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LG announces development of in-house mobile processors

LG is teaming up with TSMC to manufacture their own processors. LG has long used Qualcomm processors in their devices, but the move to design and build their own processors follows in the footsteps of Android rival Samsung, who has been manufacturing their own Exynos processors for years. Apple,...
LG isai FL

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 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...
Nexus 5, HTC One M8

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...
Verizon LG Optimus Zone 2

LG Optimus Zone 2 brings KitKat to Verizon prepaid for $49.99

LG has added a new phone to its Android lineup on Verizon Wireless, the Optimous Zone 2. Definitely an entry-level device, the Optimus Zone 2 runs Android 4.4.2 features a 3.5-inch 480x320 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. LG's software on the Optimus Zone 2...
LG G Pad 8.3

LG G Pad 8.3 KitKat update now rolling out across Europe (Update: U.S. Too!)

Update: It looks as though the KitKat update is also pushing out to U.S. models of the LG G Pad 8.3 as well as those across Europe. For now it seems as though there's no OTA but should you connect up to the LG PC Suite you might well find it waiting for you. Thanks to everyone who let us know!...
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...
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...
Nexus 5

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...
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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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LG's original Optimus One series of devices turned out to be one of last year's surprises. It ran as well as the big dogs when it first came out, and as long as you were comfortable hacking the living crap out of it you have a little Android phone that did everything. It's the perfect mix of price and performance for more than a few. When a phone gets that much push behind it, third-party development for lives forever. We see that again today, with the release of Cannibal Open Touch recovery for the Optimus S. Everything you like about the others is there, plus support for both Froyo and Gingerbread ROM flashing, touch-screen navigation buttons, even custom themeing is on board. Of course it is fully open source and the code is posted at bitbucket.

If you're hankerin' to give Cannibal Open Touch a try on you Optimus S, hit the link below for files and instructions. It's devs like this that let folks keep the same phones long after they have fell out of style and still have the latest and greatest. We tip our hat to all involved!

[RECOVERY] Cannibal Open Touch v1.0.2 (It's....ALIVE!)

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We has broad details of the Optimus 4X HD's European launch from LG Korea a few days back, but today brings confirmation that the device is launching right now in Germany. Other European territories won't be far behind, though, as LG promises the 4X HD will arrive in the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and Italy soon afterwards. The closest we have to a UK release date comes from online retailer Clove Technology, which says it's been informed of a "mid-to-late July" launch window. UK mobile networks have yet to announce availability for the device.

LG's new flagship comes with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display and Android 4.0, topped off with LG's Optimus UI 3.0. For more on the Optimus 4X HD, be sure to check out our hands-on previews from Mobile World Congress and CTIA.

We've got today's press release after the break.

More: Clove

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LG has announced that it's in the process of launching its new international flagship, the Optimus 4X HD, in major European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and Italy. A quad-core, Tegra 3-powered handset with a 720p IPS display, the 4X HD is the first European handset to debut LG's new Optimus UI 3.0, which runs on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

LG's also highlighting its "Quick notes" functionality, which lets users draw on the screen using their fingers, or a capacitive stylus, as well as Media Flex, which allows a range of real-time multimedia effects during video playback. 

No exact release date has been revealed, so we're expecting things to vary country-by-country. If you want to see what LG's bringing to the table in 2012, be sure to check out our hands-on previews from Mobile World Congress and CTIA.

Source: LG Newsroom (Korean)

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LG announced today that its Optimus LTE2, the Korea-only device we first met back in May, is now available in a white variant. In case you’ve forgotten, the LTE2 comes packed with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 2 whole GBs of RAM. LG says that the LTE2 sold 150,000 units in its first 10 days on the shelves, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at for a phone limited to one market. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for that to change as we wait patiently for U.S. carriers to join in on the fun. 

Source: LG Korean (Korean)

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Although Future Shop, Rogers and Fido gave up the goods a little early, the LG Optimus L7 has now popped up on the Fido website and is ready for purchase. Fido has decided to start this one off at $0 with a new three-year contract, $50 with a two-year contract or if you're looking to avoid contracts altogether you can hand over $300 and it'll be yours outright. If you're looking for more info, check out our hands-on with the device or hit the Fido link below to get your order for one placed.

Source: Fido

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The LG Optimus L7 has already made its way to Europe and Asia and now it has appeared online for Canadians via the Future Shop website. There is still no actual release date listed for the high-end model of the L series phones but we do know with it you'll be getting 4.3-inch screen and running a new Android 4.0 based Optimus UI. We'll keep our eyes on this one and let you all know when they fully go live on Rogers and Fido. Until then check out our hands on with the device from Mobile World Congress.

