If you own the LG G Watch R, you might have noticed that your watch faces seem to shift ever so slightly when in the dimmed “Always On” mode. Then when the face fully lights up, it goes back to center, especially with apps like Facer. You’re not alone in that a lot of people have noticed it. It appears to be by design as a way to prevent screen burn in. The only problem is that some faces look horrible as you can see in the image above. You want to utilize the “Always On” display so you can enjoy your watch face, but seeing white around the sides just ruins the experience. There is no way to turn this feature off (you wouldn’t want to), but there is something that you can do to compensate for it.
Even though the G Watch R is round, all the custom faces are still part of a square-shaped image file. Any custom face that you want to use on this device needs to have a black background, Now when the watch face shifts slightly, it won’t be as noticeable. The only exception would be if the watch face is primarily white and doesn’t have a border around it.
The problem lies in that if you find a watch face on facerepo (or some other sharing site) that you really like, it’s a little bit of a pain to fix. You need to extract the image from the .zip or .face file and do some Photo Shop magic by replacing the white part around the circle with black. The .zip files should be able to be opened via any archive software, but I was only able to open the .face files with 7-Zip. You can also change the .face extension files to .zip and it will then open with any archive software.
All the images for the watch face will be in the Images folder. You only need to concern yourself with the main face, which is usually the largest file in terms of bytes. Unfortunately it won’t have an extension, so some photo editing programs might not recognize it. You can certainly add .png (or jpg) to the file name and give it a shot, but I found that Paint Shop wasn’t able to open them. However, I found that GIMP (free open source) was able to with the changed extension or even without changing the extension. I don’t have Photo Shop or any other software so I can’t speak for them. Your mileage will vary.
Once you have a black background, you can save it as a .png file and replace the image in the Facer app (or similar app), and you should be good to go. Here’s what the image files look like before (left) and after (right)….
And here’s what the new black background version looks like on the G Watch R in the “Always On” dimmed mode with the same upward shift…..
It is a little bit of a pain to do, but if you really like a face, it’s not too much work. Alternatively, you can always ask the creator of the watch face to do it for you.
Note: A transparent background may also work, but there can’t be any odd colors at the edges of the watch face graphic. The example watch face in this post had some white spots at the top edge so it didn’t work. It’s actually much easier to replace the background with black than crop out a selection and copy it to a transparent background, in my opinion.
I hope this guide helped you, and if you notice any other tricks, please let me know in the comments and I will be sure to add it to the post.
Come comment on this article: Watch faces auto shift in ‘Always On’ mode on the LG G Watch R, here’s how to compensate for it
In the hunt for a new smartphone from Sprint? Regardless of whether you’re buying your first Android or upgrading for the fourth time there’s something for everyone. And, as you might suspect, Ma Bell has plenty to choose from. In fact, counting variations, there are roughly two dozen models to choose from today.
As the last of the big four carriers to adopt Android, Sprint is doing a bang-up job in supporting the platform. It seems we’re constantly hearing about an exclusive model or head start on the competition.
Today’s top Androids feature big, gorgeous displays, fantastic high-resolution cameras, and lots of memory. Toss in some quad-core and octa-core processors and some killer high capacity batteries and you’ve got mobile devices that would rival your computer from just a few years back.As 2014 draws to a close and we look at the hardware from late model Androids it’s not uncommon to find screens hovering at 5-inches or larger. Thanks to ever-shrinking bezels we have phones with massive displays that also happen to fit comfortably in our hand. And, they’re not only big, but they’re sharp, too. Resolutions across the the top models are 1080p and higher. For what it’s worth, we’re starting to get our first glimpses of 2K and Ultra HD screens. It can be argued that average users cannot discern much beyond 720p/1080p on such a small device.
If you’re not coming to the table with at least a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM then you’re not going to sit at the big boy’s table. Most of the bleeding edge stuff you’ll find today comes with 3GB memory and chipsets of around 2.3GHz – 2.7GHz.
