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’.
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LG 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.
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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.
|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.)
|146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in.)
|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|
|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.|
|Positioning:||GPS; A-GPS; GLONASS||GPS; A-GPS; GLONASS|
|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.
LG certainly made a mark during 2014 with the release of the LG G3, solidly placing it in front of smartphone buyers as a legitimate high-end manufacturer. As the company looks forward to 2015, the bar will be raised. In one area, the camera, LG revealed at the Korea Electronics Show today that it is ready to step up with an improved unit that will include 20.7 MP resolution sensor and an improved optical image stabilization system.
LG Innotek, the group that is producing the new camera hardware, indicates the image stabilization correction angle will increase to 0.7 compared to the 0.5 angle in the LG G3 unit. The larger correction angle means better adjustments can be made for unwanted movement like shaking when users try to capture video or images.
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The LG G3 features a 13 MP camera that is pretty great. It is just one of the features that helped to make the G3 one of the best Android phones of the year. It doesn’t sound like LG is resting on it’s laurels, news is starting to leak out that the camera in next years flagship could be a pretty significant upgrade. Today, at the Korea Electronics Show (KES), LG unveiled a new 20.7 MP camera module with improved optical image stabilization (OIS). The module even includes increased correction angle from 0.5 to 0.7, this allows for more compensation for unwanted movements. The camera has quickly become the focus of most smartphones, so an improvement like this should help keep LG right out in front of their competitors. It will still be awhile before we see any concrete information regarding the next LG flagships, but these pieces certainly help us fill in the blanks.
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Smartphones have come a long way since their inception; though the idea of a portable device with internet connectivity and calling features has been around since the 1980s, it was not well received until 2006, with Blackberry’s new devices such as the Curve and Pearl. It revolutionised the way mainstream society viewed portable electronic devices and our uses for mobile phones. However, Blackberry did not enjoy this success for long, with the launch of the revolutionary iPhone, from Apple. It incorporated a touchscreen, and only 4 buttons. People were amazed by the fluidity of a device which essentially had nothing but screen on the front face. Apple’s market share grew rapidly, for example, increasing 626% globally in the smartphone sector, between the last quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009.
The smartphone industry proved itself unpredictable once more in 2010, with Android’s new ‘Gingerbread’ overtaking iOS in the US, having already overtaken iOS in markets such as South Korea in 2009. With this saw the rise of OEMs such as Samsung, LG and HTC. Apple released the iPhone 4, a beautifully designed phone with ‘Retina display’ which yielded a positive response from the consumer market. Blackberry’s RIM was still going strong, however, failing to generate sales. 2010 also saw Microsoft’s attempt to tap into the smartphone market with Windows Phone, which did not meet good reception.
In 2011, with the release of Android 4.0.4, or ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, Android phones finally started to be perceived as high-end, mainly due to the refreshed, sleeker interface Ice Cream Sandwich brought, and the smoother user experience, thanks to ‘Project Butter’, in Jelly Bean, 4.1. Android’s market share grew further to 36% in the US, placing them in a comfortable first position in terms of market share. Samsung also released the hugely popular Galaxy S2, and Apple released the iPhone 4S, which brought in Siri, a voice controlled assistant. By this point, Blackberry’s market share in the US decreased to less than that of Android and iOS.
Fast forward to 2014, where 80% of the world’s smartphones run on Android, and where Samsung is the biggest producer of smartphones internationally. Android Kit Kat brought performance and aesthetic improvements to Android, and Apple’s iOS got its long-awaited makeover in iOS 7 – which produced mixed opinions. HTC and LG gained a significant amount of market share, with the One M8 and G3 respectively, in markets such as the US, Europe, South Korea and Australia. However, it came as a shock that less popular manufacturers such as Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi had superceded manufacturers such as LG, Sony and HTC in the global market. This reiterated the influence that the Chinese market had on global business, and its sheer size.
