LG Producing Tesla Model 3’s Huge Touchscreen

With an incredible number of Model 3’s already preordered, Tesla is certainly going to need some help if they’re going to come close to filling the demand. According to Reuters, the first of the companies that may be on board to help get the Model 3 into production are LG, who will be making the huge 15-inch touchscreen information displays for the car.

This is a big deal for LG Display as with so many of the Model 3 already expected to be sold, the production of these displays should be a strong and stable source of income for the company, compared to typical consumer products such as TVs, monitors, and smartphones. Reuter’s anonymous source also stated that “LG Display is a sole supplier for the 15-plus inch centre display of Model 3”.  With no competition over the production of the Model 3’s display and its standardized nature, LG won’t have to work hard to stand out to do business, instead focusing on delivering a consistent and high-quality product.

There was no comment as to what prompted the move away from the unnamed provider of the displays used in the existing Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, but having an established display firm such as LG on side can be nothing but a good thing for Tesla, who are banking their future on the success of the Model 3, which already seems to be paying off.

Samsung and Philips Declare 3D TV Dead

Even when 3D first launched, its hold on consumers was tenuous. After all these years of struggling to put out 3D TVs and content haven’t really taken hold in most homes. A little over six years since 3D TV and content went mainstream, Samsung and Philips have given up. Both companies have dropped their focus on 3D and for 2016, will not be releasing any new 3D capable TV sets.

For Samsung, the choice was plain as “limited consumer demand for 3D, and the small amount of content being produced in this format” meant there was little point to dumping money on development. Philips went as far as to say that 3D is dead since there is no 3D content and no one really wants 3D. LG and Sony have both reduced the number of 3D capable units in their lineups and only Panasonic has any real 3D TV presence to speak of.

Personally, I see little need for 3D content other than for a few niche segments. Until passive 3D takes off and becomes relatively cheap, it’s hard to see 3D’s fortunes turning around. This is even more true for the PC space as the focus shifts to VR and its various forms like augmented VR. Unlike my thoughts when 3D first appeared, I expect VR to be much more successful despite it’s higher entry cost as it actually adds more value. It will be interesting to see if 3D will continue to limp along or will something change its fortunes in the near future.

LG Won’t Make Another Nexus Phone This Year

LG and Google have made a great team in recent years, together developing a number of phones as part of Google’s Nexus range that provided high-quality devices at a budget-friendly price point. If anyone was hoping for another new Nexus phone from LG this year, though, they’ll be sorely disappointed as an LG spokesperson revealed to CNET at Mobile World Congress that they won’t be developing a successor to the Nexus 5X and that “LG needs to focus on its own brand.”

While LG has really put themselves in the smartphone game with the successes of the Nexus 4, 5 and 5X, the move away from Nexus this year makes sense for the company. Their brand-new device, the LG G5 is just on the horizon and set to go head-to-head with the Samsung S7 and other flagship phones due out in 2016. This means that while LG still maintains that they are “totally happy” with their relationship with Google and work on Nexus phones, the resources to fuel both the G5 to its fullest potential and develop a brand new Nexus device simply don’t exist. Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins.

Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins. Hopefully, LG will continue to work on Nexus devices beyond the immediate future, however, as I am sure myself and many others would be saddened to see such solid budget devices from LG disappear.

LG G5 Bridges the Gap Between Modular Phones and Reliable Hardware

LG are a company known for many things, such as the 98 inch 8K UHD Television they showed off at CES this year. One of the things many people own that LG does well is their mobile phones, offering reliable and dependable hardware for your everyday use, but even LG are not blind to the latest crazes that are coming along, the most recent one being modular phones like the Ara.

Modular phones like the Ara are said to be the next stage in development because you will be able to pick your favourite parts for the phone and clip them together, just like when you are building a Lego house. It would seem LG wants to help you bridge the change from the brick you hold to the new snap and click design in their LG G5 mobile.

