A new report suggests that LG and Google will be teaming up to produce several new products including another smartphone and an OLED TV set. According to the Korea Times, Google CEO Larry Page met with LG’s chief executive Koo Bon-joon on a recent visit to South Korea. The two executives reportedly spoke for more than an hour and discussed ways to improve their business partnership, including more deals between the two companies. LG is now said to be working on a second Nexus-branded smartphone and is reportedly in talks to launch “an LG-Google OLED TV,” in addition to its current lineup of Google TV products. LG previously partnered with Google to release the popular Nexus 4 smartphone last fall.
LG has continued to make inroads in the lucrative mobile market that in recent years has become dominated by its South Korean rival Samsung. The company has taken an aggressive approach against Samsung and even attempted to steal the thunder away from its Galaxy S4 event earlier this year. LG’s original Optimus G smartphone was well received by critics and LG hopes its sequel will find even more success. But can the Optimus G Pro hold its own in a Galaxy controlled by Samsung? More →
AT&T on Wednesday announced the upcoming launch of LG’s latest flagship smartphone, the Optimus G Pro. The newest addition to LG’s Optimus smartphone lineup features a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p display, a 3,140 mAh battery, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. “The LG Optimus G Pro gives AT&T customers the ability to create and share rich content easily,” said AT&T’s SVP od devices, Jeff Bradley. ”There’s no better place to experience that content than exclusively on our 4G LTE network, the nation’s fastest.” The Optimus G Pro will cost $199.99 on contract when it becomes available beginning May 10th.
“Ultra HD” TVs from companies like Samsung and LG made a big showing at this past Consumer Electronics Show in January, but even the lead analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association — the group that organizes CES each year — thought ultra HD would be a flop. As it turns out, however, that may not be the case. CEA’s Steve Koenig believed ultra HD TV sales would climb to just 1.6 million units three years from now in 2016, but new data from Digitimes’ unnamed industry sources suggests that shipments of TV panels with “ultra HD” 4K resolution will already fall between 3.5 million and 4 million units in 2013. The report claims top panel OEMs Innolux, AU Optronics and China Star Optoelectronics are all increasing production, and Innolux alone is expected to ship between 2 million and 3 million ultra HD TV displays this year.
Vendors doing battle in the global smartphone market last quarter saw the distance grow between Samsung, the market leader, and the rest of the pack. Market research firm Strategy Analytics is always among the first to issue quarterly shipment estimates and now that Samsung’s Q1 results are on record, the firm has made its numbers for the March quarter available. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped an estimated 69.4 million smartphones globally in Q1, representing 56% growth over the year-ago quarter, to take a record 33% of the global smartphone market. The South Korea-based juggernaut grew nine times faster than Apple, which sold “a lackluster 37.4 million iPhones worldwide.” Apple’s market share fell to 17.9% in the first quarter from 22.8% in the same quarter last year. More →
2013 is shaping up to be the year LG finds its voice in the mobile industry. The company recently shipped a record 10.3 million smartphones in the first quarter and is expecting that number to increase throughout the year. Handsets such as the Optimus G, Nexus 4 and Optimus G Pro have won over consumers, however LG believes it has the next big thing coming later this year. Yoon Bu-hyun, vice president of LG’s mobile business, confirmed on the company’s earnings call this week that it plans to launch a smartphone with a flexible OLED display before the end of 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported. Although it is unlikely that the handset will be truly flexible due to limitations with other components, it will be the first consumer device to include a wraparound display. LG plans to release the flexible OLED smartphone sometime in the fourth quarter.
LG has found success with a handful of LTE and 3G smartphones that have propelled shipments to record heights. The company announced on Wednesday that Android smartphones such as the Optimus G, Optimus G Pro, Optimus L Series and Nexus 4 have helped shipments climb to a record 10.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013. LG said more extensive availability of newer devices is expected to help smartphone sales and shipments increase further in the second quarter. The company is scheduled to announce the U.S. launch of its flagship Optimus G Pro smartphone on May 3rd. The handset has thus far been a hit, surpassing half a million units sold in South Korea in just 40 days.
LG announced on Thursday that its “world-first” curved OLED TVs will launch in the second half of this year, Engadget reported. The company unveiled its curved displays at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and promised that they deliver wider viewing angles than standard OLED TVs with an improved panoramic experience. The display was showcased with a 55-inch OLED panel that included a paper-thin design, 1080p full HD resolution and 3D support. LG hopes its new curved TVs will help it boost falling TV sales, however the price of OLED technology is still a major hurdle the company must overcome.
LG’s latest Optimus G smartphone hasn’t even arrived in the U.S. and the company is already planning to release a sequel. LG head of mobile marketing, Won Kim, confirmed to reporters on Thursday that “something different and something unique” is coming later this year, Engadget reported. The executive didn’t give specific details, however he revealed that the new flagship device will stick closer to a 5-inch screen size rather than the 5.5-inch display on the Optimus G Pro. The handset is also expected to be one of the first devices to run the new version of Android, rumored to be called Key Lime Pie. Kim said LG’s next-generation flagship smartphone is scheduled to be released sometime in the third quarter.
Wireless charging advocacy group Power Matters Alliance (PMA) on Wednesday announced that it has recruited Samsung, HTC and LG to support its cause. The group has a long list of members, including AT&T, Google, Blackberry, NEC, Texas Instruments and ZTE. PMA is pushing a unified wireless charging standard and has already deployed with its partners more than 1,500 charging stations across Starbucks coffee shops, airports and other locations. The group has asked its device partners to integrate PMA-certified wireless charging solutions into their products by 2014 and AT&T has also pledged to embed the technology into its smartphones within the same timeframe. Until then, the group is working with members to “deploy PMA-certified handsets and accessories as quickly as possible.” PMA’s press release follows below. More →
Samsung (005930) showcased a number of unique feature at its Galaxy S4 press event last month in New York City. The company touted the smartphone’s ability to pause a video when a user looked away from the screen and its new camera technology that allowed for the front and rear-facing cameras to operate at the same time. The Galaxy S4 is expected to shatter all sorts of records when it is released later this month, however one company is trying to get in Samsung’s way. More →
LG (066570) was the first to bring OLED and 4K resolution televisions to market and now it is planning another milestone with flexible display technology. According to the Korea Times, LG plans to ship its first batch of flexible displays later this year. South Korean rival Samsung (005930) showcased its “Youm” flexible displays at the Consumer Electronic Show this past January, however the company doesn’t expect it to be available in consumer devices for several years. LG is making a big push into mobile, recently finding success with its new Optimus G Pro smartphone, and a flexible display could be the next big thing to get the public’s attention.
LG’s (066570) latest flagship smartphone may be heading to the U.S. as early as next month. According to Android Central, the Optimus G Pro could arrive on AT&T (T) on May 10th. The smartphone is equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The Optimus G Pro also includes LTE connectivity, NFC, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, 2GB of RAM, a 3,140 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. LG previously revealed that the device sold more than half a million units in South Korea.