Almost 2 months ago, LG officially released the LG G3 – their latest flagship smartphone and probably the most successful to date. LG mentioned that the phone will be available in five colors Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red. However, the latter two are still not available in the market, but… Read more »
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Things are looking good for LG this week as the company announces is second quarter results. With a record high 14.5 million smartphones shipped in the three-month window LG is up 20 percent year-over-year. Sales are up 16 percent as compared to the same quarter from last year; this is the highest increase since Q1 2010. Thanks… Read more »
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Hidden deep in Android, following the KitKat 4.4 release, is a feature that can be enabled to instantly speed up your Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and pretty much any Android device that supports KitKat.
It’s called ART, and that stands for Android Runtime, which is the successor to the Dalvik system currently used since Android’s inception. ART uses what Google calls an ‘ahead of time’ compiler as opposed to Dalvik’s ‘just in time’. Dalvik worked by converting each app on the fly when it was called upon to be launched. ART on the other hand converts it during installation, ultimately resulting in a larger app file size, but meaning the app launches pretty much instantly. The result? The device is quicker and battery life is improved.
So how do you do it?
The new ART runtime system isn’t enabled by default in Android 4.4 KitKat so you’ll need to head into the hidden ‘Developer Options’ menu in the Settings to access it. To enable the hidden ‘Developer Options’ go into Settings > About Phone > Build number and Tap the build number 7 times. Once there, go to ‘Select Runtime’ and change the selection from ‘Dalvik’ to ‘ART’.
You’ll have to reboot after changing the setting and you may have to wait a few minutes whilst ART does its thing in the background converting all your installed apps, but once the progress meter is done you’re good to go.
Whilst ART provides increased speed and improved battery life, you may find that not all Apps are 100% compatible; however since Android L has been released with the developer preview, the chances of finding an incompatible App has greatly reduced.
Drop us a comment and let us know if you’ve noticed a speed improvement on your device.
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‘Tis the season for quarterly results. Next up, LG who has reported that their whole company has logged a 165% increase in net profit when compared to the same period last yea, raking in 412 billion won or $399.8 million USD. This in large part was thanks to a revival of its mobile business, spearheaded by the intensely popular LG G3 and led to a 16% sales boost over the same period last year, equating to a profit of 85.9 billion won, or $83.4 million USD. Probably the best news for LG is that the profit this quarter ended the streak of three consecutive quarters of losses.
LG was able to ship 14.5 million devices in the quarter, with LTE products making up an even larger part of their sales than last year. When you think about exactly which devices LG launched to achieve this, it’s pretty impressive stuff with the LG G3 and L-series doing most of the heavy lifting. It’s always good to see a company reaping the benefits of creating genuinely brilliant devices like the LG G3 which still stands head and shoulders above the rest of the Android smartphone market, with its market leading Snapdragon 805 processor and fancy volcano-journeying camera. We can only hope that LG continues its march of improvement, as it gradually digs into Samsung’s sizeable market share lead.
What do you think about LG’s quarterly results? Do you think they deserve it? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
Source: LG Newsroom
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LG was the first to launch a phone with QHD resolution (on the major U.S. carriers) on the LG G3 this year, first to launch an android smart watch (LG G watch), and now they’re the first to release a game that you can play without opening the cover.
LG announced, in a press release today, that it will soon be releasing its first app, Puppy Pop, designed for use on the LG G3 with the Quickcircle case. That’s right! In addition to being able to check the time, place calls, check notifications, and take pictures with the Quickcircle case, users can now play a free game without opening the cover.
Puppy Pop is a free app and will be available from the Google Play store starting today.
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We have heard about HTC and Samsung working on the ‘Prime’ version of their flagship smartphones, but it seems LG is planning to join the bandwagon as well. According to a Korean website, LG is planning to release the LG G3 Prime (or Cat.6) on July 25, and it will have faster download speeds and a better processor under the hood.
Everything else will be just like the original LG G3 – like 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP main camera and a 3,000 mAh battery, except it will feature a more powerful Snapdragon 805 processor and an LTE-A modem, with download speeds of up to 225 Mbps.
