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LG finally announces global release plans for the G Watch R, but still murky


LG released the G Watch R in South Korea last week, and it will be available in the UK starting tomorrow, but what about the rest of the world? LG sent out a presser with a little information, but unfortunately it’s still a little cloudy. According to the presser, the full round smartwatch will be available at retail sites throughout Europe in the beginning of November. This includes France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Now as far as the UK is concerned, Clove will have it starting tomorrow.

As for North America, Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), they only mentioned that they would follow the European launch soon after, but no timetable. This could mean the following week or even a few weeks. Either way, I guess it’s safe to say that the G Watch R won’t hit the U.S. until at least the week of November 10th. I am sure it will be here by the holidays though. I doubt LG wants to miss that opportunity.

Full Press Release:


SEOUL, Oct. 24, 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) announced today that its newest Android wearable, LG G Watch R, will be available for purchase at retail sites throughout Europe including countries such as France, Italy, Spain and the UK in the beginning of November, followed by key markets in North America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) soon after. Customers in select markets will also be able to purchase G Watch R on Google Play in the weeks ahead.

The LG G Watch R made its world debut at IFA 2014 to much interest and with its stylish looks and smooth, speedy performance, became one of the show’s most mentioned new products. The world’s first watch-style wearable to feature a fully circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, the G Watch R was inspired by classical and premium timepieces. The 1.3-inch circular P-OLED display takes advantage of every pixel, producing images with stunning color and accurate viewing at all angles even under bright sunlight.

Designed and built to last, the LG G Watch R features a classic design encased in durable stainless steel and aluminum powered by a 410mAh battery, the largest in an Android Wearable to date. Like the original LG G Watch, the G Watch R delivers optimal performance through its powerful but efficient 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. With an Ingress Protection rating of IP67, the device is completely protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one meter. The G Watch R, designed with personalization in mind, is compatible with any 22mm wide watch strap.

The LG G Watch R offers six new pre-loaded watch faces and improved power savings in ambient mode. The update to Android WearTM OS will add even more features and functionality to G Watch R such as offline music playback. Updates will be performed seamlessly through the smartphone with the owner’s permission.

“While the original G Watch was designed to be a no-nonsense, pure Android Wear device, the G Watch R was developed with a more aesthetic eye,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The G Watch R represents LG’s commitment to meld form and functionality together in perfect harmony and to create a device that not only looks great but more importantly, offers technology that makes life more convenient.”

Prices and additional purchase details will be announced locally at time of availability. For more product images and videos, please visit

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
  • Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Operating System: Android Wear™
  • (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
  • Barometer
  • PPG (Heart Rate Monitor)
  • Color: Black
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

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Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: A civil war within Google

nexus 6 vs nexus 5

Ever since the announcement of the Nexus 6, we’ve been dying to know how it will stack up against other devices. While we won’t know for sure until we have our hands on one, we can at least look at the various specs. Lets take a look at the Nexus 6 vs the Nexus 5!

Motorola Nexus 6 vs LG Nexus 5


Let’s start with the Display. The Nexus 6 has a gorgeous display with a pixel density of 493 ppi, while the Nexus 5 isn’t bad either with a 445 ppi. However, considering the Nexus 6 is a full inch bigger than the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a clear winner in the display quality. Motorola’s device has an AMOLED screen while LG’s offering has an IPS screen, so that’s a matter of preference. Is also worth noting that the Nexus 5 is still a regular phone with its size, whereas the Nexus 6 places itself well into the “phablet” category.


With the battery, the Nexus 6 has another clear advantage with a 3,220 mAh battery, while the Nexus 5 has a 2,300 mAh battery. While the Nexus 6 has much more pixels to push, the Nexus 6 site still claims you can get 24 hours of talk time, with the Nexus 5 getting 17.


When it comes to the processors, they come pretty close. The Nexus 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.26 GHz, while Motorola’s offering has a Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz. While the Nexus 5 technically has a year old processor, it is no slouch. Technically, the Nexus 6 wins, but when it comes down to it they are pretty close. However, the Nexus 6 has 3 GB of RAM while the Nexus 5 has 2 GB. This should give the Nexus 6 more multi-tasking power.


The Nexus 6 has a better camera, with a 13 MP rear shooter and a 2 MP front shooter, while the Nexus 5 has a 8MP and 1.3 MP. The Nexus 6 also has the ability to shoot video in 4K, while the Nexus 5 is behind at 1080p.


The Nexus 5 starts at 16 GB of memory, while the Nexus 6 starts at 32 GB. Neither have expandable memory.

All in all, both devices have great specs. Google truly has done well in designing both of these  Even the Nexus 5 which came out last year holds its ground well, but the Nexus 6 has been updated immensely, so in terms of specs the Nexus 6 is the clear winner.

