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.
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.
Translucent Quick View case, Rubberdium stylus added to LG Vu 3
LG has launched a new addition to its Optimus Vu smartphone range, one which uses a 4:3 aspect ratio display. The LG Vu 3 retains almost the same screen dimensions of its predecessor, as previously rumored, with a 5.2-inch 1,280x960 IPS display and the addition of a Rubberdium stylus bringing it closer to being competition for the Samsung Galaxy Note range.
Expansion to 19 new cities could help pull customers from Cricket Wireless
MetroPCS has expanded its network by another 15 markets, making the carrier effectively double its reach in less than three months. The roll out to 19 new cities is accompanied by the addition of two new 4G LTE-enabled smartphones for the phone network, namely the LG Optimus F3, and the carrier's first Windows Phone 8 device, the Nokia Lumia 521.
Google Play Music All Access expands to Australia, New Zealand
Google has launched its streaming music subscription service in Australia and New Zealand. The two countries are the first outside of the United States to gain access to Google Play Music All Access, with initial users getting a free trial and a $10 monthly fee if they sign up before the end of August, when it rises to a higher $12 per month.
Parts of Europe, Latin America, Middle East, CIS to get LTE smartphone
LG will be launching its Optimus G Pro smartphone in 40 new countries in the next quarter. The flagship LTE smartphone, having reached 1 million sales in LG's native South Korea and gone on sale in the United States, will be made available in parts of Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the next few months.
LG Optimus G Pro reaches 1 million South Korean sales in four months
LG is celebrating reaching one million sales of the Optimus G Pro in South Korea. The domestic sales milestone for the smartphone was reached within four months, three months quicker than its previous fastest-selling device, the Optimus LTE, and reached half a million sales within 40 days. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note II managed to reach the one million sales barrier in the country within three months.
Rebranded Optimus L3, Lucid hits contract-free roster
Verizon has introduced a pair of LG Optimus smartphones, in order to bolster its prepaid roster. The Optimus Zone, a rebranded version of the Optimus L3, and the Optimus Exceed are both on the budget end of the device spectrum, with both devices appearing on Verizon's website for a brief period before being removed from sight.
Optimus F3 to be preloaded with Google TalkBack accessibility
Sprint has confirmed it will start selling the LG Optimus F3 later this month. The smartphone, revealed last month, will become the cheapest 4G LTE phone on Sprint's roster, and will be the first phone preloaded with TalkBack, a text-to-speech feature from Google that allows the visually impaired to navigate the device straight out of the box.
Adds two GSM phones to roster, will allow unlocked GSM devices on network
MetroPCS will soon start to allow customers to use the T-Mobile GSM network instead of the existing CDMA one, according to leaked internal documents. The carrier will be adding two new GSM devices to its catalog in the near future, following its successful merger with T-Mobile, and will start offering a Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) service for GSM devices.
Optimus F6 could head to T-Mobile, L9 II to Europe
A pair of unreleased smartphones allegedly made by LG have appeared in leaked photographs. The Optimus L9 II and the LG Optimus F6 are reportedly shown in images in a possible prototype form, suggesting that the phone manufacturer may end up revealing at least two new phones in the near future, if not more.
F3 uses 4.0-inch WVGA display, dual-core processor
An image allegedly of the LG Optimus F3 has appeared online. The smartphone, following on from the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 revealed at Mobile World Congress in February, is said to be heading to Sprint later this quarter, alongside the Optimus G Pro, and is expected to be a mid-range offering from the manufacturer and carrier.
Discounts on $200 up-front charge for phone trade-ins
AT&T has officially announced it will be bringing the LG Optimus G Pro to its network. Confirming previous rumors, the carrier will be offering the smartphone on a two-year contract with an up-front $200 charge, with pre-orders online and in retail stores starting from May 3rd for a release one week later, on May 10th.
Revision for Korean carrier KT has smaller 5-inch display
A version of the LG Optimus G with features borrowed from the Optimus G Pro is heading to Korea. The Optimus GK has a five-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 440ppi, and though it has a smaller screen than its Pro equivalent, it keeps most of the internal specifications the same, just as the Optimus G Pro released specifically for Japan.
LG is planning to create an updated version of the Optimus G smartphone, something that could launch by the third quarter of this year. The device will apparently have a screen that is closer to five inches in size, smaller than the 5.5-inches used by the Optimus G Pro, and is set to be a globally-released handset.
