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27
Jul

LG brings old fashion back with the LG Gentle, a Lollipop-powered flip phone


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If you thought smartphones and tablets ushered in the death of flip phones, you may have thought wrong. LG is bringing old fashion back with a Lollipop-powered flip phone, the LG Gentle, aimed for the South Korean market.

The Gentle features a 3.2-inch 480 x 320 LCD touch display, a 1.1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD slot, LTE connectivity, and a 1700mAh battery. On the software side of things, it’s running Android 5.1.

LG hasn’t shared any plans to release the device in anything but the South Korean market, and in all honesty, it probably wouldn’t be economical for LG to go any further than that.

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27
Jul

LG’s got a flip phone that runs Android Lollipop


Flip phones aren’t just for retro hipsters and the elderly anymore… well, actually they kind of are. But they’re super popular in Asia, and now you can get one that’ll run the latest apps: LG’s Gentle flip phone. The faux-leather adorned device is running a bleeding edge version of Android 5.1 Lollipop and packing 4G LTE. Otherwise, it’s not exactly a power-user’s dream with a 3.2-inch 480 x 320 screen, 3-megapixel rear camera, 4GB of (expandable) storage and 1GB of RAM. But for just 20 million won ($175) it would make a fine second phone, provided you live in Korea — it’s unlikely to come here, and similar flip phones cost a fortune to import.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, LG

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Via: Android Central

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27
Jul

LG launches Lollipop-powered LG Gentle flip phone


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Flip phones were all the rage many years ago and LG‘s design team was clearly feeling a little nostalgic when it designed and created the LG Gentle flip phone. Rolling back the years to a previous generation of devices, the Gentle brings the design of old with the specs of modern handsets by using Android Lollipop to power the handset.

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The handset is perfect for elderly customers, with a large keypad perfect for those with larger hands and fingers or with poor eyesight. The keypad is combined with a 3.2 inch touch-enabled display offering 480 x 320 pixels, which equates to a modest 181 pixels per inch density. The handset is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage (that can be expanded using microSD), LTE support and a 1,700mAh battery.

LG Gentle is powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop and presumably, LG has made some modifications in the interface to ensure it works properly with the keypad and the smaller display. The specifications on the handset certainly won’t win any awards but given it’s an entry-level phone that’s priced at around $170, the handset should prove quite popular.

The LG Gentle is not confirmed for a launch outside South Korea but it’s unlikely the handset will launch in Europe or the USA, which is a shame as it’s certainly unique and it could definitely have some market appeal amongst those upgrading from a feature phone to their first smartphone. Would you buy the LG Gentle for yourself or someone in your family? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

27
Jul

Root now available for LG G4 carrier models


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One of the benefits to having an Android phone is the ability to customise any number of settings and features once you’ve performed a root, which is akin to jailbreaking which iPhone users may be accustomed to. Rooting relies on an unlocked bootloader and while a root was achieved for the unlocked version of the LG G4, the carrier branded models have so far had to wait.

If you’ve been waiting then you’re in luck as root is now available for carrier branded models of the LG G4, both for the major US carrier devices (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) and other international carriers. Recognised developer thecubed and others have built the “Low Effort Root” for carrier branded models but this is definitely not for the fainthearted; if you’re a novice and think bootloader is something related to your car, then this is definitely not for you.

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As with all mods, you’ll need to be able to precisely follow a long list of steps and you’ll need to download and install tools for your computer to get the job done. Like most Android customisations, you may end up with a bricked device that cannot be recovered so don’t tempt this unless you’re happy with the risk!

To root your carrier branded LG G4, head over to XDA Developers (in the source link below), read through all the posts and ask about anything you’re unsure of before you attempt anything. Back up all your data and take your time; there’s nothing worse than rushing and ending up with a bricked phone.

For more on what you can do with your Android smartphone, check out our Android customization series and head over to Android Authority on YouTube to see more about the latest apps, handsets and comparisons.

