iPhone still most popular device
Apple grew its share among US smartphone owners during the last quarter to 41.6 percent, according to new comScore data. Data polled between October and January shows that Apple advanced 1 percentage point. The company's main rival, Samsung, grew ownership by 1.3 points, but remained firmly in second place at 26.7 percent. LG's share rose just 0.3 points to 6.9 percent, presumably on the back of the G2 and the Google-branded Nexus 5.
First L Series III device to ship with Knock Code security
LG is rolling out its previously-announced L90 smartphone this week, with the first devices heading to Russia and other nearby countries. Revealed before Mobile World Congress, the LG L90 will be the first L Series III device to be sold with the manufacturer's new Knock Code security system, one which requires the owner to unlock the device by tapping the display using one of over 86,000 combinations.
Feature shown in LG G Pro 2 could head to curved smartphone
Owners of the LG G Flex could soon receive the ability to record 4K-resolution video, according to a rumor. An alleged User Agent profile for the G Flex running Android 4.4 apparently backs up rumors of the video feature, though it is said the new addition will not have some video-recording aspects shown in the >LG G Pro 2 last week at Mobile World Congress.
Mini name applied to marginally-smaller version of LG G2
LG initially revealed the G2 Mini last week, at the same time as a number of other devices including the G Pro 2, ahead of Mobile World Congress. The slightly-smaller handset has received the same "Mini" treatment as other similar models, and attempts to put the styling and features of its full-sized counterpart into a marginally lower-specification smartphone. Electronista took time to try out the device in Barcelona, with the initial impression being that LG has mostly succeeded with the device.
G Pro 2 uses 5.9-inch display with 3.3mm bezel, 4K video recording
LG has been demonstrating the G Pro 2 smartphone, the sequel to last year's G Pro that it unveiled just last week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The smartphone offers a bright, 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display with a minimal 3.3mm bezel -- and a number of different camera tricks, among other upgrades to the predecessor. Electronista tried out the device to see if it stands up against the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.
New device expected to be widely compatible, be powered by Android
A pair of sources have recently popped up claiming that electronics manufacturer LG and Google were teaming up to build out the search engine behemoth's second wearable computing device, in the form of its first smartwatch. The device is expected to be compatible with multiple smartphones, unlike Samsung's first effort in the space, and will be powered by at least an offshoot of Google's Android operating system.
Samsung, LG make gains regardless
Of the 121 million smartphones sold in the US during 2013, Apple took home a 45 percent share, according to new NPD Group data. That represents a growth of 1 point annually. Samsung advanced two points though to a 26 percent share, while LG gained 3 points, moving up to 8 percent. HTC and Motorola both saw declines; the former from 10 to 6 percent, and the latter from 7 percent to 4.
LG G2 mini reduces specification as well as screen size
LG has revealed a smaller version of its G2 smartphone, as part of its pre-Mobile World Congress announcements. The LG G2 mini takes after its larger stablemate in styling and functionality, including the rear buttons, though like other "mini" models of devices, the specifications are pruned to more budget-friendly options, such as replacing the 5.2-inch display of the original for a 4.7-inch 540x960 version.
Budget LG smartphones announced ahead of Mobile World Congress
LG has unveiled three new smartphones that make up the third generation of its L-series device range, one week before Mobile World Congress. The L90, L70, and L40 are budget 3G smartphones running Android 4.4 with relatively similar specifications and physical designs, metallic frames, and will work with LG's Quick Window covers for notifications while protecting the display.
LG G Pad 8.3 gets the stock Android KitKat experience
In the past couple of months Google has expanded the number of devices that it is selling through the Google Play Store. Joining its Nexus branded devices co-developed with Android partners is an expanded line of Google Play Edition devices all running stock Android. Among the updated range is the LG G Pad 8.3, which offers an appealing alternative sitting between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 as it does with its intermediate screen size.
Rear-mounted buttons, Knock Code of LG G2 appear in G Pro 2
LG has revealed an upgraded version of last year's G Pro in South Korea, over a week before an expected reveal at Mobile World Congress. The LG G Pro 2 is fronted by a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display with a 3.3mm bezel, giving it a screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent, and just as rumored, it features the same rear-mounted buttons as the LG G2 first introduced.
Earphones can sense pulse of wearer, pass data to smartphone app
Earbuds capable of sensing the wearer's heart rate from LG have passed through the FCC, ahead of a possible release in the United States later this year. The Heart Rate Earphones, audio devices that appeared at CES in January alongside the Lifeband Touch, are able to monitor the wearer's pulse and feed the data back to the wearer through an accompanying app.
