Talk about timing… News just hit that an airplane had to be evacuated when a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploded and began smoking while aboard the aircraft. Making matters even worse — much, much worse — is the news that the Note 7 device in question was apparently a “safe” model that was manufactured recently and was issued to a customer as a replacement phone. In other words, if this report pans out, not even Samsung’s new replacement phones are safe to use. As if Samsung’s headache wasn’t bad enough, its smartphone rival out of South Korea has been using Samsung’s misfortune to help peddle its own phones. More →
The LG V20 is the first new smartphone in the world to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, which is certainly a major accomplishment for a device that’s not a Nexus. The V20 is a phablet with a special dual screen feature, a device some fans may have been waiting for. It’s also a handset that most people will ignore this week on account of that iPhone 7 blizzard that’s about to hit. More →
Looking for a good excuse to buy Microsoft’s newest Xbox console and maybe snatch up a brand new TV to go along with it? Best Buy’s got you covered, as it just rolled out a special Labor Day Weekend sale. More →
Perhaps signaling that a future of bendable displays is closer to becoming a reality than ever before, ZDNet is reporting that LG Display recently took steps to ramp up production for plastic OLED panels, or POLED for short.
By utilizing plastic instead of glass, POLED panels are much more malleable and bendable, making the technology an ideal fit across a wide array of products, including smartphones, watches and even automobiles. And while we’re not there yet, it does seem as if the future of technology will consist of flexible displays.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 22% of India’s population live in areas where the rate of malaria transmission is greater than 1 per 1,000 people. With a total population greater than 1.25 billion, that means at least 275 million people live in high risk regions. It’s estimated that malaria infections are responsible for an average of about 40,000 deaths each year just in India. Meanwhile, more than 16,000 cases of dengue were reported in New Delhi alone in 2015.
Mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and dengue are a huge problem in India and elsewhere. Then there’s Zika, the latest global health scare that is said to pose serious health risks such as microcephaly in newborns and even Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can lead to paralysis or death. An olympic champion is even freezing his sperm before traveling to the Olympics in Brazil this year to ensure that there aren’t complications related to Zika with any future children he and his partner have.
Controlling mosquito populations and avoiding mosquito bites are the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of these dangerous diseases, and new TVs just released by LG are designed specifically to help owners do just that. More →
Wireless charging has technically been around for years now, but using a dumb accessory to very slowly charge a phone sitting on special mat has never seemed like the future to me. Magnetic resonance charging, which has a radius of a couple inches rather than a couple millimeters, is a little more like it. And according to a new report, LG’s next smartphone will feature exactly that.
Why is the iPhone 6s Plus so gigantic and unwieldy when Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge is wonderfully compact and manageable? Both smartphones have screens that measure 5.5 inches diagonally, so they should be reasonably comparable in size. But alas, the Galaxy S7 edge is a pleasure to use with one hand while the iPhone 6s Plus is far too huge for most users to comfortably manage.
The reason is partially because of Apple’s need to keep that great big home button situated beneath the screen for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. Soon, however, Apple might be able to ditch the home button without having to move its fingerprint scanner to a less convenient position on the back of the phone. More →
The LG G5 is being billed as a premium smartphone but its metal rear casing seems to be vulnerable to scratching. YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, which showed us last year how easy it is to bend the Nexus 6P, put the LG G5 through the same standard durability tests other handsets were subjected to before it. It seems that even though the G5 has a metal rear shell, it’s covered by a primer that is fairly easy to scratch. More →
Most hardcore Android fans will argue up and down that stock Android is the only version of Android people should ever use. There is little question that devices running an unaltered Android build offer some advantages over other Android handsets. Namely, they have access to new versions of the Android operating system months or even years before other models. That’s right, years — the latest publicly available version of Android is currently in use on about 2% of all Android devices.
Of course, the issue of untimely updates is far more serious on low-end and mid-range phones than it is on high-end models. And as far as user experience goes, customized builds might offer a number of benefits over Google’s stock Android — at least, that’s what a new video from LG will attempt to convince you of. More →
Ahead of its iPhone SE introduction earlier this week, the last time Apple had released a new smartphone with a 4-inch screen was all the way back in September of 2013. The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c were the last high-profile smartphones to launch with such small screens, and the following year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus releases would finally bring Apple up to speed with rivals in terms of display size. And yet two years later in 2015, Apple still managed to sell more than 30 million older iPhone handsets with 4-inch screens. These weren’t brand new iPhones with cutting-edge technology. They were older models with older components and lower price tags.
With that in mind, most industry watchers seemed to agree that refreshing the iPhone 5s with the new iPhone SE was a good idea. But Cho Ju-no, CEO of LG Mobile, doesn’t share their opinion. In fact, he recently slammed Apple’s new iPhone while speaking with the press in South Korea. More →
If you’d rather do your binge watching on a big screen than a laptop or a tablet display, Netflix wants to help you find the right TV. Last year, the company started a new program granting select smart TVs “Netflix Recommended TV” seals of approval. The program will continue in 2016, with LG and Sony being the first to live up to the lofty standards set by the streaming company.
This year’s Mobile World Congress trade show hasn’t disappointed. In fact, it’s been a pretty great show so far compared to recent years. We’ve seen LG unveil the most innovative smartphone in years, we’ve seen Samsung unveil the sleekest and most powerful smartphone ever, and plenty of other companies have made exciting announcements alongside them.
The two most hotly anticipated Android smartphones of 2016 are now both official. LG took the wraps off of its new LG G5 bright and early on Sunday morning, and Samsung followed closely behind when it unveiled the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge soon after.
It goes without saying that these new Android phones outclass anything and everything that has come before them — when’s the last time you saw a flagship Android phone that wasn’t better than its predecessors? With Samsung and LG now set to do battle in the coming months though, the real question is which new flagship phone came out on top. More →