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1
Dec

Cyber Monday: FreedomPop loses mind, sells LG G2 for $80.99, G3 for $224.99 today only


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The folks at FreedomPop have gone completely bonkers and are selling US residents some very nice pre-owned LG devices for ludicrous prices. But you have to act today if you want to get your hands on one!

The LG G2 is currently going for $80.99, and it’s no slouch of a device. With a retail value of $499.99, you’re getting about 84% off on a device that rocked the market when it premiered in 2013. Upon release, the LG G2’s 5.2 inch screen was competitive with the Galaxy S4. With an elegant, minimalist design and enough hardware under the hood to stay current with today’s apps, this smartphone really is hard to beat. 2GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor are still pretty nice specs, and compared to what else you can buy for this price range… there’s just no comparison.


intel-logoSee also: FreedomPop to launch its first phone in 2016, thanks to funding from Intel5

The deal on the LG G3 isn’t quite as extravagant, but it’s still going off the rails on the crazy train. The model FreedomPop is selling is the Gold edition, which usually retails for $599.99. If you act today, you can get it for $224.99, a massive slice off the regular price tag. In the summer of 2014, we called the LG G3 the best phone LG had ever made. It sports a gorgeous 5.5-inch display, an impressive battery life, and hardware specs updated from the G2 model.

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Since these devices come with FreedomPop, an upstart service provider that leans on wifi usage and rides on Sprint’s 4G network when none is available, you get 100% free talk, text, and data for a year when you purchase one of these phones. They’re also shipping it to you for free, and you can cancel any time. No contracts with these guys.

To jump on this sale, click this button to hop over to the offer’s promotional site!

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27
Oct

Can LG’s V10 help it get back on the right track?


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Don’t look now but LG is possibly in the midst of its own project valley, but this one is of an entirely different nature. Korea’s “other” big OEM broke away from its oft-dismissed Optimus product line back in 2014 when it introduced the LG Optimus G, and made major movements the next year with the LG G2 follow-up. Unfortunately, despite offering some top-notch kit in 2014’s G3, things started getting a bit stale. By the time 2015’s G4 hit, it was ironically the distinct lack of change that garnished the most positive attention.

To say that LG has hit a proverbial wall in its pursuit of profits is quite apropos given the company’s latest quarterly performance report. This is precisely why the revelation of the company’s newest offerings, the LG V10 and the LG Urbane 2, are so critical for the company’s future.

The Rise from “Obscurity”

While LG was never an unknown player in the early days of the smartphone game, it wasn’t exactly a dominant one. The company had some impressive devices, such as the Optimus 3D or Optimus 2X, however in light of the overbearing OEM skin and Samsung’s near-total reign over Android – not to mention HTC’s relevance at the time – many of LG’s better phones were ignored.

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Things changed when the Optimus G was released. The device had some killer specs, a new design, and it was chosen by Google to be the base on which the Nexus 4 was created. When 2013 hit and the G2 released, LG was turning major heads, in no small part due to its use of rear placed buttons, something that was met with much discussion. Still, it had an all-new design and to this day is still beloved by many an LG fan.

Ain’t nothing but a G-thang

When the G3 hit last year, many were skeptical it could surpass the high heights of its predecessor. While there was technically a QHD smartphone released in China already, the G3 would be the world-at-large’s first introduction to such pixel progress. Also touted was a laser focusing camera. Unfortunately despite the solid spec set, LG seemingly put off more than a few buyers due to a concerning number of software issues present. Add an extremely dim display – even when set to maximum brightness – and it’s easy to understand why many felt it to be an inferior product. At least LG updated it to Lollipop in lickety-split fashion.

2015’s major flagship, the G4, was seemingly put out to pasture before it was even announced, thanks to a comment LG insists was mistranslated: A spokesperson had indicated there would be a device coming later in the year that would be positioned above the G-brand. We devoted some time imagining what such an impossible product would be. While the G4 did improve upon some elements from last year’s offering (a brighter display, more camera options, a better optimized skin) arguably the only real reason it got so much attention was for the company’s inclusion of microSD support and a removable battery.

The LG G4 was seemingly beloved by many simply for being too similar to its predecessor: microSD and a removable battery.