Price cut an attempt to grow OLED television market, claims LG
LG has lowered the cost of its curved OLED television in the United States, in an attempt to improve demand for OLED devices. The 55EA9800, a curved OLED Full HD television that went on sale in the US through Best Buy in July last year, is being cut down in price from the initial $15,000 down to $8,000, with an extra $1,000 rebate bringing the price down to $7,000.
Despite a New York Times report suggesting Apple is looking into solar power for the iWatch, the company will be sticking with lithium-ion batteries from Samsung SDI, LG Chem, and Tianjin Lishen Battery, sources tell the Korea Herald. "Apple will utilize LG Chem's stepped battery since it offers better longevity than others and can be applied for different shapes," one source says. "Stepped" batteries are layered, more efficient, and maximize space use.
Rear camera details revealed before expected Mobile World Congress launch
LG has started to promote the G Pro 2 ahead of its expected launch at Mobile World Congress, by revealing more details about its imaging capabilities. Information released through its Korean social site claim the smartphone will have a 13-megapixel rear camera with an improved Optical Image Stabilization technology the company is calling "OIS Plus".
Preorders for LG G Flex, Optimus F3Q on T-Mobile start today
Two LG smartphones will be heading to T-Mobile next month, the carrier has revealed. The curved LG G Flex will be joining the carrier's roster at the same time as the LG Optimus F3Q, an Android smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard hidden away behind the display on a sliding panel. The two devices will begin shipping on February 5th, with pre-orders for both starting today.
Profits across entire company, except for mobile phone unit
LG has seemingly improved its finances from the previous quarter, but managed to achieve a net loss, according to its latest financial results. Revenues of $14.03 billion gave it an operating profit for the quarter of $223.89 million, though this apparently dropped to a net loss of $60.2 million when currency movements were taken into account.
Dimensions of mystery LG tablet match size of LG G Pad 8.3
A tablet believed to be the LG G Pad 8.3 could be heading on to Verizon in the near future, if a rumor over a recent FCC filing is proved correct. Yesterday's filing shows a tablet from LG with a model number VK810 as having been approved for sale in the United States with support for LTE bands 4 and 13, the same bands used to access Verizon's LTE network.
Launch of LG G Pro 2 expected to occur in late February
LG could be preparing to launch a successor to its Optimus G Pro at Mobile World Congress next month, according to a report. The LG G Pro 2 is said to have a 6-inch full HD display, an increase from the original's 5.5-inch version, while its general specifications list appears to mirror that of long-time competition Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.
Curved LG smartphone to land in more than 20 European markets
Europe will start to receive the LG G Flex next month, with the curved smartphone launching in more than 20 countries on the continent. At the same time, AT&T reveals it will be joining Sprint and T-Mobile in offering the concave mobile device in the United States, with pre-orders through the carrier starting from January 24th, priced at $299.
Chrome for iOS to add malware protection to mobile version
Google has announced its latest update of Chrome for iOS, featuring Safe Browsing malware protection akin to what is available for the desktop application. Chrome can now provide warnings when the user is about to visit a potentially dangerous site.
Samsung advances to 26 percent
US iPhone ownership leapt to 42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35 percent a year ago, according to new NPD figures. Samsung phones also advanced, but from 22 percent to roughly 26 percent. LG was the only other major manufacturer to see a gain, inching ahead slightly to 8 percent. Motorola and HTC both fell under the 10 percent mark, and BlackBerry ownership shrank even further to 2 percent.
Finding out just how well webOS works on the big screen
When we first took a look at LG's new webOS-powered smart television interface, we promised to circle back and spend more time with the rejuvenated and repurposed platform. Friday being the last day of the annual Consumer Electronics Show – as well as the least crowded day – we thought that the perfect time to get a closer look at the erstwhile Palm platform turned LG engine. What we found upon stopping by LG's booth was actually even more impressive than we'd initially expected.
Six-inch LG G Flex offers multitasking features, curved screen
T-Mobile has expanded its 4G LTE smartphone line-up with the addition of the LG G Flex. A curved, flexible smartphone, the G Flex offers users a thin, light and flexible sx-inch plastic OLED display, with a rear key control for convenience of using one index finger to power the device on or off and adjust volume. Its 'self-healing' paint on the back cover limits daily wear and tear use, and its 13-megapixel HD camera can produce high-quality images and video.
LG revives webOS for use on smart televisions
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG finally showed off what it has been doing with the webOS operating system it bought from HP last year, revealing that the platform will power more than 70 percent of the televisions the manufacturer releases in 2014. LG is hoping that the resurrected operating system will fare better than it did on Palm's ill-fated hardware, and Electronista took a look at the new screen to get a feel for just how well that works out.
