In 2013, an estimated 60,000 TVs with Ultra HD (4K) resolution were sold around the world. This year, the Consumer Electronics Association expects that figure to balloon to 500,000 and by 2017, the CEA expects 3 million Ultra HD TVs from companies like Samsung, LG, Sony and more to be sold worldwide. Dropping prices will be a big contributing factor to the growing popularity of televisions that pack 4K panels, and so will the increasing competition in the emerging space that is set to kick off this week at CES 2014. More →
CES was all about tablets last year and while the PC’s worst enemy is still a big deal at the show in 2014, wearables have taken center stage this year. Smartwatches, connected eyewear, fitness tracking bands and other wearable computing devices can be found at every turn in Las Vegas at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show as technology companies look to attack what industry watchers expect to be the next big thing in consumer tech, and LG on Monday unveiled its latest entrant in this emerging space. More →
As Google gets ready to give its TV efforts a huge adrenaline shot in 2014 after its Google TV efforts flopped so spectacularly, LG has announced that it’s heading in a different direction in 2014. The South Korea-based electronics giant said last year that it would use its newly acquired webOS platform to power TVs, and it said the first such set would launch in 2014. Well, 2014 is now here and LG has no plans of breaking its promise. In fact, just the opposite: LG on Monday announced that webOS will power more than 70% of its smart TV lineup in 2014. More →
2013 may be behind us but it looks like some of the smartphones that debuted last year aren’t quite ready to retire just yet. In a new post from serial smartphone leaker @evleaks, two new marketing renders of LG’s G Flex “banana phone” have been pictured, one that includes a mention of T-Mobile and a second that shows AT&T as the carrier. Neither company has confirmed that it will carry the G Flex at this point but considering @evleaks’s track record, we can likely expect LG’s first phone with a curved display to debut very soon. Beyond the vertically curved 6-inch AMOLED screen that offers minimal durability enhancements and little else, the G Flex’s key specs include a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
An image purportedly showing LG’s first webOS-based Smart TV has been published online by @evleaks, a source with a proven track record when it comes to leaking details or pictures about unannounced devices. The image seems to confirm an earlier report from The Wall Street Journal that claimed LG will unveil its webOS TV plans at CES 2014 in Las Vegas later this month. More →
Palm’s last mobile operating system, webOS, will find new life in LG televisions. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the first new webOS television will be showcased in January during the CES 2014 trade show in Las Vegas. This is an interesting move by LG. A couple of years ago, connected televisions were largely expected to run Android. But Samsung is now seen launching Tizen-powered televisions by 2015 and LG’s webOS move means that the smart TV market might become surprisingly fragmented in the coming years — particularly if Apple and Microsoft also jump in with iOS and Windows televisions. More →
Apple and Samsung continued to completely crush smartphone their smaller smartphone rivals in 2013. Despite their best efforts, companies like LG and HTC launched huge misses this year that will continue to haunt them moving into 2014, according to a new report. Digitimes on Friday noted that companies like LG, HTC and Huawei had big ambitions for their flagship smartphones in 2013 but each vendor fell flat with their premier handsets, again signaling more struggles ahead. More →
It has been clear for some time that consumer technology industry giants like Samsung and Sony are eyeing the wearable tech market for a boost as growth in the smartphone space slows. The first assault on this emerging market stuck to the smartwatch category, however, and fitness tracking band specialists like Nike, Fitbit and Jawbone were in the clear. It looks like 2014 will be an entirely different story, however. We have already seen reports stating that Samsung is working on a fitness tracking band that will launch early next year, and now a new report from Korea Herald claims LG also has plans to take on the Jawbone UP, Nike FuelBand and other fitness trackers with its own dedicated tracking band. More →
LG’s 2013 flagship phone was a very capable device with impressive specs and a solid design, but it didn’t really include anything in the way of compelling differentiation that might set it apart from smartphones sold by South Korean rival Samsung. The problem with that, of course, is that Samsung’s smartphones are backed by a marketing budget that climbs into the double-digit billions, so sales of the G2 fell well short of expectations. Also, no one cared about it’s standout feature: volume buttons and a power button on the back of the case. LG might not have the budget to go toe to toe with Samsung but according to a new report, its next move with the G2′s successor might take a page right out of its larger rivals’ playbooks. More →
It looks like LG’s next-generation flagship phone for 2014 might have something a bit more impressive to tout than buttons on the back of the device. According to a report from ZDNet Korea, LG may have leaked the specs of its next generation flagship phone, the LG G3. It is rumored to have a 1,440 x 2,560-pixel quad HD display. Quad HD is another name for 2K resolution, which refers to a display that has a horizontal resolution (or vertical resolution, in the case of smartphones) of more than 2,000 pixels. The rumor does not specify how large the display will be, but LG showed off a new 5.5-inch quad HD display this August. ZDNet Korea’s report also says that the G3 will feature a 16-megapixel rear camera and an eight-core processor. The G3 isn’t expected to launch until the second half of 2014. More →
Slowly but surely, Google is fixing each and every minor problem with the otherwise stellar Nexus 5. According to a user on the XDA Developers forum, the Nexus 5 units that Google is currently shipping are notably revised from the initial rollout. Some of the issues that plagued the original units included noisy buttons, a protruding SIM tray and poor sound quality. Google and LG appear to have resolved a majority of these issues as customers have started to receive phones with larger microphone and speaker holes as well as sturdier buttons. Don’t take our word for it though — one Nexus 5 owner has stacked the two units on top of one another in order to exhibit the fixes. The photos can be seen below. More →
The shockingly weak sales of LG’s flagship G2 smartphone have wider industry implications. The company moved only 2.3 million units of its flagship model during its launch quarter, missing its already lowballed 3 million unit target by more than 20%. The context here is that Samsung shipped 10 million units of its latest Galaxy S model in just one month, vaulting to 20 million units in two months. Samsung is now in the position where it is outselling what was once its close rival by more than 10 to one during their respective flagship smartphone launch quarters. More →
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.