ASUS has announced the Zenfone 2 on stage at CES 2015. The phone is 3.9mm thick at the edges, features a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, has a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel processor, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop
AT&T has announced at CES 2015 that they're opening up their Digital Life home automation platform to partners, including Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, and Lutron. That means, for example, the Samsung Gear S smartwatch could receive home security notifications, which Samsung is showing off as a prototype in Vegas this week.
The CES 2015 press day is in full swing and at 11 a.m. Pacific we'll be spending a little time with ASUS at the company's press conference. It's all going down at the Caesars Palace hotel and if past ASUS press conferences are anything to go by, we could well be in for an entertaining old time.
Speaking at the AT&T Dev Summit at CES in Las Vegas, AT&T announced that its LTE network will be powering Subaru's in-car connectivity starting with 2016 model year cars. Subaru joins several other car makers, including Audiand Tesla, that have integrated with AT&T LTE. The LTE service gives your car up to date information in terms of navigation and points of interest, but can also be used as a hotspot for your Wifi devices that are in the car.
Satellite TV provider Dish has just announced Sling TV as part of its CES 2015 plans. The Internet-based television service will offer a selection of cable TV networks to a variety of platforms and devices with prices starting at $20 a month.
A look at LG's latest curved handset next to its current flagship phone
With the launch of the G Flex 2, LG takes the core idea of the original G Flex and transforms it into a more compact, higher-end handset. Like the LG G3 — which LG says absolutely is not being replaced by this new device —the G Flex 2 sports a 5.5-inch display, making it more hand and pocket-friendly than its predecessor.
The Boss Phone is a new, 7-inch phone that puts an emphasis on security from startup Briggs & Spriggs, Inc. The Boss Phone will launch their Indiegogo campaign tomorrow, January 6, and is part of the crowd funding site's CES 2015 setup. The phone is built on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Briggs & Spriggs says that the device is Tor-certified for secure communication.
Both AT&T and Sprint have confirmed as part of CES 2015 they will sell the newly revealed LG G Flex 2 smartphone, with Sprint confirming that they will offer the phone in an exclusive "Volcano Red" color.
Today at CES 2015, Sharp has kicked things off with announcements about upcoming 4K TVs, SmartCentral 4.0 for Android and an 85" 8K LCD display prototype.
Starting in 2016, Sharp will offer a handful of new devices including the AQUOS Beyond 4k UHD TV — which will offer 42 million more pixels than standard 4k — and add multiple new models to the AQUOS 4K UHD line and three new models to the Sharp AQUOS 4K Ultra HD series. The UB and UH series will also bring Android TV features with the newly redesigned SmartCentral 4.0 for Android.
AT&T is running its Developer Summit during CES in Las Vegas, and today is the day they lay out their initiatives with the main keynote address. We're going to hear a lot about big carrier initiatives, mobile devices and anything else AT&T is excited about, and we'll be inside covering it live.
LG's second-generation flexible phone is a leaner, meaner, 64-bit Android 5.0 beast
The original LG G Flex always felt like an oddity in the manufacturer's lineup. Decried as gimmicky by some, the G Flex introduced us to a range of exotic new technologies — a curved, flexible Plastic-OLED display, a flexible body, including a unique flexing battery, and a self-healing back. The G Flex was an interesting sideshow for LG, but its lackluster display and camera meant it never really challenged the high-end competition. It was an interesting technical showcase, not necessarily a balanced high-end handset. And then there was the fact that it was just really, really big.
So for its second-generation G Flex, LG has taken things back to the drawing board. Naturally, the Korean manufacturer has upped the specs, moving to Qualcomm's very latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810, increasing the display resolution and improving the camera. But more surprisingly, it's also made the G Flex 2 smaller and more manageable than the original, with a 5.5-inch display size. It's a re-thinking of the original G Flex as much as a successor to that device, and at we've had the chance to play with the device and talk to LG about its development.
The LG G Flex 2 takes what we got from LG's first flexible phone and pumps it up for 2015. You get the same sort of look and feel — a large-ish phone that bends but doesn't breaks when you put pressure on it. But LG has addressed many of our chief complaints of the late-2013 model and has brought forth a phone that sits nicely between the LG G3 and what we expect to see in the company's flagship device for 2015.
The original flexible phone gets a worthy update for 2015
LG, as expected, has announced the LG G Flex 2, the second coming of curved smartphones. We've spent a little time with the G Flex 2, and it's worthy successor to the bendable phone that didn't get a whole lot of love here in the U.S. (Its underwhelming specs didn't help matters any.)
But LG's taken the feedback to heart. And what you have today is an interesting phone that fits between the flagship LG G3 and whatever 2015's new top model will be. And it does so with a bendable body to absorb accidental drops or meetings between your rear and a chair, improved self-healing capabilities to help with those annoying little scratches that plague all smartphones (and particularly glossy plastic ones like this), and a few new software features.
Oh, and it's the first Android phone to sport Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. Kind of a big deal.
We've got the full press release below, but here are the big strokes.
We've already taken a detailed look at the new LG G Flex 2 -- check out our hands-on post -- but we've also spent time discussing the flexible phone with Dr. Ram-chan Woo, LG's Vice President of Product Planning, who played an integral part in the development of this awesome device.
In this video, he walks us through the handset's major features, including its improved self-healing ability -- for that day when (not if) you scratch it. He further demonstrates the new selfie features, alongside the new glance functionality.
Following this morning's announcement at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the LG G Flex 2 is officially official. You'll want to check out our full coverage of LG's latest curvy, flexible phone live from Las Vegas, however if you'd also like to just look at some pretty pictures, it's also worth checking out our huge G Flex 2 photo gallery. You'll find it right after the break.
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