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5
Jul

Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 allegedly coming in the next few months






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The LG G2 is by now a 2 year old flagship that most people have forgotten about. Fortunately those who do still remember – most probably owners of the device – Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 is allegedly going to be released for the device in the coming months. This marks about a 6 month gap between Android 5.0 and Android 5.1.1 being released on the device, and is great news for existing and prospective LG owners who are wondering whether the Korean manufacturer is going to keep supporting their aging devices.

Unfortunately for LG G3 owners, there’s still no news of their update to Android 5.1.1, with the only news being rumours that it won’t be getting Android 5.1.1 in favour of Android M. This actually marks the second update to the LG G2 that the LG G3 hasn’t received with the first being Android 5.0.2 and now Android 5.1.1 – as an owner of the LG G3, that really grinds my gears. But really, this should be a celebration for LG G2 owners whose device is getting a much needed breath of fresh air in a smartphone market that waits for nobody. Based on the rumour, the update is going to be rolled out in the next two months – but remember that carrier variants will take some time after that to “appropriate” the update for your device.


What do you think about Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 being released in the near future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: AndroidPit via Phone Arena

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3
Jul

AT&T starts rolling out ‘McAfee Factory Reset Protection’ update for the LG G3


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AT&T is currently rolling out an update to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 located in the United States. Unfortunately, though, this upgrade doesn’t bring Android 5.1 to the handset, but does transport McAfee Factory Reset Protection to your device, which is actually a pretty nifty feature to have on your smartphone.

Once updated, users will see a new application in their drawer. Opening it will prompt them to log a secure 8-character password, which will have to be entered before a factory reset can take place, giving owners peace of mind that any potential thieves will not be able to reset their phone, thereby making it easier to track them down if they go missing.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

 

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2
Jul

AT&T LG G3 getting minor update that brings Factory Data Reset Protection to the device by way of.. McAfee




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One aspect of Android 5.1 is Factory Data Reset protection. This small, but useful, addition to Android is designed to cut down on Android theft by requiring the Gmail account holders password to reset the device to factory defaults. Whether or not I feel it will actually help cut back on theft, or just force criminals to be more tech savvy, is not the topic of discussion. Rather, it is all about a similar ability that is being pushed out by AT&T today for LG G3 owners. The G3 is currently sitting on Android 5.0.1 comfortably, but still lacks Android 5.1 at the moment. In a change to the devices support page a new update is being rolled out that brings Factory Data Reset protection to the handset by way of another app that the carrier has obviously partnered with, McAfee.

I will assume the update is rather small, about the size of the app. There could potentially be some bug fixes or tweeks inside as well, but AT&T doesn’t list anything else on the support page. It is your call to update or not, but if/when Android 5.1 does come to the device you will have no alternative option.


Source: AT&T

 

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21
Jun

Verizon leaving LG G3 owners hanging out to dry?


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When LG rolled out the Lollipop update for their then flagship smartphone, the LG G3, they staked a claim as being one of the first to get Lollipop out to their devices. We all know manufacturers will roll out an update to a small market to make claims like this. Nevertheless, it is usually a decent sign of a commitment to providing the latest version of Android for a given device even if users have to wait a bit longer for kinks to be worked out and carriers to give their blessing. At the time, as a relatively new owner of an LG G3, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen with my device. Fast forward half a year later and Verizon finally pushed out the Lollipop update. That was the beginning of the transition for my “dream” phone to a nightmare and now signs point to Verizon not doing anything to fix the problems they have wrought.

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When I say the G3 was a “dream” phone, what I mean is I finally had a device that had a relatively svelte interface that did not get in the way of my use of the phone, it was snappy in operation, great battery life and really had no negatives. The closest to a problem was a propensity to get hot under heavy use. Life was good and I was looking forward to getting a couple years use out of it unless I decided to go for an early upgrade.

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Unfortunately, Verizon brought all of that to a screeching halt when they sent out their version of the Lollipop update. Granted, there are a few issues that seem to be inherent to how Lollipop operates that LG either couldn’t or wouldn’t find a way around, the most noticeable being changes to how the lock screen works, which has added some steps to the process of waking up the device.

