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This past summer, we gave you a sneak preview at LG’s upcoming smartphone lineup. One of the models featured was the LG Univa, a low-end handset designed to take the place of the Optimus One in LG’s lineup. Later on, we saw the phone show up in the flesh, and shortly thereafter learned of plans to release it as the Optimus Hub. Now it looks like that same hardware could be back, sporting a few small changes, and finally embracing its namesake as the Optimus 2.
LG quietly added the Optimus 2, model AS680, to its site. That number appears in FCC paperwork, showing that [...]
Back at the beginning of November, we heard about a very intriguing idea for a new wireless carrier. Republic Wireless promised unlimited voice, data, and texts for an unheard-of $19 a month. While that was enough to grab our interest, details of the service emerged a little while later that showed some pretty serious restrictions on that “unlimited” plan. Well, Republic’s been thinking things over since then, and rather than modify its claim of unlimited service, it’s decided to eliminate its fair use policy, removing any and all usage thresholds.
Last week, we heard about plans for Republic Wireless to start offering cellular service with a unique mix of traditional 3G connectivity and VoIP-over-WiFi. By letting WiFi handle most of the heavy lifting, Republic was supposed to be able to offer unlimited voice, data, and text for only $19 a month. It was an intriguing concept, but we were left with a few questions over how the service would work, and what sort of smartphone options would be available. Republic has since launched its “hybrid calling” offering; does it still seem like a good deal?
We knew that it [...]
LG’s keyboard-enabled update to the Optimus One just launched on Verizon as the LG Enlighten, and has been tipped for Sprint as the LG Optimus Slider. It looks like we can add one more carrier to that list, with the Optimus Slider showing up again, this time as a Virgin Mobile handset appearing in Best Buy’s computer system.
Sprint’s version of the smartphone was supposed to be here by now, and there’s been no indication as to just what’s holding it up or when it might finally arrive. There’s also no release date set for the Virgin Mobile [...]
Back in December last year, LG confirmed that the very popular Optimus One smartphone (hitting carriers under various names) will indeed be getting an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. At the end of June, some regions already got the update and it appears that the roll-out process continues.
According to GSM Arena, the LG Optimus One is getting its Gingerbread treat in several regions. The platform refresh needs to be applied via the manufacturer’s own desktop client so make sure to check with the LG software for an update available for your Optimus One. The version rolled [...]
If you’ve been following all the leaked roadmaps and predictions of future smartphones we’ve looked at, you’ll probably recognize the name LG Gelato. It’s been showing up for a few months now, along with the QWERTY slider Gelato Q. While we had heard the Gelato called the Optimus II before, its only now that we’ve come across information that paints the Gelato as the Optimus Net P690.
This revelation comes to us from the Net’s DLNA certification, which finally ties the Gelato name to the model number P690, already known to us to be the Optimus [...]
This render is based on an image of the upcoming LG Optimus Slider LS700 for Sprint, codenamed Gelato Q. While the final handset may not look exactly like this mockup, there should be a strong resemblance. The appearance of the keyboard remains a mystery for now, and may or may not sport a secondary LCD a la that T-Mobile prototype spotted by Pocket-Lint at an industry event.
We’re expecting this HVGA model to be one of two followups to the wildly successful Optimus One, along with a traditional touchscreen slate whose codename is simply Gelato (and whose model number on [...]
The LG Optimus One is a very popular smartphone which hit record after record after its release, later being featured on any major carrier’s line-up around the world in many different variations, even in the U.S.
LG has been promising an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the smartphone and it appears — judging by the feedback on LG’s Facebook page — that the update has started to roll out in Romania. With it comes a new bug reported, according to which one can’t end a call after finishing it as the screen stays on instead of lighting back up while [...]
An image of what’s purportedly a teaser for an upcoming LG smartphone has just come to our attention, but is this an actual LG promotion and, if so, what phone could it possibly be in reference to?
The image was first posted by a user in the Optimus 2X thread of an Indonesian bulletin board. The poster seems to think the mysterious smartphone could be the next Google Nexus model; we’ve heard rumors that Google is currently evaluating hardware from both LG and HTC. This handset doesn’t seem to match the leaked picture that accompanied earlier Nexus 3 rumors, but [...]
After spotting what looked like the AT&T edition of the LG Optimus One last week, we were all set to see the carrier join the rest of the US networks with an Optimus One of its own. Today AT&T announced not one, but two such models: the LG Phoenix on a standard contract setup, and the LG Thrive, the first pre-paid smartphone for the carrier.
The two models are essentially the same inside, with differences in their feature sets determined in software. The pre-paid Thrive, for instance, will lack the ability to act as a mobile hotspot, or share its connection over a [...]
We’d heard directly from LG nearly four months ago that AT&T would be joining the other three major US carriers (and most of the minor ones) in carrying its uber-popular Optimus One — but since then, total silence. While we don’t know whether or not this variant will go by the name Optimus A (only Verizon has bucked the trend of naming the Froyo slate “Optimus + first-letter-of-carrier-name” with its Vortex), the appearance of this image is highly indicative of an imminent release.
Whatever it ends up being called, this mid-range, 3.2-inch, [...]
Canadian smartphone users who are looking to pick up a new model are in for a treat, since Telus has slashed prices on many of it popular models, offering most for free when you sign-on for a three-year term.
