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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 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...
LG Smart Bulb

LG announces new Smart Bulb

Will work with Android and iOS LG Electronics today announced its first Smart Bulb — a pair of lightbulbs, actually, that will connect to Android and iOS devices. LG says the low-wattage bulbs will run for more than 10 years, five hours a day. "LG Smart Lighting" will work with Android 4.3 and...

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Boost Mobile announced that they will be offering the LG Marquee on their $55 Android plan starting January 23.  The phone will cost $279.99 (plus taxes if applicable) at Boost retail locations and online, and that money gets you a slim smartphone with a great display.  This is the same LG Marquee we saw unveiled for Sprint last fall in New York, and is the Americanized version of the LG Optimus Black.  Specs are mid-range in today's world of dual-cores and nuclear-powered handsets, but are actually pretty good for a pre-paid device:

  •     Dimensions: 4.8" (H) x 2.52" (W) x 0.36" (D)
  •     Weight: 3.95oz
  •     NOVA Display: 4-inch color TFT (480 x 800) WVGA
  •     Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  •     1GHz processor
  •     Memory: 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM
  •     1500mAh battery
  •     5.5 hrs Talk Time
  •     MicroSD Slot (2GB included card)
  •     Wifi Enabled-- 802.11 b/g/n (Hotspot capable)
  •     Virtual QWERTY keyboard (with SWYPE)
  •     5-megapixel camera (rear)
  •     2-megapixel camera (front)

With Boost Mobile's interesting shrinkage plans (payments gradually get less the longer you keep making them) this could be a great choice for a lot of folks. 

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Microsoft says 70 percent of all Android phones sold in the U.S. are covered by its portfolio

Microsoft today announced that Korean smartphone (and everything else) manufacturer LG has signed a licensing agreement for tablets, phones and other devices that run Android or Chrome. Like the previous agreements Microsoft has signed with the likes of HTC, Samsung and others, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microsoft attorney Horacio Gutierrez, in a statement, lauded the "mutally beneficial agreement" and said that 70 percent of Android smartphones sold in the United States are now licensing Microsoft patents.

“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”

As for LG's side of the equation, the manufacturer (naturally) put a positive spin on the licensing deal, saying in the end, for both companies, it all comes down to producing products for consumers. LG spokesman Ken Hong told Android Central: 

"We're of course pleased we could come to amicable terms with Microsoft, whom LG has had a great working relationship with for years. This agreement allows both companies to move beyond the legal issues and get on with doing what both companies do best, which is developing products and delivering services that benefit consumers."

Regarding Chrome being part of the licensing agreement, Hong told Android Central "the deal includes Chrome but we don't have a Chromebook in development at this moment." That could be some forward-looking licensing -- ie a Chromebook or some other Chrome-based device could one day be in development -- or it possibly could be for LG's new 3D Google TV.

Our question now is how long the 30 percent of unlicensed devices (hi, Motorola) is going to be able to hold Microsoft off, and what cards they're holding if they do.

Source: Microsoft

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Read our LG Spectrum Review

Verizon announced the LG Spectrum here at CES, and we took some time to try it out. It's got a nice 4.5-inch 720p display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, and it's running Android 2.3. It feels a lot like Nitro HD, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's not particularly new. The only real difference aside from running on Verizon instead of AT&T is that the Spectrum bumps up the RAM to 1 GB from 768 MB. 

LG was heavily pushing Verizon's streaming sports service, so you could catch live games on the go. They also emphasized their particular IPS display technology, which aims to cram in more pixels than the standard pentile layout, reduce battery drain, and ultimately improve sharpness and reduce eye strain. They've also added some mild software updates to the LG Spectrum's Android experience, namely being able to to drag and drop categories of apps from the full app screen to the home screen as a folder. Besides that, you'll recognize most of the other customizations - go ahead and take a look for yourself.

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Not a whole lot to say about the LG Viper from our brief time with it at Sprint's little get-together at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas. You're looking at a mid-level device with a stock Gingerbread UI, LTE data and Sprint ID thrown in for good measure. It's got one of LG's excellent Nova displays though, so that's a pretty big point in its favor.

We'll get more quality time in with the Viper when we're done bouncing our heads to the beat here at Tao. In the meantime, enjoy.

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To go along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that will be arriving with LTE on Sprint, another device will also be joining the party. The LG Viper 4G LTE is Android 2.3 powered device, with a 5MP shooter on the back and VGA quality front-facing camera. Underneath the hood, it's packing a 1.2GHz processor and will come loaded up with NFC, Google Wallet and HotSpot capability all laid out on a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display.

No telling yet where this device will come in when it comes to pricing but we're hoping it comes with an upgrade path to Android 4.0 at some point, otherwise -- our interests aren't all that piqued. Full press release from Sprint can be found past the break for you all.