If getting the device to spring to life were the only issue, I could probably write it off as an annoyance. Unfortunately, Verizon’s input into the update really messed things up beyond what LG had done. The most notorious problem is the WiFi notifications issue. A quick peek at the Verizon support communities reveals legions of users complaining about this problem. At first, users assumed the issue was just that notifications would not show up when connected to WiFi. After dealing with this for a couple months though, it appears the problem is actually that apps do not even bother to connect while on WiFi.

A good example is Gmail. Between all my accounts, I usually get a new email at least every 30 minutes all day and all night long. Yet, leaving the phone overnight or worse, sitting on my desk at work, connected to WiFi will cause Gmail to not even check for anything until I switch to the carrier network (and use up valuable data) or force the app to check for mail. So it is goodbye to the days when the phone worked for me and would let me know when I had to pay attention to something like an incoming email.

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Other problems are now present, mostly subjective, but it does not appear I am alone. Apps load slowly, screen refreshes and redraws are slow, and recently the notifications bar has stopped loading unless I go through the extra step of swiping down from the top of the screen. Considering the hardware packed into the device, none of these problems should be present.

Another problem is the return of the hypersensitive touchscreen, a problem that LG fixed shortly after the initial release of the G3. This particular problem is why I am unable to use knock codes as the screen keeps registering “knocks” when the phone is in my pocket, turning on the screen unnecessarily. Overall I am routinely having to reset the device or shutdown apps running wild, steps I rarely took when still on KitKat.

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Having about reached the end of my rope with the problems, and missing some time-sensitive emails until it was far too late to matter, I decided to reach out to Verizon about a solution to the problems. Of course, this meant dealing with support protocols like doing device factory resets, steps I had already taken. Once we dispensed with those, Verizon support indicated to me that they are “working hard to resolve these issues” which seems to imply that they know there is a problem with Lollipop on LG G3 devices. Unfortunately, they also indicate “No ETA currently.” Considering LG appears to be skipping Lollipop 5.1 and will hold out for Android M for the next major update on the G3, I suspect no fix is in the works.

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My next step was to inquire as to whether I could trade-in my device for a different phone since the carrier is the source of the problems. It seems only fair to me that they should stand behind their updates. Unfortunately, despite recognizing that I no longer have a functional phone, Verizon support told me there is no way to trade for another model.

I did ask them whether my only option was to pursue a breach of contract, to which they replied they may be willing to pursue a warranty replacement or I could wait to see if LG issues a patch, a response that sounds like they are passing the buck.

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My next step is to try a local Verizon retail store to see if the sales side of the house may have a little more flexibility in trying to keep a customer, much less keep one happy.

Any other Verizon LG G3 owners out there that have pursued a device replacement?

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16
Jun

The LG G3 may not be updated to Android 5.1, skip straight to Android M






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Many of you will know that I own a LG G3, so excuse me if I get a little emotional during this post. News is circulating today that the LG G3 may not be updated to Android 5.1 after being updated from Android KitKat to Android 5.0 not long after Google’s official unveiling of Android Lollipop. It seems relatively legitimate news after comments made by LG on the LG Greece Facebook page said that there were no plans to bring Android 5.1 to the LG G3. Bummer.

Of course, this might just mean that LG is skipping Android 5.1 in favour of Android M, the next verison of Android due for release later this year – however given the state of the LG G3 right now on Android 5.0, I’m a bit disappointed that LG isn’t going to try and fix some of the more crippling problems like instability and battery drain that some users are experiencing. It’s especially unusual since the work has already been done for the LG G4 which ships with Android 5.1. All the same, we’ll take this news with a grain of salt just in case LG Greece just meant that devices in that region shouldn’t be expecting an update (sorry, Greece!).


What do you think about the news the LG G3 may not be updated to Android 5.1? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: TechValue.gr via Phones Review

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16
Jun

LG G3 won’t get Android 5.1, could jump straight to Android M, report says


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It looks like the LG G3 won’t be getting the jump to Android 5.1, according to a social media post from LG Hellas. In fact, the device could jump straight to Android M.

There aren’t any immediate plans to offer the minor update to its LG G3 users, LG Hellas said in its post to social media. However, this isn’t new to LG. After all, the LG G3 went from 4.2 to 5.0, skipping the minor 4.4 update.

