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When Android Lollipop was released late last year, LG was one of the first to release their software update to their then latest flagship, the LG G3. While that meant that the LG G3 wouldn’t get Android 5.1, it was still impressively fast for a manufacturer not called Google or Motorola. Although it remains unannounced, it looks like LG is about the repeat the feat with the Android Marshmallow update for the LG G3 and LG G4 as LG’s Korean support website has been updated already with instructions on how to update the device to Android 6.0 i.e. Android Marshmallow.
While that’s no real confirmation that the update is coming soon, the pages have since been taken down, which is a sure sign that they were prematurely posted. Naturally we’ll have to wait for the official announcement, but presumably it will be in the next week or two.
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Earlier today, LG’s Korean division prematurely updated its support website with a step-by-step upgrade guide for Android 6.0. The aforementioned pages have since been removed, but not before we managed to discern that the G3, carrying model numbers F400S, F400K, and F400L, along with the G4 with the following model numbers attached: F500S, F500k and F500L, will be amongst the first to receive the Marshmallow software upgrade.
When Android 6.0 eventually does hit your handset, it will bring a more refined web browsing experience, standardised fingerprint recognition, Android Pay compatibility, improved cut, copy and paste commands, visual voicemail, reworked app permissions, and, finally an easily accessible RAM manager.
Unfortunately, no information was given regarding a timeframe for the update — so we’ll just have to be a little more patient, I suppose.
Source: LG World
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It looks like the only cable the LG-made Nexus 5X will be shipping with is a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable instead of a USB Type-C to USB Type-A (the traditional USB port), the latter being the cable that lets you plug your USB Type-C smartphone into your USB Type-A computer.
It’s strange as to why Google is omitting this from the LG Nexus 5X package, considering that both cables ship with the Huawei Nexus 6P. USB Type-C isn’t very popular in the present. It’s a technology of the future, and as such, not many have adapted to the new port type.
This’ll be frustrating for those who want to plug their Nexus 5X into their computer for charging or other means. To do so, they’ll need to go out separetly and buy a USB-C to USB-A cable, which doesn’t cost much starting at around $12 from the Google Store, but is a serious hassle.
In other words, if you’re picking up a Nexus 5X and want to plug it into your computer, your going to need to buy a new cable.
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Google appears to be going all in for the USB Type C future with the Nexus 5X. The LG-made phone ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable, but it won’t include a USB-C cable that plugs into most computers and chargers today (which use USB Type A). You’ll have to shell out for a separate USB-C to USB-A cable (starting around $13) if you actually want to do that. It’s a particularly surprising decision from Google, since USB-C isn’t exactly common these days, and since it’s also including both sets of USB-C cables with the Nexus 6P. Sure, it saves Google a bit of money, but the omission of a cable compatible with typical USB ports will likely frustrate many upcoming Nexus 5X owners. Even if you don’t plug your phone into your computer, it’ll make charging much more difficult. So consider this a PSA: If you’re planning to get the Nexus 5X, make sure you’ve got an order in for a USB-C to USB-A cable in as well.
LG introduced a new and interesting high-end device late last night. Dubbed the LG V10, it has all of the innards of the LG G4, but offers something unique: two front screens and dual selfie cameras. There’s no set availability date for the phone, but T-Mobile is letting customers pre-register to get an email when the LG V10 is available.
As quick refresher, here’s some of the specifications the new LG V10 is rocking:
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) IPS Quantum display with a secondary 2.1-inch (160x 1040) IPS Quantum display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor (64-bit)
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB Internal storage
- MicroSD card slot for up to an extra 2TB
- 16MP rear camera with F1.8 Aperture and OIS 2.0
- 5MP front dual-lens camera
- Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
- Quick Charge 2.0
- Colors: Space Black / Luxe White / Modern Beige / Ocean Blue / Opal Blue
As for the two screens, it has the main 5.7-inch Quad HD 2560 x 1440 IPS Quantum display, and then it has the secondary 2.1-inch 160 x 1040 screen. The secondary display is “always on,” showing notifications, weather, time, and other information while the main display is off. When the main display is on, it provides quick access to apps, serves up notifications and more.