Storage capacities, for the most part, haven’t moved forward quite as quickly as other areas. You’ll still routinely find 16GB and 32GB models in most models though some are creeping into the 64GB space. Given that many handsets offer external storage via microSD cards it should matter little where you start out – especially if cost is a factor.
Another important factor in determining a smartphone purchase is the version of Android. Typically, it’s a simple case of “the newer the phone, the newer the operating system”. Today’s most recent phones are powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat but anything running at least 4.4 should suffice for the average person. You will still find an occasional straggler, though, running something older.
Flagships & Exclusives
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Launched in October, this is Samsung’s annual plus-sized experience. Thanks to the release time-frame, these are typically a step-up from the Galaxy S series of smartphones. Standout specs include 32GB storage, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 3GB RAM, an S Pen stylus, and a 3220mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: The first device of its kind, Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone is the best of the Note series with some extra ticker-width screen on the side. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S5: Released in spring 2014, it’s the most popular series of Android models to date. Hardware includes a 5.1-inch display, 16-megapixel camera, 16GB storage, and a 2800mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
- LG G3: LG’s increasingly popular family of phones, this one is unique in that it features rear button configuration under the camera. Sprint | Best Buy
- Google Nexus 6: Motorola’s take on the annual Google flagship experience, the 6-inch handset runs the latest version of Android (5.0) and offers users plenty of battery and top-notch power. Sprint | Amazon
- HTC One M8: Perhaps the oldest model in this list, HTC’s flagship handset received very high marks for its build quality and toned-down custom UI. Often cheaper than others in the group, it’s still plenty of bang for the buck. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition: A beefed up audio experience with Clari-Fi technology and LiveStage enhancing your listening enjoyment. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport: A variation of the flagship with pre-installed apps based around the more active user. Dirt and water resistant, it comes in a pair of alternate colors. Sprint | Best Buy
While not always the case, the mid-range Android is typically made up of last year’s top models. This is not to suggest, however, that there’s not a one-off model or variation that sneaks in every once in a while. Specs, as you can imagine, are often a step below. Processors, cameras, and batteries are sometimes the key difference though many of them also feature a screen resolution of 720p or 1080p. What follows what could be considered some of Sprint middle-of-the-pack handsets.
- LG G2: One of LG’s breakout devices over the last few years, the smartphone was the first to employ the rear button setup. Killer hardware and a refined UI make this one hard to resist even a year later. Sprint | Best Buy
- LG G Flex: The first smartphone from LG to offer the curved display; six inch screen and a 3500mAh battery make it big and long-lasting. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One (M7): The flagship model that kicked off HTCs current signature look, the phone offers plenty of bang for not much buck. And, thanks to a promised Android 5.0 update, it’s a great bargain with longer term appeal. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One Max: The plus-sized approach to the 2013 flagship HTC handset line, it comes with a 5.9-inch screen and 32GB internal storage. Sprint | Best Buy
- Sharp AQUOS Crystal: With an edgeless 5-inch HD display and a quad-core CPU, the Sharp is quite a bit more power for the money than what you’ll find from other brands. The 1.5GB RAM and 2040mAh battery are par for the course in today’s mid-range. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S4: One of the most popular smartphones of all time, this one is offered in a variety of colors. Features include a 5-inch display, 16GB storage, and a quad-core CPU. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC One E8: What happens when you take the flagship One M8 and tap it with a polycarbonate body? You end up with a lower-cost version with very respectable internal hardware. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3: As the plus-sized Samsung flagship from 2013, its quad-core CPU and camera make it a moderately strong device one year later. Sprint | Best Buy
- HTC Desire 510:A low-cost approach with a pocketable 4.7-inch display, it delivers some of HTC’s best features. Bonus points for microSD expansion. Sprint | Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy S3: Still kicking around, it’s the perfect barrier for new smartphone adopters looking for an inexpensive taste of Android. Enough power for your aunt with a price she’ll love. Sprint | Best Buy
- Kyocera Hydro Vibe: The only Kyocera on the list, it’s a waterproof handset designed for the every man. Not top of the line hardware, no, but it’s the one you’ll happy to take poolside. Sprint | Best Buy
- LG G3 Vigor: The looks and feel of the flagship model, only in a slightly smaller form with less powerful hardware. The 5-inch screen is still a stunner and the 2540mAh battery is plenty of juice for just about anyone. Sprint | Best Buy
- Motorola Admiral: Perhaps one of the oldest devices still offered through Sprint, The Admiral is also the only one here with a physical keyboard. Fans of Push-to-talk will appreciate its simplicity, however high speed data fans will not appreciate being stuck with 3G. Sprint
With LG finally releasing the LG G Watch R and adding to the choices for a round faced Android Wear device, buyers will also get some more new technology from LG. For the display, LG used Plastic OLED, or POLED, a technology that the company sees as very important to the future development of electronic devices. LG recently added a new page on their web site explaining some of the benefits of the technology and dropping some hints about how they see it being used in the coming years.