If that’s anything to go by, we could just see the device jump straight to Android M, which users probably wouldn’t mind, considering that 5.1 doesn’t bring much to the device anyway.

Read more: LG G3 review: everything you want in a smartphone

The major feature 5.1 brings to smartphones is Factory Reset Protection, which puts an extra layer of security over the factory reset option. It’s supposed to help defer thieves. But, who really uses that, let alone knows about it?

The LG G3 certainly has the hardware to support and run Android M, with plenty leftover. In fact, with Doze and App Standby on-board, along with a myriad of performance tweaks, users might even find the device running better on M.

Of course, if you’re smitten on downloading Android 5.1 to your LG G3, there’s always the option of rooting and flashing the image on your device. And if that’s your intention, you mine as well just take the Android M Developer Preview for a spin.

source: TechValue.gr
via: Phone Arena

 

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12
Jun

LG G4 vs LG G3: LG’s flagships compared


The LG G3 was one of the best smartphones of 2014, but that doesn’t meant the company didn’t have anything to improve upon for its followup flagship. The brand new G4 brings some of the best specifications we’ve ever seen on a smartphone, but so did last year’s G3. So are the two different enough to warrant an upgrade? Did LG push the boundaries enough this time around? We find that out, and more, in our in-depth look at the LG G4 vs LG G3!

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Design

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LG has made it clear that its iconic design language and large form factor of the G3 is here to stay, which isn’t a bad thing in the slightest. The G3 brought the very first Quad HD display to the forefront while keeping the same rear-mounted button layout that first appeared on the G2. With the power button flanked by the volume rocker, this design cue on the G3 quickly became one of the most distinguishable LG features that would in turn end up sticking around for some time.

A brushed plastic design gives the phone a stylish and sleek profile, with some of it bleeding into the bezel on the front of the device. With that said, the bezels on the G3 are pretty respectable, so handling is mostly dictated by the larger form factor. The G3’s back cover and battery are both removable, which many consumers tend to prefer.

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The G4, on the other hand, keeps the larger size but adds in a slight curve, not only for durability, but also for handling. The curve is most pronounced on the back, so the phone sits very comfortably in the hand. In turn, the very subtle curve on the front affords this device a bit more durability than what can be found on any of its flat-screened competitors. The iconic back buttons return once again, as expected, but this time around the power button is a tad thinner and not quite as easy to feel as the larger circle that’s found on the G3.

Despite being just a bit narrower, the G4 is noticeably taller, but thankfully the curve tries to even this out in the handling department. The plastic backing doesn’t quite have the clean look of the brushed texture on the G3, as the subtle grid pattern seems just a bit more odd as a design cue. Still, the main story on the G4, of course, is the vegetable-tanned leather back plate. Sourced from actual cows, these leather backs provide much more grip and give the phone a profile more unique than last year’s offering.

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Handling is largely the same between these two devices, but we mostly enjoy the curves of the G4. LG definitely brought some design cues from the curved G Flex 2, which makes the G4 the overall winner in the handling department.

The G3 is a bit simpler in its design philosophy without being too generic, so the changes in the G4 might seem like their reaching a bit, especially if you factor in the new leather back plates. Still, these are two of the more unique offerings from their respective release years, because LG has stuck to their signature design language in creating an attractive yet accessible line of devices, considering their larger screen sizes.

Read and watch: LG G4 color comparison

Display

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While it’s still debatable as to whether or not these new Quad HD displays are necessary, Quad HD is basically considered a requirement in a high-end flagship these days. Although the G3 was the first widely available smartphone with a Quad HD panel, it didn’t come without its quirks. Sure, the higher resolution brought a better overall pixel density, but LG made compromises in how the elements were displayed on the screen. There’s a noticeable smoothing effect that can be found on the G3 when scrolling quickly through text – a problem that isn’t as apparent on the G4. Colors on the G3 also lack a bit of a punch, despite LG’s software overlay exacerbating this with its lighter and warmer tones. Nonetheless, having a larger screen with this kind of resolution turns out to be pretty fun for both work and play. The nuances found on the G3’s panel aren’t necessarily heavy offenders, just small quirks we notice from time to time.