Anyone plan on picking one up at T-Mobile?
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LG is expecting its handset sales to increase during Q4 2015, largely due to launching new devices. One of those devices that is expected to drive sales is the recently announced LG V10, expected to hit the South Korean market some time this month, with US, China, and other markets to follow.
There’s been much excitement surrounding the LG V10, featuring dual selfie cameras, two screens (think Galaxy S6 Edge), and new camera software that brings out the beauty of stills taken from the rear 16-megapixel camera.
LG mobile division chief Cho Juno at the New York event this morning told press that the company would use its high-end LG V10 along with new and upcoming mid-to-low tier handsets to drive sales and increase market share.
LG will begin selling the V10 in South Korea on October 8, with a LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition launch expected some time this year.
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LG’s New York is event is underway, and after unveiling the LG V10 last night ahead of the event, the company has announced that the device will be available through three major US carriers–AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Interestingly, Sprint was missing from the list, which will certainly disappoint some customers. As a quick refresher, the LG V10 is the first device in LG’s new “V” line of smartphones, sporting dual front-facing cameras and a secondary display.
It has most of the same innards as the LG G4, but the noticeable difference is the main 5.7-inch QHD display and then the secondary 2.1-inch display. It seems to act in a similar fashion as the edge does on the Galaxy S6 Edge series of devices. Some other notable specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a removable 3,000mAh battery. Unfortunately, there’s still no details on carrier pricing and availability.
Anyone plan on picking one up in favor of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Note 5?
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If you were wondering how LG might keep up with Samsung’s experimentation with extra screen real estate on its Edge phones — and really, isn’t that the first thing we all think about after we wake up, pour a cup of coffee and question the insignificance of our existence — the V10 is your answer. It’s the beginning of a new series of phones for LG, ostensibly replacing the G Pro phablet line. Whereas the company’s “G” series remains its flagship, it seems like the “V” line will be where LG experiments a bit (even moreso than its curved Flex models). To that end, the V10 includes a few unique features: A second, tiny screen right above the main 5.7-inch display, and two front-facing cameras for the selfie-afflicted. It’s also the company’s first phone to include metal (it has steel around the sides), it sports a tough new silicon-based rear cover, and it packs in two Gorilla Glass 4 panels on its display. Clearly, there are a lot of ideas at play here, but how do they come together? Slideshow-324649
The first thing I noticed about the V10 wasn’t its second screen, it was the fact that it felt like a tank in my hand. The combination of silicon and metal makes the V10 feel more like a rugged device like the Galaxy S6 Active, rather than a traditional smartphone. It feels a tad heavier than the iPhone 6 Plus, and it’s a bit thicker too, clocking in around 8.9 mm at its thickest point. In a series of 1 meter drop test videos LG displayed, which battered the corners, back and front of the phone, the V10 didn’t show any noticeable damage. Of course, we’ll have to test it out ourselves to see if LG’s claims are real.
As for that extra display, it’s reminiscent of how Samsung took advantage of its curved Edge phones. It’s an always-on screen — by default, it stays on even when you turn off the main screen) — that lets you quickly access recent contacts, apps and it can display notifications for your next appointment. It can also show your signature, or a custom bit of text, if that’s what floats your boat. Given its tiny size though — it clocks in at just 1040 x 150 pixels — there’s only so much LG can fit in. While I don’t see the second screen as a big selling point for LG, it’s an intriguing idea for making smartphones more versatile.
With the V10’s two front-facing cameras, LG is basically declaring war on the selfie stick. They’re both five megapixel shooters, but whereas one has a standard 80 degree lens, the other can take far wider 120 degree shots. It of course adds a slight curve to selfies, but it allows you to capture much more than a traditional lens. In my brief testing, the front cameras worked as advertised. But it’s also the sort of thing that will only appeal to a certain type of consumer.
While the V10 packs in the same 16 megapixel rear camera as the G4, LG also included some video recording upgrades. The phone has an additional bit of stabilization technology that makes shooting video feel almost like you’re using a dedicated steadicam gimbal. It’s a particularly useful addition for anyone who likes to take video, and it comes just as Apple added optical image stabilization to the iPhone 6 Plus.
