While LG is still struggling to properly rollout Android 6.0 for its current flagship, the G4, the South Korean company is already planning to bring Marshmallow’s sweetness to the G3 by mid December.
According to a report published on a Polish website, the update is already in the last stage of testing and it is likely to be available to LG G3 users in Poland between 16th and 18th December. The report cited a tweet by Polish LG executive Jaroslaw Bukowski, who confirmed that the update was being prepared.
If you remember, LG had to halt Android M update for the G4 in Poland last month after running in to some technical issues. Earlier, the company had incessantly bragged about being the first non-nexus company to bring Android 6.0 update to its devices. The G4 is receiving Marshmallow in South Korea, but there is still no word as to when the update become available globally.
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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.
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.
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?
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?
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
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?
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!
The LG G3 turned many heads when it released last year given the QHD screen it shipped with. The device got a lot of things right, and was selected as an Editor’s Choice when we reviewed it in June of last year. Joshua gave it a 9.0 and praised the design, display, handling, specs, laser focus system, and even the UI for it’s – then – new features. LG also made news when it became the first third party OEM to update their device to Lollipop, and in lickity-split time no less!
Thanks to an New Jersey based seller on eBay, an unlocked 32GB T-Mobile variant (D851) can be yours for just $239.99 while supplies last. The device is sold unlocked, thus no contract is needed.
The auction specifies the following main details:
The LG G3 features laser auto-focus for the best pictures, 32GB of internal memory. It is unlocked for worldwide use on GSM networks.
- Phone, Wall Charger, USB cable
- New, original box (seal broken for unlocking)
- Unlocked T-Mobile
- T-Mobile branded
Product Features / Specs:
- 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G: HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100; 4G: LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 7(2600), 17(700)
- Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)
- Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
- 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
- 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
- 5.5 inch screen
Economy shipping appears to be offered free of charge, with Fed-Ex options available for incremental rates. Please check the auction for details and/or inquire with the seller directly to avoid any possible purchase problems in advance.
Please note that only the Black color variant is being sold, and there are limited quantities available.
Those in need of a refresher can watch our full review of the G3 here:
For the auction itself, please click the link below:
Wondering if your phone will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Be sure you are not alone, we’re all desperately waiting for that notification. Android fans are quick to jump on Google whenever they learn a new major update has become available from Google, and the lack of information can be rather frustrating. T-Mobile subscribers won’t have to look through multiple news sites and forums, though. Magenta is being awesome and revealing its entire upgrade plans for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
T-Mobile’s dedicated Android 6.0 upgrade page is pretty straight forward. It shows a list of devices that will eventually get the new software. Devices are then labeled into 3 categories: Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing and Completed. These pretty much describe the stage at which each phone can be found.
The list of devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes the following:
- HTC One M8
- HTC One M9
- LG G3
- LG G4
- LG G Stylo
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 7
- Nexus 9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
As you can expect, very few of these devices are on the Completed stage at the time of this post’s publishing. Most of these are still under Manufacturer Development, essentially leaving Nexus devices alone in other categories. Most Nexi are under Completed, by the way; only the Nexus 6 is still undergoing network testing.
What a handy tool this is! T-Mobile users can just click on the button below to head over to the carrier’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow update page. Details will continue to be updated as the roll-out advances. Don’t we wish all manufacturers did this?!
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.
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.
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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.
What do you think about the Android Marshmallow update for the LG G3 and LG G4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Getting ready to go back to school? You probably need a new cellphone to stay connected and ease your way to success. Remember, smartphones are not always a distraction; these advanced little gadgets are also great research tools and knowledge machines. And if you don’t want to break the bank for a new handset, checking out the back to school deals on eBay would be the best idea. All these discounted phones cost under $299 off-contract.
Not bad at all, right?! I know I would recommend some of these to my friends, so let’s take a look at some of our favorite deals.
- Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra only $99.99
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 only $249.99
- Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 only $234.77
- Amazon Fire Phone only $139.99
- Verizon LG G3 for $219.95
- HTC Desire 816 only $149.99
- Verizon Moto X (XT1060) only $119.77
There’s plenty of other deals in eBay’s back to school page, but these just happen to be the ones that stood out to us. You can also look around the site to find other good deals. We really just wanted to pass on the good news and make sure you are in the loop.
Are any of you buying one of these handsets? Hit the comments and let us know!
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Verizon LG G3 earlier in the year was apparently plagued with technical issues and bugs, but a new update has just been release that should fix at least some of these problems.
The update is labelled version VS98524B, or simply 24B. The changelog states that the update introduces a few new features, including a Bluetooth button to the in-call screen. The Lollipop Interrupt feature from has also been implemented and notifications can now be set to completely off, Priority mode for messages and events, or all be allowed to sound. This option can be found under the Quick Settings menu.
Finally, Advanced Calling settings have been implemented, which allows for HD Voice and Video Calling. LTE Video Calling will also be automatically disabled if the customer isn’t subscribed to the service.
The original Lollipop update for the Verizon LG G3 caused some users to experience excessive battery drain, Wi-Fi stability issues and even random reboots. Oddly, there isn’t a list of any bug fixes included with the changelog, so it’s not clear exactly which of the issues have been addressed. The update unfortunately doesn’t bring the G3 up to the latest version of Android 5.1 Lollipop either.
The update should be rolling out to customers as we speak and will be making its way to handsets throughout the week. Keep an eye out for that OTA notification or check out www.vzw.com/lgg3update for instructions on how to download the update manually.
When the Android 5.0 Lollipop update came to Verizon’s variant of the LG G3 in late March it brought an enhanced experience with a plethora of new features and Material Design. Along with that came a lot of problems such as bugs, frequent battery drain and a loss in performance. Ever since then, Verizon’s G3 owners have been posting away in the carrier’s forums pleading for an update to fix these bugs. Now it’s July, and Verizon has finally pushed out an update to help resolve these issues and add some new useful tools.
As with almost all software updates, patience is required here. You can check for the update but that really won’t force it upon the device. In any case, look for update version VS98524B or “24B” to appear in the coming days.
The software update brings changes to Bluetooth, interruptions, and advanced calling tweaks in addition to major bug and performance issues.
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LG sure knows how to make a promo video – after sending their last flagship, the LG G3 into an active volcano to help advertise the camera and its laser focus, LG has tried to one-up themselves this year by strapping their new LG G4 to a drone and taking video while airborne. The effect is… well, check out the results for yourself:
Drones are all the rage right now, so it’s a smart move on LG’s behalf to make use of that burgeoning market space as a marketing canvas. As for the LG G4’s camera, there’s definitely beauty to what was captured, but we can’t exactly say that it’s all down to the camera. LG intended for this video to advertise its new optical image stabilization, and for the most part, it actually does a pretty amazing job, but it’s clear that the juddering of the drone was sufficient to overcome this feature at times. Still, it’s a cool ad, and we wish some of the other manufacturers were a bit creative like this sometimes with advertising relatively real-life scenarios – because we all own drones, right?
What do you think about LG’s latest LG G4 promo video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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