Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has long been rumored to feature a revamped virtual assistant called Bixby, and LG’s G6 can’t afford not to play the AI game. A new rumor out of both companies’ home country of South Korea now claims that LG has done something that’s pretty surprising in the Android world.
Instead of building its own sub-par virtual assistant, LG has apparently turned to Google for help. As such, the G6 will come with the Google Assistant built-in. Previously, the Google Assistant was exclusive to Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones (at least in the form that’s integrated into the Android system, since it also lives in the Allo chat app and the Google Home device).
The Google Assistant is also an integral part of the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 release, which will be running on the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, the first wearables to have the new OS version on board. These were co-developed with Google in a program not dissimilar to what the Nexus line used to be for smartphones. The two smartwatches will be unveiled on February 9, it’s been rumored.
The LG G6 will be made official on February 26 at MWC in Barcelona. It’s reportedly going to become available in early March, beating the Galaxy S8 to the market by about a month.
The LG G4 may be a year old already, but is still quite a capable smartphone and hasn’t aged bad at all. The phone runs on Snapdragon 808, comes with a Quad HD display, a great camera setup, and it has been updated to Android Marshmallow.
If you are interested in the LG G4 and you live in the US, then this eBay offer should be a bargain for you. A seller is offering the LG G4, both black and leather brown flavors, for just $179.99.
The offer is for New-Other device, which means you will be getting a new LG G4 unit with an aftermarket box and charger. Refurbished LG G4 units are selling for the same price on Amazon, which should give this eBay offer an edge.
The LG G4 available on eBay is a T-Mobile factory unlocked unit, so you should be fine for all other carriers but Verizon. Currently the black version is out of stock, but you should keep an eye for new stock if available.
Anyway, the quantities are limited, so if you like the LG G4 for $180, you should act fast. Don’t forget that you can swap its rear covers, so even if you don’t like the brown one, you can always buy another.
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LG’s X series is a constant source of surprises. The company unveiled two new devices, the LG X5 and the LG X Skin. Both newcomers are fairly similar to the LG X Power, except in size and battery capacity.
LG X5 (left) • LG X Power (center) • LG X Skin (right)
This is the first to break away from the LG X [word] naming pattern of the series.
The X5 has a bigger 5.5″ screen with 720p resolution. The new phone is thinner and very slightly lighter than the X Power, 7.2mm and 133g (vs. 139g). You do lose a lot in the battery capacity, 2,800mAh (vs. 4,100mAh).
The LG X5 is powered by a modest quad-core processor (1.3GHz) with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage (there’s a microSD card slot) It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The camera is the same as the X Power camera – 13MP/1080p. All three phones have 5MP selfie cameras.
Both the LG X5 and the X Power are headed to Korean shelves later this week in White and Indigo Black for KRW 200,000 ($175/€155).
LG X Skin
This one has a 5″ screen and is the thinnest and lightest of the three by far – 6.9mm and 122g. It too runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor but has a bit less RAM (1.5GB). As you can expect, the battery is smaller – 2,100mAh.
LG X Skin
The LG X Skin also has a lower resolution camera – 8MP – despite being the priciest of the three, KRW 231,000 ($200/€180).
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LG has launched another 4G LTE-enabled Android 6.0 smartphone namely the K3. Specs-wise, this entry-level smartphone packs a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS touchscreen display, a 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor, a 1GB RAM and an 8GB of expandable internal storage (up to 32GB).
Not to mention, the handset also sports a VGA front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, a micro-USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack and a removable 1940mAh li-ion battery (up to 14 hours of talk time).
Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, the K3 provides 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS for connectivity. The LG K3 is available now for just $79.99. [Product Page]
AT&T has started rolling out the Marshmallow update to LG G Pad X 10.1 units on its network. Weighing in at 869MB and bringing Android version 6.0, the update bumps the software version to V93020f and the build number to MRA58K.
Aside from the usual Marshmallow goodies (such as Doze, Google Now on Tap, and redesigned app permissions), here are the other changes included in the update:
AT&T Services updates
- AT&T Locker now 2.0
- Keeper removed
- myAT&T is a full preloaded app (was weblink)
- Ready2Go replaced with Setup & Transfer
- Kindle removed
- AT&T Mail now a VPL
- AT&T Messages VPL added
- DIRECTV VPL added
To refresh, the G Pad X 10.1 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box, and is a slightly tweaked version of the LG G Pad II 10.1. AT&T started selling it in September last year.
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Some of our commenters often ask about FM radio on smartphones, but did you know that Norway will kill of FM broadcasts in 2017 and replace them with DAB+, the digital radio standard (that’s free and open, unlike the digital radio the US gets).
LG is pouncing on this opportunity with the LG Stylus 2 – the first smartphone with DAB+ support. Norway, along with Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK will be among the first countries to get the Stylus 2 (LG is mum on the exact date, though).
The phone itself is a 5.7″ entry-level handset with a 720p screen (yes, on that diagonal) and a capacitive stylus. It’s powered by a quad-core processor (1.2GHz) with 1.5GB of RAM, has a 13MP + 8MP cameras and a 3,000mAh battery. On the upside, you do get Android 6.0 Marshmallow and LTE. And a 1W loudspeaker for the radio.
So, what’s DAB+? For one, it’s based on the HC-AAC codec (while regular DAB is MP2, similar to MP3). And since it’s a digital broadcast it can carry more advanced data than FM RDS and features things like caching, similar to Internet streaming (but it’s free and requires no carrier data).
LG says that broadcasters can make apps to enhance the listening experience with additional data pulled from the web.
Phone trivia sidenote: while the LG Stylus 2 is the first with DAB+, the first phone with DAB seems to be the Virgin Lobster 700TV. I don’t know if it was the name or the looks, but it failed to bolster DAB adoption.
Remember the LG H840 which was spotted on GFXBench earlier this month with Snapdragon 652 chipset and 3GB RAM? We initially thought that it could be a ‘lite’ variant of LG’s latest G5flagship, but turns out it’s a special LG G5 model aimed at specific markets.
While LG made no mention of an SD652-powered G5 at this year’s MWC (where the flagship was unveiled), it has now come to light such a souped-down variant exists and will be available in Latin America at-least.
Confirming that Latin Americans won’t officially get the standard SD820 G5, LG’s Sales manager for Chile, Cristián Correa, said that the decision was taken based on the feedback they received from several operators in the region as well as keeping in mind the currency appreciation in Latin America.
What’s more, the LG 360 virtual reality headset – one of G5’s friends – will also not be available in the region. Correa cited Latin America’s lack of interest in VR as the reason behind the move.