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Following its press conference earlier today, LG Mobile has announced the LG Spectrum, which will be headed to Verizon wireless starting next Thursday, Jan. 19. Essentially, it's Verizon's version of the LG Nitro HD. It comes equipped with a 4.5-inch 720p IPS display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz. On the software side, you've got Android 2.3 Gingerbread, prettied-up by LG's Optimus UI, and the promise of an Android 4.0 update in the first half of the year. The Spectrum is also bundled with ESPN's ScoreCenter app, as well as Netflix HD. And, as you'd expect, it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

We'll be back with some hands-on coverage of the Spectrum later today. In the meantime, we've got a couple more pictures of the device, along with the full spec and feature lists, after the jump.

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LG's made a habit of kicking things off early at CES, and so we're at their presser this morning with the hopes of seeing a little mobile fare from the Korean manufacturer. That said, we're also expecting an update on the multitude of LG's appliance and television side of the business. But it's all connected at this point, so you'll see refrigerators talking to smartphones and TVs talking to tablets.

Join us after the break for the liveblog. Things get going at 8 a.m. PST / 11 a.m. EST.

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It's already available in parts of Asia, and now we have details of when the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be launching in the UK, and for how much. On its official blog, online retailer Clove says it'll begin shipping the device from the week commencing Feb. 6 (that's going to be a busy week), and if you want one, the SIM-free price is a surprisingly reasonable £429.99.

As we said said in our hands-on feature, the PRADA 3.0 is a well-designed handset with decent specs, however it's tied to a quirky monochrome UI that we think may be something of a polarizing feature. To find out more about the phone, check out our write-up, or take a look at our hands-on video after the break.

Source: Clove Blog

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Just when we thought we were done with the 3D thing, LG and Google TV drag us back in. Google announced LG as a new Google TV partner today, and LG responded with its own release that shows us the TV you see above.  Looks like it's got a tweaked version of the UI we're currently enjoying with Honeycomb on GTV. And the display itself uses the kind of 3D glasses that don't have to be plugged in. (Aka the lesser of two evils.)

LG's TV will come with a "Magic Remote Qwerty," which we assume is code for a keyboard/remote combo. We'll get our first real look first thing Monday morning. Be sure to join us.

Source: LG

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While nothing is official until Verizon says it's official -- especially when you're talking about Verizon -- it looks like we'll be seeing the LG Spectrum hitting the shelves at Big Red soon.  It's a worthy upgrade from the LG Revolution, with hot specs on a hot network -- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 1GB RAM, full HD 4.5-inch IPS display, LTE radio and special HD content from Netflix and ESPN.  The only thing not to love here is that it looks to launch with Gingerbread, and we know all about LG and updates.  Look for a possible announcement at CES -- we'll be there, ready and waiting to find out more.

Source: Droid-Life

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The stories about the death of Google TV seem to have all been a bit exaggerated, as Google just announced a slew of new partners -- including ARM processor manufacturer Marvell -- on board with GTV.  Before I wax too poetic (I'm a huge Google TV fan), here's the list of announced partners:

  • LG - We’re thrilled to welcome global consumer electronics leader LG to the Google TV family. LG will showcase a new line of TVs powered by Google TV running on their own L9 chipset at CES.
  • Marvell - Also new to the Google TV family this year is Marvell, an innovative worldwide leader in chipsets. Marvell will be showcasing a new generation of Google TV solutions which will help bring more products across more price points to consumers.
  • MediaTek - We’re also excited to partner with MediaTek, the leading Taiwanese chipset designer. MediaTek chipsets will power yet another wave of Google TV devices.
  • Samsung - We’re excited to work closely with Samsung to bring Google-TV powered Samsung devices to market in 2012.
  • Sony - We’re happy to build on our partnership with Sony. At CES, Sony will unveil new devices for the US and plans to offer Google TV powered products in several countries around the world in 2012.
  • Vizio - Last year we announced our partnership with Vizio at CES. This year we’re excited to join Vizio as they hold private demos at CES showcasing their new line of Google TV-powered products.

We'll be sure to get as many details as we can at CES next week, where we expect Google Android news to flow like wine. 

The "big deal" here is the ARM support (here comes that poetic waxing).  The only thing wrong with Google TV as it stands now is hardware that doesn't have enough oompf to satisfy our fickle desire for speed.  The Atom chipset has had it's day, and it's time to move forward.  Give me a set-top to replace my Logitech Revue with a quad-core chip and a sizzling GPU and I'm all over it, and expect I wouldn't be alone.  We've always thought that Google TV could capture a big portion of the set-top box market, and with news like this it might just be moving into the game console market as well.  Long live Google TV!

Source: The official Google TV blog

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Update: Apparently this one was released on some regional carriers in late 2011. Carry on, folks!

One of the bigger (if underappreciated) hits of 2011 was LG's Optimus line. And it looks like it'll be getting a follow-up version with the Optimus 2 (aka the AS680). It looks to be sporting a 3.2-inch display, Android 2.3, 3.2MP camera and 1500 mAh battery. It's got all the other usual features, like GPS and Bluetooth, and Swype is built in. 

