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MetroPCS and T-Mobile announce affordable LG Optimus L70 and L90

The L90 is coming to T-Mobile on April 30, and the L70 is on MetroPCS now As expected, MetroPCS and T-Mobile has taken the wraps off two affordable LG handsets: the Optimus L90 and the Optimus L70. We had an inkling that we’d be seeing these two hitting store shelves soon. The L90 will be...
LG G3 rumored to have eye-popping 2K display

LG G3 rumored to have eye-popping 2K display

The LG G2 might not be that old at all, but that doesn't mean that it's not time to be looking at the next iteration and what might very well be an insane display. It's been rumored for a while that the next iteration of smartphones would up the ante from a pretty well pixel dense 1080p displays...
LG V400 and V700 tablets appear at FCC, likely updated G Pad models

LG V400 and V700 tablets appear at FCC, likely updated G Pad models

LG got back into the Android tablet game in 2013 with the G Pad 8.3, a generally well-received aluminum-backed slate that eventually morphed into a Google Play edition device. Now we're seeing hints of future G Pads on the way, as tablets dubbed LG-V400 and V700 pass through the FCC. The LG-...
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HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

How does HTC's latest match up to Google's six-month-old Nexus? With the launch of the new HTC One M8 last week, the first major Android flagship of 2014 is finally upon us. And as we said in our full review of the phone, the M8 is one of the most impressive Android devices we've used. But...
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Leaked Japan-bound LG isai FL continues the war on bezels

What you see above is said to be a leaked image to the LG isai FL. Courtesy of prolific leaker @evleaks, the isai FL is reportedly coming to Japanese carrier KDDI's "au" sub-brand. But what's truly interesting about the LG isai FL are the very minimal bezels on the sides and top. Very, very...
LG G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2 preview — even bigger, even better

Everything you loved in the smaller LG G2, and then some, is in the G Pro 2 The game that is the oversized Android smartphone — don’t say “phablet,” we beg you — has become one of leapfrog in the past couple years. Consider: The original Samsung Galaxy Note in 2011 was a surprise hit. Turns out...
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Nexus 5, two months on ...

After two months of regular use, are we still enamored with Google’s latest Nexus phone? It feels like the Nexus 5 was a long time coming. A couple of days before the IFA conference in early September 2013, I remember being huddled over a MacBook in a hotel bar in Berlin with a handful of other...
LG G Flex

LG's new G Flex commercial is just awful

Most human phone ever spawns worst commerical ever Why, LG? Why? In trying to sell the G Flex it has come up with this, which honestly, we find difficult to put into words. LG's "most human phone ever" goes beyond the wacky in this terrible, terrible ad. Not that you actually see much of the...
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The best Android phone you can buy

It’s time fo​r another look at the best Android handsets out there It’s been a busy three months since we brought you our last roundup of the best Android phones on the market. In that time we’ve witnessed the launch of important devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 and Nexus 5, along...
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AT&T LG G Flex slated to get KitKat update tomorrow

Owners of the LG G Flex on AT&T might find themselves checking their phones for a pending software update tomorrow, as a new support doc from AT&T indicates that an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat should be rolling out starting on April 17th. The AT&T G Flex last saw an update back in...

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LG G Pro 2

Country-by-country availability to be announced locally

LG made a big splash at Mobile World Congress back in February when it officially unveiled the LG G Pro 2, and now it's ready to launch the phone in Asian markets. While it isn't ready to announce specific pricing, street dates or an entire list of countries, LG is giving us an indication of the big markets that will be getting the new phone — Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. You can also keep in mind that the device has already hit LG's home country of South Korea.

Though we can expect the phone to change a bit ever-so-slightly depending on the market, you're going to see the same Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 1080 x 1920 display and 13MP (with OIS+) camera that have proven to be very capable. We're still on the lookout for more information on the launch of the LG G Pro 2 here in the U.S., but now that it has an official announcement in Asia other markets can't be too far behind.

More: LG G Pro 2 preview — even bigger, even better

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Most human phone ever spawns worst commerical ever

Why, LG? Why? In trying to sell the G Flex it has come up with this, which honestly, we find difficult to put into words. LG's "most human phone ever" goes beyond the wacky in this terrible, terrible ad. Not that you actually see much of the phone in it.

As for the last 10 seconds...well, watch it and you'll find out. We've seen pretty horrendous efforts in recent times from the likes of Samsung, but this one might just have climbed to the top of the pile.