Indeed the real “claim to fame” that the G4 has is simply that it didn’t do anything different. Rather than use a metal frame or a glass back like Samsung, LG opted to once again make liberal use of plastic — though a leather back was also an option. The Galaxy S6 haters were suddenly smitten with this “devotion to customers”, though it was inevitably more the conglomerate being unprepared for Samsung to have put out such premium products. Indeed the device has sold quite poorly and LG’s 2015 finances have suffered as a result.

Fast forward to this past week and that “mistranslation” suddenly seems like it was actually correctly reported all along. The V10 was announced and is being positioned…above the G-series. The device, which is expected to “cost as much as an iPhone 6 Plus” is:

A whole new world

Regardless of one’s personal opinion on the V10’s ticker, the phone itself represents LG thinking outside the box and trying to add extra functionality to what has become a very mundane form factor. Samsung tried this last year with the Galaxy Note Edge, though the waterfall-type slope wasn’t to everyone’s liking. Still, even without the ticker the V10 offers up something else that LG had previously been unwilling to do: redesign its products.

Truth be told, the G3 and G4 looked remarkable similar to each other, though with some subtle differences of course. Both had the same curved back design. This in-and-of-itself is not so bad, but the fact that LG used it on seemingly every product it produced made the whole thing less original.

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With this new premium product, the design is just off-the-charts. The back itself is made of a very elegant silicon material, and instead of being a “mold” that fits over the rear, looks almost like it’s a sheet that has been wrapped over the top and bottom parts of the device. Even the pattern on the back offers a very different take on the whole “boring plastic” design, even if it isn’t made of genuine leather as with some G4 rear panels.

Adding to the design differences is the fact that the phone is substantially solid. Just take a look for yourself:

Whereas LG was preoccupied with the rear panel in the past (see the G Flex and G Flex 2), all the hyped self-healing in the world wouldn’t be of use for a nasty fall. Here the company has made structural engineering changes to ensure that the device can withstand impact in a way that makes seemingly all other phones buckle at their proverbial knees.

Is it worth it?

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LG has indicated its new flagship will cost as much as the iPhone 6S Plus. The 16GB configuration of said device starts at $749 before tax. Indeed V10 models on eBay as of this moment are priced well over $1000 from Korean sellers eager to take advantage of their country’s early release, despite the actual retail price of 799,700 won (roughly $690).

Now that the phone has started to land in the US, it turns out pricing in the states will be around $600. That means it will definitely occupy a premium segment of the market. In fact, it is also more expensive than the company’s own G4, which has been significantly discounted since it first launched, possibly as a result of the reportedly bad sales performance. Both AT&T and T-Mobile will be carrying it, though it may also be offered unlocked eventually.

The question becomes just how important the improved durability, secondary ticker, fingerprint sensor, and overall redesign are to each potential consumer. Spec-wise, the phone is really more of a G4 rehash than it is anything truly new, though given what’s inside, that is hardly anything to scoff at. That said, we are just months away from the Snapdragon 820’s release, and with it promises of some major advancements.

Some critics have been quick to point out that last year’s Galaxy Note Edge had two displays fused together and thus legitimately made use of a new form factor. The argument continues that LG simply took one 5.9-inch one and cut off some to make room for the cameras. This isn’t rocket science here, it’s just arts and crafts.

LG took a 5.9-inch screen a cut off part to make room for the cameras. This isn’t rocket science here, it’s arts & crafts.

Purely a pipe-dream?

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Behold: the entire benefit of LG’s 2015 line-up according to a segment of Samsung-sour.

While the internet may be excited about the LG V10, unfortunately that doesn’t necessarily mean customers will be; after all it’s one thing to talk-the-talk, but it’s quite another to walk-the-walk. Much as how angry Samsung fans claimed to be running to the G4 earlier this year, the sales of the device – or lack thereof – have hurt LG’s profits. A recent report from Korea indicates that the V10 isn’t faring well there at all despite its brand new status.

Gven how few people apparently purchased the G4, could this device be DOA? Considering the starting price is quite high and the specs aren’t burning through the roof, there is a very real possibility that the mainstream consumer will avoid the V10. For those who don’t care about a removable battery or microSD support, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ still provide a very potent pair of rivals.

For what it’s worth, the fact that the Galaxy Note Edge didn’t sell very well could be taken as an indicator that only the most die-hard of phone-heads are interested in the potential of a dedicated separate screen.

A different design

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Question: Does this look more attractive than the glass back of the Galaxy S6 family?

