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3 years ago

Verizon shows off logo with new smartphone attached

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Verizon wants us all to know that they too will be carrying the G2 sometime "soon". They also want you to remember that you're using Verizon, and just in case they have dolled up the phone like something Richard Petty would drive.

It shouldn't affect the performance, and we know a place where you can buy a case that makes it all go away.

Source: @Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Close-up look at that new 'stepped battery' on the Moto X and LG G2

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Two trips to New York City in two weeks — one for Motorola, and another for LG, and one common theme: Why waste space inside the phone when you could fill that void with a little extra battery volume.

Enter the "stepped battery," and it's a simple enough idea. Instead of a single, rectangular-shaped battery, you've got one with a small "step" — and little bit of a hump that gives you a little more juice.

We got an up-close look at LG's "stepped" battery this morning at the G2 launch event, and you can see exactly what they're talking about. LG's using a 3,000 mAh stepped battery in its G2, and the bulge is subtle — maybe not even a full millimeter in thickness — but it's there. And spread it out over a decent size area, and suddenly you gain a bit more capacity.

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3 years ago

LG G2: A multitude of on-screen buttons, just not multitasking

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LG has — finally — moved to on-screen buttons with the LG G2, giving up the ghost (for now) on the capacitive buttons of old. That provides for some flexibility for how things work in addition to making things a little easier on the hardware side.

By default, you've got three buttons — back, home and menu. Yes, an on-screen menu button. Not recent apps.

You do get the option to move things around a little bit, as well as add a fourth button, which either can be a shortcut to QuickMemo, or it can quickly pull down the notification shade. (As for multitasking, you can "slide" between apps with a three-finger gesture as part of something LG calls "Slide Aside.")

As the image above shows, you've got the following permutations:

  • Back-Home-Menu
  • Menu-Home-Back
  • Back-Home-Menu-Shade
  • Shade-Menu-Home-Back
  • Back-Home-Menu-QMemo
  • QMemo-Menu-Home-Back

Interesting and confounding at the same time.

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3 years ago

Sprint to carry LG G2 'later this year'

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The LG G2 will be available with Sprint's unlimited data plans

In the midst of this morning's LG G2 news cornucopia, Sprint sent out a press release to let everyone know that they will also be carrying the G2, and they still offer unlimited data. While we assumed the former was the case when LG announced that all four major US carriers would be selling the G2, and that the latter was still true until we see customers marching on Kansas with pitchforks and torches, it was nice of Sprint to drop the reminder.

You can read the full statement from Sprint Product Chief Fared Adib after the break.

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3 years ago

LG G2 hands-on

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We're live in New York where LG has formally unveiled its highly-anticipated G2 flagship, which is set to hit 130 countries and the four major US carriers within the next eight weeks. LG knows just how fierce the smartphone market is, and it seems to have pulled out all the stops — this is undoubtedly the Korean company's most impressive smartphone yet. More than just a sequel to the Optimus G, the G2 marks a shift for LG — as it ditches the Optimus moniker for its flagship line, LG is keen to rebrand itself as a major competitor to the current market shapers.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to carry LG G2, Optimus F6 and Optimus F3

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T-Mobile has announced that they will be carrying the all-new LG G2, as well as the Optimus F6 and F3. All three phones will be available with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. Additionally, the three smartphones will be compatible with both T-Mobile's fast 4G HSPA+ and advanced 4G LTE networks.

While everyone is excited about the newly announced G2, the Optimus F6 and F3 look to be fine offerings in their own right. The F6 offers a 4.5-inch screen with great performance in a value-minded package, and the 4-inch F3 is T-Mobile's most affordable Android-powered LTE smartphone at zero down and just $10 monthly. The Optimus F3 is available starting today at T-Mobile retailers and on the web.

What we don't know, and the information we all want, is pricing on all three phones and a street date. The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

LG finally makes the G2 official

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LG has been teasing the new G2 on and off for over a month, and today as their presentation in New York kicked off they went ahead and made it official. The new handset looks to offer innovation with things like an edge-to-edge design, Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology, and of course the rear-button design.

The specs are no slouch, either:

  • Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
  • Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • Colors: Black / White 

We're still having a little one-on-one time with the G2, but wanted to pass along LG's news. Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to Three UK

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The LG G2 event in NYC is only just getting started, but already Three has become the first UK network to announce that it'll range LG's next big thing. The carrier's preview video confirms what we've already learned from pre-release reports — a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 4G LTE support.

No word on release dates or pricing just yet — Three says it'll launch "soon."