The G5 smartphone looks like any other smartphone at the moment, a large screen and minimal physical buttons on the phone. What’s new about the G5 though is the decision to go with a metal body, something that does nothing but to help you keep the phone alive for longer. The G5 will also feature a 2,800 mAh battery, something that tends to last most phone users through the whole day. If this isn’t the case for some reason though the G5 will bring back the concept of a swappable battery, an idea that should never have left mobile phones in my opinion.

If this wasn’t enough the phone will feature an “expansion slot” an area that means you can quickly add a module to enhance the phone just the way you like it. Going out for a day with the family at the zoo? Take the CAM Plus module, with autofocus, exposure lock and made to feel just like that DSLR everyone is lugging around, all with the added bonus of another 1,200 mAh of battery power for your phone.

Going to a party? Take the Hi-Fi Plus Module, offering support for high-definition audio files, the perfect companion for your latest album. If this wasn’t enough the phone will be joined by several “companion” devices, such as the 360 cam, giving you the ability to capture 360-degree photos and videos using just your phone.

With all these features and a step towards modular upgradable phones, LG could be onto a winner with the G5.

LG Unveils An Enormous Television Screen At CES

Televisions are becoming thinner and thinner yet bigger and bigger, more homes are adopting at least a 40-inch screen and above with the aim of enjoying a wide variety of entertainment on a Full HD or even a 4k screen. LG have noted this and might have taken it to slightly over the top heights after unveiling a 98-inch Television screen at CES 2016 which is being held in Las Vegas, (and eTeknix are there, yes I know)

The South Korean electronic manufacturer has unveiled this mammoth screen that boasts a 98-inch UHD with 8K resolution, below is an image to demonstrate this, it looks imposing and it feels as if it could provide a fantastic experience if you played Call of Duty or GTA on it, only pity is you might be playing it in the garden when you consider the size.

Understandably, there has been no word concerning the official price, my guess is it would be very expensive when you consider Sharp’s 98 inch offering at 2015 CES had a price of over $130,000 dollars (£88,591.77)  Content is also slightly limited on the 8K front when you consider consumers are not exactly overwhelmed by a vast array of 4K TV let alone 8K.

Only time will tell whether this TV will be a viable product if it is, my guess is the price will be for those who have enough room in their house for such a gadget.

Image courtesy of androasia

LG Teases High-End Home Appliances Line-Up Ahead of CES 2016

With CES 2016 just around the corner, LG has decided to give us a small insight into their latest product range, mysteriously named, LG Signature. As you can see from the captured image, it looks like a new line-up of home appliances which adopt a sleek, minimalistic design philosophy. So far this includes a television, a refrigerator, an air purifier and some washing machines. Unfortunately, that’s all the information we currently have but the official launch reveal is just over two weeks away! Rest assured, we will be providing extensive coverage of the product announcements during CES.

This is an interesting move from LG, as I don’t usually associate them with subtle, luxury designs on household applications. Perhaps, they want to appeal to higher end customers and sell products with a very hefty price tag. However, this is all pure speculation and the devices might still be affordable. If you’re interested in seeing the confusing trailer, please visit this website.

I’ve personally used an LG washing machine before and it’s been reliable. LG recently hired a highly skilled design team to innovate on upcoming products. It seems likely that they were directed to producing the Signature range.

LG’s Upcoming Mobile Flagship Specification Leaked

LG’s mobile division isn’t the most successful from a financial standpoint, but the handsets themselves are absolutely marvelous. The LG Flex 2 offers superb performance on an innovative screen, while the G4 continues to reign supreme as the best premium handset on the market under £350. The G4’s successor is scheduled for release in February next year to inject sales into LG’s mobile product range instead of the traditional Q2 release date. Furthermore, the upcoming device’s specification has been leaked from a credible source and allegedly features a 21-megapixel camera, 5.6-inch 2560×1440 display and top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Additionally, rumors suggest there will be a fingerprint sensor, 8-megapixel front camera for selfies and controversially, a metal unibody back.