However there are two things to consider: the Nexus 6 is quite large with its 5.96″ screen. One will have to get used to the size of the Nexus 6. Otherwise, some people are simply not going to want a phone that large and will want to get the Nexus 5. The other thing to consider is the price. What makes the Nexus 5 so great is all the great specs you get for the price: $349 off contract. The Nexus 6, however, will be $649 off contract. While the Nexus 6 will be available through carriers for cheaper, you’ll likely need to lock into a 2-year contract to get that price, which to many is not preferable.

So, when it comes to specs, the Nexus 6 is a winner. When it comes to size preference and price, the Nexus 5 is the winner. Which do you think is the better device? If you’re planning on getting a Nexus this year, which will you get?


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LG G Watch R gets global roll out announcement from LG

The LG G Watch R, the other round watch, is finally coming to the world. Well, at least its roll out globally is starting. The first set of locales to have access to LG’s second Android Wear device will be France, Italy, Spain and the UK. You guys in those countries should start to see the device popping up at retailers in the first part of November. Shortly after the release LG has plans to push it to Asia North America. They say “soon after”, so that could mean later in November or December. Hopefully they push it out in time for Christmas in the states. It is also set for release on the Play Store in the weeks ahead.

LG G Watch R

The LG G Watch R brings in many of the same hardware specs we have all heard of before. Th carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MBs of RAM, 4GB internal storage, 410 mAh battery, and a round 1.3-inch P-OLED display at 320 x 320. It also carries a heart rate monitor, barometer and 9-Axis sensor.

“While the original G Watch was designed to be a no-nonsense, pure Android Wear device, the G Watch R was developed with a more aesthetic eye,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The G Watch R represents LG’s commitment to meld form and functionality together in perfect harmony and to create a device that not only looks great but more importantly, offers technology that makes life more convenient.”

A nice benefit to the LG G Watch R compared to a few of the other guys on the market today is the watch band. It is compatible with any 22mm watch strap. Which leaves your strap options nearly limitless. LG cleverly left any price tags off the press release, but we have heard talk that it should be around $300. That would put it on par with the Moto 360, and be slightly higher than their current G Watch.

Have you been holding off on splurging for the Moto 360 to get your hands on the LG G Watch R? The wait is almost over.

Source: LG | G Watch R Global

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LG G Watch R will be available in the UK starting tomorrow


The LG G Watch might not look as elegant as the Moto 360, but it packs more power, better battery life, and a proper Always-on display. I didn’t even mention the fact that it’s the only fully round smartwatch.

We have great news for those of you in the UK because it’s going to be available at Clove starting tomorrow. That’s right, just in time for the weekend. It’s going for £224.99 (including VAT), which equates to about $360 here in the U.S. Speaking of the U.S., we are still awaiting availability, but we expect it to come in around $249.

So what do you guys think about the G Watch R? I am excited for just the Always-on display alone. My unit should be arriving at my front door within the next 30 minutes, so I will be sure to let you know what I think of it soon.

source: Clove

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LG G3 now receiving major stability update


LG is in the process of pushing out a relatively major over-the-air stability update to all unlocked variants of its flagship smartphone, the G3, currently located in India, Thailand and a bunch of European countries. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, such as Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it does include a handful of ‘system stability improvements,’ which are geared towards making a user’s experience better when using the device.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


  • Valuepack upgrade
  • Apps
  • Google patch

If you own an unlocked variant of the LG G3 and have not yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification on your handset prompting you to download and install the update.

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Choose Your Own Android Giveaway (Updated): Win a free, top of the line, phone of your choice [Deal of the Day]


UPDATE: The Nexus 6 has been added to the choices of handsets available to the winner!

Ready for a new handset but aren’t prepared to shell out the clams for an upgrade? Today just might be your day. We’re giving away a top-tier handset of your choice to ONE lucky winner in the Choose Your Own Android Giveaway!

The winner will choose between a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Nexus 6, Motorola Moto X, HTC One M8, LG G3, or Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Brand new and ready to use! One of these may have your name written all over it.There’s no purchase necessary and no complicated forms to fill out. All you’ll have to do is visit our contest page, click ENTER NOW, and submit your email address. It’s as easy as that. Sharing via social media gains you more entries. Good luck!

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Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update


Sprint has today published details of an update it’s now rolling out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G2 currently situated in the United States. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, but it does include a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Improvements to LTE attachment
  • Enhancements to HD Voice
  • Google security patch

If you own a Sprint variant of the G2 and want to initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Sprint

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LG teases a new concept phone that has mood swings

LG AKALG has teased a new phone they’re going to announce at the World IT Show in a few days, and it’s a pretty crazy concept. The device, currently going by the name LG AKA, is a smartphone that has different moods. It also has a large pair of staring eyes. Definitely not creepy at all.

The AKA is customizable and you’ll be able to swap out the back panels for a few different colors. The eyes on the device, however, act all on their own. The eyes have different emotions and moods and will change depending on how you use the phone and the kinds of apps and music you keep on it.

