As Samsung struggles and Apple starts to encroach on the Android mainstay of giant screens, LG’s smartphones are doing alright. In fact they’re doing pretty darn well. Announcing a record number of smartphones sold and the best quarter in five years, LG’s sales totaled 16.8 million devices and the company announced an operating profit of $450 million, roughly double from the same period last year. Shipments of the mobile arm leapt 39 percent, although the good news was tempered (if only a little), by lower operating profits in the same quarter from its Home Appliance and a $2.44 million operating loss from its Air Conditioning arm, although LG reckons weather conditions were the cause for lower sales in its native Korea. TV and Home Entertainment profits increased five percent, with demand for LCD TVs increasing across the world. LG expects its high-end 4K displays will be responsible for some more impressive financial results later this year — and probably hopes you’re already saving up for the holiday season.
LG may still be coy about when you can strap a US version of the G Watch R on your wrist, but you’ll at least know where you can get it. AT&T has confirmed that will be “among the first” carriers to sell LG’s nicer Android Wear timepiece in stores. It’s not discussing the details, although it’s safe to presume that you’ll be paying more than the $229 you’d shell out for a regular G Watch. You probably won’t have to wait long, either — LG already said the G Watch R would ship in the fourth quarter of the year, so don’t be surprised if you’re picking up this smartwatch in a matter of weeks.
It won’t be long before you won’t need to auction a lung off in order to buy a 4K OLED TV, which means there’s even less reason to buy a plasma than ever before. That’s why LG has finally joined Samsung and Panasonic in taking the outdated business out back, shotgun in hand. According to Reuters, the company has quietly told local regulators that the plasma TV lines will cease production towards the end of November, leaving China’s Changhong Electric Co. as the last manufacturer in town. Still, we’d certainly expect the price of plasmas to slip downward as the technology heads towards the exit door, so perhaps this holiday season is the ideal time to pick up a bargain.
As the SmartWatch 3 is heading to Verizon, the G Watch R will be sold through AT&T. The carrier announced on Monday that it would carry the LG smartwatch running Android Wear. What else do we know about this news? Nothing. AT&T says that pricing and a release date will be announced at a later time.
AT&T Confirms LG G Watch R to Join Its Growing Wearable Portfolio
DALLAS, Oct. 27, 2014 – AT&T1 today confirmed that it will be among the first wireless carriers to offer the brand new LG G Watch R with the world’s first full circle P-OLED display. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
The LG G Watch R is a cutting-edge Android Wear™ smartwatch. A classically-inspired design gives this high-tech wrist accessory an authentic, timeless look. The LG G Watch R can also be customized with changeable faces and wristbands to fit any style.
The LG G Watch R is IP67 water resistant2 with a premium PVD metal finish watch face. It comes with a 410 mAh battery and a low-power consuming P-OLED display that lets you stay connected to the information you need all day.
When paired with smartphones running Android OS 4.3 or higher, call and message notifications, reminders and important updates such as airplane boarding passes are easily accessible right from your wrist.
For more information about the LG G Watch R, visit att.com/GWatchR.
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In time for the holiday season, Verizon is bolstering its tablet lineup. The G Pad 10.1 recently appeared at the FCC seeking approval. It just is not a WiFi-only variant of the LG tablet, though. This is a version of the G Pad 10.1 that has an LTE connection. Verizon and LG have not said anything about this device at this time.
Even with an LTE connection, the G Pad 10.1 is expected to be affordable. The specifications are not cutting edge; however, they are perfectly suitable for many consumers. The display’s resolution is 1280×800. The processor is a Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. The camera on the back is 5MP and up front is a 1.3MP camera. Nothing too crazy on this device.
Come comment on this article: LG G Pad 10.1 shows up at FCC with LTE connection for Verizon
LG first launched the LG Isai earlier this year as a Japanese exclusive with the company’s first WQHD display. Today the Korean tech giant has revealed a refreshed version of the Isai with similar specs and features to the original, with a few changes. First the new Isai ships with VoLTE capabilities, allowing users to place calls over the LTE network. Additionally the amount of included RAM has been boosted from 2GB to 3GB, bringing the specs even closer to LG’s current flagship, the LG G3.
The other specs of the device remain largely the same, including a 3,000mAh batter, 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD by 128GB), Bluetooth 4.0, WiMAX 2+, NFC and an IR sensor. The body is also expected to be water and dust-proof, and will come in three new colors including black, aqua and pink gold. The camera arrangement is the same as on the original Isai with a 13.2-megapixel sensor on the back and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The new Isai will likely be a Japan exclusive like the original, but depending on reception we could see a refresh of the G3 featuring VoLTE capabilities.
Come comment on this article: LG to update Japan-exclusive Isai with three new colors and 3GB of RAM
Word is trickling in regarding when the flagship phones of 2014 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the devices we have been waiting to hear about is the G3. There has been next to nothing stated about when it would get a taste of Lollipop. Luckily, an LG representative went ahead and gave a general expectation. The representative said that the G3 would receive Android 5.0 by the end of this year.
This is for the international version of the G3; therefore, owners of carrier versions in the United States should expect it in early 2015 just like everyone else owning another device.
Come comment on this article: LG G3 scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop by end of year
Closely following the news that the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Android Lollipop update might be coming sometime in December, a rumour has emerged that says the LG G3 Android Lollipop update will also be arrive before the end of the year. This information was apparently conveyed by the European branch of LG which promised its Dutch and Belgian LG G3 customers that the update would be coming before the end of 2014.
This is a relatively ambitious timeline from LG which didn’t get out the LG G2 Android KitKat update out until February/March earlier this year. Still, it’s always good to hope, and it’s obviously in LG’s best interests to make its best selling flagship so far the best it can be, particularly in a climate that now actually has competitors with Quad HD displays to rival the G3’s.
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LG announced its own mobile chipset, dubbed the ‘NUCLUN’ which employs a quad-core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 for heavy processing and a quadcore 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 for lighter processing. LG termed this unique octa-core architecture ‘big.LITTLE’ . It supports LTE-A Cat.6, which is only available currently in South Korea. Therefore, it is logical that the device with which this SoC debuted with, LG G3 Screen, a 5.9″ G3, with a slightly lower resolution display; Full HD screen, and slightly better speaker, is designed specifically for the South Korean market.
This will prove to be an interesting turn of events, as another powerful contender joins the likes of Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Samsung in the relatively unsaturated market of high-end mobile processing packages.
U.S. Cellular, in winding down the work week, announced the immediate availability of the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE. Sold for $99 with a two-year service agreement, the tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 7-inch WXGA display. Internally you’ll find a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB storage, and a 4000mAh battery. The rear houses a 5.0-megapixel camera while the front-side has a 1.3-megapixel shooter. In terms of connectivity, the G Pad 7.0 LTE offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE support.