This means LG is moving away from the gorgeous replaceable leather covers and using a sealed design. As a result, you won’t be able to swap out the battery in a similar vein to most premium handsets. Honestly, this is a terrible decision if true, as many people enjoy the freedom and peace of mind from non-soldered batteries. While the unibody might evoke a more luxury feel, it’s bound to alienate a certain section of the market.

Is a removable battery important to you when selecting a handset?

Newest Smartwatch From LG Cancelled After Six Days on Market

LG’s newest smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, has just been cancelled, after only being available on the market for 6 days. The true reason for the cancellation is not yet clear, but an LG representative went on record with Android Police that it was due to hardware issues.

LG refused to detail exactly what the issues with the hardware were, however, it was assured that use of the device was not hazardous to the user, instead providing this statement: “Late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device. After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue.”

Despite already having been on sale for six days, the removal of the device from the sites of distributors such as Verizon and AT&T have been swift, with sites either reporting errors or redirecting to other LG Smartwatches in place of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE’s page. The watch is even conspicuously absent from LG’s own website, which is a very abrupt about-face for the company. With LG unsure as to whether the product will ever be available for sale again, it is clear they want to avoid publicity on the issue, due to their strong position as a hardware manufacturer for some Android Nexus devices. Despite this, LG is yet to issue a recall on the product to anyone who already purchased the watch, so it may be prudent for any early buyers to look into the returns policy from their provider.

The cancellation of this device is a setback for both Google and LG, who touted the product as the first Android smartwatch with built-in cellular connectivity, allowing it to make calls and receive messages even when separated from a handset. This would have opened up sales to people who don’t see the purpose of a smartwatch if it’s just another interface for your phone and not very useful when separated. The only assurance LG leaves us with is that “For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase.”

LG is Creating Their Own Mobile Payment System

The LG G3, G4 and Flex 2 are some of the best handsets on the market and cost significantly less than devices from HTC, Apple and Samsung. Only recently, LG’s flagship, the G4 was on offer for around the £300 mark and features an optional leather back and a stunning specification. Although, LG’s skinned version of Android is prone to some slowdown. Despite this excellent array of handsets, LG is struggling financially in the mobile sector and recorded a loss of $68 million. As a result, LG has decided to re-double their efforts in this area and launched their own mobile payment system.

LG Pay, in theory, offers a similar service to Apple, and Google’s mobile payment technology. Sadly, there’s no information at this time regarding which devices are supported, and if the payment system will be implemented worldwide. Clearly, Apple’s payment system has encouraged other manufacturers to enter this market. I’m not convinced this is going to dramatically alter LG’s fortunes in the mobile market, though. It’s an incredibly difficult sector to be successful in given the brand loyalty of Apple, and Samsung as well as the huge array of cheap Android handsets available.

Despite this, if you’re looking for a new handset which doesn’t break the bank, the LG G4 is an exceptional choice.

LG Records $68 Million Loss in Mobile Division

LG’s G3 and G4 handsets have received widespread positive reviews and characterized by a remarkable image sensor. Additionally, the G4’s superb price, beautiful display and optional leather back make it a fantastic choice around the £350 mark. Sadly, LG’s superb handset range hasn’t resulted in a profitable venture and reported a huge loss of $68 million.

This is dreadful when you consider sales have increased by 12% in North America, although worldwide figures dropped 21% year-over-year. LG‘s report demonstrates the difficulties many manufacturers face in the smartphone market. While the hardware is excellent, LG’s software can be slightly buggy but things have impressed in the last few months. Additionally, the LG Flex 2 hasn’t made a major impact and ended up being a very niche device.

Perhaps, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC deterred some people from purchasing as the chip’s overheating issues are well documented. Also, the European version only contains 2GB of RAM, which lingers behind many other handsets in 2015. The most likely reason is the emergence of ultra-cheap but feature-rich smartphones from Chinese companies like Hauwei.

