The LG USA Mobile Twitter account pushed out a tweet earlier this morning with the image you see above. It is obviously in reference to the LG G3 and a Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Being that the tweet came from the LG USA account, we surmise that this means the US variants are close to seeing the […]
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LG G3 users get ready for because your time is almost here; Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to your device very soon.
The company took to Twitter to greet LG G3 owners with the news that the update will be “coming soon” to their device.
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) January 23, 2015
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like any sort of timeframe was offered, but soon has to mean soon, right?
Aside from Motorola, LG was one of the first OEMs outside of the Nexus world to make the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop — at least for those in Europe and parts of Asia. For those in the United States, the latest sweet treat has yet to arrive, though according to LG Mobile US, thing are about to change.
Today a new tweet went out telling us that Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon for US users. It is unclear whether this means for those with carrier devices, unlocked owners or both. Unfortunately, LG was pretty vague and words mean little without more specifics on exactly when “coming soon” will be.
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) January 23, 2015
Sprint on Friday announced that it will lease the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 effective today. Both new and existing customers can take advantage of the program; the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5 are already offered.
The LG G3 can be leased for $15 per month over 24 months whereas the Galaxy Note 4 will be $25 per month over the same period. Upon arriving at the end of the lease customers will have a number of options to choose from:
- Turn in the currently leased LG G3 or Galaxy Note 4 and lease another phone with zero down at signing
- Purchase the leased device
- Continue leasing on a month-to-month basis
- Return the device in good working condition and terminate service when the lease ends
Note that the Sprint Lease program is for “well-qualified” customers and that not all will be eligible.
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Up until now, the only way you could get CyanogenMod on your Nexus 6 and LG G3 were downloading custom ROMs that were ported over. While these ROMs were very stable and efficient, they aren’t official. As of yesterday, Cyanogen has officially announced support for those two devices.
The Nexus 6 and the LG G3 (D855) will be receiving CyanogenMod nightlies, meaning the ROMs will be updated everyday. While this great for users, we should warn you that these ROMs are still in their infancy, meaning they aren’t the most stable. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into when you are flashing new ROMs and make sure to backup your stock one. Also, the nightlies for the G3 are only on the international version. If you try to install on a device that isn’t international, you might brick your device.
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In the hunt for a new smartphone from Sprint? Regardless of whether you’re buying your first Android or upgrading for the fourth time there’s something for everyone. And, as you might suspect, Ma Bell has plenty to choose from. In fact, counting variations, there are roughly two dozen models to choose from today.
As the last of the big four carriers to adopt Android, Sprint is doing a bang-up job in supporting the platform. It seems we’re constantly hearing about an exclusive model or head start on the competition.
Today’s top Androids feature big, gorgeous displays, fantastic high-resolution cameras, and lots of memory. Toss in some quad-core and octa-core processors and some killer high capacity batteries and you’ve got mobile devices that would rival your computer from just a few years back.As 2014 draws to a close and we look at the hardware from late model Androids it’s not uncommon to find screens hovering at 5-inches or larger. Thanks to ever-shrinking bezels we have phones with massive displays that also happen to fit comfortably in our hand. And, they’re not only big, but they’re sharp, too. Resolutions across the the top models are 1080p and higher. For what it’s worth, we’re starting to get our first glimpses of 2K and Ultra HD screens. It can be argued that average users cannot discern much beyond 720p/1080p on such a small device.
If you’re not coming to the table with at least a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM then you’re not going to sit at the big boy’s table. Most of the bleeding edge stuff you’ll find today comes with 3GB memory and chipsets of around 2.3GHz – 2.7GHz.
Storage capacities, for the most part, haven’t moved forward quite as quickly as other areas. You’ll still routinely find 16GB and 32GB models in most models though some are creeping into the 64GB space. Given that many handsets offer external storage via microSD cards it should matter little where you start out – especially if cost is a factor.
Another important factor in determining a smartphone purchase is the version of Android. Typically, it’s a simple case of “the newer the phone, the newer the operating system”. Today’s most recent phones are powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat but anything running at least 4.4 should suffice for the average person. You will still find an occasional straggler, though, running something older.