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This is why the G4 needed to improve on the display found on last year’s model, and LG absolutely delivered with its new Quantum Display. With science aside, the point of this new version of LG’s IPS panel is to meet a standardized level of quality – the DCI film standard. The G4’s panel is missing the kind of saturation found on the G3, but it remains within the DCI levels of color, rather than the slight over-saturation that’s found on Samsung’s new panels. Though we do still notice some slight smoothing when scrolling through text, it’s definitely a lower amount than what’s found on the G3.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the G4 screen is an improvement from last year’s panel, but the comparison still feels necessary. The enhancements make this a proper flagship offering for this year, but all in all, both panels will likely please anyone looking for a larger screen size.

Performance

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LG continues to offer Qualcomm processors in its flagship devices, and that’s not a bad thing in the slightest. Last year’s LG smartphone brought the Snapdragon 801 and the Adreno 330 GPU, with the RAM capacity depending on how much storage the device offered. The 800 line is quick and capable, and despite the G3’s feature-packed software, the processor is still able to move along without many issues. Multitasking via the recent apps screen or the Dual Window feature allows for the power user to get done what they need, in an impressive amount of time, and that’s thanks in part to the G3’s beefy internals.

The G4 offers top of the line performance through and through, largely because of its improved software and bump up in specifications. Instead of opting for Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, LG went with the Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM this time around. As a result of the toned down UI and capable CPU, fluidity and easy navigation are the cornerstones of this LG UX. Despite not really fulfilling the desires of the overly spec hungry, most power users should get the kind of performance from the G4 that they really need out of a smartphone.

When it comes to overall performance, the G4 takes the cake again. Both devices are a joy to use, but all in all, we just experienced less stutters on the G4.

Hardware

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Despite changes on the outside, subtle or otherwise, much of what comes underneath the shell remains the same, and that matters more now than it did a year ago. LG currently finds itself in a landscape where plenty of manufacturers are omitting certain features that many users view as essential to their smartphone experience, which is exactly why many are favoring the G4 over other smartphones currently on the market. Both devices feature removable back plates, removable batteries and expandable storage. The option to expand the storage amount is probably the most important aspect considering the space-grabbing RAW capture in the camera of the G4, but otherwise remains simply a nice feature to have as a buffer.

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The G3 was our first example of how a higher resolution display might disrupt battery life, though all in all, last year’s flagship has done a great job at offering sufficient battery life. Though the battery capacity remains the same this year, the G4’s optimizations keep longevity exactly where it should be. With a bit more moderate usage along with some work to keep background apps from running, users can stretch battery life on the G4 past the day and a half mark.

Though it might not have been a huge deal last year, the inclusion of a removable battery and expandable storage on this year’s flagship flies in the face of other manufacturers that have decided to go the other route.

Camera

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LG hasn’t been shy when rolling out new ideas in the camera department, and that’s absolutely true with the G3. In hopes to continue its pursuit to make the best smartphone camera available on the market, LG added in both optical image stabilization and a handy laser guided focus feature in the G3. In turn, the G3 offered one of the fastest camera experiences available on the market at the time of its release. The speediness of the camera paired with the phone’s much simpler camera application pulled in many consumers who wouldn’t necessarily carry a G3 as their main device. Last year we really only docked the G3 for its noise reduction and post processing, but other than that, the G3’s camera produced otherwise detailed and beautifully-colored photos.

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This year, LG bolstered the G4 by upping the megapixels from 13 to 16 and lowering the aperture to an impressive f/1.8. The front-facing camera was also slightly strengthened for the selfie generation with a wide angle lens and 8MP sensor. The front shooter can be controlled by a number of gestures, most notably the ability to easily check the picture by simply bringing the device down after the picture has been taken. And along with the laser auto focus and the larger sensor comes the Color Spectrum Sensor, a beefed-up IR that analyzes the scene in order to achieve proper white balance levels and more accurate colors. The G4’s camera app also includes a manual mode for those who are a bit more finicky with their photos. In the manual mode, you can use a histogram, leveler, and change very minute values – everything from the shutter speed to the kelvin levels of the white balance. You also have the ability to shoot RAW photos, allowing you to edit your images in post production if need be.