LG says the V10 is hitting Korea “soon,” and it’ll hit AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in the US at some point afterwards. Pricing is also up in the air, but you can expect it to be more expensive than the G4.
LG just announced the steel-bound V10, but that’s not the only ferrous beauty coming from the Korean company today: the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition brings a classy look and cellular connectivity – a first for the Android Wear ecosystem.
We had the opportunity to check out the Urbane 2nd Edition, with a caveat: we couldn’t play with the software at all. With this warning out of the way, here’s our first look at the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
Design and functionality
While the Urbane 2nd Edition is the first Android Wear watch with cellular connectivity, LG has dabbled with the concept before, on the webOS-powered Watch Urbane LTE. There is where the Urbane 2nd Edition takes most of its design cues, and, in particular, the three buttons on the side.
The Urbane 2nd Edition is definitely more sportsy than the Watch Urbane, especially when you choose one of the rubber bands. There will be several bands options available, but you won’t be able to use a standard one, because the bands incorporate the antennas required for cellular connectivity.
The watch is thick compared to other wearables, but it doesn’t look too large and it’s quite comfortable even on my tiny wrists, thanks to the curved bands.
The color accents of the buttons match the band, which is a nice touch. The top button allows you to bring up your favorite contacts, the main one has the typical Android Wear functionality, while tapping the bottom button will open up LG’s Health up. The device can monitor your heart rate, workout intensity, and stress levels, though we suspect the latter two features are based on simple readings of the heart rate.
Hardware features and connectivity
The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition packs the best specs on any Android Wear smartwatch to date. These include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The display is 1.38 inches with a 480 x 480 pixels resolution, for an excellent 348ppi; for comparison, the next best display is on the Huawei Watch, at 400×400 pixels.
The battery is much larger than the norm as well. At 570 mAh, it’s almost double what you get on the Huawei Watch or the Tizen-powered Gear S2. Of course, the LTE/3G modem will consume a lot of that power, but LG claims the Urbane 2nd Edition should be good for a full day of use, or more.
You will be able to connect to the internet wirelessly from anywhere in the world. The LTE/3G device takes a nano-SIM and should work with many carriers. More details will be offered when the device launches in the US.
It appears that LG has announced the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition before Google has finalized the latest Android Wear version needed to enable the new features on the device. That’s likely the reason we weren’t allowed to shoot the software during our briefing. That said, an announcement from Google is probably imminent.
LG is really stepping it up with the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which joins a growing collection of beautiful Android Wear smartwatches of mostly circular design. We’ll need to wait for the Android Wear update and a test of the cellular support before offering our verdict, but signs are pretty encouraging.
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Now that the LG V10 is out, you can definitely expect a lot of coverage, including some comparisons. But there is one phone we just have to put the new handset against. We are obviously talking about the LG G4.
The LG V10 isn’t exactly the G4’s successor. These high-end smartphones are targeting different audiences and both serve their purposes. The real question here is: which is the right one for you? Let’s take a look at them and figure that out!
LG hasn’t strayed too far from its winning formula when it comes to the design. The LG G4 is a very well made smartphone, and such remains the case with the LG V10. Both include signature elements like the rear button layout and thin bezels in the front. There are some significant changes in the newer handset, however.
The LG V10 sports much more durable materials and a sturdier build quality. This gadget is made with a stainless steel frame and a plastic-based material LG calls DuraSkin (soft to the touch, yet very durable). It’s definitely a much stronger phone than the LG G4, as the V10 was certified with MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant shock protection.
The back also features a grid-like pattern that is unlike anything we have seen coming from LG in the past. It looks good. Probably not as elegant as leather, but it does give you the feeling that you are holding a resistant device.
And while we are on the topic of leather, that is something that truly differentiates the LG G4 – its distinctive leather covers. You can really make the LG G4 look unique, and it can even be customized on-the-go, as these back covers are replaceable.
Both devices feature removable back plates, giving you access to the battery and microSD card slot (both dying breeds in the mobile industry). And while the back buttons have made a return with the V10, the latest flagship also includes capacitive features and a fingerprint reader in the power button.