25
Jul

ICYMI: Power-ballad singing tech, foldable bridge and more


ICYMI: Power-Ballad Singing Tech, Foldable Bridge and More

Today on In Case You Missed It: A computer-like display, singing power ballads from the ’90s, simply must be seen; Japanese engineers unveiled an emergency bridge that can unfold in five minutes; and the game Half-Life gets hacked to work on an Android Wear watch.

We also run through the biggest headlines of the week but think this Stephen Hawking goes searching for ET story is the most shared over brunch worth (after you’ve already touched on Chrysler).

And from the whatever you do, don’t miss this files: A new kitten app “Cat Shake” gives you an endless stream of cats. Guess I just found what I’m doing for the weekend.

If you come across any interesting videos, we’d love to see them. Just tweet us with the #ICYMI hashtag @engadget or @mskerryd.

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24
Jul

LG TONE Active Bluetooth headphones available this month


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Today, LG announced the global roll-out of its new TONE Active Bluetooth headset. The headphones will go on sale in North American and South Korea beginning this month, with launches in the rest of the world scheduled for the third quarter of the year.

The TONE Active’s big selling point is its durability, as LG says that it is designed to suit an active life style, hence the name. The headset is water and sweat resistant, so you can wear it during your intense workout sessions. LG has also removed the annoying dangling chords usually associated with in-ear headphones, by allowing the earbuds to retract inside the frame.

To keep the headset completely wire free, the LG TONE Active is also powered by Bluetooth technology, so customers can pair it up to their smartphone to stream music. There is also a little microphone enclosed in the frame to make and take calls hands-free.

Pricing information and an exact launch date have not been given, but we’ll probably spot additional details when the headset hits the shelves in the next few days. The LG TONE Active will be available in lime, orange, blue and pink color options.

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LG INTRODUCES THE PERFECT WORKOUT PARTNER WITH TONE ACTIVE

Durable and Rugged with Vibrant Colors, Wearable Bluetooth Headset Designed for Maximum Mobility

SEOUL, July 24, 2015 ― LG Electronics (LG) will begin the global rollout of the LG TONE Active, a new sporty Bluetooth headset in its award-winning TONE series. The LG TONE Active will go on sale starting this month in North America and Korea, to be followed by key markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and Latin America throughout the third quarter.

Perfect for both music listening and conversation and compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, the LG TONE Active is water and sweat resistant with earbuds that retract fully into the headset to eliminate tangled cords. Designed with durability in mind to support the most active lifestyles, the LG TONE Active with its contoured design fits snugly around the neck for a secure fit even when running or jogging.

Standout features of the LG TONE Active include:

  • Water and Sweat Resistance ― Compatible for life’s toughest workouts to handle even the hottest conditions in the gym or out on the trail.
  • Durable and Rugged ― Durable yet lightweight with a contoured, around-the-neck design.
  • Retractable Earbuds ― Customized fit with two earbud sizes for a more secure and comfortable fit and a simple, effective solution for cord management
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology ― Hassle-free device connectivity, compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
  • Quad-Layer Speaker Technology™ and Digital MEMS Microphone ― Robust bass, crisp treble, less distortion on high frequencies and exceptional voice clarity for hassle-free conversations.

“Our designers saw an opportunity to expand on the LG TONE Series with a headset that will pair perfectly with people’s daily, active routines,” said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our newest TONE Active isn’t just for exercising, they’re perfect for anyone who’s constantly on the move, whether at home, work or at the gym. TONE Active was designed to be the ultimate wireless solution to withstand any and all activities.”

The LG TONE Active comes in four colors: Lime, Orange, Blue and Pink. Details of price and availability will be announced locally at the time of launch.

24
Jul

LG may move up its “super premium phone” as well


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Gripped between Apple at the high-end, and a pack of hungry Chinese players at the bottom, the Korean smartphone industry is in turmoil. Tiny Pantech narrowly avoided shutting down thanks to the intervention of a group of local investors, but even the mighty Samsung and LG are struggling to cope with the pressure. The former just moved up the launch of its fall flagship, the Galaxy Note 5, and now it looks like LG will follow suit.

