LG Thrill 4G review

By on August 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

LG Thrill 4G review

The Thrill 4G is the second Android smartphone in the United States capable of recording and displaying 3D video and photos without the need for special glasses. We first saw the phone during CTIA earlier this year and, after delays, it will launch soon on AT&T for $99.99. I spent the better part of the last three weeks carrying the LG Thrill 4G everywhere I went. Are the 3D effects useful and fun or are they just a lame gimmick? Does the “4G” in its name equate to faster data speeds or does it surf on a par with 3G phones? All of this and more is answered in my review, so hit the read link to get started.

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LG cuts full-year smartphone sales forecast by 20%

By on July 8, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

LG cuts full-year smartphone sales forecast by 20%


On Thursday LG’s Park Jong Seok, head of the mobile phone business, announced that his company is cutting its full-year smartphone sales forecast by 20% and now expects to sell 24 million smartphones in 2011, down from its earlier forecast of 30 million units. According to Bloomberg, Park noted that the mobile phone business is “slowly” improving but couldn’t provide a firm time on when investors would see improvement on the company’s balance sheet. “It’s hard to give an exact timing, because there are so many market variables, and the situation changes quickly,” he said. Park expects LG to sell 1.7 million units of its new Optimus 3D smartphone by the end of the year and said “we want to differentiate ourselves with good hardware such as the 3D model by taking advantage of what we are strong at, like displays.” On June 4th, LG’s CEO, Koo Bon Joon, said that his company would have a difficult time turning around its troubled handset business during the second quarter. The company’s phone shipments were down 10% year-over-year during the first quarter of 2011, while phone sales were down 14.3% quarter-over-quarter and 9.2% year-over-year. More →

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LG profits up, mobile shipments down, in Q1 2011 earnings

By on April 28, 2011 at 3:33 AM.

LG profits up, mobile shipments down, in Q1 2011 earnings

LG struggled in 2010, but it’s slowly righting the ship in 2011. The firm reported its Q1 2011 earnings on Wednesday, and its operating profit of 131 billion won was the first positive return in the past three quarters. LG attributed the change to successful cost-reduction efforts and steady performance across all four of its businesses. The firm reported 13.2 trillion won in revenues, a 0.4% decline year-over-year. Its LG’s mobile communications business posted a loss of 101 billion won, an improvement over the 261 billion won loss the firm noted during the same period in 2010. Handset sales were down 9.2 percent year-over-year and 14.3 percent quarter-over-quarter, and the firm said it shipped 24.5 million phones, a 10% drop year-over-year and a 20% decline quarter-over-quarter. LG hopes the launch of its Optimus Black and Optimus 3D handsets will improve those figures during Q2. Despite shipping more televisions in Q1, the world’s second largest TV manufacturer attributed its 20.6% decline in home entertainment sales to slower demand and a decline in average selling price. LG’s home entertainment company posted an 82 billion won operating profit during the first quarter, which LG said was fueled by its line of 3D and Smart TVs, as well as cost cutting measure the company has taken. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Best of CTIA Wireless 2011

By on March 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM.

Best of CTIA Wireless 2011

Mickey Mouse and pals stepped aside this week in sunny Orlando, Florida to make way for the latest and greatest gear wireless companies had to offer. After a killer Consumer Electronics Show in January and an action-packed Mobile World Congress in February, we wondered if our favorite brands had enough juice left in the tank for CTIA Wireless 2011 this week. While there weren’t quite as many announcements as in other shows this year, we definitely saw some exciting new devices showcased by companies like Sprint, HTC, Samsung and more. Hit the break for a rundown of all the biggest announcements from this year’s show. More →

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Three UK’s summer lineup leaked; Galaxy S II Mini, Flyer, PlayBook and more

By on March 22, 2011 at 3:31 AM.

Three UK’s summer lineup leaked; Galaxy S II Mini, Flyer, PlayBook and more

UK wireless provider Three has had the misfortune of having its entire summer handset lineup leak online, but its loss is our gain. What does the next few months look like for the carrier? Busy. In April alone, the company will release no less than three handsets, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the Samsung Galaxy Pro, and the until-now-unknown Samsung Galaxy S II Mini. The smaller version of Samsung’s high-end smartphone will boasts a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 1.4GHz processor, 21Mbps HSDPA radio, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n with hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). And that’s just in April. In May, the company plans to release the HTC Flyer tablet, HTC Wildfire, Nokia E7, and Samsung Galaxy S II. June will bring the Nokia X7, HTC ChaCha, LG Optimus 3D, and the Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s going to be quite the summer for Three customers looking to upgrade their mobile hardware. Let’s hope some of these device, especially that S II Mini, make their way across the pond sooner rather than later. More →

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LG Optimus 3D shares 3D videos with special YouTube app

By on February 15, 2011 at 1:30 AM.

LG Optimus 3D shares 3D videos with special YouTube app

LG on Monday announced a partnership with YouTube that will allow LG Optimus 3D users to share 3D video content using a special YouTube 3D app. The app, which will come pre-installed on LG’s new 3D smartphone, will allow users to upload 3D video content directly to YouTube’s 3D channel and share the videos with friends. Deals like this are crucial to the success of the Optimus 3D, as owners must have ways to easily share captured 3D content and view said content on PCs and other devices. Unlike videos viewed on the Optimus 3D’s glasses-free 3D display, however, users will need 3D glasses in order to properly view 3D videos uploaded from the phone to the YouTube 3D channel. Glasses are available from a variety of vendors, and they can also be purchased directly from Google’s YouTube Store for $7.10 per 10-pack. Hit the break for LG’s full press release and don’t forget to check out our LG Optimus 3D hands-on impressions, gallery and video. More →

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LG confirms glasses-free Optimus 3D unveiling set for MWC

By on February 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM.

LG confirms glasses-free Optimus 3D unveiling set for MWC

LG confirmed on Tuesday that it will unveil what it calls “the world’s first 3D smartphone” at Mobile World Congress 2011 later this month. Details are very slim for the time being, but the main attraction on the upcoming LG Optimus 3D will be its glasses-free 3D experience coupled with a dual-lens camera capable of recording video in 3D. The phone will also feature an HDMI-out port and DLNA video streaming capability. LG will become the first to bet on 3D in cell phones and in light of the terrible quarter LG reported last week, we hope consumers will show more interest in 3D smartphones than they have in 3D televisions. Hit the break for LG’s press release. More →

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LG likely to announce Optimus 3D next month

By on January 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM.

LG likely to announce Optimus 3D next month

A new report from Dutch mobile enthusiast blog All About Phones coupled with a suggestive event invitation points to a February announcement of LG’s rumored 3D smartphone. LG on Tuesday circulated an invitation to press and bloggers for an event that will be held in Barcelona during this year’s Mobile World Congress. While the invitation does not mention the LG Optimus 3D by name, it does picture an unannounced LG Optimus smartphone above the words, “Into the New Dimension.” In addition, All About Phones points out that Carphone Warehouse’s Dutch contingent briefly and accidentally posted a placeholder for the LG Optimus 3D, before later pulling it from the site. The Optimus 3D is expected to include a glasses-free 3D display panel similar to the ones used by the Nintendo 3DS, though additional specs are unknown at this time. More →

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