As a result, it’s such a competitive sector and difficult to attain large sales. LG’s financial position is becoming similar to HTC which is a shame.

Do you currently own an LG handset?

Google Hosting Event on September 29th

Google has finalized the event date for its hardware launch presentation and already sent out invitations to members of the press. The event will take place on Tuesday September 29th and begin at 9AM PT. There’s a great deal of speculation regarding Google’s hardware announcements, but information suggests the main headline will be the latest Nexus 5. In theory, there could be two models, one from Hauwei and another from LG. The Nexus 6 is a beautiful handset, but the 5.9″ display is overkill for many users and cannot be comfortably held in one hand.

In theory, the Hauwei Nexus could be similar to the Honor 7 which integrates an astonishingly responsive fingerprint scanner. Other reveals could include a new Chromecast or audio streaming device. With the announcement of the revised Apple TV, it seems an appropriate time for Google to update their budget-friendly media streaming dongle. However, it will be interesting to see if the form factor or specifications have changed. On another note, it’s possible Google could discuss more about the company’s restructuring and Alphabet name. In terms of hardware, Google has a wide array of appetizing products and the Nexus line is bound to sell extremely well and receive a great deal of press coverage.

Do you own a Nexus handset? Are you looking forward to the new one?

Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ App Receives The Reception it Deserves

Apple created its first Android app on the Google Play Store, entitled, “Move to iOS” which migrates your personal data when switching to an Apple handset. I’m not entirely sure if this naivety or arrogance, but what did Apple expect from the majority of users on Android? Obviously, the app has been massively downvoted and there’s currently 17,710 people who awarded the app one star. While you could say this is due to Android fanboys, I honestly think Apple’s attitude in making this app deserves a great deal of criticism. I presume most of the one star reviews are an objection to Apple’s claims about the large numbers of people flocking to iOS from Android.

Here is a selection of user reviews to give you an indication about why they are upset:

“Really?? First of all, why in the whole world, would I migrate from Android to iOS?!? I don’t see any reason at all! Second of all, seriously?! An Android app looking like a iOS?? IMHO, Apple should have showed some respect and followed android material design! How does Google allow such kind of thing? Come on!!!”

“Stay Away from this app unless you are ready to live rest of your life without one kidney. I installed it on my new Xperia M4 Aqua dual and it suggested me to buy two iphone6 plus since i’ve been using dual sim handset. Not worth it.”

“Do not install this junk!!! Google never made any kind of app that can move from iOS to android and this app as you see it said “you can recycle your android phone at any Apple store” It said RECYCLE!! What’s wrong with Apple.”

Whether you support Apple or Android’s ecosystem, it’s difficult to argue about the app’s terrible integration in a rival storefront. Surely, Apple’s marketing team just wanted to abuse its position and start a flame-war. As a technology critic, I have to say fanboyism benefits no-one and Apple is actively promoting it via this scheme.

More Pictures Surface for 2015 Nexus 5

While got our first glimpse of Google’s new Nexus 5 last month, we’re now getting some better quality leaks. With a launch set rumoured to be later this month, we should expect even more leaks for the Nexus 5 and the rest of Google’s new Nexus lineup.

Just like the previous image, the new one shows off the distinctive camera bulge. We also get a better view of the dual-LED flash and laser range finder. While the Nexus 5 camera eventually got pretty decent, the new module looks to be a nice improvement with the numerous improvements.

Also on the back we can see the new ring for the fingerprint sensor. With the arrival of Android 6.0 Marshmellow, we should be seeing increased support for biometrics. Near the bottom edge, you can find the headphone jack which has been moved compared to the old Nexus 5.