While some of the newest models, like the HTC Desire HD, will still set you back $50, the vast majority are available at no cost after subsidies. Android smartphones that are free with this offer include the original HTC Desire, the LG Optimus One, the Droid-like Motorola Milestone, Samsung’s Fascinate, and the Motorola Charm. Some, like the Charm, stuck on Android [...]
The uber popular budget Android smartphone from LG, the Optimus One, was breaking sales records at the end of last year which is pretty normal for a phone that exists, in a variant or the other, on almost all carriers around the States.
The newest one to join the carrier versions is rumored to be Cricket’s LG Optimus C which is basically your typical Optimus One. According to hear-say, the smartphone will hit on March 17 with the usual specs: 600MHz processor, 3.2 inch HVGA display, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD card support and will be powered by [...]
While we flinch at the thought of the HTC Thunderbolt going for $300 even with a contract, it’s comforting to see that there are still great smartphone deals out there, especially if you’re not gung-ho about needing the latest hardware. The LG Optimus One family of phones has been a huge success considering the sheer number of phones sold, even with an aging 600MHz processor. U.S. Cellular has just announced what may be the best deal ever on these handsets, letting you pick up as many as six of its Optimus U phones for just thirty dollars.
The offer is [...]
Virgin Mobile USA has just announced the addition of the LG Optimus V, your typical LG Optimus One variant, enriching its line-up with a very popular Android smartphone that sold over 2 million units in less than two months of its launch.
The smartphone is available starting today at Radio Shack stores as well as online with Virgin Mobile going for $149.99. The device packs a modest 600MHz processor which scored fairly well in benchmarks, adding a 3.2-inch touch-screen display, 3G and Wi-Fi capable, a 3.2 MP camera and video. The Optimus V for Virgin Mobile joins the pack of [...]
With all the dual-core and 4G-capable smartphones on their way to market, what’s a man of simple tastes to do? If you’re just looking for a straightforward, no-frills Android but would still prefer picking up a newer model, LG has got you covered, as the company revealed its LG Optimus Me P350 on Facebook today.
LG describes the phone as “compact, glossy, colorful, powerful and reasonable”, and it certainly looks like it’s hitting most of those targets. The P350 resembles a streamlined Optimus One, with nearly the same mass and dimensions. If they [...]
MetroPCS is doubling its selection of Android-powered phones, as the Huawei Ascend now joins the LG Optimus M in its stable.
The Ascend gives MetroPCS users a slightly cheaper Android option at $179, coming in at $50 less than the Optimus. Those savings come at a price, though, since you’ll be stuck using Android 2.1 with no word of when, if ever, to expect Froyo.
The Ascend has a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, and microSD expansion (2GB included).
Reviews of the Ascend, which previously landed with Cricket, peg it as a [...]
LG and AT&T are preparing the Optimus A, the carrier variant of the LG Optimus One which sold one million units worldwide in the first 40 days. AT&T’s version is announced as the second million has been sold in less than a month (24 days to be more precise). Optimus A will be available starting early next year and looks like it will cost no more than $50 on contract.
There’s no doubt about the handset’s popularity now more than ever as the manufacturer announced it will be upgrading the device to Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sporting a modest [...]
If it wasn’t enough that LG misstated the presence of minimum Gingerbread hardware specifications in a Facebook post earlier this week, it turns out that the other assertion to come from that incident, that Optimus One phones won’t get Android 2.3, is also false.
LG put up a public notice today that all the Optimus One-series hamdsets will definitely be getting their own Gingerbread updates in the future. There’s no schedule available yet, but seeing as just two days ago the company apparently had no plans to send out the update at all, we’re guessing it [...]
LG has successfully ushered its Optimus Chic past the watchful eye of the FCC, but not before leaving us with few new pics of this forthcoming Android handset.
The first specs we saw for the Chic made it out to be nearly identical to the Optimus One, with its higher-resolution camera the most notable change. The FCC test report tells a very different tale, though, presenting a more stripped-down phone without even 3G support. Specifically, the Chic is referred to only as a “GSM/EDGE Phone”.
Initial specifications listed the Chic as operating on European 3G [...]
Expanding its tentacles even further into the U.S. smartphone market, the Froyo-powered LG Optimus One has just been added to metroPCS’ lineup, making it the carrier’s first Android handset and the fifth stateside variant thus far. Unsurprisingly dubbed the Optimus M — joining the Optimus T, Optimus S, Optimus U, and curiously-named Verizon Vortex — this One features the same 600MHz processor, 3.2-inch HVGA screen, and 3.2-megapixel camera we’ve become accustomed to, although it does look a bit sharper in the face than its siblings, in our opinion. The [...]
We reported how LG sold over one million of LG Optimus One devices in 40 days from the launch and how the company’s Marketing Department aids sales with TV ads like the Hostage ad we’ve posted about.
Well, looks like the LG Optimus One is starring in another LG movie, this time rated “R” and over four minutes in length where Hotshot uses the LG Optimus One and the latest technology — image search, ScanSearch, location search by voice and voice calling — to crack a secret code and save the city, just to find out at the end that… well, you [...]
U.S. Cellular is adding two more Android models to its smartphone lineup, including an LG QWERTY slider and the carrier’s own edition of the Optimus One.
The Optimus U will be yet another carrier-specific branding of LG’s Optimus One; other such models are already available with Sprint and T-Mobile, with Verizon joining the picture this week. The phone’s already a hit with a million handsets shipped. U.S. Cellular hasn’t yet revealed what it will be charging customers for the device when it comes out next month, but others have been positioning it as [...]