Flagships & Exclusives
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Launched in October, this is Samsung’s annual plus-sized experience. Thanks to the release time-frame, these are typically a step-up from the Galaxy S series of smartphones. Standout specs include 32GB storage, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 3GB RAM, an S Pen stylus, and a 3220mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: The first device of its kind, Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone is the best of the Note series with some extra ticker-width screen on the side. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S5: Released in spring 2014, it’s the most popular series of Android models to date. Hardware includes a 5.1-inch display, 16-megapixel camera, 16GB storage, and a 2800mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
- LG G3: LG’s increasingly popular family of phones, this one is unique in that it features rear button configuration under the camera. Sprint | Best Buy
- Google Nexus 6: Motorola’s take on the annual Google flagship experience, the 6-inch handset runs the latest version of Android (5.0) and offers users plenty of battery and top-notch power. Sprint | Amazon
- HTC One M8: Perhaps the oldest model in this list, HTC’s flagship handset received very high marks for its build quality and toned-down custom UI. Often cheaper than others in the group, it’s still plenty of bang for the buck. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition: A beefed up audio experience with Clari-Fi technology and LiveStage enhancing your listening enjoyment. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport: A variation of the flagship with pre-installed apps based around the more active user. Dirt and water resistant, it comes in a pair of alternate colors. Sprint | Best Buy
While not always the case, the mid-range Android is typically made up of last year’s top models. This is not to suggest, however, that there’s not a one-off model or variation that sneaks in every once in a while. Specs, as you can imagine, are often a step below. Processors, cameras, and batteries are sometimes the key difference though many of them also feature a screen resolution of 720p or 1080p. What follows what could be considered some of Sprint middle-of-the-pack handsets.
- LG G2: One of LG’s breakout devices over the last few years, the smartphone was the first to employ the rear button setup. Killer hardware and a refined UI make this one hard to resist even a year later. Sprint | Best Buy
- LG G Flex: The first smartphone from LG to offer the curved display; six inch screen and a 3500mAh battery make it big and long-lasting. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One (M7): The flagship model that kicked off HTCs current signature look, the phone offers plenty of bang for not much buck. And, thanks to a promised Android 5.0 update, it’s a great bargain with longer term appeal. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One Max: The plus-sized approach to the 2013 flagship HTC handset line, it comes with a 5.9-inch screen and 32GB internal storage. Sprint | Best Buy
- Sharp AQUOS Crystal: With an edgeless 5-inch HD display and a quad-core CPU, the Sharp is quite a bit more power for the money than what you’ll find from other brands. The 1.5GB RAM and 2040mAh battery are par for the course in today’s mid-range. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S4: One of the most popular smartphones of all time, this one is offered in a variety of colors. Features include a 5-inch display, 16GB storage, and a quad-core CPU. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One E8: What happens when you take the flagship One M8 and tap it with a polycarbonate body? You end up with a lower-cost version with very respectable internal hardware. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3: As the plus-sized Samsung flagship from 2013, its quad-core CPU and camera make it a moderately strong device one year later. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC Desire 510:A low-cost approach with a pocketable 4.7-inch display, it delivers some of HTC’s best features. Bonus points for microSD expansion. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S3: Still kicking around, it’s the perfect barrier for new smartphone adopters looking for an inexpensive taste of Android. Enough power for your aunt with a price she’ll love. Sprint | Best Buy
- Kyocera Hydro Vibe: The only Kyocera on the list, it’s a waterproof handset designed for the every man. Not top of the line hardware, no, but it’s the one you’ll happy to take poolside. Sprint | Best Buy
- LG G3 Vigor: The looks and feel of the flagship model, only in a slightly smaller form with less powerful hardware. The 5-inch screen is still a stunner and the 2540mAh battery is plenty of juice for just about anyone. Sprint | Best Buy
- Motorola Admiral: Perhaps one of the oldest devices still offered through Sprint, The Admiral is also the only one here with a physical keyboard. Fans of Push-to-talk will appreciate its simplicity, however high speed data fans will not appreciate being stuck with 3G. Sprint
Man do these guys move quick. Just a day after LG officially announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop for the LG G3 was coming next week, we already have a leak of the software for some of you lucky people to enjoy. The leaked build is specifically for the F400S variant of the LG G3, so it probably won’t be useful to all of you LG G3-toting folk, but for those who do, we can’t wait to see how it turns out for you. If you are interested in checking out, make sure to head over to the XDA forum page here where the original post was.