Source: Future Shop via: Mobile Syrup

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LG has announced on their Korean site that the Optimus LTE, the Optimus LTE Tag, and the Optimus Vu: will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich updates starting June 4. Coming with the update will be a new UI layer for all the devices, a new feature called kwiknote that promises access to a note app from any screen, ad the Vu: will get a feature that allows apps to run side-by-side on the 4:3 screen. 

Of course there's no word on carrier involvement, and nothing about LG's other offerings. We're not really surprised considering this came from the Korea office, but we have to mention it. Hopefully the ball is now rolling and we'll be seeing ICS on more LG devices before it's too late to matter.

Source: LG Korea

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If you own a LG Nitro HD and fancy loading up a leaked version of Ice Cream Sandwich onto it, you'll have to set aside some time to get it taken care of. A presumably early build of ICS is now available for download and thus far appears to be running quite well for most folks according to the responses to it over at XDA. Several variations of the device have been tested including Bell, AT&T, Fido and a few others. Some have noted their IMEI has gone missing while others report no change in that area. In the end, it's a leak -- use caution if you're going to check it out.

Source RootzWiki; via: XDA

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After three short days on the shelf, Virgin Mobile's LG Optimus Elite is already up for a promotion: Google will credit your Google Wallet account with $25 when you activate the NFC-service within 7 days of activating your Elite. LG's Gingerbread-powered Optimus Elite is the prepaid carrier's first NFC-capable device, and Virgin isn't wasting any time putting the service to good use. The offer is good on any of Virgin's Beyond Talk plans, and will run from now through July 18, though there is a bit of fine print: your account will be credited with $10 within the first three days, with the remaining $15 eventually added within the following three weeks. Regardless, for $150 without a contract, the Elite is already a pretty sweet deal, and with another $25 thrown in for good measure, we're tempted to say adios to contracts forever.

 

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According to a new report, almost 9 in every 10 Android devices sold in the UK belong to either HTC or Samsung. Android itself is also said to account for half of all smartphone sales, vastly outnumbering the Apple iPhone

The information provided by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech show that Android has a 50.1% market share in the UK, up from 44.6% 12-months ago. In the last three months alone, Samsung and HTC between them have accounted for 86% of all Android devices sold. The launch of the HTC One series does no harm, as does the continued success of the Samsung Galaxy range. With the imminent arrival shores of the Galaxy S III on British shores, these numbers are not likely to slide much over the coming months. 

The report also shows that Sony is still struggling to make serious headway in the smartphone market. It's slipped to 10.4% of the Android market, despite the recent launch of the Xperia S. It could be worse for Sony though. LG accounts for less than 1% of all Android sales in the UK. And, with stories of yet more lengthy waits for updates to existing devices, the company's image isn't likely to improve much further. This is despite the forthcoming launch of the Optimus 4X HD next month, which looks like a solid high-end product from the Korean manufacturer.

All in all, it really isn't surprising that HTC and Samsung have such a stranglehold on the British market. Samsung push their phones in the UK really hard. HTC have upped their marketing too since the launch of the One line, with a massive marketing campaign that even sees an advertisement nestled within the Virgin Media Tivo interface. The sheer scale of the two's dominance is still slightly surprising though. 

Source: CNET UK

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If you ever wanted to see a smartphone turn its cores into wheels and start flying through a Tron-like backdrop, then LG's got just the thing for you with its latest Optimus 4X HD trailer. The video highlights a few key specs and features of LG's opcoming flagship, which is due to launch internationally soon. Among the hardware clout the 4X HD brings to the table is a quad-core 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch 720p IPS "True HD" screen. There's also a thin, compact frame punctuated by a unique prism design around the trim, similar to what LG's got going on with the Prada 3.0.

As we reported a few days ago, the Optimus 4X HD is due to go on sale in Europe from next month.

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Google's reported introduction of more manufacturers into the Nexus fold could be a stroke of genius, but it’s not without its risks.​

We don’t often present entire articles of opinion on unconfirmed rumors here at Android Central, but the report this week concerning Google’s Nexus plans is a doozie. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is dramatically altering the nature of its Nexus program, bringing up to five manufacturers on board this year, with the aim of launching multiple Nexus devices with the next version of Android in late 2012. Oh, and this lineup will apparently include tablets as well as phones.

Google isn’t commenting officially, and the reports will likely remain the focus of fervent speculation as we approach Nexus season later in the year. But for the purposes of this article, let’s assume they’re true, and that Google will indeed work with different hardware partners in order to launch up to five Nexuses around Thanksgiving. 