The sudden entry of China into the smartphone market was expected, but not to the scale which it has. Not only have the consumers in China played a huge role in the global market share of OEMs, but their manufacturers such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Oppo, and more recently, OnePlus, have given the traditional smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung a real dilemma. Samsung is rapidly losing profits; quarterly projections going down by numbers such as 40% and 60%, and LG and HTC are struggling to keep their heads above the water. Chinese manufacturers are beginning to build great devices such as the OnePlus One, or the Xiaomi Mi3, with high-end specs, but sell for half the price of their counterparts of traditional OEMs.
I believe that next year will be pivotal in the smartphone industry; due mainly to the speculated release of the modular phone; Project Ara.
Project Ara will be the ‘next big thing’. It can be tailored to the needs of the individual, therefore, has the capacity to be a high-end or mid-range device. The concept of not having to buy a new handset every time a new chipset comes out, or when the screen is cracked, is intriguing. If marketed and manufactured well by Google, it will cause the idea of the ‘complete handset’ totally redundant. Consumers will only buy a new processing package, insert it into their modular phone, at only a fraction of the cost of buying a totally new handset.
This will pose a serious concern for current manufacturers. Instead of building complete handsets, companies will look for ways to monopolise the industry for a certain part of the modular phone. For example, Samsung and LG may both aim to control the displays of Project Ara, while Qualcomm with the chipsets. Unless the business can achieve a monopoly or duopoly of such industries, they will experience severe losses, provided that Project Ara is successful.
What must also be considered is the third-party, non-authorised manufacturers. These will be extremely popular in markets such as China, which, as proven before, is a market crucial to the survival of a consumer-oriented business. These ‘pirate’ manufacturers will provide parts of lesser quality, however, cheaper price, and can cause a formidable dent in the income of respective manufacturers.
The potential repercussions of the launch of the Project Ara platform to the smartphone industry are concerning. If it is as popular as it is believed it will be, it will result in the complete monopolisation of the smartphone market with Android, and with only one handset. It will minimise variation, innovation, originality and creativity; the smartphone industry will be extremely static. Therefore, I can hope another company will reciprocate Project Ara in an equally fantastic product, in order not to let Google singularly rule the industry, and maintain the dynamic, multifaceted environment of the smartphone industry, which is ultimately what renders the sector as stimulating as it is.
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With the Motorola Moto 360 currently owning a monopoly on the circular smartwatch arena, it was only a matter of time before its main competitor, the LG G Watch R, stepped into the ring. We’ve been wondering when the LG G Watch R release date was going to come and LG has today confirmed it itself that the wearable will be launching on October 14th. Now before you ready your money to throw, there is one catch – the LG G Watch R is only going to be launching in South Korea on that date. Don’t get too disappointed though as many other regions will likely get the device soon after, probably before the end of October, though that hasn’t yet been specified by LG.
The LG G Watch R was somewhat of a surprise release at IFA 2014 last month, particularly seeing as it had only launched its maiden Android Wear wearable, the LG G Watch, just two months prior. In fact, if you look at the stat sheet of the G Watch and the G Watch R, they will look very similar, the primary difference of course being the completely circular display – something even the Moto 360 lacked because of its ambient light sensor. And contrasting its Android Wear and indeed, all smartwatch, brethren, the LG G Watch R actually looks the most like a mainstream watch, something that may work in their favour when it goes global. No pricing has yet been confirmed.
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LG’s latest budget friendly device is now available at Virgin Mobile. Introducing the LG Tribute, an Android powered device available for just $79.99 with prepaid plans. For an entry-level smartphone, the device comes with some decent specs.
It is running on Android 4.4.2, with a 4.5-inch WVGA (800×480) display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording, a microSD card slot and 4G LTE connectivity.
For $79.99 off-contract, this is a pretty excellent deal. The device is available right now at Virgin Mobile’s website, are you planning to get one? Let us know in the comment box below.
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