More: Our LG G2 event liveblog

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3 years ago

LG G2 launch event liveblog

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Sure, a picture may be worth 1,000 words, but we can do better. LG is unveiling its new G2 Android smartphone on Wednesday in New York City, and we're here in the Big Apple to get up-close and personal with the Korean manufacturer's latest.

Our liveblog kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT (probably a tad early), so ease on past the break and join us. And we've got our usual chatroom set up as well, so you can gab alongside us.

See y'all Wednesday morning!

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3 years ago

HTC announces mid-range Desire 500 for the UK

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4.3-inch WVGA display, quad-core CPU, 8MP camera, coming later this month

HTC has confirmed that the latest addition to its Desire family, the mid-range Desire 500, will be headed to the UK. Originally announced for Taiwan last month, the device packs a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display and an 8-megapixel camera, and runs the latest Sense 5 software from HTC. That includes the BlinkFeed home screen reader and automatic video highlights — although Zoes, the three-second photo/video clips, aren't mentioned in today's presser.

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3 years ago

LG G2 press render surfaces, let this tide you over until tomorrow

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As a famous Hollywood socialite would say, That's Hawt. This leaked press image of the LG G2 makes us look forward to tomorrow's LG event even more. On-screen buttons, some fancy volume do-hickey on the back, and a Snapdragon 800 under it all. And probably Leprechaun magic. 

Join us tomorrow at 11 AM ET, when we can all learn more and have a good long look at LG's next.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Motorola giving friends and family of employees $200 off a Moto X if they test the configurator

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Saving a couple hundred bucks is always a good thing

Know someone who works for Motorola? If so, you might want to hit them up about a new promotion Motorola is having, where friends and family of employees can receive a couple hundred bucks for trying out the Moto X customization program.

Users in this promotion will receive $100 on checkout after using the configuration site, and another $100 if they complete a survey and give Moto some feedback about how the process went. This pretty much negates the $199 on-contract up front cost of the phone, leaving you to pay the multi-thousand dollars of the contract or to pay an ETF and opt-out.

Anyone out there with contacts at Motorola, and going to give this a look? Holler in the comments, and let us know how it all went when you're finished.

Source: All Things D

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3 years ago

Verizon's Moto X to launch Aug. 23 says leaked inventory screen

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Leaked inventory screen points to stores receiving inventory on August 15, with an August 23 Street Date

We've heard nothing official from Verizon about when to expect their Moto X to hit the streets, but according to this picture of an inventory screen, August 23 is the day. Taken from a major retailer, we see that stock is set to arrive on August 15 with a "Street Date" of August 23, which puts it out three days after the Droid Ultra, MAXX and Mini. It's also the same date that was leaked in an earlier roadmap, so it has our attention.

There's no indication of pricing, though we expect it to be competitive with AT&T pricing at $199 for the 16GB version, with a new two-year contract. 

Of course, this is not official and doesn't take into account anything like a carrier-store exclusive. It does, however, let us know that Verizon plans to get this one out the door relatively quickly — something folks waiting for the HTC One on Big Red wouldn't know anything about.

We're keeping our eyes and ears open for anything we can dig up about the Moto X, and will pass it along as it's uncovered. 

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Inside the Moto X Active Display

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Easy on the eyes and easy on battery life, Active Display is a great addition to the Moto X

It's easy to overthink Active Display on the Moto X. It's also easy to underestimate its impact. What we've got here is a quick and easy way to get information onto your display without having to hit the power button and firing up the whole screen. From there you can decide whether the notification is important enough to act on — Oh, no! Timmy's stuck in a well! — or or whether it can wait till later — Yes, I'll take out the trash. Later.

Think about that for a minute. How many times a day do you pull your phone out of your pocket to check the time? Or to check for a notification? Each time you're hitting the power button. On LCD displays, that's what you're stuck with. AMOLED displays let you fire up individual pixels, and that's what Motorola's doing here. And it's done it pretty well. 

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3 years ago

LG G2 could land in Korea on Aug. 8, all four major U.S. carriers tipped

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Fast-tracked release in Korea and a launch on the big four in the U.S., according to Korean press reports

We're gearing up for tomorrow's big LG G2 unveiling in New York City, but it seems the first country to see a retail release for the phone could be South Korea. According to reports from Korea's MK News, the device will launch in the Korean market this Thursday, Aug. 8, the day after the NYC launch event.

In the United States, the publication adds, the G2 will launch on all four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — while Japan's NTT Docomo will also get the new LG flagship.

Fortunately we won't have to wait too long to learn whether these reports pan out, as we'll be live from NYC tomorrow to bring you full coverage of the LG G2 launch.

Source: MK News (Korean); via: UnwiredView

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