Look for this guy to make an official appearance next week at CES, we reckon.

Source: LG; via Phonescoop

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Back in October we got word that in 2012 we'll be seeing versions of Android optimized to run on Intel chipsets. Word out of Korea is that the first smartphones running on them, will be made by LG and on show for the world to see at CES.

An article in the Korea Times claims that officials from both companies have confirmed the news despite official spokespeople remaining quiet on the matter. 

To spin the story around a little though, another LG executive doesn't think that the company will be releasing Intel powered phones to the mass market. Instead claiming that through massive subsidies from Intel, LG would more likely be producing the reference devices. 

It's not unusual to see such rumours floating around so close to CES -- especially one that makes total sense -- but Intel will be there so seeing an Android announcement isn't too far fetched. Either way we don't have long to wait and see. 

Source: Korea Times 

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Ricardo Cerqueira, a member of the CM team and LG Android device guru, has added official  CyanogenMod nightly (CM7 for the time being) support for three new LG devices -- The LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Pro, and the LG Optimus Hub -- and has once again made support for the LG Optimus Black official after a short hiatus.  Here in the states we're not too familiar with these devices, but we have plenty of American counterparts that are relatively close, so this may make things much easier to support our LG devices as well.  Quality hardware and specs, meet quality software.  It's sounds like a hell of a match.

Source: +CyanogenMod

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The obtusely named PRADA phone by LG 3.0 is now available in South Korea, the manufacturer announced today. It'll be released in most European nations and in other parts of Asia in January.

As you'll recall from our hands-on with the phone earlier this month, the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 (seriously, we're just calling it PRADA 3.0 from here on out) is running a unique UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 4.3-inch display at 480x800 resolution and 800 nits of brightness, 8GB of onboard storage, a 1GHz processor and a 1540 mAh battery.

We've got our hands-on video and the full press release after the break.

More: PRADA phone by LG 3.0

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It's been about a month since LG first announced which of its phones would be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And it's going to be at least three more months or so before any of them actually see it.

LG on its Facebook page today announced that the Optimus LTE, Prada Phone by LG 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, myTouch Q and Eclipse would start to see ICS upgrades in the second quarter of 2012 -- that's as early as April, as late as June. And coming in the third quarter -- that's sometime between July and September -- the Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2 and Optimus EX will start to see their updates.

That LG has committed to updates is great. That it's going to take a minimum of six months for a number of its current phones to even begin to see official updates is far less great.

Source: Facebook

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LG and Prada have just unveiled their latest smartphone offering, the Prada Phone by LG 3.0. It's a device that combines high-end smartphone components from LG with a unique Prada-designed chassis and a distinctive, almost-monochrome UI. (Shame the name's so awkward though.)

We got our first look at the phone at today's joint event in London's Mayfair district, so join us after the jump to find out what we thought.

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Have an Optimus 3D or LG Thrill 4G (the U.S. version on AT&T)?  Here's news you'll love -- Ricardo Cerqueira, an Android hacking mastermind when it comes to high-end LG devices, has released a new version of his "Almost CyanogenMod 7" ROM today.  Why the "Almost" tag?  Ricardo explains thusly:

This early release is based off the current CyanogenMod code, but unlike CM its components aren't public yet, so you can not build it yourself. Since being able to roll your own is a core feature of CyanogenMod, I prefer to think of this as something close to CM, but not quite CM.

If you're using an LG Thrill 4G, go download it now from the source link.  If you're using an Optimus 3D, you'll need to have the Gingerbread baseband installed (unlike the previous version of Almost CM) so you'll need to flash the current stock ROM from the LG Updater tool, then re-root your device.  That sounds like a bit of a headache, and it is, but it's well worth it as the new baseband brings along an impressive speed boost from HSPA+ networks. 

This should tide us over until CM9 and Ice Cream Sandwich gets cranked out for the Cosmopolitan.  Go slow, read everything, and be sure to visit the forums if you have any questions.

Source: RootzWiki; via +Ricardo Cerqueira

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We're live in London at the LG Prada 3.0 event, where the eponymous phone was just announced. Lots more coming up. But in the meantime, hit the break for the specs list and presser.

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Update: And the official press release has gone live in Germany.

Feast your eyes on a phone most of us will likely never own -- the LG Prada 3.0 announced late last month. That little slice of sexy is being officially unveiled in London in a few hours (we'll be there, of course), but it's sneaked out of other parts Europe ahead of time. Specs are said to be a 4.3-inch NOVA display at 480x800 resolution, TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor at 1 GHz running Android 2.3.7 with a custom UI, 8GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear camrea, NFC and a 1540 mAh battery. 

No word on pricing, but Prada ain't cheap, no?

Source: BestBoyz; via Engadget

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