The main change that LG shares about POLED is the material and the switch from the traditional glass OLED. The plastic material developed by LG is capable of withstanding high temperatures while maintaining chemical stability when being used as a display. Through the use of plastic, the display can achieve some level of flexibility and curving. The manufacturing process also results in the elimination of bubbles and foreign substances with the POLED’s layers.
POLED has some other benefits as well. Displays can be produced that have very thin bezels, they are much thinner than current OLED or LCD displays, and they are more stable over time due to the encapsulation of OLED elements in the plastic. Being made of plastic instead of glass, POLEDs are much less susceptible to breakage.
One of the benefits that may not be apparent for a while though has to do with the ability of the new material to bend, fold and otherwise be curved to different shapes. LG hints that we could see some devices on the market as soon as next year and for a few years thereafter that make use of POLEDs for things like smartwatches that curve around the entire wrist, foldable displays in smartphones, and maybe even a large display that can be rolled up into a tube. It is hard to tell whether LG’s roadmap for POLEDs represents some outside-of-the-box wishful thinking or the potential for actual products, but it should be exciting to see how they develop uses for the technology.
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Last month we showed you a Gameboy emulator that runs on Android Wear smartwatches, and today we have some more exciting news for classic game enthusiasts. A two minute clip from Youtube user “EpicLPer” shows an Android Wear smartwatch running a PlayStation emulator playing the game Croc. The emulator is called ePSXe, and seems to play pretty well on LG G Watch’s Snapdragon 400 processor.
It’s a pretty small screen to be playing a game that was meant for televisions, but it’s an incredibly portable way to play your favorite games if you’re feeling nostalgic. You can check out EpicLPer’s video past the break.
Source: Cult of Android
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Man do these guys move quick. Just a day after LG officially announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop for the LG G3 was coming next week, we already have a leak of the software for some of you lucky people to enjoy. The leaked build is specifically for the F400S variant of the LG G3, so it probably won’t be useful to all of you LG G3-toting folk, but for those who do, we can’t wait to see how it turns out for you. If you are interested in checking out, make sure to head over to the XDA forum page here where the original post was.
LG surprised us all yesterday with its announcement to start rolling out Android Lollipop this week, albeit start only in Poland, but it’s still likely to be the first Android device to be updated. Notably, this update comes before even Nexus and Motorola devices which have held the honour of first cab off the rank previously. Seems like it’s going to be a race to see who can update their devices next or before the Holiday season.
What do you think about Android 5.0 Lollipop for the LG G3 being released first out of all smartphones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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So much for Google’s Nexus phones being the first to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. LG has announced that it’s rolling out the sweetened software upgrade to G3 users in Poland this week, ahead of seemingly every other smartphone on the planet — yes, including the LG-made Nexus 4 and 5. As you might imagine given the timing, LG isn’t reinventing the interface. Most of the improvements are either straightforward or under the hood, such as the new notifications and the ability to unlock your phone with nearby devices (such as an Android Wear watch).