LG surprised us all yesterday with its announcement to start rolling out Android Lollipop this week, albeit start only in Poland, but it’s still likely to be the first Android device to be updated. Notably, this update comes before even Nexus and Motorola devices which have held the honour of first cab off the rank previously. Seems like it’s going to be a race to see who can update their devices next or before the Holiday season.
What do you think about Android 5.0 Lollipop for the LG G3 being released first out of all smartphones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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LG has already announced that they’re close to pushing out the Android Lollipop update for the G3 in Poland, but for those of you that just really cannot wait, a leaked build of the update has shown up on XDA.
The firmware is currently only available for the F400S model of the G3, which means it won’t work on every single variant. However, the good news is that it gives others a base to work with, so it’s pretty likely we’ll see it ported to other versions of LG’s flagship pretty quickly. If you’re stuck with a device that’s going to be a few months behind the update curve, this is a good thing.
You can grab the leak from the thread below, but remember, unless you have the F400S model device, this one’s not for you. Not yet, anyway.
source: XDA Developers
Come comment on this article: Lollipop firmware for Polish variant of the LG G3 leaked
LG has announced that they have Android 5.0 Lollipop ready to start rolling out to their flagship device, the LG G3, and in so doing they claim they are the first company to get the upgrade out the door to owners of their devices. The first location slated to get the upgrade will be Poland, where owners of the device should see the update start to hit their devices some time this week. LG is vague on when other global markets will start to see the update, only mentioning the new operating system will hit “key markets in the near future.” LG also indicated the will announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices, which is good news for LG fans.
LG president and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park says “bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority” for the company. He also indicates the improvements that come with Lollipop will “bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better.” LG did not share details about what the upgrade includes, other than the standard language about Lollipop features, but we did see some leaked screenshots a few days ago showing some of the tweaks to the interface that LG made.
You can check out the press release below.
LG FIRST TO ROLL OUT ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP UPGRADE
Flagship G3 to be the First LG Smartphone to Receive Newest and Smartest Features of Lollipop OS
SEOUL, Nov. 9, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) this week will begin rolling out the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for G3 smartphones starting in Poland this week, to be followed by other key markets in the near future. LG, the first global smartphone manufacturer to offer the Lollipop upgrade in 2014, will subsequently announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices.
This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R. Lollipop also introduces Android Runtime (ART) software to improve performance.
“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”
Additional details related to LG devices will be announced in the near future as the Lollipop upgrade becomes available in local markets.
Come comment on this article: LG stakes claim as first to get Lollipop upgrade to the market
Android 5.0 Lollipop has been officially announced since October 15th, and we have already seen plenty of devices sporting the newest version of Android. Some of those devices include the Galaxy S5, Moto X (2014), Xperia Z3, and the HTC One M8. The latest device to get its dosage of Lollipop is the LG G3.
The latest leak of the G3 running Lollipop is from a Vietnamese source and it is good to see how LG will incorporate their UI into the new update. You can see in the images that LG still uses the old navigation bar soft-keys. It could be that this is just an early build, or LG has decided against the new triangle, circle, and square buttons seen on the Nexus devices.
It is also worth noting that LG still has the same icons in the notification panel, such as the battery, Wi-Fi, mobile signal, etc. From there on out it is Lollipop through in through, such as the new drop down notification panel with its opacity and the multitasking menu.
Although there’s no expected date for the LG G3 update it could definitely receive it before the end of the year. The G3 is LG’s best selling phone and they definitely want to keep up with the competition. The leaked images of the device can be seen below.