The only bad news is that the device will be limited to Korea, which is hometown of LG. We might not be able to see this device in international market.
Do you think LG should make this device available in international market as well?
LG has officially launched its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G3 in India today. It is available in 16 GB and 32 GB variants which are priced at Rs. 47,990 and Rs. 50,990 respectively. At an event in Mumbai, LG also unveiled the G Watch, which has also launched priced at Rs. 14,999. However, the LG G3 buyers will get Rs. 5000 discount on the purchase of the LG G Watch in addition to a free QuickCircle case and one-time screen replacement (Rs. 6,500). LG is also released 15,000 limited edition Big B phones which will feature Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan’s autographs.
LG G3 is a successor of Korean firm’s previous model, the LG G2. It features a 5.5-inch AH-IPS LCD display with QHD resolution and 538 ppi pixel density. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and LG’s new flat UI on top of it. It is available in Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red colors.
The device runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. The 16 GB variant has 2GB of RAM while the 32 GB one comes with 3GB of RAM. The storage can be expanded by up to 128GB using the microSD slot present onboard. The LG G3 comes with a 13 MP rear-facing camera with two-tone dual-LED flash and laser autofocus, which is also capable of recording 4K 2160p videos. It also features a front-facing 2.1-megapixel shooter which comes with timer. The device will also compatible with 4G LTE networks (2300MHz) in India. The high-end device houses a 3000mAh removable battery and comes with wireless charging as well. It is currently competing with smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and OnePlus One.
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As the classic refrain goes, three is a magic number — and that certainly sums up LG’s latest smartphone, the G3. It’s fronted by an extra-sharp, 5.5-inch quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display and wrapped in a smooth metal exterior. The G3′s rear button controls offer a distinct twist on the smartphone interface, and you’ll find both a very quick, laser-focused 13-megapixel camera as well as enough battery power to get you through the day. Want one? LG is more than willing to share the love, as it’s giving away brand new G3s to three lucky Engadget readers this week. Oh, and you get to choose from one of the big four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile) — you probably won’t have to switch networks just to get LG’s latest. This particular giveaway is only for those in the US, but since the G3 is available worldwide, you can always pick one up. So, what are you waiting for? Head on down to the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win a G3 of your very own. It might just be your lucky day.
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LG G3 is one of the best phones this year, thus far at least. It sports a beautiful 5.5″ QHD screen along with a Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB of RAM and a great 13MP OIS+ camera on the back alongside a laser autofocus sensor. AT&T was supposed to be the first U.S. carrier to offer this phone, but it appears they’re not alone.
Sprint is offering the device as well, even though that was supposed to happen on July 18, but they are ahead of schedule I guess. Pricing is rather similar on both carriers. As far as AT&T goes you can get the phone for $199 with a two-year contract or for as low as $24.17 per month for zero down if you opt for AT&T’s Next Installment plan. Sprint on the other hand has monthly Easy Pay installment plan which can get you the phone for $0 down and $25 per month or you can opt for $199 with a two-year contract agreement. If you want to get the Shine Gold color LG G3, you’ll have to opt for Sprint.
If you’re interested in getting this phone we’re sure you’ll find a suitable solution with one of these two carriers. You can find direct links below. Do you plan to get the G3? Did you get one already?
Sprint originally had the new flagship LG G3 scheduled to launch on July 18th with pre-orders set to take place today, July 11th. That put them on par with the other three major carriers in the U.S. However, we just got word that they won’t be making that date. Instead, they are selling the device right now and skipping all the pre-order stuff altogether. The LG G3 is now available in stores, online and through telesales in black or the exclusive gold option.
Pricing is still the same, $199.99 on contract or $25 a month on the Sprint Easy Pay option. If you pick up a LG G3 between now and July 24th and register it by August 7th you should be eligible for a $150 Reward Card as well. So long as you register and keep your account in good standings for 45+ days.
Head over to a local Sprint store, or head to their website and get it going.
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