According to industry sources cited by Business Korea, LG has abandoned its plan to release its “super premium phone” in October, and is now pushing hard to release the device as soon as possible. The launch of this high-end device is apparently “imminent,” said the sources.

This super premium LG phone is reportedly developed in “profound secrecy,” and details about it are very hard to come by. Our hunch was that LG was preparing a metallic iteration of the G Pro series, but according to Business Korea’s sources, the device could be an entirely new model, a G4 variant, or even the LG G5.

Buyers are not swayed by the G4's leather back

Buyers are not swayed by the G4’s leather back

LG Mobile’s CEO Juno Cho first talked about the company’s plans for a device that “stands before the G series” in March, during the MWC show. Cho did not offer any details, other than that the mystery phone would launch in the second half of the year. Than the G4 launched, and while it sported an optional leather cover and solid specs, it was clearly outshone by Samsung’s metal and glass Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge duo.

Several reports have suggested that the G4 is not performing as well as LG had hoped. Add the fact that the Note 5 will land early this year and the unrelenting pressure of the Apple juggernaut, and LG’s decision to accelerate the release of its super phone seems entirely justified.

When will we see this new device? IFA, in early September, could be a good bet, especially now that the absence of a Note announcement will give it more room to shine. But that’s just speculation for now.

24
Jul

LG Bello II arrives in India as the LG Max


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Back at the beginning of the week, LG announced its new low-cost Bello II smartphone, the latest entry in its range of affordable smartphones for emerging markets. The smartphone has now made its début in India, but with a new name – the LG Max.

The most compelling aspect of the smartphone is probably its price. The LG Max will retail for just Rs.10,900 ($170) in India, although we don’t have a specific launch date or list of retailers just yet. It’s not the cheapest smartphone on the market, but the Max offers some competitive hardware.

Despite the name change, the smartphone still comes with a 5-inch 854×480 display, 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and 5MP front camera. The phone also features 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and a 2,540mAh battery.

High-end LG features:

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However, the smartphone only features 3G connectivity, so may struggle to compete against similarly priced 4G enabled handsets from the likes of MicroMax, Xiaomi, Lenovo or Huawei. However, the LG Max does come with some of LG’s flagship features, include Selfie Flash, Gesture Shot, and Knock Code, which might be enough to win some consumers over.

The Bello II will also be known as the LG Max in Mexico and Russia, and will be called the LG Prime II in Brazil and Chile. A roll-out in Europe is expected in the third quarter of the year.

24
Jul

LG launches the ‘Max’ in India for Rs. 10,990


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LG is the latest manufacturer to launch a new budget-friendly smartphone in India. This one’s called the Max, it’s priced at Rs. 10,990 ($172) and is available in White, Titan and Gold colorways.

A full spec list for device can be seen below:

  • 5-inch display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of expandable storage
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 5-megapixel front-facing shooter
  • 2,540 mAh battery

Unfortunately, the handset is 3G-only as LG believes that the demand for LTE coverage in India isn’t widespread enough at this point.

If you’re based in India and would like to find out more about picking up the LG Max — hit the source link below.

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23
Jul

LG Display to invest $908 million for a new OLED production plan


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LG Display announced today that it will invest KRW 1.05 trillion ($908m) into a 6th generation flexible OLED production line to produce OLED displays more efficiently. The plan is expected to start sometimes in the third quarter of 2015 and will be completed by the second quarter of 2017.

The new production technology that will be used in the new plan will allow LG to manufacture more than 200 5.5-inch panel cuts from a single substrate (four times the amount of its current technology). The demand for OLED displays has been drastically increasing especially in 2015 thanks to smartphones such as LG G4, G Flex 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that all sport the technology. According to analysts, by increasing its production capacity, LG will be able to keep competitive prices to rival against Chinese competitors. In addition, LG is planning on using the plant to produce future flexible screens for smartphones, TVs and automotive displays.

OLED technology has allowed LG to innovate and create products that set the company aside from the competition, such as making the world’s first 1.3-inch circular flexible OLED display for smartwatches in September 2014 with the LG Watch Urbane.

Source: Android Authority

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