The Nexus 5 is set to arrive with a Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of ram, Adreno 418 GPU and a 2700mAh battery all powering a 5.2″ 1080p display. We should expect a launch along with the release of Android 6.0 and the new Huawei Nexus as well. Overall, the new Nexus 5 should be a worthy successor to its popular namesake.

Image courtesy of AndroidPit

New Nexus 5 by LG Specifications Leaked

Coming just 2 weeks after the rumoured Nexus 5 was pictured, we’re now receiving more information about the internal of the new device. First off the most important factor, pricing should be better than the Nexus 6. That is because there is a new Nexus 6 that is also expected with flagship pricing, putting the new Nexus 5 at sub-flagship pricing. Whether or not that means about $500 pricing or something even lower remains to be seen.

Starting off, we have the Snapdragon 808 powering the phone, which is not that great a surprise. The 808 uses 2 high-speed A57 cores paired with 4 slower A53 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration and largely avoids the throttling experienced by the 810. With only two of the power hungry A57 cores, the 808 will deliver the higher IPC of the larger cores and reduces power consumption as the extra 2 A57 cores of the 810 are largely unused for now. This is backed by 3GB of ram which should help multitasking.

On the graphics side, the Adreno 418 should offer a bit better performance compared to the Adreno 330 found in the Nexus 5 and the Adreno 420 in the Nexus 6. This will be paired with a 5.2″ 1080p screen which should allow for better graphics performance compared to the Nexus 6 which had to drive a larger 1440p display. With a larger 2700mAh battery compared to the original Nexus 5, and a lower 20nm process node, battery life should be significantly improved.

For snapping pics, the shooter is upgraded to 12MP for the rear and 5MP for the front which should be a nice upgrade. Charging is done via the new USB type-C port though whether or not it supports USB 3 remains to be seen. Storage is still capped at 32GB which can be limiting given no microSD slot is expected. There was no information given about the finger print sensor pictured in earlier leaks. We will probably get more information as the Nexus 5 nears launch later this year so stay tuned!

Thank you AndroidPolice for providing us with this information

LG’s Rolly Keyboard is a Portable Marvel

LG has unveiled an ingenious accessory called the Rolly Keyboard which easily folds into a solid rectangle shape and unlike flexible keyboards, is extremely sturdy. The Rolly Keyboard is constructed from “impact-resistant” polycarbonate and plastic with two fold-out arms designed to support the weight of a smartphone or tablet. Additionally, there are 4 rows of keys which provides enough room to type freely enough and find commonly used functions. The device features Bluetooth 3.0 and a single AAA battery capable of up to 3 months of prolonged usage. When unrolled, the keyboard automatically pairs itself surrounding devices.

Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company explained this was only the start of things to come:

“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,”

“The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.”

Over the years, I’ve seen many compact keyboards but most of them feel quite flimsy due to the flexible plastic construction. LG has somehow managed to create an alternative using strong, durable materials. As a result, it’s quite natural to use the keyboard on-the-go and makes LG’s mobile line-up more alluring.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information.

The Nexus 5 2015 Finally Pictured in the Wild

There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the latest batch of Nexus handsets and early rumours indicate the production of two new models. Allegedly, Huawei is working on the larger 5.7-inch device while LG manufacturers a 5.2-inch version. Thankfully, we now have some credible evidence in the form of a user-picture showing an early sample of the 5.2-inch SKU.

The leaked photograph, provided by Marques Brownlee on Twitter, includes a small white label which appears to contain an LG logo. Additionally, the back is manufactured from Polycarbonate, uses a laser autofocus mechanism and doesn’t feature a rear speaker. The image appears to be genuine and resembles renders leaked last week. As you can see, there is a fingerprint scanner below the dual flash camera which has been reported on for some time. Currently, there’s no trustworthy sources outlining the handset’s specifications but this should be revealed fairly soon as more leaks emerge. In terms of availability, the LG unit is estimated to arrive during the fall of this year. Although, this is only a rough guess and could be wildly off the mark.

