Who would have thought that having buttons on the back of your smartphone wouldn’t be a killer feature after all. 9to5Google points us to a report from Asia Today claiming that LG’s newest G2 flagship smartphone has sold around 2.3 million units so far, well below the company’s expectations. As 9to5Google notes, LG thought that it would sell around 3 million in just the third quarter of 2013 alone so it looks like the company has become only the latest to have trouble meeting sales expectations in the over-saturated high-end smartphone market. BGR reviewed the G2 this past fall and found that it was a big step backward for LG, which had previously released the very impressive Optimus G flagship smartphone back in 2012.
LG’s second banana phone will be more than just a banana phone. We have already discussed why the first round of smartphones that utilize flexible displays isn’t terribly impressive, but LG’s second phone with a flexible panel will reportedly be a completely different story. According to a report from ZDNet Korea, LG is currently developing a sequel to its G Flex smartphone that won’t just sport a slight curve, the entire device will be bendable. The report states that LG’s upcoming flexible phone will bend up to 90 degrees without breaking, and it will represent an important step on the road to smartphones that are completely foldable. LG’s bendable G Flex sequel will debut sometime in 2014 ahead of any similar offering Samsung might be working on, according to the report.
The early returns on smartphones with curved displays such as the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex have been pretty underwhelming so far. But as AndroidCentral reports, LG doesn’t see flexible displays as a mere gimmick and is predicting that they will take up a sizable chunk of the market by the end of the decade. Speaking during a press gathering in San Francisco this week, LG executive Ramchan Woo estimated that 40% of smartphones in 2020 will ship with some sort of curved or flexible display as more consumers will be drawn toward wearable devices that fit naturally on their bodies. More →
After an LG Smart TV owner discovered that his unit was sending personal data including channel history and even name files from external storage devices to an LG web address while ignoring privacy settings, the South Korean TV maker admitted the problem exists and promised to issue a firmware update to fix it. The company said that it has been collecting private data on some Smart TV models even when the feature was turned off, Engadget reports. More →
An LG Smart TV owner in the United Kingdom has shockingly discovered that his device is sending unencrypted data over Wi-Fi containing TV watching habits, as well as file names from external storage units hooked up to the TV to an LG website, even though the TV’s privacy settings should have prevented such behavior. The Smart TV model in question is the LG 42LN572V that was manufactured in May 2013. More →
Google recently released the Nexus 5, one of the best Android phones on the market, and the company might be looking to follow it up with a brand new tablet later this month. A Telefonica employee has released a purported press image of the Nexus 10 (2013) on Reddit, with a price tag of £299 (~$480 USD). The render does not display the tablet’s navigation bar, although the current image on Telefonica’s website for last year’s Nexus 10 is missing this feature as well. Pocket-lint shares the details of another Reddit post, since removed, which claimed that the Nexus 10 will launch on November 22nd with black and white models. The second image also shows the tablet’s codename, LG-V510, and a large LG logo is plastered over the image. Google might be refreshing the Nexus 10, but Samsung has apparently been replaced by LG as the manufacturing partner for the second edition. More →
I guess you can argue that some consumers need the 41-megapixel camera that Nokia introduced a few months ago. But the number of people who care about that is a sliver of the overall market. Things get even murkier with the Samsung Galaxy Round and its curved display. Technically, this feature does have marginal utility. When you rock the phone as it lies on its convex side, you can glimpse messages on the display if you happen to be looking at it sideways. This is pretty much the definition of “grasping at straws” when it comes to feature innovation. More →
Flexible smartphone displays will allow vendors to stretch the boundaries of handset design and launch exciting new devices that challenge us to rethink what a smartphone really is… some day. For the time being, they bring us banana phones. LG recently debuted the “first real curved smartphone” but in doing so, it didn’t share any information as to when the G Flex might make its way to U.S. shores. We may now have preliminary details on the banana phone’s U.S. invasion, however, and they come from serial smartphone leaker @evleaks. According to a single short and sweet tweet, the G Flex is confirmed to launch on at least three major U.S. carriers — AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The odd man out is apparently Verizon Wireless, which would hardly come as a surprise to Verizon subscribers. No further details regarding pricing or a release timeframe were provided.
Remember when I said I couldn’t put Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 down? Well, I put it down. After months of rumors, leaks and speculation, Google finally took the wraps off of its new Nexus 5 smartphone last week and Android fans were elated. The sleek new handset started selling out in mere minutes and by the end of the day, it would be weeks until new orders of some Nexus 5 builds would be dispatched. Can Google’s new Nexus phone possibly live up to all the hype that has built up over the past few months? More →
Life’s about to be good for LG’s smartwatch display supply business. The Korea Herald reports that Apple plans to tap LG Display as its main display supplier for its upcoming iWatch accessory that will likely be released next year. As for Samsung, one of The Korea Herald’s sources indicated that the company is actually not interested in making displays for the iWatch because “Samsung is using OLED to give a special ‘Samsung flavor’ to its devices, so opening up to other customers does not make sense.” In other words, it sounds as though Samsung doesn’t want Apple to benefit from all the hard work that it’s done developing the overwhelming triumph that is the Galaxy Gear.
We really, really hope the latest report on the Nexus 5′s release date is accurate for two reasons. First, we’re tired of Nexus 5 release date rumors. Second, and far more importantly, the next pure Google phone is shaping up to be one of the most amazing Android phones of the year. Google’s Nexus 4 was all about value when it launched at a shockingly low price with mid-range specs last year. This time around, however, Google and LG are cooking up an absolute beast that features cutting-edge specs but still manages to stay remarkably affordable. And if a new report from Sunday pans out, the phone will finally debut later this week. More →
Because holding a phablet to your face while making phone calls isn’t awkward enough, LG has introduced a phablet shaped like a banana. In a press release titled “LG Unveils World’s First ‘Real’ Curved Smartphone” that takes several shots at rival South Korean electronics maker Samsung, LG has finally made its G Flex smartphone with a curved display official. In line with earlier leaks, the phone features a 6-inch 720p P-OLED display that is curved vertically, a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. More →
Samsung still looks like the only company consistently turning a profit selling Android phones these days. LG revealed in its third-quarter earnings report on Thursday that its mobile division actually lost money in Q3 and posted a -2.6% operating margin despite shipping an impressive 12 million smartphones. Even though LG’s $2.75 billion in mobile sales represented a 24% increase over mobile sales from Q3 2012, the company said that it still lost money in mobile due to “increased competition and higher marketing investments.” Looking forward, LG says it “plans to focus on increasing sales of new premium products such as the LG G2 smartphone during the peak holiday season as well as maximizing 3G and mid-tier mass devices such as the L II Series and F Series.” The company’s full press release follows below. More →