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The highest-end of the low-end brings new 'Knock Code' to more people

Following up on the announcement just before MWC that its L Series III devices will be coming to market in short order, we now have more details and a launch window for the highest-end of the bunch, the L90. Before you prepare to get blown away, let's remember that these devices are targeted at the lower end of the market with the goal of bringing some LG style and features to those who won't (or can't) shell out the cash for an LG G Pro 2 or even G2 Mini.

The L90 is sporting a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera — solid specs for a lower-end device that won't command a high price tag. On the software side you're getting Android 4.4 KitKat as well, including a refreshed interface and LG's latest feature, Knock Code, which lets you unlock your device from sleep by tapping in a sequence on the locked screen.

More: How to use Knock Code on the LG G Pro 2

LG expects the L90 to launch soon in Russia, with other regions coming later with specific launch information on each market to be rolled out when it becomes available. This likely isn't a device we'll see in the U.S., but it's a good one to keep things in perspective nonetheless.

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Get your burning G Pro 2 questions answered

We've just put up our initial thoughts on the recently-announced LG G Pro 2. It's impossible to hit every single bit of information in a single post — let alone a "preview" — so we know there are some burning questions left over that you just need to ask.

Have a question about a specific portion of the hardware or software? About a certain camera function? How something feels or compares to another device? We'll do our best to answer anything we can. Just hop into the forum thread at the link below and ask.

I've got a G Pro 2, you've got questions — fire away!

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LG G Pro 2

Everything you loved in the smaller LG G2, and then some, is in the G Pro 2

The game that is the oversized Android smartphone — don’t say “phablet,” we beg you — has become one of leapfrog in the past couple years.

Consider: The original Samsung Galaxy Note in 2011 was a surprise hit. Turns out folks do want phones that big. Then LG rolled out the forgettable Optimus Vu. Samsung continues on in 2012 with the Note 2. But then LG — seemingly (ahem) inspired — fires back in early 2013 with the original Optimus G Pro, sleeker and slimmer than its competitor. Last fall sees the Galaxy Note 3.

And now we have the LG G Pro 2. Even bigger. Even better. Unburdened by the “Optimus” name, which LG tells us didn’t really do that much in terms of brand recognition anyway. If things look familiar, they should. Much of what you’ll see here is present in the LG G2 (and some of the additions will make their way back to the G2).

Let’s take a walk through this oversized phone, shall we?

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The Android 4.4 KitKat update for LG's G2 on T-Mobile isn't rolling out over the air just yet, but it is available direct from LG through its PC utility, and there's also a direct download link available for those wanting to snag it from LG's servers and attempt a manual update.

The G2's KitKat update brings the phone up to the latest version of Android, complete with white notification bar icons, along with performance improvements across the board. Elsewhere, AT&T's G2 started receiving its KitKat update on Sunday and the UK is expected to follow in March.

Download link via XDA; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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LG's latest mid-ranger offers similar features to its higher-end smartphones

Prior to Mobile World Congress kicking off in Barcelona LG had pretty much shown its hand with a bunch of pre-announcements. As the show got underway, another became official with the latest F-Series device, the F70.

Unlike the G-Series devices like the G2 and G2 Pro, the F70 has a more 'traditional' look with the power and volume buttons on the sides. There's also no on-screen buttons, it continues LG's previous method of a physical home button with capacitive keys either side. But, this is still very recognizable as a current LG device.

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LG's smartphones in Korea, Europe, and the Americas might get cool makes like G Pro 2 and G Flex, but in China, they get numbers. Which is all as well, considering that when you get your phone onto China Mobile you get access to 750 million potential customers. So that's where you'll find the LG-E985T, with TD-LTE and FD-LTE in tow.

All things considered, the LG-E985T is actually a fairly well-specced phone. Considering it's more or less an LG Optimus G Pro with a few alterations, it ought well be. Its heart is a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (plus microSD expansion of up to 32GB). The display is a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS panel (ppi: 400) and there's a 13-megapixel rear camera with 2.1 megapixels up front. It's all powered by a removable 2940mAh battery. In addition to TD-LTE, the LG-E985T also supports FD-LTE, so China Mobile customers with the phone will be able to take their phone out into the broader world and still have proper 4G coverage.

The LG-E985T will launch running Android 4.2.2 and will be available in black and white colors. Availability on China Mobile beings this week, though pricing has not yet been announced.

