We’ve known for a while now that LG is planning to unveil its upcoming flagship smartphone, the G4, simultaneously in New York, Seoul, London, Paris, Singapore, and Istanbul on April 29. However, up until now, any additional software optimizations that the manufacturer is planning to load onto the device have been a little shady.
If a report published earlier today by Business Korea is any indication, it looks like LG has developed its own Dual Mode Operating System for the G4, which appears to be tailored to two consumer groups — “experts” and “general” users.
The expert mode is set to have more advanced functions on board, not only in the camera application, but elsewhere too. Whereas general mode will be focused on simplicity, eliminating all functionality that would confuse those who are not familiar with a smartphone.
It all sounds good, but we hope LG can develop it without making the device a pain to use, much like Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface is.
Source: Business Korea
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LG has sent out invitations to events being held on April 28th and April 29th in New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul. The invite reads “See the great, feel the great,” with each “G” stylized as the logo of the LG G lineup. Likely, this will be the G4.
9to5Google explains that, earlier this month, a report claimed that LG willingly planned to delay the launch of this years flagship to April in order to avoid competition from Samsung and HTC. Additionally, LG released similar looking invites last year for events that became the launch for the G3. Together, these details suggest that the G4 indeed will be unveiled near the end of next month.
We will, of course, have more information on April 28th and April 29th. Be sure to check back in on those dates.
Demonstrating heretofore unheralded altruism and generosity in an era of digital spartanism, LG has announced that while supplies last, customers who purchase a new G3 phone will also receive an aptly-named VR for G3 virtual reality headset.
The VR for G3 is built on Google Cardboard technology, but because the South Korean giant clearly loves trees, it has opted to construct its own inexpensive Cardboard-based device out of plastic, a material that is decidedly not the eponymous cardboard.
In addition to the free VR headset, customers will receive an in-box QR code that unlocks free VR gaming content and also proves that QR codes are still a thing.
Consumers are also “encouraged” to enter to win a VR headset on its own without the mess of obtaining the smartphone that powers it, thus saving you pennies in expenses on the cardboard it takes to build your own.
Note that the VR for G3 is not called the “VR for All Smartphones;” it’ll only work with a G3.
The VR set is compatible with all Google Cardboard-related apps, which should make settling in with it pretty effortless for Cardboard devotees. And with the lauded Quad HD screen on the G3, users will be treated to a robust visual experience.
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According to an unnamed source from Korea, the upcoming LG G4 flagship will come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, rather than the expected Snapdragon 810. The source also claims that Qualcomm won’t be able to fix the overheating issues that have plagued the chip’s reputation until the second half of this year.
As well as local sources, a recent GFXBench listing for an LG G4 (F500x) also points to a Snapdragon 808 processing package. The database also lists a 5.5-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.1 on board.
In case you missed the announcement, the 20nm Snapdragon 808 is a hexa-core SoC. It features four low power Cortex-A53 CPU cores pair up with a dual-core high performance Cortex-A57 configuration. The GPU is an Adreno 418 and the memory configuration is paired back to 933MHz dual-channel LPDDR3 rather than LPDDR4 found in the 810.
Apparently, this all comes back to the Snapdragon 810 overheating issue, but there is mixed evidence as to whether this is actually a major problem or not.
After a period of denial, LG eventually conceded that an initial batch of chips had suffered from some problems, but that the issue would not affect the G Flex 2 or G4. While the G Flex 2’s UI may be a little sluggish in places, we didn’t have the same complains about the new HTC One M9, suggesting that LG’s performance problems may have more to do with software than hardware. Some sources state that Qualcomm fixed the issue for production commencing Q1 2015, while others say the fix won’t be applied until Q2.
Above: HTC apparently patched some One M9 overheating issues with an update.
It’s tough to know exactly what to make of the Snapdragon 810’s apparent issues, but LG dropping back to an 808, having earlier used the 810, would be a damning concession. The other possibility is that LG is reserving the Snapdragon 810, or waiting for fixed chips, until it launches its even more high-end device later this year, although that theory may leave the G4 disadvantaged against the competition.
As for performance, six cores, two high-performance and four energy-efficient, would be more than good enough for most tasks, providing that the OS is kept lean, but the loss of two cores would definitely be felt in heavy multi-tasking scenarios. The switch to a mid-range Adreno 418 GPU would result in inferior graphics performance compared with many last generation Snapdragon 805 handsets, which pack an Adreno 420 GPU. This could be particularly concerning for gamers, if the LG G4 retains a QHD display resolution.