Optimus smartphones to extend LTE-capable catalog of carriers
A pair of LG Optimus smartphones with LTE connectivity appear to be heading to US carriers in the coming months. The Optimus G Pro is rumored to land on AT&T at some point in May, while the Optimus F7 will apparently become Boost Mobile's third LTE-capable device, and has already appeared in an image in its carrier-branded form.
Refreshed versions of Optimus L smartphone line
LG is showing off a number of other handsets in the Optimus range aside from the Optimus Pro G, as part of their product launch at Mobile World Congress. The Optimus L 5 II and Optimus L 7 II are upgraded and refreshed versions of existing Optimus L phones, including the addition of a single core 1GHz processor to the L 5 II, and a dual-core variant for the L 7 II. Electronista put both Optimus L handsets through their paces at the event.
Formal announcement follows Twitter photo leak
LG has formally unveiled two smartphones in its Optimus line, both with 4G LTE connectivity. The Optimus F5 and Optimus F7, leaked yesterday over Twitter, are mid-range and high-end offerings respectively, with the F7 having the larger 4.7-inch True HD IPS display while the F5 uses a slightly smaller 4.3-inch IPS counterpart.
Front face of LG smartphones shown on Twitter
Two LG smartphones have apparently leaked online, ahead of the company's press event at Mobile World Congress next week. Images purportedly of the LG Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 have appeared on Twitter, shortly after the company teased its upcoming releases for the event with a YouTube video that focused on four letters and the word "Tag."
Optimus L9 features 4.5-inch screen, 4G connectivity
LG and T-Mobile announced today that the LG Optimus L9 would be coming to T-Mobile's network. The 4G-capable smartphone features a 4.5-inch qHD display and has improved battery life allowing it to take fuller advantage of T-Mobile's 4G network. The phone also features a number of LG-specific apps designed to take advantage of its large screen.
LG Optimus L9 rounds out L-series at the top end
LG has rolled out the latest in its L-series line of entry-level to mid-range Android handsets. The Optimus L9 is the ‘flagship’ model and sits above the L3, L5, and the L7. It distinguishes itself with a large 4.7-inch IPS display and a language translation app that uses OCR to translate text from 44 languages into 64 native languages.
Leak suggests multiple Nexus-branded handsets enroute
A purported list of upcoming devices set to arrive on Japan's NTT DoCoMo network suggests that the carrier expects to receive not only the Samsung Galaxy Nexus II, but also a new Sony Xperia Nexus as well as an LG Optimus Nexus. While not out of the question, it would mark the first time that Google has opened the Nexus branding to more than one handset manufacturer at the same time. Nexus-branded handsets have been reserved as Google's flagship handsets and run a 'Pure Google' experience.
LG takes on Galaxy Note in the 'phablet' segment
LG is taking the Optimus Vu, its would-be Galaxy Note contender, global. 'Select' markets in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America will be the first outside Korea and Japan to get their wrapped around its squat body, courtesy of its large 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio IPS display. For the global rollout, the device will pick up a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, but will lose its LTE capability in the process.
LG to launch service in South Korea this month
LG is launching its own mobile-based virtual assistant in South Korea. Quick Voice, rolling out to various future Optimus handsets, is an attempt to take on the voice command functions offered by Apple's Siri and Samsung's S Voice. International variations of the app may follow the Korean launch.
LG spokesman downplays Windows Phone
LG isn't looking to produce another Windows Phone in the near future, a spokesman said Monday. While there would still be development, the representative wanted to minimize expectations of anything imminent when asked by the Korea Herald. The Microsoft platform's low market share was put at fault as likely making it difficult to justify going beyond Android.
LG Optimus True HD LTE expands reach
LG on Friday grew the reach of the Optimus True HD LTE to more countries than just Germany. The 4G phone is now launching in Portugal and Sweden in a slightly larger European release as well as the headlining Asian cities of Hong Kong and Singapore. The device is an international edition of the Optimus LTE already on sale in Canada as the Optimus 4G LTE at Bell and the US as the Nitro HD at AT&T.
LG makes 215m through LTE and 3D TV
LG saw itself return to health Wednesday with early 2012 results that showed it back in form. It swung from an equivalent to a $13.9 million loss in winter a year ago to $213.3 million in profit based on a much stronger position in smartphones and better 3D TV sales in is native South Korea. Its mobile division made the equivalent of $34.2 million in profit, almost all of that from cellphones, after having lost $88.7 million at the start of 2011.
