Apple’s announcement of selling 9 million iPhones during the debut weekend of 5c and 5s is a bit of a nightmare for Asian vendors who are rolling out brand new, high-end Android models right now. The expanded distribution and new color choices gave Apple an 80% bigger iPhone launch weekend than in 2012. More →
LG really surprised me with the Optimus G in 2012, and I was hoping history would repeat itself with the brand new LG G2 in 2013. The company has always built good phones, but the Optimus G was an unexpected class leader with cutting-edge specs, sleek software, solid performance and fantastic hardware made mostly of glass. It was an awesome smartphone. When LG unveiled the smartphone’s successor last month though, it raised a lot of eyebrows. The vendor spent a surprising amount of time focusing on trivialities like the phone’s volume and power buttons, which have been moved to the back of the device, and it really failed to wow us with exciting new features. But now that the G2 is hitting store shelves in the U.S., is there more to this phone than meets the eye? More →
Google only has itself to blame for the first-ever leaked image of its upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone, but this time around it can wag a finger at the Federal Communications Commission. A recent filing on the FCC website uncovered by PhoneScoop shows the fully assembled Nexus 5 as it was undergoing testing at the FCC’s facility. The Commission had previously included Nexus 5 pictures on its website, but only in bits and pieces. More →
Google’s Nexus 5 leaked earlier this week when Google accidentally included a shot of it in a promotional video for Android 4.4 KitKat. Now, it appears that the phone has passed through the FCC’s approval process and the FCC has published various details as a result. Plenty of information is covered in the various documents published by the FCC, but the most important details include confirmation that the handset is built by LG and also, of course, some Nexus 5 specs. More →
LG’s next-generation flagship G2 smartphone left a lot of us puzzled when it debuted last month. It looks like a fine phone, don’t get us wrong, but LG put a lot of emphasis on things like moving the volume buttons to the back of the phone, which detracted from anything new and innovative that might have been introduced. Nevertheless, LG’s new superphone is finally making its way to the U.S. and T-Mobile on Thursday announced that it will launch on September 18th online and September 25th in stores. Preorders start immediately and the phone will cost $99.99 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $21 for a steep total of $603.99. Key features include a 5.2-inch full HD 1080p display that stretches nearly all the way to the edges of the phone, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 4G LTE-Advanced support, a 3,000 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean. T-Mobile’s press release follows below. More →
Oops. Since there apparently aren’t already enough leaks in the smartphone industry, Google decided to take matters into its own hands on Tuesday and leak its upcoming next-generation pure Google phone, the Nexus 5. In a promotional video released following the announcement of its next major Android build, 9to5Google reports that Google inadvertently slipped in a few frames of the new Nexus 5. The video was pulled once the snafu was discovered, but not before the world caught its first glimpse of the monstrous new Google phone. More →
It was only a matter of time until LG brought its G2 flagship smartphone to a wider range of markets, but it appears that the company has chosen the busiest month of the year for mobile releases. That’s right, the LG G2 will make its way stateside sometime this month, alongside the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Xperia Z1, Galaxy Note III and plenty more. LG will be showing off the new phone at IFA 2013 when it kicks off on September 6th. LG has yet to announce a specific date that the phone will actually start shipping to the United States and Germany, however. The company’s full press release follows below. More →
If LG has learned anything from Samsung, it’s that if at first you don’t succeed, try again and again and again and again. With that in mind, LG has announced the new G Pad 8.3 ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin this week in the hopes making a significant push into the ever-expanding tablet market. LG seems to have modeled the G Pad 8.3 after its G series of smartphones that have sold reasonably well for the Korean electronics manufacturer. The device features an 8.3-inch full HD display that is just bigger than the panel on Apple’s iPad mini. The new G Pad also sports a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 4,600mAh and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The device will release in the fourth quarter of 2013, although pricing is still unknown. LG’s press release follows below. More →
LG already announced its new hero phone for the second half of 2013 when it unveiled the G2 in early August. The upcoming new flagship handset features cutting-edge specs and a unique design, though many wondered if it has any stand-out features that might draw attention away from market leaders like Samsung and Apple. That question will soon be answered as the G2 launch approaches, but now a new question emerges: can LG compete in the tablet space? More →
Just how many pixels can you cram into a smartphone display? LG is apparently determined to find out as it announced on Wednesday that it’s developed a new 5.5-inch display that has a whopping 538 pixels per inch, which sets a record for pixel density on smartphones. Of course, with displays that are as small as smartphones it’s fair to ask whether most people will really notice the difference between a screen that has 538 ppi and one that has 468 ppi such as the HTC One. LG also said that its new panel is “only 1.21 millimeters thin with a 1.2 millimeter bezel measured in LCD modules,” which makes it thinner than any other display in the world. The company’s full press release follows below. More →
LG is one of only a few outliers actually managing a small but consistent profit from selling Android smartphones, and the company is about to branch out. Speaking with Bulgarian blog Dnevnik.bg, LG Mobile’s communications chief in Bulgaria Dimitar Valev tipped the company’s hand and teased a number of new devices LG is currently prepping for launch. Among them are a new 6-inch smartphone that will seemingly out-phablet LG’s recent 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro, a new tablet rumored to feature a 9.8-inch display, a new handset powered by Firefox OS and a new smartwatch, which would be LG’s second attempt in the category. No release timing or additional details were provided.
Forget about buttons on the back of the smartphone — LG may want to make its next device bulletproof. The Korea Times reports that 20 people were injured last week during a promotional event in Korea where the company released 100 balloons in the air containing coupons offering free LG G2 smartphones. The trouble started when some aspiring G2 owners fired BB guns at the balloons to bring them down, which resulted in injuries to 20 people, some of whom were hospitalized. LG says that it’s providing proper compensation to everyone who suffered from injuries at the event. The company has also cancelled plans to hold similar events in other cities throughout Korea.
Yes, it is depressing to witness a major vendor discussing proudly how important it is to move buttons from the side of a flagship phone to the back. It is also chilling to see that same vendor highlight how awesome it is to have a 0.1-inch bezel on the sides of a display. No, it’s not. It’s not awesome to have a 0.1-inch bezel. Debuting the first color display phones, the first camera phones and the first touchscreen phones was awesome. Back in 2001 through 2007, these major break-throughs shocked and titillated Western consumers. Now, we are running on fumes. Yet just four years ago it looked as though 2013 would be a tremendously exciting year for the industry. More →