Motorola, LG, HTC suffer setbacks
Apple and Samsung increased their shares of the US smartphone market based on unverified shipment data in the September-November period versus June-August, new ComScore data shows. Apple advanced 0.5 points to 41.2 percent, maintaining overall control; Samsung, though, gained 1.7 points to hit 26 percent, narrowing the gap. In distant third was Motorola, down 0.2 points to 6.7 percent. LG dropped the same amount to 6.5 percent, but swapped places with HTC, which dipped a full point to 6.4 percent.
Curved LG smartphone could land in US in coming months
LG will be bringing its curved smartphone to AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States in the near future, if a new image leak is proven true. The render of two LG G Flex devices showing AT&T and T-Mobile branding on the screen seemingly hint at a potential launch, and reignites rumors from November that LG would bringing the device to North America.
19 hardware partners lined up to support standard for YouTube
Google's YouTube will be showing of a 4K-capable video codec, VP9, at next week's CES in Las Vegas, according to GigaOm. The format is being presented as an alternative to H.265, and will be open and royalty-free. To avoid the lack of support that killed off Google's VP8, the company has signed up 19 hardware partners, including Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, ARM, Intel, Broadcom, and Marvell. At CES, 4K YouTube steaming will be demonstrated at booths belonging to LG, Sony, and Panasonic.
OLED TVs include Ultra HD resolutions, curved designs, upscaling
LG will be using CES to show more OLED-based televisions, alongside the 105-inch Ultra HD TV it previously announced. Various 55-inch and 65-inch OLED TV models will be on show, along with a Gallery OLED TV, a curved OLED set, and an updated version of a 77-inch curved OLED Ultra HD television it showed at IFA last September.
iPhone only smartphone with increased activity
Apple devices remained firmly in control of North American web traffic through Christmas, but the iPad lost some ground to devices from Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung, according to new Chitika analytics. The data was collected from "tens of millions" of devices between December 20th and the 29th, and used to gauge the growth or decline of various brands. Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone to gain share, advancing 1.8 percent to 54.3 percent of the market.
Thumbnails to apps span lower third of rumored LG webOS TV
LG may have given webOS a considerable makeover for its expected smart television, if a leaked image of a device is genuine. The image, showing what could be the television LG is believed to be launching at CES next week, appears to demonstrate webOS using a thumbnail system relatively similar to the "cards" the original webOS software itself used.
LG bringing back WebOS with new connected TV
LG will soon resurrect Palm's WebOS platform, refitting the operating system to work on a smart television. This according to The Wall Street Journal , which cites sources familiar with the South Korean tech giant's plans in saying that a WebOS-powered television will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Internet-connected television will be the first major device to feature the WebOS operating system since HP's failed line of mobile devices, which were released after the computer giant bought Palm in an abortive attempt to secure a space for itself in the new generation of mobile computing devices.
LG fitness band could be accompanied by smart watch
One of two wearable devices from LG has surfaced, ahead of its expected reveal at CES. The LG Lifeband Touch, previously thought to be called the "G-Health" in an earlier rumor, appears to take much of its design from the Nike Fuelband SE, namely the unassuming black bracelet appearance, though it is thought to have a few notable differences.
Notebook joined by version with sliding keyboard, AIO desktop
LG has unveiled what computers and notebooks it will be showing at CES in January, alongside audio equipment and large-screened televisions. An update to a sliding notebook launched at the previous event is accompanied by a more conventional version, while a 27-inch Full HD all-in-one desktop PC will also be making an appearance.
NextWorth offering 25 percent bonus value on all iPod trade-ins
Starting today, electronics trader NextWorth is offering a 25 percent bonus value on any iPod trade-in. NextWorth accepts electronics in exchange for cash; its "After Holiday Bonus" promotion increases the value on any iPod trade-in by 25 percent. Sellers are required to enter the promotional code 25IPODS to receive the additional value. The promotion will run until December 31.
Smart watch, fitness wristband touted alongside LG G3
LG is said to be still working on wearable devices, though it appears to be more than just a smart watch, with a number of potential specifications for the company's next flagship smartphone also leaking. A new report claims that the electronics producer will catch up with Samsung and its Galaxy Gear by releasing the G-Arch smart watch, with a health and fitness wristband dubbed "G-Health" also being touted as a second, separate release.
Shown with quad-core 1.2GHz processor, qHD screen
LG's flagship smartphone could have a smaller stablemate in the future, according to a leaked set of specifications. The LG-D410, allegedly thought to be the LG G2 mini, has apparently surfaced in a GFX benchmark test, with the results suggesting that it will follow the same pattern as "mini" versions of some other devices in offering relatively restrained internals.
