LG will add Android KitKat to G2 late in first quarter of 2014
The LG G2 will receive the latest version of Android early next year, allowing the device to skip past Android 4.3 entirely. Version 4.4 of the mobile operating system, also known as KitKat, will appear on the company's flagship smartphone late in the first quarter of 2014, or near the end of march, according to details passed from LG Canada to Mobile Syrup.
LG goes for form factor tweaks to gain Android handset share
LG, the other South Korean tech giant, finds itself in a difficult position. Namely, it has to compete with Samsung, which has become an absolute behemoth in displays, processors, tablets, and smartphones. As many other Android manufacturers have found, there is really little to be done on the platform in order to differentiate one's handsets from the pack. HTC has taken the high build quality path, releasing the iPhone-quality HTC One flagship to mixed results. Others have gone the super low-end route, but very few are making money. With the G2, LG has decided to switch up the standard form factor while maintaining a solid-but-affordable build quality. How well have they pulled it off? Check out our full review of LG's new flagship in order to find out.
Thieves make off with truck filled with LG G2 units
A truck filled with units of LG's G2 flagship phone was stolen from a truck stop in Gary, Ind., on Thursday when the truck's driver stepped away for a bathroom break. CNet reported this week that the thief or thieves made away with 22,500 G2 units. The G2 units were slated for delivery to Sprint, which will begin carrying the smartphone next month.
Flagship LG smartphone reaching retail stores later this month
Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 earlier today, release dates and pricing for the LG G2 have been revealed for three US carriers. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all advised when and how much it will be offering the LG flagship, with US consumers able to get their hands on the smartphone from mid September onwards.
LG ramps up marketing efforts on G2 with new promo video
LG has published a new G2 promo video that highlights in some detail a number of the new functions and capabilities of its flagship Android-based superphone. The new video follows a publicity stunt released yesterday that sent the G2 into the stratosphere to capture video from the edge of space to highlight the capabilities of its 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The latest video suggests that LG is taking a much more aggressive tact with the marketing surrounding its new device, which is due to go on sale in the US
LG G2 gets sent to space to prove its wares
LG has sent its G2 flagship smartphone to the edge of space in a promo video for the device ahead of its global rollout. The video (embedded below) highlights both the ruggedness of the device and its 13-megapixel camera, which also features optical image stabilization. The video shows the raw footage captured by the G2 on its sub-zero ascent to the stratosphere, before it descends back down to the LG team on the ground still fully functional.
Google Nexus 5 to be made by LG, with same display, CPU as LG G2
Reliable Vietnamese rumor site Tinhte has started to leak early details about the forthcoming Google Nexus 5, expected to land in October. Confirming a rumor dating back to March, the device will be made by LG and will be loosely based on the new LG G2 flagship. Like the Nexus 4, which was loosely based on the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 5 will take some of the key features from the G2 including its 5.2-inch 1080p display as well as its Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26 GHz.
European customers to also have G2 wireless charging via accessory
More details concerning the launch and charging of the LG G2 have been revealed. Six carriers will be offering the smartphone in Canada, while wireless charging has been touted for the Verizon variant and also for European carriers, though the version crossing the Atlantic will not have the capability built into the device.
Mozilla updates Firefox for Android beta with WebRTC, NFC sharing
Mozilla has updated its beta of Firefox for Android [Google Play] with support for WebRTC. The real-time communications addition is accompanied by updates to its Reader and Reading list, the ability to share Firefox tabs with other NFC-enabled Android smartphones by bumping them together, a Quickshare menu to pass content to various social networks and communications systems, and language support for Catalan-Spanish, British-English, and Swedish. Desktop versions also gain a Browser Console for developers.
Power, volume control buttons, 13MP camera on rear of LG G2
LG has launched its latest flagship smartphone at its event in New York City, one with rear-mounted buttons. The LG G2, launching on more than 130 carriers around the world including the four largest in the United States, removes all buttons typically located on the sides of the device to the back cover, replacing them with a set of buttons just below the camera.
Promotional image shows lack of side buttons on LG G2
The final appearance of the LG G2 may have been revealed, complete with rear-mounted buttons, ahead of its official launch later today. The promotional photograph of the smartphone has surfaced online, along with suggestions that the electronics producer may be aiming for a more rapid roll-out of the handset after launch.
Scanned manuals appear online two days before LG G2 launch event
The upcoming LG G2 will use a nano SIM card and have a removable battery, if images leaked from its manual are indeed genuine. The document scans, which also reveals it as having an externally-accessible microSD slot on the side, surface just a few days before its expected launch at a media event on Wednesday, and at the same time as the company releases a promotional video for the smartphone.
LG launches G2 case accessory ahead of G2 launch
LG has taken the unusual step to give an early reveal for the QuickWindow Case accessory for its yet to be launched G2 flagship. Taking its design cues from the Samsung S View Cover for the Galaxy S4, the new case protects the 5.2inch display while simultaneously allowing users to glance at a variety of different app and widget views. It steps functionality up from the Galaxy case, which is currently limited to offering users a view of the combined clock and weather widget and alerts.
Initial rollout expected in Korea followed by US, Europe, rest of world
LG will be launching the G2 smartphone on 100 carriers within months of its launch, according to a report. The electronics manufacturer could potentially have learned from its slow rollout of the preceding Optimus G Pro, which the company initially launched in South Korea in April and in the US in May, and later announcing a rollout to 40 more countries in the third quarter.
LG G2 to feature finger print reader, rear volume controls
LG has issued invitations to the media teasing its upcoming G2 flagship reveal on August 7. The successor the Optimus G was first teased in early July where the company hinted that it was planning to drop the ‘Optimus’ branding for its flagship handsets. The latest teaser confirms that the device will its volume controls placed on the rear as seen in previous photos, and also reveals that the device will feature finger print scanning tech seemingly embedded in its display.