To Android fans, it sounds like a dream offering -- more variety and choice in hardware when it comes time for a new version of their favorite OS. And more opportunities to get the very latest version of Android -- pure, vanilla Android, unmolested by custom user interfaces or carrier-mandated crapware. And as Android users ourselves, we’re sure that if this does come to pass, it’ll be an overwhelmingly positive development for everyone who buys an Android smartphone. It’s an opportunity for Google to get new versions of its OS out to consumers faster than ever, on varied hardware, in more markets than would be possible with just one hardware partner. And having multiple phones in different markets with the same excellent vanilla Android experience will help Google to better establish stock Android among the other major flavors of the OS.

But a multitude of challenges will face Google and its new Nexus partners as they prepare the next generation of Android phones and tablets. First of all, let’s look at why Google’s (probably) doing this. The original WSJ article points to concerns from manufacturers that Google may look to prop up the loss-making Motorola, which it's nearly done acquiring, by giving it privileged access to Android code at the expense of other phone-makers. (For its part, Google's Andy Rubin has said said this wouldn't happen.) Google’s desire to placate its hardware partners is undoubtedly a factor. As are the company’s ambitions to establish itself as a hardware vendor through its “Play” Store. But it’s also a way for Google to remedy some of the ailments currently afflicting its mobile platform.

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With its new range of Android 4.0 devices, LG's make a clean break with its old user interface design, starting over with the new Optimus UI 3.0. And in the run up to the launch of its upcoming flagship phones, the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus LTE II, LG's officially announced its new UI, which it says is designed to add new features, while being "unobtrusive and simple."

Of course, we've seen LG's new ICS-based software a few times before, including during our hands-on time with the Optimus 4X HD at MWC and CTIA. But until now LG's remained relatively quiet about exactly what's new in the new Optimus UI.

Among all the new features, LG's highlighting its re-vamped lockscreen, which allows the phone to be unlocked by dragging anywhere on the screen to create a window through to the apps or launcher below. And changes to pattern lock allow common apps to be automatically loaded while security features are enabled, too.

Also of interest is the new voice shutter, which enables the phone to take photos in response to voice commands. And just like leading phones from HTC and Samsung, LG's included burst-shot mode, and the ability to automatically pick the best shot from a series of snaps.

Other additions include a "downloads" category in the app drawer , and the ability to customize icons for individual app shortcuts. All interesting stuff, and we're eager to see how these features work in practice when we get our hands on LG's new stuff.

LG says Optimus UI 3.0 will launch on the Optimus LTE II in Korea this week, and internationally on the 4X HD in June. We've got the full press release after the break.

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It was only a few days ago that pre-orders for the LG Optimus Elite were happening but now Virgin Mobile USA is ready to put their first device with NFC and Google Wallet into the hands of consumers. Yes, today is the day the LG Optimus Elite goes on sale today and you can pick yourself one up for only $150. A reminder of the specs let's us know it's not for everyone out there but it a reasonable device for those looking to possibly jump from a feature phone:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 5MP rear-facing camera

As a bonus, LG has also team up with the folks from Box so if you pick up an LG Optimus Elite, you can download the Box app from the Google Play Store and get yourself 50GB of cloud storage space for free. Keep in mind though, that offer only runs until July 22, 2012. Need more details? Check out the full press release below or have a look at our hands-on.

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LG Korea has announced that the company's upcoming international flagship, the Optimus 4X HD, will arrive in select European counries starting next month. The 4X HD, which is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will launch in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Poland in June.

LG's new baby, which we first saw at MWC, before getting our hands on it again last week at CTIA, also sports a 720p IPS display, an 8MP BSI camera, 2150mAh battery and a re-vamped version of LG's UI skin. There's no word on U.S. availability just yet, but unconfirmed rumors have suggested this thing may arrive on T-Mobile as the "G4X" -- a successor to last year's G2X.

You'll find more about the LG Optimus 4X HD in our hands-on report from CTIA.

Source: LG Newsroom (Korean)

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According to the LG SIngapore Facebook page, the tradition of long waits for updates is set to continue for owners of the LG Optimus 2X. Gingerbread took what seemed like an eternity, but initially the device was slated to receive Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2 of 2012. That now seems unlikely, with LG Singapore answering a query on Facebook, stating it will be Q3 for the long awaited update.

If indeed this is true, it will be yet another bitter blow to owners of the device, which kicked off the dual-core age of Android smartphones. Q3 after all stretches through to September, by which time we'll have been through Google I/O, and very possibly seen the first mentions of the next version of Android. 

The big redeeming factor with the 2X in particular though, is it's hackability. My own device currently runs a very early build of CM9, and for all intents and purposes, it's pretty darn good. LG make fantastic hardware, it's such a shame to keep hearing stories such as this one. 