Changes from the LG G4 are noticeable up front as well, particularly towards the top. The V10 features a secondary display and a dual front-facing camera setup right above the main screen. These new elements do make the device longer, which is something you must also consider, as handling it will take some getting used to. On the other hand, the LG G4 was very comfortable to hold.
Oh, and let’s not forget them curves! The LG G4 had a curve (a la G Flex), which some argue make the phone fit better on your pocket, face and hand.
Both the LG G4 and the V10 feature nearly identical IPS LCD Quantum Displays with a QHD (2560×1440) resolution, so you won’t be missing much in this department. The only difference with these panels is that the G4’s measures 5.5 inches, while the V10 screen is 5.7 inches. This results in slightly different pixel densities (538 vs 513), but you likely won’t see a difference there.
By the way, LG’s screens may not be as vibrant or deep, but their offer color accuracy that is second to none.
The LG V10 does cause a stir by implementing a secondary screen, though, something you definitely won’t find in the G4. This 2.1-inch display has a 106×1040 resolution and retains a pixel count of 513 PPI (similar to the main screen). More about that in the software section.
Looking for performance? You will be disappointed by neither of these handsets. Both feature a Snapdragon 808 processor with an Adreno 418 GPU backing them up. The main difference is that the LG G4 has 3 GB of RAM, while the V10 offers extra power with 4 GB on board.
Regardless, both devices will be just as snappy and smooth, but the V10 may get a bit of a boost with better multi-tasking.
While the LG G4 comes with 32 GB of internal storage, the V10 doubles that with 64 GB. The good news is that both come with a microSD card slot.
The V10 also sports a fingerprint reader, which can be used to unlock the phone, use Android Pay and perform other biometric authentication processes compatible with Android. This is something you definitely won’t find in the G4.
The LG V10 also introduces 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology, which can automatically detect connected devices and provide sound control options. It’s also the first commercial device to adopt Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning solutions to improve voice quality and expand network coverage.
On the battery front we can find the same 3000 mAh battery in either gadget. This is no longer a special occurrence, but the lure about these phones is that the batteries are removable, which means you can carry multiple spares and swap at will.
The LG G4 has an amazing camera… one of the best in the industry. This means LG fans will be happy to hear the V10 retains the same technology on the main shooter. Both feature identical 16 MP sensors with an f/1.8 aperture lens, laser auto-focus and OIS (optical image stabilization).
These devices also offer the same level of deep manual control, which allows you to manipulate ISO, shutter speed, quality and more.
Now, let’s turn to the front, where there are more obvious differences. What’s up with those dual 5 MP front-facing cameras? The advantage is that these couple lenses allow for creating wider angle shots, which is definitely welcome.
It’s obvious that these phones will come with very similar software experiences. They were both released in 2015 and run Android 5.1.1, with LG’s G UI layered on top. The experience is a little bloated, but things are getting better, and there are plenty of awesome features to be enjoyed. Not to mention LG’s optimizations between hardware and software, which do make the phone rather snappy and smooth.
The main difference in the software experience definitely rests on that secondary screen the LG V10 rocks. When your main display is off, the ticker can showcase the weather, time, battery and date. Things get pretty handy once you turn your phone on, though. This little display can save your shortcuts and favorite apps. I also love the fact that it displays notifications while one uses other functions of the phone. This means you can say goodbye to interruptions while watching a video, gaming or doing anything else.
Which one wins?
It’s hard to tell you which phone is “the best”, simply because we all have different needs and preferences. If you want a straight answer – the LG V10 is definitely the most impressive, powerful and full-featured of the two. It has that secondary display, a better front-facing camera, more RAM memory, more internal storage, improved audio and a much, much stronger build (see our LG V10 drop test for more on that).
On the other hand, the LG G4 fits better in the hand, has a curved screen and a very elegant (and customizable) design. It will also likely be more affordable and still has all the awesome specs, stunning camera, removable battery and expandable storage support. The choice just depends on your needs and how much you value the extra things the LG V10 has to offer.
Let us know your thoughts!