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The G4’s post processing is really the only misstep  that we could find in LG’s newest flagship, as the smudgy noise reduction takes away from what are otherwise really great photos. Overall a better depth of field is observed in this lower aperture camera, and the colors are a tad clearer compared to the images produced by the G3’s camera. The lower aperture is also somewhat helpful in low light situations, though we can’t really complain when it comes to the G3’s larger sensor.

Again, we shouldn’t be surprised that the G4 is an improvement from the G3, but what is important to note is that in this year’s high quality offerings the bar is getting set pretty high – and the G4 stays with the pack, providing a package that is as great for common users as it is for more experienced shutterbugs.

LG G4 camera samples

It’s easy to see, judging by the few camera samples we’ve provided here, that the G4 is an obvious improvement over last year’s camera. We never really had many problems with the G3’s camera, but somehow LG largely improved the overall experience, in turn making the G4’s camera one of the best shooting experiences available in a smartphone to date.

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Taking a look at the G3’s photos, it’s clear that LG needed to make a few improvements in the camera department, though admittedly not as many as other flagships from last year. Still, the G3’s camera provides clear photos with vibrant colors, which is an impressive feat for a smartphone that launched over a year ago.

Software

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When it comes to software, LG didn’t add too many new features in its newest flagship, though a few improvements have been made to keep the G4 feeling new. LG’s UX often gets slammed by users for its abundance of features that tend to bog down the system, and that’s exactly true for the G3. Last year’s flagship has many features that most users don’t ever touch, particularly the QSlide apps that take up a lot of space in the quick settings menu. After the G3 got its Lollipop update, many of the software annoyances were fixed, but some still remained. Since the phone’s launch, the UI has been cleaned up a bit, and the Knock Code and Dual Window features have been improved as well.

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The software experiences on both devices are largely the same, only with a few notable differences. The G4 features an improved calendar app that can save just about anything with ease, as well as a more powerful gallery app that categorizes pictures and videos. The G Flex 2’s Smart Notice feature has made its way to the G4 as well, though it now gives better weather notifications and warnings about battery draining background applications. Overall, though, the software has been toned down enough to where performance is improved, making the G4 a joy to use. Jumping out of the recent apps screen, Dual Window and the app drawer allow the device to move along without much stutter, which is very important in this year’s crop of flagships.

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If you want fast and reliable performance, the Lollipop update with the G3 helps a bit, but the G4 is a much better performer in the software section, overall.

Specs comparison

  LG G4 LG G3
Display 5.5-inch Quad HD Curved Quantum display 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS LCD display
Processor 1.8 GHz 64-bit hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
RAM 3GB 2GB of RAM or 3GB of RAM with 32GB model
Storage 32GB, expandable up to 128GB 16/32GB, expandable up to 128GB
Network 4G/LTE/HSPA+ 21/42 Mbps 4G/LTE/HSPA+
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC
Camera Rear 16MP with OIS+
Front 8MP
Rear 13MP with OIS
Front 2.1MP
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop
Battery Removable 3,000mAh Removable 3,000mAh
Dimensions 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8mm
155 grams
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
149 grams

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Pricing and final thoughts

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Though the G3 is increasingly becoming available for lower prices, you will be buying a year-old phone. Although many don’t feel comfortable spending their hard-earned cash on a smartphone that was released in 2014, software updates have been doing a good job at keeping the phone from feeling like a fossil. The G3 is still a great value considering its lower price point, solid camera and speedy performance. However, the G4 has proven itself worthy in this year’s crop of flagships, and offers enough improvements across the board that make it worth the extra dough. The camera is more powerful and robust than ever, the user experience is as smooth as it should be at this point in the game, and the signature LG style continues to impress. Save some money, or don’t – that’s what it ultimately comes down to. But if you go for the G3, you might feel like you’re missing out on one of the most powerful smartphones available to date.

What are your thoughts? Do you think the G4 is worth the extra cash? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

10
Jun

T-Mobile to retry updating its LG G3 to Lollipop today


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T-Mobile is rolling out another over-the-air update for its variant of the LG G3 today, having previously failed to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to all of its customers earlier in the year. The update will bring handsets up to build number D85120e, states T-Mobile Senior Product Manager Des Smith.