Windows Phone Apollo may reach all devices
(Update: no?) Talk of Windows Phone 8, or Apollo, dropping backwards compatibility with existing phones may be false. A video interview (below) with Microsoft Evangelist Nuno Silva posted by Portugese site Zwame suggested that "all" Windows Phone devices, even from the first generation, would get the next version of the mobile OS. He was explicit in mentioning early models, such as the LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7, as qualifying.
LG Optimus Elite ships to Sprint on April 22
Sprint on Tuesday confirmed some rumors and unveiled the LG Optimus Elite. The carrier's version of the Optimus Net, which will also have a Virgin Mobile equivalent, will be the most affordable US smartphone ever to support Google Wallet, costing just $30 on Sprint after a contract and rebate. Its support for the needed NFC is an exception to entry level specs, such as a 3.5-inch, 320x480 display, an 800MHz processor, and a five-megapixel back camera with none at the front.
LG to focus on intelligent smartphone software
LG's mobile Managing Director Kwon Bong-suk in a Korean interview on Friday suggested that his company was about to make a sharp break from its past and its peers in smartphones. Arguing that the next innovation "doesn't necessarily have to come from Apple," he explained to INews 24 that LG was moving away from putting in more features solely to say it had them and to focus instead on a "thinking" phone that reacted to real conditions. In a rough example, he raised the idea of a phone waking up its owner at 5:30AM instead of 6AM if it knew that traffic would be unusually bad on the route.
Samsung to stay 2D in smartphones for now
Samsung hoped to quash rumors with a statement denying any plans for 3D smartphones. The Korean firm explained to Engadget that it was "constantly exploring new technologies," but that there was "no immediate plan" to use 3D screens or cameras for its future phones. The remarks leave the GT-i9300 and other hardware using conventional technology for now.
Gingerbread finally arriving after 6-month delay
Sprint appears to be restarting a second round of Android 2.3 updates for LG's Optimus S handset. The carrier last summer released a Gingerbread update for the Optimus S, however the first over-the-air rollout was halted amid widespread reports of serious bugs.
LG Optimus Elite seen early in press renders
One of LG's entry-level Android phones should reach Sprint and Virgin Mobile with a small twist based on leaks late Thursday. Photos of the Optimus Elite, Sprint's adaptation of the Optimus Net, showed PocketNow the 3.2-inch phone adopting a more conventional but very compact look. Both versions would stand out by being some of the least expensive Android phones yet to have NFC and, through Sprint's involvement, official Google Wallet support.
Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note first on list
Canadian wireless carrier Bell appears to have established an Android 4.0 update timetable for several of its handsets. A alleged internal memo posted by Mobilesyrup suggests the carrier has set June as a target for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 and HTC's Sensation and Raider smartphones.
Nokia Play To gets test version for Lumias
Nokia gave Windows Phone owners a rare experiment Friday. Play To should give at least Nokia's own phones, like the Lumia 800, the ability to share their photos and videos through DLNA. The option allows sharing to Blu-ray players, desktop apps, and some TVs.
Device destination remains unclear
LG is reportedly working on yet another Optimus LTE handset, known as the P936. Leaked images posted on GSM Done show a mystery device that resembles the company's other LTE offerings, such as the Nitro HD and Spectrum.
Revision brings many improvements
MetroPCS is said to be preparing to launch LG's Optimus M+ handset, which serves as a successor to the original Optimus M. The device is claimed to offer a number of improvements, including a larger 3.5-inch display with a wider color range, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 5.0-megapixel camera sensor with flash, unnamed sources have told Pocketnow.
LG sees LTE and quad-core reviving phone health
LG's mobile division lead Jong-seok Park in commentary Tuesday was hopeful of much stronger smartphone performance in 2012. He saw LG shipping 35 million smartphones this year, a 50 percent hike over 2011. Much of the push outlined to the Korea Times would come from eight million LTE-ready smartphones like the Optimus Vu.
We try LG's flagship phones at MWC 2012
LG put out a trio of headlining smartphones at Mobile World Congress, and we've had the chance to try all three. The Optimus 4X HD is clearly the star: with a quad-core Tegra 3 and a 4.7-inch, 720p display, it's one of the more powerful devices at the show. Read on for its take as well as looks at the Optimus Vu and Optimus 3D Max.