While the V10 certainly has a new-fangled, luxurious design, will the mainstream consumer feel it to be worth the expenditure over the Galaxy offerings? Or even the G4 itself? Those in the market for a different design may be inclined to go for the G Flex 2 which, ironically enough, sports a faster SoC than either the G4 or the V10 despite being released significantly earlier.

It would not be unthinkable to picture a customer at a store confronted with a choice between the Galaxy Note 5 and the V10, and come out thinking the former is the better buy. It has the S-Pen, it has an AMOLED screen, it has the glass back…even if the customer doesn’t understand any of these terms, their own sense of judgement is the best litmus test: is LG just right or has the decision to use a “lesser” back still hurt its visual voice in the face of competition?

Wrap-up

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Regardless of one’s personal thoughts on the V10, it seems quite clear that the internet has widely accepted it with open arms, and the vast majority of opinions have been quite positive. LG may very well be on the verge of its next big thing. At the same time, in this game success is ultimately measured by sales and profits, not by the number of “likes” a device may get on the internet.

LG has certainly proven that it has the ability to think outside the box once again here, but the ultimate question is just how many consumers will purchase the V10 in a very crowded, price-sensitive market? Especially among the tech-savvy, the promises of the Snapdragon 820 as well as whatever offerings next year brings with it means that dropping a cache of cash this last in 2015 may ultimately be money spent prematurely. Only time will tell, though; even if the Lost Odyssey is re-discovered, it may be as easily overlooked as another was.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Drop us a comment below!

5
Oct

Could the LG G2 get Android 6.0?


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An interesting piece of information showed up yesterday, indicating that it won’t be long before the LG G3 and G4 get the upgrade to Android 6.0. And according to recently leaked benchmarks, the LG G2 could be seeing Android Marshmallow very soon as well.

The phone was caught on Geekbench running Android 6.0. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising if the device received the update. After all, with the Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM, the handset can more than handle the latest Android has to offer.

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LG hasn’t made any official statements regarding their devices getting Android 6.0, so it wouldn’t be wise to get your hopes up just yet. Either way, the LG G2, G3, and G4 can most definitely handle the Android Marshmallow, so it’d be quite a disappointment if LG were to shy away from offering it on the G2 and G3.

source: napidroid.hu
via: Phone Arena

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5
Jul

Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 allegedly coming in the next few months






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The LG G2 is by now a 2 year old flagship that most people have forgotten about. Fortunately those who do still remember – most probably owners of the device – Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 is allegedly going to be released for the device in the coming months. This marks about a 6 month gap between Android 5.0 and Android 5.1.1 being released on the device, and is great news for existing and prospective LG owners who are wondering whether the Korean manufacturer is going to keep supporting their aging devices.

Unfortunately for LG G3 owners, there’s still no news of their update to Android 5.1.1, with the only news being rumours that it won’t be getting Android 5.1.1 in favour of Android M. This actually marks the second update to the LG G2 that the LG G3 hasn’t received with the first being Android 5.0.2 and now Android 5.1.1 – as an owner of the LG G3, that really grinds my gears. But really, this should be a celebration for LG G2 owners whose device is getting a much needed breath of fresh air in a smartphone market that waits for nobody. Based on the rumour, the update is going to be rolled out in the next two months – but remember that carrier variants will take some time after that to “appropriate” the update for your device.


What do you think about Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 being released in the near future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: AndroidPit via Phone Arena

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4
Jul

LG G2 to reportedly receive an update to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop


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It seems that LG isn’t done with the LG G2 quite yet, as the device, according to a report from AndroidPit, will receive an update to Android 5.1.1.  According to the LG software development employee that confirmed the claim, the update is already in the making and will soon be released to the LG G2. The update will not only bring firmware upgrades, but will also include LG’s custome Android user interface, LG UX 4.0. This means that the LG G2 will also have new software features similar to the ones found in the flagship LG G4.

The source claims that the update won’t be released for another 2 months. In addition, if you live in the US, the update might come even later due to US carriers’ time-consuming approval process.

Source: AndroidPit

Via: Panandroid

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4
Jul

Report: LG G2 to receive Android Lollipop 5.1.1 in the next two months


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For reasons beyond our control, and at times in defiance of logic, flagships of the past are often doomed to live out their days with antiquated OS builds. Tech-savvy consumers have become progressively more upset as time has passed, and indeed several OEMs are now (mostly) listening. LG has been one of the most receptive, and users of its 2013 flagship, the G2, were no doubt thrilled when Lollipop arrived on their device’s digital doors. Now it seems, it’s time to move up, as a new report alleges the G2 will be receiving Android 5.1.1 in the near future.

