedly getting the same platform version refresh with build 11.2.A.0.21 and kernel version 3.4. With this refresh the Xperia J joins the Xperia T and Xperia V in the update game and Xperia TX owners should get it next in the near future. Source: ...

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    LG made an official announcement according to which the company has now managed to sell over ten million smartphones with LTE capabilities worldwide. The LG Optimus G was definitely a key factor and the company “will continue to expand our footprint in the global LTE market with a wider range of differentiated, high quality LTE smartphones", said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Mobile Communications Company. With a forecasted increase of LTE phones LG is setting its targets for 2013, as the South Korean phone maker wants to "double its LTE smartphone penetration this ...

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    The first Optimus G was a pretty nice little smartphone from a company that's really been hard to feel enthusiastic for over the years. At least, between misses like the oddball Optimus Vu and the low-to-midrange L series it dumped on the market last year, it was starting to feel like it had been a seriously long time since there was an LG smartphone worth getting excited about. Ultimately, the Optimus G was itself overshadowed by the Nexus 4, a cheaper version with the benefit of Google's software support, but had that not stolen some of the limelight, the Optimus G would have likely been ...

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    LG really hadn't left us with any us with anything to be surprised by at the MWC this year; over the last couple weeks, we've heard it model-by-model reveal pretty much everything it was intending to show at the Mobile World Congress in advance. The F series were the last holdouts, but even they've gone official. Now LG is rounding everything all up and showing off its full new lineup. The F series includes the Optimus F3 and F5, both mid-rangers, but with some decent specs, especially for the F7. The L series II has three phones in it, the Optimus L3 II, L5 II, and L7 II; these are all ...

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    For as similar as the LG Optimus G and the Nexus 4 are, they have their differences. Maybe the most well known is the disabling of the LTE radio in the Nexus 4, but the two phones also treat their displays differently, thanks to just how LG and Google configured their software. If you wish the Nexus 4 had the sort of bold colors seen on the Optimus G, you're in luck, as a new kernel mod from the guys behind Paranoid Android (which is itself an awesome custom ROM) seeks to create a "best of both worlds" situation on the Nexus 4. While this effort took a whole lot of hands-on tweaking to get ...

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    Even if it takes six Skype calls to make a podcast happen, we're gonna do it for you folks, because that's just the kind of guys we are. And it's a good thing, too; while the news cycle has calmed down somewhat in the wake of last week's big BlackBerry event, there's still plenty to talk about from the worlds of Android and Windows Phone, from rumors and speculation to ... well, no, just rumors and speculation, really. But it's scintillating stuff, especially if you're into things named "M7" and "Nokia Tablet." All that, plus listener mail and a heaping helping of Joe Levi's robot voice, ...

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    Life frequently defies our expectations. For example, if it's your first full season covering mobile-technology trade shows, sometimes you find your expectations for a nice, quiet lull between CES and MWC completely upset -toppled, really- by reality. For this editor, that reality came fast and fierce, delivering an unbelievable bounty of rumor and speculation at his doorstep on the morning of this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. The bright side: you get to hear all the latest news and gossip surrounding Galaxy S IV and Note 8.0 speculation; HTC's Droid DNA upgrade with a very James ...

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    The LG Optimus G, announced on September 18, made its way to the U.S., alongside other markets like Canada, Japan, South Korea; a company spokesperson unveiled plans for the phone to officially land in China and several countries in Europe in the first quarter of the year. Ever since its launch, LG managed to sell one million Optimus G units. The number refers to worldwide sales and was unveiled by the South Korean company on Friday. Given that this is by no means a full, worldwide device roll-out, the one million number looks like a great figure. It is far from Samsung's or Apple's best ...

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    Watch todays Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's launch of the Galaxy Note II in more colors. The rumors of the Galaxy Note 8.0 make the scene next as we get some details on specs and a probable release date. Asus may not have been much news lately, but some reports have them working with Microsoft on building a Padfone-like device for Windows Phone 8, and that's hot. The LG Optimus G Pro is next, even though we still think this is just the Optimus G2. We end today's show by talking about the new Facebook Messenger update for iOS which allows calls within the US. All this and more ...

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    January: the post-holiday comedown mixes with the post-CES recovery and pre-MWC quiet to form a lull of epic proportions. Fortunately though, leaks and rumors never stop, and we've got a few of them to bat around on this episode of the Weekly. Today, Joe Levi and Anton D. Nagy each return to the podcast to talk rumored Sony Xperia tablets, LG Windows Phones, and the will-it-never-die speculation surrounding a cheap iPhone. Also making the cut: the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, the Huawei Ascend W2, and some far-out pseudo-news regarding LG's supposed "Nexus 5" and "Nexus 7.7." All that, ...

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    There's no disputing it: in terms of smartphones, Sony stole the show at CES 2013. Granted, that didn't take much doing, but we shouldn't let the lack of meaningful competition rain too heavily on Sony's parade. The devices the company unveiled at its booth a week ago are truly impressive. Those devices are the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, a duo of high-end smartphones with quite a few specs in common. Each features a 5-inch, 1080p "Reality" display front-and-center, its graphics driven by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM. The camera ...

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    While the LG Optimus G is substantially similar to the Nexus 4, there are still a number of differences setting the pair apart. Those include price (the big one), availability, frequency support (at least officially), and software. Now, we know that Nexus devices are going to get the first crack at the latest code when it arrives, but the Optimus G didn't even launch with Jelly Bean to begin with. Luckily for users who scooped one up, updates are on their way, and the first have already started arriving. Before you get too excited, right now only the three South Korean editions of the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the new rumors of an LG Optimus G2 in the works. Nokia makes the news later as we talk about their probable plans of an Aluminum Lumia in the future. Samsung later takes the spotlight, first with the fact that they're pushing updates to fix some problems with the Galaxy S III, and later because they seem to be going serious with Tizen in a probable Galaxy S device this year. We end today's show talking about how iOS 6 shouldn't disturb according to its settings, but will still do so until January 7th. All this and more after the break. Stories ...

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