LG Optimus 4X HD made official
LG's pre-MWC smartphone rollouts culminated Wednesday with the Optimus 4X HD. The device is the first officially unveiled smartphone to run NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor. At 1.5GHz, it can both help Internet access as well as improve the ability to juggle multiple apps at once.
LG Optimus 3D Cube coming to MWC
LG continued a run of new smartphones as part of the lead-in to Mobile World Congress by introducing the Optimus 3D Cube, also known as the Optimus 3D Max. A direct sequel to the original, the device formerly codenamed the CX2 can now edit, not just play back, 3D video. The hardware is also noticeably slimmer at 9.6mm (versus 10.9mm) and bumps up the dual-core processor from 1GHz to 1.2GHz.
Phones may destined for Chinese market and more
Last week, Chinese chip-maker MediaTek launched a new mobile chipset that melded a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a PowerVR SGX5 GPU. The MT6575 has the potential to be used for entry-level smartphones running Android 4.0. Although not quite at that performance level, the chip has
shown up in three handsets destined for the Chinese market.
LG gives vague clues as to more MWC plans
LG in a teaser has hinted at even more device plans for Mobile World Congress. The "L" image doesn't provide details of the device but does provide a series of generic qualities all themed around the letter. The device, which has been repeatedly attached to a D-1 name, should be "genuineLy compassionate" and include "perfection with detaiLs."
LG Optimus Vu detailed ahead of MWC
LG has officially provided details surrounding the Optimus Vu, its own take on the same blurring of lines between the phone and tablet as Samsung's Galaxy Note. True to leaks, the device has a five-inch display like its Samsung rival but uses a 4:3 aspect ratio like the Pantech Pocket. The 1024x768, color-rich IPS display is said to improve text reading, LG claimed, although the ratio could make it even wider than the Galaxy Note.
LG Optimus 3D 2 may get visual, dimension upgrades
LG's CX2, possibly badged as the Optimus 3D 2 or Optimus 3D Max, was given possibly leaked details along with a new press render on Monday. The new version was now expected by ETNews to have a newly optimized, IPS-based 3D display. Accordingly, it would have "greatly enhanced" 3D photography, keeping the dual five-megapixel cameras (not two as machine-translated) but adding "easier" editing and more content.
Telus becomes 3rd Canadian carrier with LTE
Telus became the third Canadian carrier with an LTE-based 4G network on Thursday. Starting on February 10 in Halifax, the carrier will have the same 75Mbps peak download speeds and 12-25Mbps averages as the existing networks from rivals Bell and Rogers. It plans to kick off the network with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, LG's Optimus LTE smartphone, and Novatel's Ovation MC679 modem; the Galaxy Note with LTE will be available on February 14.
LG to bring Optimus Vu with 5-inch screen to MWC?
LG is teasing a new handset on the web, the Optimus Vu, which could make a debut at Mobile World Congress. The handset would be rather unique, and is LG's first to get a 4:3 aspect ratio for its large five-inch, 1024x768 IPS touchscreen. Otherwise, it shoud sport a 1.5GHz, dual-core Snapdragon chip and 1GB of RAM.
LG smartphone team gets 10m in fall 2011
LG had mixed news on Wednesday that showed a possible turnaround of its long-suffering mobile group. Although the company as a whole posted a loss equivalent to $97.7 million, its mobile division turned a slight $10 million profit. Most of the recovery came on the back of the Optimus LTE and its US variant the Nitro HD.
LG licenses Microsoft patents, explores partners
LG on Thursday became the latest company steered into signing a patent license deal with Microsoft. The Spectrum designer has agreed to pay Microsoft an unknown amount for "broad coverage" both on Android and Chrome OS despite LG not yet having a Chromebook on the market. Unlike past such licenses, however, Microsoft didn't issue a boilerplate observation that LG was paying royalties, leaving the door open to a lump sum.
LG Spectrum leaks in full ahead of launch
The LG Spectrum has had virtually all of its details spoiled through a discovery Thursday. Confirming that it's a Verizon-specific version of the Optimus LTE, Droid-Life showed that it would have the same 4.5-inch, 720p display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and namesake 4G. LG's customized Android 2.3 would stay intact aside from preloaded, Verizon-exclusive HD ESPN Scorecenter and Netflix HD apps as well as Swype's keyboard.