The original Nexus 5 sold incredibly well and was a great choice for consumers looking for a reasonably priced, high-specification device. Its successor is shaping up quite nicely but has tough competition in markets like China which contain a host of powerful, low-cost Android handsets.

Thank you The Verge for providing this information.

LG’s G4 is now available in the US

Living in US? Looking for a new high-end smartphone? You might want to add the LG’s G4 to your list as a US Telecom Carrier T-Mobile has stocked it up and launched online sales today. The pricing is, as expected, $599.76 outright or $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $24.99. The device will be available in two variants
(Color / Back Panel) which are metallic gray and the T-Mobile exclusive, brown leather. Both the variants have absolutely no hardware specification differences. T-Mobile has mentioned that they will begin shipping online orders out immediately and the G4 will hit T-Mobile retail shops on June 3rd. However, if you are looking for the G4 with the Black leather option, you might have to wait till Sprint makes the device available on June 4th.

As LG G4 is the only major flagship device with expandable storage. T-Mobile is throwing in a free 128GB microSD card for a limited time (and till the limited stock) which end the end-user up with 160 GB of storage. This pretty much for any user to store all the multimedia files like Pictures, Videos, Movies, etc. You can grab your device right now from here.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

LG’s OLED ‘Wallpaper’ TV Uses Magnets to Stick on Wall

LG’s branch LG Display has just made a breakthrough in the department of HD Televisions. They have shown off a detachable display panel so thin that it clocks at 0.97mm (0.04 inches ) and it weighs just 1.9kg (4.1 pounds). For comparison, their existing flagship 55-inch OLED panel is 4.3 mm thick. It may be possible due the fact that it doesn’t incorporate the circuitry that would actually make it function as a TV. It was made official at a press event in Korea on Tuesday and it is termed as proof-of-concept television. It is a 55″ OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panel. Sporting an OLED panel means insane black levels and great color reproduction.

The display panel is so thin and light that it can be stuck to a wall with magnetic mat using magnets. To remove the panel, just peel it off, literally! But this is not a commercial product at the moment. It is just a proof of concept and it may or may not be in the future TVs by LG. They have made it quite clear that their future TVs will boast OLED panels, Recently, Samsung and Sony have even chosen to move away from the technology due to its poor yields and tricky manufacturing process but LG Display knows what they are doing.

Thank you Yonhap News and The Verge for providing us with this information.

Smartphone Shipments in China Faced with First Decline in Six Years

We’ve all been super hyped with the latest smartphones these past years, haven’t we? I mean, since Steve Jobs revealed the first iPhone back in 2007, every manufacturer went crazy and started expanding this industry, building all sorts of smart devices in an attempt to draw more customers.

During this time, the smartphone industry has flourished from all the hype. However, nowadays we have smartphones that pretty much handle most stuff we do on our PCs or laptops. So does this inspire you to upgrade as you were eager to do in the past? Yeah… I thought so.

The same results seem to show in a study made by research firm IDC, indicating that Chinese smartphone shipments have dropped for the first time in six years. They noted that Q1 2015 shipments have dropped 4% since Q1 2014 and 8% since Q4 2014. Figures show only 98.8 million units shipped this Q1, which is the first time since Q4 2013 that shipments fall below the 100 million mark.

Apple is still the top smartphone vendor in China with 14.7% market shares, which is not surprising at all, followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 13.7% and 11.4% respectively. IDC expects a flat growth for the Chinese smartphone market this year, but some good can come of all this (at least for the consumer).

Given the figures, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo might switch from their usual entry-level smartphones to more higher-spec devices to give customers a reason for upgrading their phones.