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Yes, that really is its name

We have to confess the name is why we stopped to look at the LG homeBoy. Perhaps offering more hilarity in the west than LG's native Korea, the device itself is basically a large Bluetooth entertainment system for the LG G Pad 8.3. You dock and connect the tablet, then all sound from apps or music comes out through the actually pretty good sounding speakers on your homeBoy.

You can also connect your homeBoy to your TV and use it to mirror content to the screen while still retaining the sound through the devices speakers. It looks pretty good, has NFC and is personally tuned by a chap called Mark Levinson. But you'll still have to go into a store and ask if you can buy yourself a homeBoy. Thanks, LG!

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LG honored for its innovation, AT&T lauded as well

We're all patiently awaiting HTC's March 25 events in London and New York, where it's all but official that we'll get a new version of one of our favorite smartphones of the past year. (We did get a smaller announcement this week, with the Desire 816.) But today, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, HTC's current (and very much still relevant) flagship is receiving a pretty major accolade by the GSMA, the group that puts on this little show that we call MWC.

The HTC One wins "Best Smartphone," breaking Samsung's two-year winning streak (for the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3).

For HTC and the smartphone industry, from the folks in the suits to the boots on the ground, this is a pretty big deal. 

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Standard LG cases kick off the accessory market for these new phones

We've seen the recently announced LG G Pro 2, as well as the G2 MIni, here at Barcelona, but we haven't yet seen the range of accessories LG has on tap for its latest devices. A big feature since the launch of the original G2 is the so-called "QuickWindow" case that gives your device full protection — including the screen — while also giving you glanceable information through a cutout window on the front.

The cases come in a wide variety of colors — we have a salmon-like one on the G Pro 2 and silver on the G2 Mini — and are a nice woven cloth-like material all around for extra grip. The functionality seems to be the same as we've experienced on the G2 and G Flex as well. While cases that cover the entire front of the phone aren't always well-liked by the majority of people, the folks who want (or need) the extra protection will have this now-standard LG accessory for these new devices.

Be sure to hit the break for a closer look at the QuickWIndow cases for both the LG G Pro 2 and LG G2 Mini.

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LG leveraging their huge bank of LTE patents and a 2440mAh battery to provide high-speed all day long

LG isn't finished at Mobile World Congress, and they have just released the details about the new F70, which looks to be a mid-range device with a premium look and feel.

The F70 sports a 4.5-inch WVGA display and features KitKat running on a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. LG is also touting the sleek removable back, and the 2440mAh battery that resides under it. But what they really seem proud of, and rightfully so, we imagine — is the patented technology that went into the LTE radios.

LG holds over 288 industry-standard LTE-A patents, which gives them 23 percent of all patents in the category. While anyone can license them for use — they are standard essential patents — LG has easy access and can use them quickly, and cheaply. They aim to bring LTE network speeds to million of new customers with the F70.

It's an attractive, though familiar. package and with the right price they'll have great success with it.

No word of pricing or availibility just yet, but we'll be on the lookout. The full press release follows. Stay tuned to AC for the best coverage from Barcelona!

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LG's latest supersized smartphone meets its predecessor

The LG G Pro 2 was announced before Mobile World Congress and while we already went hands on, we've gone back to check it out next to some other LG devices. Namely its predecessor, the Optimus G Pro and its little brother, the G2

Make no mistake, the G Pro 2 is a big phone. But, what's truly very impressive is that it isn't that much bigger than the original Optimus G Pro. With a 0.4-inch screen size increase, the G Pro 2 is just a tiny bit taller and wider. Side-by-side with the G2, there's a more noticeable size difference, but again, not as much as you may imagine with a 0.7-inch screen size difference. 

Otherwise, the G Pro 2 is clearly part of the G2 family. It has traded the glossy back of the G2 and the Optimus G Pro for a more textured finish, though. Find a bunch more family photos after the break. 

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The little G2 might look like its big brother, but the beauty is skin deep

LG pulled the wraps off the new G2 Mini here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. We've already gone hands on, but since we've got a regular G2 in our pockets we've put the two side-by-side to see how they stack up.

But, while the two look pretty much alike, the similarities end with the appearance. The G2 Mini has been trimmed down internally and given a much lower resolution screen. There's a couple of versions out there, but check out the video after the break to see the European G2 Mini and the European G2 in a quick side-by-side comparison.

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KitKat said to be 17 percent faster than Jelly Bean

It must be KitKat day at AT&T headquarters — and none of us will complain about that. Not only is the HTC One getting it's update, but KitKat is rolling out for the LG G2 as well.