LG simplifies branding to differentiate high-end devices
LG has realigned its branding ahead of the launch of its Optimus G successor in August. The new flagship handset will simply be called the LG ‘G2, ’ in a move that may upset Samsung, which uses the ‘Galaxy’ branding for its devices. Its 4:3 ratio phablet devices will also drop the ‘Optimus’ branding and will be known as the ‘Vu’ series moving forward. However LG has said that it will retain the Optimus branding for certain devices, including its popular low-end smartphones, the F- and L-series handsets.
LG G2 name hinted at by exaggerated letters in image
LG could be formally revealing its follow-up to the Optimus G early next month. Invitations sent out for an event in New York on August 7th from the manufacturer reads "Great 2 Have You!," with the larger size of the letter G and number 2 hinting at it being the rumored LG G2, a handset that has appeared a few times in the last few weeks.
LG G2 said to have 3GB of RAM, equalling rumored Galaxy Note III
More specifications for the rumored LG G2 have surfaced, suggesting it to have a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 3GB of RAM, as well as a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The suggested details for the update to the Optimus G line of smartphones is accompanied by an image giving a clear view of the front of the device.
Optimus G replacement may have buttons on back of phone
The successor to the LG Optimus G may have controls on the back of the smartphone, according to some leaked images. Photographs allegedly showing a promotional video for the "LG G2" demonstrate a pair of buttons located just below the camera, which could possibly be used as a volume control or a way to adjust the camera's zoom function.
Document leaks outline several plans
Several leaked documents suggest T-Mobile is preparing to offer unlimited Wi-Fi calling and expanded information for caller ID, while the Gingerbread update for G2 handsets is listed as "coming soon." The internal memos, which were posted by TmoNews, note that subscribers who have signed up with an Even More, Even More Plus or 4G Do More plan will be able to make calls over Wi-Fi connections without using voice minutes.
T-Mobile intros Black Friday BOGO family deal
T-Mobile on Monday announced it will bring out a special Black Friday BOGO (buy one get one) family promotion that will give buyers of one of two devices a free Android smartphone. Those who sign up for a two-year family plan and buy either a myTouch 4G or Samsung Galaxy Tab can choose another myTouch 4G, a T-Mobile G2, an HTC HD7 or a BlackBerry Bold 9780. Also on offer are the Android-powered Motorola Defy, Motorola Charm, LG Optimus T, and T-Mobile Comet.
Hackers successfully, permanently hack G2
The hacking community has finally succeeded in hacking the T-Mobile G2 with a permanent root. All the required code and instructions are available on the XDA Developers forum. Previous attempts to root the handset failed, as the handset reinstalled the stock firmware every time it was rebooted.
T-Mobile responds to G2 OS auto-restore feature
T-Mobile has issued a statement that explains rather than defends its position to include a fail-safe system that prevents rooting the G2. The feature will remove any non-standard roots loaded into the system folder by users whenever the handset is rebooted. In their defense this week, T-Mobile and HTC have cited the device's security as a need to lock out hackers. Failing this, they say, the operating system could become corrupted and make the device useless, if but temporarily.
Photos show new design
T-Mobile's G2 handset has already arrived at certain retail stores, slightly ahead of its official launch. Although the device is not scheduled to be released until October 6, store employees have taken the opportunity to check out the new inventory.
HTC to out new Desire smartphones next week?
Some clues in the form of leaked MMS XML templates may reveal what HTC will unveil at a press conference scheduled for September 15 in London. According to TheUnwired, it may bring out the Desire HD and Desire Z smartphones. The new leaks confirm that both will share an 800x480 resolution for their touchscreens and that the HD will be a touch-only device.
G2 pre-orders start September 10
In advance of a formal announcement by T-Mobile, Best Buy today confirmed that the T-Mobile G2 will launch in stores on October 6 for $200 with a new two-year activation. They will be taking pre-orders from today, although customers must visit a Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile stand-alone store to secure their device. At the time of writing, T-Mobile’s own site still only states that the anticipated device will be available for pre-order "starting later this month."
T-Mobile provides some hard G2 specs
T-Mobile on its Scoop pages validated a handful of the specs for the T-Mobile G2. Along with confirming the authenticity of photos and the HSPA+ 3G, it revealed that the HTC Scorpion codename was actually a reference to the 800MHz processor that bears the name. The provider also confirmed that it would use stock Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 on top.
T-Mobile G2 images leaked, Android 2.2 preloaded
T-Mobile will soon release the G2 Android phone, its first HSPA+ handset, and the first images have been leaked thanks to CellPhoneSignal. The device as shown will be preloaded with a stock form Android 2.2, and like expected will reach theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. Only silver will be available, at least initially.
T-Mobile G2 confirmed using stock Android
The T-Mobile G2's role as a flagship Android phone for Google was confirmed today as a leaked ROM (ZIP) has surfaced validating most of its details. Apart from confirming that it's the HTC Vision, the firmware makes no mention of HTC's Sense UI and corroborates stories of the G2 using plain Android, which here is 2.2 rather than 3.0. The code also shows that HSPA+ 3G will be limited in this first phone, as it will stop at the most basic 14.4Mbps download speed rather than the 21Mbps seen in modems and routers.
T-Mobile G2 to be next major Google phone
T-Mobile today confirmed the existence of just its second halo Android phone today with a teaser page for the T-Mobile G2. The company didn't provide significantly more details but confirmed it would also be the first HSPA+ device on its network and an official "with Google" device. It's implied that the phone will use stock Android rather than T-Mobile's myTouch layer.