Also, the latter companies would be pushed to strongly consider expanding beyond the Chinese border and into markets that are now dominated by Samsung, HTC and others. So if you wanted to see that Xiaomi smartphone that caught your eye in stores outside of China, I don’t think you need to wait very long.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

LG Launches G4 Flagship Phone in New York

LG has just launched their latest LG G4 flagship in New York today. Set to replace the year old LG G3 as well as to supplement the LG Flex 2, availability should begin in late may to June. While we’ve seen dramatic changes in the Galaxy S lineup from Samsung, LG has largely stuck to the same design, an evolution of the LG G3. That’s not to say that there aren’t improvements over the G3 because there are many.

The biggest and most obvious change is the addition of six new leather backs, complete with stitching down the center line. For those that aren’t into leather, the option to stick with a diamond pattern plastic back remains. Of course, the battery remains user replaceable behind the removable back. Unlike the Galaxy S6, the rest of the phone stays with plain old plastic.

In terms of more technical specifications, the SoC is a Snapdragon 808, a dual A57 + quad A53 chip, trimming two A57 cores from the Snapdragon 810. While this may drop multithread performance, single threaded performance should be better due to less thermal throttling, an issue the 810 has been running into. The SoC is paired with 3GB of ram, 32GB of base storage, SD card support, and a 5.5 inch 1440p IPS panel. As leaked earlier, the front camera has improved to 8MP and the rear shooter to 16MP, along with manual and gesture controls. Optical image stabilization is also improved to counter movements in all three axises, up from two.

All of these changes make the LG G4 an expected and unsurprising evolution of the G3. While Samsung has taken to reinventing their flagship Galaxy S6 to go head to head against Apple, LG has taken a different path in offering more flexibility but with some concessions to a premium feel. For now, we’ll have to wait and see which strategy will pay off as the struggle against Apple and budget OEMs continues.

Leaked Photos of the LG G4 Appear

The LG G4 is being unveiled on April 28th, but the ever prolific Evan Blass aka evleaks found a work in progress microsite’s pictures. The pictures show the standard and leather backed phones, the dimensions, a camera app that shoots in RAW, and confirmation that the back cover still allows for user replaceable batteries.

The ever prolific Evan Blass has been the source of some of the best smartphone leaks in the last few years. This time he did not disappoint with the pictures of the G4, as I for one have been impatiently waiting to see something like this as have so many others. The revelation that this phone has a removable back is a welcome sight and will mean that the 3,000mAh battery is user-replaceable and that it should have a slot for a microSD card. On closer inspection of the pictures the camera should be able to shoot RAW photos with the 16MP, f/1.8 camera that has laser autofocus and an infrared color spectrum analyzer according to the microsite. A variety of colors are available for the leather backed phones as well as the standard plastic backs.

Thank you The Verge and evleaks for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of LG via evleaks

Sony Xperia Z4 Photos Leaked

With LG and Sony yet to reveal their 2015 flagship phones many have been eager to get some information on them. Today photos of a Sony Xperia Z4 have emerged and do look authentic, though with leaks it is always best to take them with a grain of salt.

The Z4 is rumored to have a 20.7MP camera, Snapdragon 810, 4GB of RAM, IP68 certification and two different 5.2″ screens with one being FHD and the other QHD. These would mean that there may be Z4 devices at varying price points with varied hardware specs. With the LG G4 being unveiled later this month, many are hoping to see what Sony will bring to the table so that they can figure out which device they want for their next upgrade.

Source: XDA Developers

LG Releases the G4’s Display Details

LG just released some information about the display that will be on the flagship G4. The 5.5″ QHD (1,440×2,560) LCD will have 538 pixels per inch and have an amazing 120% colour gamut. LG achieves this feat by using a blue LED with red and green phosphors instead of yellow like other LCDs have.

The display no doubt is being touted as one of the G4’s best features, and accurate colours isn’t the only thing the display improved on. LG says that it offers a 50% higher contrast ratio than competing QHD LCD panels, and also says that it is 30% brighter without using extra energy.