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The source of the story claims that an unnamed insider working inside LG’s software development division has supplied this information, along with an expected roll-out within the next couple of months. Along with the new version number, the update is also said to bring with it a new user interface along with some other features seen in the G4.

We will update this story in the event any new information is leaked within the next few weeks. Judging by the lead-up to Lollipop on the G3, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a video leak on YouTube, or some additional specifics. Please keep in mind that even if the unlocked G2 receives the update, there is no telling when – or if – your carrier will make the update happen, so please take this report with not only a pinch of salt, but also a dose of reality. Now if only another Korean company could decide what to do with its’ former flagship…

 

4
Jul

Report: LG G2 to receive Android Lollipop 5.1.1 in the next two months


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For reasons beyond our control, and at times in defiance of logic, flagships of the past are often doomed to live out their days with antiquated OS builds. Tech-savvy consumers have become progressively more upset as time has passed, and indeed several OEMs are now (mostly) listening. LG has been one of the most receptive, and users of its 2013 flagship, the G2, were no doubt thrilled when Lollipop arrived on their device’s digital doors. Now it seems, it’s time to move up, as a new report alleges the G2 will be receiving Android 5.1.1 in the near future.

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The source of the story claims that an unnamed insider working inside LG’s software development division has supplied this information, along with an expected roll-out within the next couple of months. Along with the new version number, the update is also said to bring with it a new user interface along with some other features seen in the G4.

We will update this story in the event any new information is leaked within the next few weeks. Judging by the lead-up to Lollipop on the G3, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a video leak on YouTube, or some additional specifics. Please keep in mind that even if the unlocked G2 receives the update, there is no telling when – or if – your carrier will make the update happen, so please take this report with not only a pinch of salt, but also a dose of reality. Now if only another Korean company could decide what to do with its’ former flagship…

 

28
Apr

Sprint’s LG G2 is receiving its Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update, Changelog below


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LG might be on the verge of announcing its latest flagship smartphone, the G4, in just a couple of hours, but that doesn’t mean that the G2 has been abandoned. Indeed, the venerable G2 has seen some carrier versions updated to Android 5.0 in recent times, and now it is the turn of Sprint’s G2 variant to receive some Lollipop goodness via OTA. We have the changelog below.

If you haven’t received the notification prompting you to update your G2, don’t panic. Go into Settings, General, About Phone and tap the Update Center to see if the update is ready for your handset. If the update is still not available, don’t worry, Sprint has said that it will be rolled out over a period of days.

If the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is available, just follow the onscreen instructions. Besides the usual lollipop goodness, the update will also update the FM Radio software on your device.

Find and update the software version on your LG G2

Source: Sprint

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27
Apr

Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to the Sprint LG G2


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We’ve already seen the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out to the LG G2 on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, and now it’s finally Sprint’s turn. The update, which is labeled software version ZVG, will bring Lollipop to your G2 starting today.

Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring along with it a number of changes, both aesthetic and under the hood. Your G2 will get a taste of Google’s Material Design enhancements, complete with more fluid animations, a redesigned notification panel and new Lollipop-style softkeys. You’ll also get to take advantage of the convenient Smart Lock security feature, actionable lock screen notifications and a new priority notifications mode. On the Sprint side, the update will also bring changes to your device’s FM Radio software.

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As per usual, the update is rolling out in stages, so there’s a chance you may not see it for a few days. If you’d like, you can check for the update manually by heading to Settings>Software updates>Update LG software>Check now. Once you get the update, be sure to let us know how you like the new features!



15
Apr

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to the AT&T LG G2






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LG seems to be doing their best to keep their current, and past, devices updated. Especially on AT&T. The Now Network has pushed out the Lollipop update for the LG G3, while not everyone has it yet, it is out there. Today they are beginning the update process for the flagships predecessor, the LG G2. The update officially comes in with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and weighs in at 725MB’s Making it one of the smaller Lollipop updates I have personally seen so far.


You will get all the awesomeness that is Lollipop like the lock screen notifications, bolder colors and fluid animations. It will also remove the browser bar and Famigo along with the AT&T Code Scanner and Beats Music. Current stock LG G2 owners will need to make sure they have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill for the file to download and the update to complete. To check for it you will want to head to All Settings > General > About phone > Software update > Update now.

Source: AT&T

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