Maybe if you have tons of games the eyes will have a happy expression, and if you store a bunch of documents and office apps it’ll take a more serious demeanor. LG hasn’t really clarified anything other than this will be a concept device, so we don’t know too much about it.

The device will launch in South Korea in November, and although we’ll very likely never see it anywhere else in the world, it’s an interesting idea to keep an eye on. No pun intended.

source: LG

via: Phone Arena

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Here’s every device getting Android 5.0 Lollipop so far

Motorola's examples of phones getting Android 5.0 Lollipop

If you’re a die-hard Android fan, you’re probably champing at the bit waiting for that Lollipop upgrade — when will you get it? Are you going to get it? Thankfully for you, a number of companies have already promised to upgrade some of their devices to this candy-flavored OS. Google’s Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 models are naturally first in line, as are Android One and Google Play Edition hardware; its outgoing Motorola brand is equally on top of things with plans to patch the Moto E, G and X alongside Verizon’s Droid Mini, Maxx and Ultra. HTC and OnePlus don’t have full details, but they’re both pledging to give their recent flagships a taste of Lollipop within 90 days of receiving finished code. NVIDIA and Sony, meanwhile, are being vague. While they’re respectively teasing plans to update the Shield Tablet and the Xperia Z series, they won’t say when just yet.

As for other manufacturers? Well, don’t hold your breath. LG tells TechRadar that it has nothing to say on “if / when” Lollipop will reach the G3, let alone older gear. The upgrade is likely coming, but the statement is far from reassuring. Mum’s the word from Samsung as well, although leaks show that a Lollipopped version of TouchWiz is in the works. It’s also reasonable to expect that relatively large brands like Acer, ASUS, Huawei and Xiaomi are on deck — just don’t be shocked if their older devices don’t make the cut.

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Via: TechRadar, MobileBurn

Source: HTC (Twitter), Motorola, Sony Mobile Blog


Google Nexus 6 vs LG G3


Motorola Nexus 6 LG G3
OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)


159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm (6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 in.)

184 grams

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in.)

149 grams

Display: 5.96”; 1440 x 2560; ~493 ppi pixel density; Corning Gorilla Glass 3 5.5”; 1440 x 2560; ~534 ppi pixel density; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805; 2.7 GHz Quad-core; Adreno 420 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; 2.5 GHz Quad-core; Adreno 330 GPU
Memory: 32GB & 64GB 32GB
Connectivity: HSPA/4G LTE; Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.1; NFC HSPA/4G LTE; Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0; NFC
Front Camera: 2MP 2.1MP
Rear Camera: 13MP; Dual LED flash; w/OIS 13MP; Dual LED flash; laser assisted autofocus; w/OIS
Video: 2160p@30fps; optical stabilization 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps; optical stabilization; HDR; stereo sound rec.
Battery: Non-removable 3220 mAh Li-Po Removable 3000 mAh Li-Ion
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Colors: Midnight Blue; Cloud White Metallic Black; Silk White; Shine Gold; Moon Violet; Burgundy Red


The Nexus 6 and the LG G3 are very closely matched smartphones, but they probably shouldn’t be compared as equals.  The Nexus 6 is a phablet, while the LG G3 is really more of a big phone.  LG was able to squeeze a 5.5″ screen into a smaller phone by making the bezel as small as possible.  This makes the G3 more manageable with one hand than a phone the size of the Nexus 6.  To give some perspective, the LG G3 is just slightly bigger than the iPhone 6, but has the same size screen as the iPhone 6 plus.  The G3 also gives you a removable battery and expandable memory.  The biggest problem with the G3 is LG’s software.  The Android skin that LG adds to Android has a couple nice features, but ultimately isn’t worth it.  It can be buggy and adds so many redundant features that learning to use the G3 can be confusing.  Ultimately, the phone is worth it, but I would kill to have my G3 run vanilla Android 5.0.

The Nexus 6 is the culmination of everything good about Android.  The Nexus 6 is a top-quality phablet that features the best version of Android to date, Lollipop.  The Nexus 6 has a screen that is half an inch bigger than an iPhone 6 plus (5.96″ vs. 5.5″), but in a phone that is roughly the same size.  You will also find a 13MP camera, a pretty good sized battery and just about every feature you would want or need in a smartphone.  It would be nice to have the option of expandable memory, but it’s a small complaint with so many companies offering cheap cloud storage.

Really, you can’t go wrong with either of these phones.  If you want a smaller phone (but not much smaller) with phablet specs then pick up the LG G3.  Honestly, the LG Android skin is annoying, but you can learn to deal with it.  At least the G3 is a gorgeous smartphone, that can make up for a lot.  I’m almost ready to recommend the Nexus 6 just because of Android 5.0, but there is more to this phablet than a Lollipop.  It also features top notch build quality and looks great.  Most importantly though, the Nexus 6 is a beast.  This is a phablet that should be able to handle anything you can throw at it.  Either way you can’t lose.

Source Google, Motorola and LG


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