The LG G Flex 2 is close at hand, with the second-gen flexible phone's recent arrival in Asia, and a U.S. launch slated for early March. We've got the phone in our hands, and we're in the process of preparing our full review.
In the meantime, we've put together a quick video walkthrough reflecting our first few days with the G Flex 2, and you'll find it embedded down below...
What do we want to see from Samsung's next big thing?
The launch of a new Samsung flagship is one of the big events in the Android calendar, accompanied by an unprecedented quantity of speculation, rumors and even the occasional leak. Though Samsung's position in the smartphone market isn't quite as dominant as it was 12 months ago, the Korean giant remains a force to be reckoned with. And its products are still the lens through which a huge number of consumers experience Android.
Last year saw Samsung release the plastic, waterproof Galaxy S5, before changing course and going metal in later months with the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4. So with that in mind, it's time to consider what we want from the next Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S6, expected to launch ahead of Mobile World Congress on March 1.
Samsung continued its online teaser campaign for "The Next Galaxy" earlier today with a Twitter post and video that seems to have a shapes and materials theme. This campaign is being launched ahead of the company's expected announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in just a couple of weeks at MWC 2015.
Sprint announced yesterday that it would start carrying LG's G Flex 2 from March 13, with pre-orders for the handset now live. The carrier rolled out a commercial highlighting key features of the device, such as the flexible display, Snapdragon 810 CPU, Glance View, fast-charging battery and more.
HTC UK confirmed via Twitter earlier this month that a new HTC One, which should be called the HTC One M9, will be unveiled on March 1. HTC US is getting in on the teaser action by stating that "something HUGE" is coming from the Taiwanese vendor.
The Oppo R5 — one of the thinnest smartphones available today — will be available in a limited edition golden-trim in India from February 20 for Rs. 29,990 ($482). The standard variant of the device has been on sale in India for some time now, and joins the likes of Gionee's Elife S5.1 and Vivo X5 Max in the country.
Asus announced the next-generation Zenfone 2 — one of the first devices to boast 4GB RAM — at CES earlier this year, and now the device is up for pre-order in Chinese retailer Alibaba's marketplace AliExpress. There are two variants of the device available for choosing: a version with 2GB RAM that is priced at $299, and the 4GB model, which is on pre-order for $439.
It looks like Motorola's Droid Turbo is headed to India, if a recent tweet by e-retailer Flipkart is any indication. The image in question makes a reference to the "ballistic nylon" back finish that is exclusive to the Droid Turbo. The device will be marketed as Moto Maxx in the country.
Back in 2013, LG introduced KnockOn, the ability to double-tap on the G2's screen to unlock it. The next year, the company followed up with KnockCode, a more secure version which allowed owners of the LG G Pro 2, G3 and others to secure their devices using a pattern of taps.
This year, starting with the LG G Flex 2, the Korean company's trying something a bit different. "Glance" is a feature of the G Flex 2 that gives you a small preview of what's going on on your device, without having to turn it on.
Motorola President Rick Osterloh disagrees with Apple designer Jony Ive's criticism of the Moto Maker phone customization program. In a recent profile of Ive, the designer sharply criticized an unnamed competitor that allowed customers to "make it whatever you want," saying that that "I believe that's abdicating your responsibility as a designer." Osterloh wasn't about to take that sitting down.
We're hard at work putting together our full review of the LG G Flex 2, LG's second-generation curved, flexible phone boasting Qualcomm's latest 64-bit processor. That means we've got the device in-hand, and we're ready to answer any burning questions over on the Android Central LG G Flex 2 forums.
It looks like Samsung managed to find a footing in the entry-level segment once again with the Tizen-based Z1. According to Business Korea, Samsung sold over 100,000 units of the Z1 in India since its debut in the country in January, followed by 20,000 units in Bangladesh, where the device was launched earlier this month.
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