The new displays will have darker blacks and sharper images thanks to a tech that involves UV light being used when making the panels. It says that it allows the liquid crystals to align evenly, preventing light leakage. Another new tech called Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) makes the screen very sensitive and claims that it can respond to touch commands even when wet. Many are understandably eagerly awaiting the April 24th unveiling of the G4 and thankfully we now know a little more about the device.

McAfee Anti-Virus for Your Watch? Intel Thinks So

Now I’m sure that everyone reading eTeknix is very familiar with the need to be protected. You’ve all got the right anti-virus software on your machines, all properly configured. Those of you who have Android phones too, I’m sure you take all the measures necessary to keep bad guys out. But with technology coming to even more places, including our wrists, it begs the question, do we need to protect those things too?

Intel certainly thinks so. At Mobile World Congress this week, the company just announced that they’ll be bundling McAfee Mobile Security (Intel owns McAfee) with LG’s new Watch Urbane LTE. Yes, just as you thought your wrists could be free of bloatware/crapware, Intel has gone and stuck McAfee on a smartwatch. Why you would need that is unknown – as of yet, there are no known pieces of malware that specifically target a smartwatch. Plus, the software you can download and install on such a device, even on a non-tethered watch like the one question, is highly limited, making it difficult to inadvertently download malware.

The biggest question from all of this though, is how do you get rid of it? Let’s hope it’s not as difficult as it is on a new PC.

Source: The Verge

Firefox OS Set to Enter the US and Other Developed Markets in 2016

Mozilla has developed its Firefox OS in order to target low-cost smartphone markets all around the world. Its recent statement claims that the company is considering to enter more developed markets next year.

Mozilla has stated a project with US, Japanese, South Korean and Spanish carriers to get ready for shipping high-spec smartphones starting from 2016 onwards. However, the more developed markets for smartphones are currently owned and heavily competed by Apple, Android and Windows Phone. But Mozilla seems to be taking a rather strange and out of fashion approach.

Flip phones and sliders would be the main attraction and key feature of these new Firefox OS phones, as stated by Andreas Gal, chief technology officer at Mozilla. He stated that customers like the older form factors of mobile phones and this is the main cause of why they are stuck with older operating systems.

“Development of feature phones has essentially stopped, said Gal. “This project will bring a modern smartphone OS into this market.”

The project has been announced on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, pointing out that Verizon Wireless, KDDI, LG uPlus and Telefonica will be the first carriers to start shipping these new smartphones next year.

Thank you Computer World for providing us with this information

Google Is Planning to Release Two New Nexus Smartphones

There is a rumour that Google is planning to release two new Nexus smartphones later this year. More surprising is the fact that the company giant might be working with LG and Huawei, which is an interesting choice of partners.

Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, which is also on the rise in terms of popularity around the world. It would make sense for Google to work with Huawei in order to target the rapidly evolving smartphone market in China through one of the most popular brands of smartphones on the Chinese market. Also, by working with LG, Google can easily target a vast consumer market outside China.

The smartphones would most probably be showcased at the Google I/O 2015 event, where Huawei will most likely show how a smartphone can properly make use of the Android 6.0 OS alongside LG and its variant of the handset.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Wireless Qi Charging Coming to 50 UK McDonald’s Restaurants

A new deal between fast food chain McDonald’s and wireless charging solutions company Aircharge means that 50 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK will be offering free Qi (proncounced ‘Chee’) wireless charging.

The Qi charging system allows devices to be charged by merely being within close proximity to a power transmission pad – no need to plug in any cables.  Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, and Sony are already working to adopt the standard for its mobile devices, with 70 Qi-compatible smartphones already on the market.

600 Qi charger will be available over 50 sites, many of which are expected to be in London. There has been no announcement yet as to which restaurants will be offering the service.

The Qi charging service has already been successfully trialled in a handful of McDonald’s restaurants. A post by the Wireless Power Consortium suggests that customers taking advantage of the trial tended to wait in the restaurant upwards of half-an-hour just to use the service.

Source: The Next Web