Although this rumor may sound negative, switching to a cooler, more energy efficient chip has benefits for battery and product life-spans. If it side-steps rumored throttling issues with the 810, the performance gap may not even be that pronounced either. Of course, this would leave Samsung’s Galaxy S6 in a secure position as the performance leader.
Qualcomm declined to comment on the issue and LG stated that its release plan is subject to the development of Qualcomm chips, which doesn’t tell us very much. With the LG G4 launch date right around the corner, we’ll know soon enough if this latest rumor comes to pass.
The Snapdragon 810 chipset has been plagued by overheating issues as we all know. While LG denied these reports after using the chip on the G Flex 2 handset, HTC’s One M9 was seen to be getting overheating warnings while on demonstration during the MWC event, so this is a known issue.
A new report suggests that the Korean manufacturer has finally decided to ditch the controversial silicon in favor of the Snapdragon 808 SoC. Benchmark results have shown the LG G4 to be running the Snapdragon 808, so this is not the first time we’re coming across such a report.
LG has already sent out invites for its April 28 unveiling of the LG G4, so it makes sense that the company has taken this decision now. It was said that Qualcomm will have a fixed version of the Snapdragon 810 SoC by mid-Q2 2015, which is close to May. Clearly, this wouldn’t go well with LG’s plans as it plans to unveil the G4 by late April and possibly have the device in shelves by May.
The Snapdragon 808 uses a hexa-core (6) CPU architecture and is powered by the Adreno 418 GPU. It uses a mixture of ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores, so the performance will not be hindered compared to the Snapdragon 810.
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LG is scheduled to drop something big on April 28th. And if the “G’s” in the save the date invites (above) it sent out to the press is any indication, we can most likely expect its next G-series flagship phone. Besides, several Korean publications already revealed that LG will launch the G4 by the end of April. Some of those publications also claimed that the phone will have a 5-inch curved Quad HD display, but there’s probably no use speculating if that’s true or not when we’re this near to seeing the real thing. The South Korean company will hold an event in New York and other locations around the globe (New York, London, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul), and we’ll be there to cover it, so stay tuned!
With the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 official and on their way to the market in the near future, many folks are already turning their attention to what’s next — the LG G4. Up until now, LG hadn’t officially cemented a date for its big unveil, but now invites are going out for a special event on April 28th in New York, London, Paris, and on April 29th in Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul.
The invite shows off what appears to be a notebook and bears the tagline: See the Great. Feel the Great.
The invite shows off what appears to be a notebook and bears the tagline “See the Great. Feel the Great”, with a “G” in the same font as LG’s G series logo. So what’s the tagline hinting at? It seems pretty likely they are planning some kind of visual change. One might think that the notebook might be hinting at some kind of faux leather, though it’s just as possible it could symbolize the company opening up a “new chapter”, whether that’s a metallic design, or the rumor of a more premium G4 “Note” device. Honestly, it could mean just about anything.
Turning to the rumor mill, while some rumors suggest LG will go with a premium metallic build, at least one rumor suggests LG will stick with plastic, saving metal for its rumored LG “G4 Note”. It’s still unclear if the “more upscale” flagship will debut next month alongside the G4, though LG has hinted that such a device is really in the works. Another possibility is that LG’s tagline could be referencing a switch to a curved design (as rumored by Korea Times), which would certainly make it feel and look differently than the G4’s predecessor.
Regardless of whatever LG brings to the table, we’ll be here to bring you all the latest news as it happens next month. What would you like to see from LG? Excited about the possibility of an even higher-end LG handset, possibly as direct competitor to the Galaxy Note series?
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LG has announced they’ll be holding a press event on April 28th, and unless they’re planning on shocking us with something that’s flown completely under the radar, we’ll probably see the G4 that day.
LG is holding events in New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Istanbul, and Singapore, so they’d be going through a lot of unnecessary trouble to announce something that wasn’t a major phone for 2015. The press event shows what looks like leather stitching on what might be a book or notepad, so the G4 Note may make an appearance, but rest assured that whatever is shown off, it’s going to be big.
We’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the end of April.
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Verizon is now pushing out the much-anticipated, eagerly-awaited Lollipop update to all carrier-branded models of the LG G2 located in the United States. This 1.3GB upgrade carries Software Version: VS98039A and transports the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations to the handset.
All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this update, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.
To start the upgrade, 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’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.
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