Per AT&T, you'll be getting Android 4.4, which will make your G2 faster and last longer.

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
  • Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
  • Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
  • Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
  • Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.

Make sure your battery is over 50 percent charged, look in Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now to get started.

Be sure to get into the comments and share how it all went with all of us!

Source: AT&T. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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LG G2 Mini fits into a weird, but targeted place in the smartphone spectrum

Let's just put this out in the open here. We're a bit perplexed by the prospect of the LG G2 Mini, which we've just taken a look at here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. On paper, it's not exactly a scaled-down version of the LG G2 — more like a scaled down, under-spec'd model, actually. A mere 4.7 inches — but at qHD 960x540 resolution. Whereas the G2 has a Snapdragon 800 processor, the G2 Mini sports either a Qualcomm MSM8926, or an NVIDIA Tegra 4i (not insignificant, but also not exaclty hard-core). A mere 8GB of total on-board storage, 1GB of RAM — but with a 13-megapixel camera, minus some features.

The LG G2 Mini is, simply put, not a smaller version of the high-end G2. What it basically is, however, is a lower-cost device, somewhere in between the even-lower L series (that's not what L stands for, but we can't help but make that distiction now). That's a murky area — but also not all that surprising given that it appears to be targeted for specific regional markets. That's something to keep in mind, we suppose.

But, bottom line? Not the worst "affordable" device we've ever seen. Low-end certainly isn't as low as it used to be.

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LG's largest Android smartphone gets bigger, and smarter

LG already introduced the new G Pro 2 over in Korea, and they're showing it off to the rest of the world here at Mobile World Congress for the first time. If you're thinking it looks a little familar, you'd be right. Gone is the physical home button of its predecessor and in are the rear mounted power and volume controls of the G2. It's actually pretty handsome. And quite large.

A quick specs recap first, then. The G Pro 2 houses a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, with a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM underneath. You get either 16 or 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot and a 13MP camera round the back with OIS. Software-wise we're looking at Android 4.4.2 KitKat and LG's own brand of customizations.

While LG's manage to keep the overall look and feel of the original G Pro, this one's definitely in the extra-large department. There's just no disguising 5.9 inches, small bezels or not. If you absolutely have to one-hand the G Pro 2, you can fire up Mini View, which shrinks things down into a windowed display. But that doesn't change the fact that you're manhandling a massive phone.

And Knock On — where you tap the screen twice to wake the phone — has gotten even better with Knock Code, which lets you set one of 80,000 some-odd combinations of knocking patterns, so you now have convience as well as security. Love this feature.

But enough words, you want to see it, right? Head on past the break for a hands-on look at the new LG G Pro 2.

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Speed boost promised with latest Android OS update

Android 4.4 KitKat for the LG G2 will bering rolling out to devices in the UK from mid-March, a video uploaded by LG UK reveals. The manufacturer says that the KitKat update brings performance improvements to the G2, alongside standard Android 4.4 features like cloud printing and the Chromium browsing engine for web views.

In the video above, LG uses a high frame rate camera to capture the performance differences between Jelly Bean and KitKat in a variety of tasks, including KnockOn wake-ups, app load times, camera startup and web page rendering. All in all, the company says KitKat makes the G2 17 percent faster, which is nothing to sniff at.

Thanks, gonk24!

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Phone will have full access to 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for fastest Rogers LTE

LG has announced that its latest big device, the G Flex, will be making its way up to Canada in short order. The wrinkle here is that it will be exclusive to Rogers, with no talk of expansion to other carriers at this point. If you are (or are willing to be) a Rogers customer, the G Flex will bring a full-speed LTE experience by utilizing both 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for theoretical speeds of up to 150mbps (although we'll never see those in the real world).

Everything else about the device seems unchanged from the other variants that have been released — 6-inch flexible 720 x 1280 display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 3500mAh battery and of course a 13MP camera.

Rogers isn't spilling the beans on the exact pricing or release date — other than "this Spring" — for the G Flex, but you can head to its website to put in your reservation ahead of release, if you're so inclined.

Source: LG; Rogers

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Not that I have any idea what they're saying. It's just that Korean commercials are just so much more fun than what we usually get in the U.S.

The LG G Pro 2 launched in Korea this week for around $900 U.S. We'll get a better look at it next week at Mobile World Congress, and it's a good bet we'll see it in the U.S. at some point.

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