Under-television home cinema audio a focus for LG in 2014
LG will be demonstrating a number of new audio products at CES in January, alongside its large-screened television. The sound bar and a SoundPlate all hope to declutter the living room of unnecessary home cinema audio equipment, while two wireless speakers offer various streaming audio modes that seemingly competes with Sonos for room-based music playback.
Large curved display can show higher-than-4K resolution, uses TFT instead of OLED
LG has revealed two more televisions that it will be showing off at CES in January at the same time as its Ultrawide 4K monitor and the Chromebase all-in-one computer. A television the company calls the world's first 105-inch curved Ultra HD set will make an appearance alongside a smart TV running on WebOS, the operating system the company picked up from HP earlier this year.
LG G Pro Lite is first to have BBM preinstalled
BlackBerry Messenger will be preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite in the future, BlackBerry has revealed. The BBM client for Android will first appear on the smartphone as a standard pre-install and via the LG App Manager under the new bundling agreement and will also be installed on to a number of other LG smartphones, though LG has yet to reveal what hardware will carry it.
LG preps Chrome OS all-in-one
At next month's Consumer Electronics Show, South Korean manufacturer LG will reveal a new all-in-one desktop powered by Google's Chrome OS software. LG announced the device on Tuesday, touting it as a streamlined device well suited for schools, hotels, and call centers, as well as other businesses that need simple computing portals without the financial and support costs of installing a full PC. The Chromebase will be the first all-in-one device to run Google's fledgling, browser-based operating system, which appears increasingly attractive to manufacturers looking to diversify their offerings as the traditional PC market has largely plateaued.
Displays with 21:9 aspect ratio accompanied by higher-than-4K monitor
LG has detailed the range of monitors it will be showing off at CES in January, including a high-resolution model. A number of new additions to the company's Ultrawide monitor range will be on display, alongside a new ColorPrime model, and the company's first attempt at a monitor capable of showing a resolution greater than Ultra HD.
BT Wi-Fi app for iOS updates with automatic hotspot connection
UK telecommunications giant BT has updated its BT Wi-Fi app for iOS, allowing customers to automatically connect to supported wireless hotspots. The update, which could head to the Android and Windows Phone versions in the future, will find and connect to public BT Wi-Fi hotspots as well as those created by BT Home Hub routers in more than 5 million subscriber homes, reports The Next Web.
5.5-inch 1080p display in new LG smartphone
LG has launched a new large-screen smartphone in a similar vein to the flagship G2 in South Korea. The LG Gx has a larger 5.5-inch IPS display with a 1920x1080 resolution, packed into a casing measuring 9.2mm thick and weighing in at 167 grams, though its internals appear to be taken from the LG Optimus G Pro rather than mimicking the G2.
Larger speaker holes, firmer buttons found in newer Nexus 5
The Google Nexus 5 smartphone has quietly received some slight changes to its construction, apparently in order to fix customer complaints. Changes relating to the way the buttons feel, speaker and microphone grills and the SIM tray have all appeared, all without comment from either Google itself or manufacturing partner LG.
Keyboard-equipped LG smartphone for T-Mobile similar to LG Enact
A new sliding smartphone is on the way from LG, and is heading to T-Mobile, according to a new leak. Reportedly named the LG Optimus F3Q, the smartphone is shown in an alleged press image to have a full QWERTY keyboard hidden behind the display, and could end up being the equivalent of a keyboard-equipped Optimus F3.
Demographic skews older, and with more buyers under median income
"Almost half" of the people who bought the iPhone 5c in September and October were people switching from Android phones, particularly ones by Samsung and LG, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. By comparison, some 80 percent of iPhone 5s purchases were by people upgrading from a previous iPhone. Kantar also notes that over 40 percent of 5c buyers were earning less than $49,000 per year, versus roughly 20 percent for the 5s. 5c buyers also tended to skew older, with an average age of 38 instead of the 5s' 34.
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 firmware will fix TV fault over data transmission without user permission
LG has admitted that its smart televisions are sending data related to TV shows and content watched to its servers. The electronics producer will be releasing a future firmware update for the televisions, one that fixes an issue where user data got fed back to LG, even if the television's owner did not allow it in the device's options menu.
UNcarrier carries on with no money down offer
T-Mobile has kicked off its holiday cell phone sales season with an offer that will give consumers the chance to pick up new smartphones from LG or Sony with no money down. The offer is the latest in T-Mobile's ongoing effort to claw back market share from its three larger competitors, a goal the carrier has pursued by offering a series of unconventional wireless plans for its customers. Consumers looking to pick up a phone for no money down can choose from three LG or Sony offerings, as well as one T-Mobile-branded device.