According to the Twitter message, the update D85120e should have begun rolling out just after midnight, but it will likely be rolling out in waves so might not reach your particular handset until a few days later.

Back in April, T-Mobile had begun rolling out an Android Lollipop update to G3 owners under the build number D85120b. This update was quickly pulled shortly following its release, leaving some users updated and others without Lollipop. The reasons for cancelling the update have not been made official, but some T-Mobile LG G3 owners have apparently been having problems with their handsets after updating.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a detailed change-log for the update online yet, so we can’t be sure of the differences between versions b and e. Although those upgrading from KitKat will finally get to play around with the changes to notifications and the recent apps menu, along with all of the under the hood Lollipop changes.

Keep an eye out for that OTA notification.

9
Jun

Mickey Demands Your Allegiance, Compels LG to Release Disney-Themed Phone


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In what is either the best news ever or the worst news ever, LG has revealed the latest in its line of “Disney Mobile” phones, available exclusively in Japan. The phone, dubbed the “DM-01G,” because Disney Consumer Products clearly had no input on nomenclature, is the eighth Disney-branded phone sold through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, Inc.

So here’s the thing: I refuse to say “DM-01G” throughout this article when referencing the phone, so my very Disney upbringing (I grew up next to Anaheim – season passes, yo) is giving me carte blanche to rename the phone for the purposes of conversation. Therefore, I give you the following potential nicknames, which I will use for the remainder of the article, and I leave you to vote on the best one in the comments, or better yet, add your own:

  • LG Rescue Ranger™
  • LG Pixie Hollow™
  • LG We’re Tired of Princess Marketing™
  • LG Frozen 2™
  • LG DisFlex 8™
  • LG WTF

The We’re Tired of Princess Marketing™ sports some solid specs, and it doesn’t quite line up as a repurposed version of an existing LG phone, like the Nexus 5 to the G2. Spec-wise, it’s reasonably close to a G3, but not quite on the money. Pixie Hollow™ has a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor. Users will also enjoy a 13.2 MP rear camera, a 2.4 MP front shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2,920 detachable battery, all coming in at a reasonably svelte 149 grams.

But here’s where things get interesting. The phone, which even has a Mickey Mouse-shaped Home button, comes with a Mickey ears cutout cover through which some pretty rad-looking notifications come up. Admittedly, I’m torn on whether this is awesome or horrifying.

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And if that’s not enough, your Rescue Ranger™ also comes with a Swarovski cover wherein crystals represent our dreams that will come true if we only but wish.

DisFlex 8™ runs on LG’s Android UI featuring custom themes based on popular Disney franchises, like FrozenCinderella (evidently the live-action one from this year, not the 50s classic), and Alice in Wonderland. Would the WTF™ be superior if it offered skins for The Fox and the HoundThe Black Cauldron, and Song of the South? Objectively, yes, but that’s OK.

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Frozen 2™ comes in blue, white, and pink. A launch date has not yet been announced.

If this were available outside of Japan, would you be all in?

All hail Burbank.

Source: The Korea Herald

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Large smartphones rule the roost in latest consumer satisfaction survey


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When Samsung first came out with a large smartphone, the Galaxy Note, it was derided by many as being too big and spawned the term “phablet” as consumers tried to describe a device that seemed to land in between a phone and a tablet. A few years later though we see several companies producing smartphones in this category and even Apple is selling one, the iPhone 6 Plus, now. In a recent survey of 20 smartphones, consumers ranked these large smartphones high with the top three firmly coming from the “phablet” camp.

Leading the way in consumer satisfaction was the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a score of 86 out of 100 on the American Consumer Satisfaction Index survey of 70,000 participants. Half of the devices tied for second place with a score of 82 were large smartphones with both the Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 6 Plus reaching this position. Close behind in seventh place was the LG G3 with a score of 80. Overall, consumers were quite happy with their smartphones as the industry achieved some of its highest scores ever.

One factor that may have helped these larger smartphones find their way to the top of the rankings is their bigger batteries. Since the devices are larger, manufacturers can pack in heftier batteries that can last quite a bit longer than typical smartphone batteries. Poor battery life is a weak point for the industry according to the participants surveyed, so being able to outlast others helped keep consumers happy.

source: ACSI
via: Mashable

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