What about other regions and devices? Unfortunately, LG isn’t saying just yet. It’s promising more details soon, but the Polish update is likely a test run; the company wants to make sure there are no glitches before it commits to a worldwide release. Even so, the fast refresh is good news, whether or not you have a G3 — it hints that at least some Android manufacturers have been using the Developer Preview to accelerate an otherwise lengthy upgrade process.
Source: LG Newsroom
LG has announced that they have Android 5.0 Lollipop ready to start rolling out to their flagship device, the LG G3, and in so doing they claim they are the first company to get the upgrade out the door to owners of their devices. The first location slated to get the upgrade will be Poland, where owners of the device should see the update start to hit their devices some time this week. LG is vague on when other global markets will start to see the update, only mentioning the new operating system will hit “key markets in the near future.” LG also indicated the will announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices, which is good news for LG fans.
LG president and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park says “bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority” for the company. He also indicates the improvements that come with Lollipop will “bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better.” LG did not share details about what the upgrade includes, other than the standard language about Lollipop features, but we did see some leaked screenshots a few days ago showing some of the tweaks to the interface that LG made.
You can check out the press release below.
LG FIRST TO ROLL OUT ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP UPGRADE
Flagship G3 to be the First LG Smartphone to Receive Newest and Smartest Features of Lollipop OS
SEOUL, Nov. 9, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) this week will begin rolling out the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for G3 smartphones starting in Poland this week, to be followed by other key markets in the near future. LG, the first global smartphone manufacturer to offer the Lollipop upgrade in 2014, will subsequently announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices.
This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R. Lollipop also introduces Android Runtime (ART) software to improve performance.
“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”
Additional details related to LG devices will be announced in the near future as the Lollipop upgrade becomes available in local markets.
Come comment on this article: LG stakes claim as first to get Lollipop upgrade to the market
Having the latest version of Android running right out of the box is a beautiful thing. It cuts out having to deal with software updates early on. A new batch a devices from LG, currently going by H Series, will have Lollipop sweetness ready to go. The specifications for such devices are going to be on the low-end. The display resolution, revealed in a user agent profile, was listed as 1280×720.
The H Series from LG is expected to launch in the United States early next year. The only carrier at this time to be offering one of its devices is AT&T.
Via: My LG Phones
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Android 5.0 Lollipop has been officially announced since October 15th, and we have already seen plenty of devices sporting the newest version of Android. Some of those devices include the Galaxy S5, Moto X (2014), Xperia Z3, and the HTC One M8. The latest device to get its dosage of Lollipop is the LG G3.
The latest leak of the G3 running Lollipop is from a Vietnamese source and it is good to see how LG will incorporate their UI into the new update. You can see in the images that LG still uses the old navigation bar soft-keys. It could be that this is just an early build, or LG has decided against the new triangle, circle, and square buttons seen on the Nexus devices.
It is also worth noting that LG still has the same icons in the notification panel, such as the battery, Wi-Fi, mobile signal, etc. From there on out it is Lollipop through in through, such as the new drop down notification panel with its opacity and the multitasking menu.
Although there’s no expected date for the LG G3 update it could definitely receive it before the end of the year. The G3 is LG’s best selling phone and they definitely want to keep up with the competition. The leaked images of the device can be seen below.
Google. Motorola. These are names that we expected to be saying when we announced the first smartphone to be officially updated with Android Lollipop, but it appears LG has something to say about that. LG has today officially announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3 will roll out this week in Poland with other markets soon to follow, which could definitely make it the first smartphone to be updated to the new version of Android seeing as Google has been radio silent on updating the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, and Motorola has just pushed its soak test out. In their official announcement, LG detailed a few of the new features that the LG G3 will see after the update:
“This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R.”
This is pretty impressive form from LG, who says that it will announce a schedule for its other devices in the near future. Naturally though, the LG G3 was prime candidate to receive the update first, and it appears LG is keen to stress that they are the first manufacturer to offer an Android Lollipop update. We are impressed, LG; we are impressed.
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