Source: LG SIngapore (Facebook) via Mobilesyrup

 

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If you're looking to get in on a budget friendly Android device that also packs a little punch, Virgin Mobile USA has now opened the doors on their pre-orders of the LG Optimus Elite. Available on May 15th for only $150, the LG Optimus Elite will be the first device in the Virgin Mobile USA lineup to launch with both Google Wallet and NFC enabled. As for the specs, here is what you'll be getting:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 5MP rear-facing camera

Looking to grab one for yourself or someone in your family? Check out the source link below to head on over to the Virgin Mobile USA pre-order site. Plus, don't forget to have a look at our previous hands-on with the device.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA

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    Rounding out our coverage of LG’s presence here in New Orleans this year is the Optimus 3D MAX, a phone we first met back at Mobile World Congress in February. Sure, we got our hands on the device back then, but we figured another spin wouldn’t kill us. This time around, the MAX came dressed in white, an outfit we prefer to the black we saw in Barcelona.

    Like we’ve said before, if you aren’t sold on 3D technology by now, this isn’t the device to change your mind. Spec-wise, the MAX isn’t that much different than the OG Optimus 3D. You’ve got the same 4.3-inch WVGA display (this time around, though, you’ve got a coating of Gorilla Glass 2), the same dual-lense 5 MP camera, and the same old Gingerbread OS. The processor has been tweaked just a tad, upping the clock speed of that dual-core OMAP 4430 to 1.2 GHz. But the lack of bigger and better specs isn’t really a not a knock against the MAX, though; in fact, the device is perfectly capable smartphone that comes with some pretty cool features for those 3D fans.

    One of those features is the built-in 3D converter, which is a new addition to the Optimus 3D line. With it, you can convert any old app to full 3D glory. Videos and pictures don’t do it justice, so this one you’ll have to check out for yourself.

    Now I’m not a huge fan of 3D technology, but I have to give credit where credit is due. It’s nice to see that LG has committed itself to the technology, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it comes up with as the line evolves.

    The MAX is available now in Europe, with hush-hush rumors pegging it for an AT&T release sometime this summer. Until then, enjoy some hands-on photos and video after the break. 

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    Since it was first introduced back in February, the LG Optimus Vu hasn’t made many appearances stateside. That changed today when we were able to get our hands on the 5-inch behemoth here in New Orleans at LG’s CTIA booth. The Vu is unlike anything we’ve seen before, even the Galaxy Note, due in large part to its 4:3 aspect ratio. That feature is a result of LG’s market testing, which showed that customers tend to use larger-screen devices for reading rather than for multimedia playback. We’re not here to debate that claim (though you certainly can in the comments below), but we find it fairly interesting nonetheless.

    The Vu’s screen uses LG’s IPS technology and packs 1024x768 pixels, which doesn’t translate to the highest PPI on the market, but certainly looks stunning regardless. Under the hood you’ve got a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, a full gig of RAM, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread underneath a custom LG skin. Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, LG says, and the custom skin isn’t nearly as bad as you might think. Oh, and that antenna on top? It can stream live TV, a feature that may or may not be dropped by the time the Vu expands beyond Korea to other markets.

    LG has included a pretty cool note-taking feature on the Vu, which can be activated with the touch of a small button on the top of the device. It can be used on any screen on any app: simply turn it on and start drawing on the screen with your finger or your stylus. Then, save it to your “notebook”, which can be organized based on category or date. As an LG rep pointed out, it would be a perfect tool for taking my notes here at CTIA.

    Surprise! LG hasn’t said anything about US availability or pricing, though thanks to its LTE radios, the Vu would certainly be able to find a home on a whole host of US carriers. We’ll bet that the Vu will eventually arrive on US shores, but until then, you can catch some shots and a hands-on video after the break below.

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    Greetings from CTIA 2012 here in New Orleans, where today we got our paws on the latest and greatest hardware from LG. First up is the company's latest flagship device, the Optimus 4X HD. We first got a look at this beauty back at Mobile World Congress, but like true techies, we just needed another round with it. The Optimus 4X HD has got the guts to go up against the heavy hitters on the market today: underneath the hood we've got a Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, and Ice Cream Sandwich. LG has done a bit of tweaking to its Tegra 3, optimizing a fifth core for light, non-intensive usage that's designed to save precious battery life.

    Speaking of battery life, LG is really focusing on improving it. In addition to packing 2,150 mAh battery, LG is making the most out of Android 4.0's battery optimizations, in addition to its own software tweaks. We're glad to see it, as that 4.7-inch "True HD" IPS display is certainly not a battery sipper. Hopefully, with what LG has done, we'll see some solid and respectable talk and standby time here.

    LG is hush-hush on release dates and US carrier information, though after talking with representatives, I certainly got the feeling it's coming sooner rather than later. We'll keep our eyes peeled, of course, and until then, enjoy another round of hands-on after the break.

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