LG Drops Security Updates for Older G-Series Phones

LG G5

LG has quietly updated their Security Bulletins page on their support site, dropping support for several older G-Series phones with the September update.  The G3, G4, G4 Stylus and LG Stylo have all been removed from the support list meaning that it is highly unlikely they will be getting updates going forward.

That isn’t too surprising.  The G3 for example was released in May 2014 so the fact that the company was providing updates to it at all some 3 years down the road was impressive.

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LG Announces The LG V20 Phone Coming in September with Nougat

Today LG has announced that their upcoming flagship device, the LG V20, will be shipping starting in September.  Specifications around the new phone are virtually unknown.  Very few leaks have come out for the V20, a rarity these days, so nobody is 100% sure what the phone will have for a processor/memory combination.  Given it is a flagship, the V20 will likely have the upper end of the Snapdragon processor lineup (8xx) and 3GB of RAM but again, just speculation on my part.  What we do know however, based on this release from LG, is that the V20 will come with Android Nougat installed.

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LG Launches The Stylus 2 Plus With Improved User Experiences

Building upon the success and design of the Stylus 2, LG has announced the launch of the updated Stylus 2 Plus today in Taiwan with a broader release coming over the course of the next few weeks.  LG states that this updated stylus driven phablet “… design remains consistent with the original LG Stylus 2, the smartphone features significantly better performance than its original cousin.”  And upgrades it does have indeed.  It keeps the 5.7″ Full HD display with some some improvements, adds a fingerprint sensor and has an Intel based 1.4GHz octa-core processor powering things.  That is coupled with 2GB of RAM on the 16GB storage model while the 32GB storage model will have 3GB of RAM.  There is also a MicroSD slot.

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LG G5 Specifications Released

As expected, today at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, LG has announced the LG G5, their latest flagship Android device.  Sporting a 5.3″ quad-HD display, 4GB of RAM and a 16MP camera, this device is certainly worthy of the term flagship.  LG uniquely is also offering a module concept for the G5, allow you to have extra features or functionality in the phone by adding one f these modules.  The two announced where the LG Cam Plus which gives you a camera grip and an additional 1100 mAh of battery, as well as the LG Hi-Fi Plus for improved audio play out of the device.

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T-Mobile Launches Buy One-Get One Half Price Promotion

T-Mobile has kicked off a great promotion for those who are looking to upgrade devices or add devices to an existing account or if you are opening up a new account.  The applies to select Samsung and LG phones and when you make the purchase, both devices have to be from the same manufacture.  This promo could add up to some pretty significant savings if you are needing to upgrade devices in your family.

The eligible devices are as follows:

  • LG G4
  • LG V10
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

That’s right, these are the latest and greatest devices from LG and Samsung so you aren’t getting what’s left at the bottom of the barrel.

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Android Marshmallow Starts Rolling Out To The LG G4

LG G4

While those running various Nexus devices have seen or are starting to see the Android Marshmallow update come to their devices, the bigger question has always been when other manufactures would have the latest version of Android available for their devices.  Apparently, sooner rather than later.  LG announced in a press release last night that the LG G4 will be seeing Android Marshmallow starting this week in Poland and then rolling out to the rest of Europe and the Americas later.  The news is great to hear frankly as updates to devices is always a point of pain/contention for Android users.  LG at least wants to get it done and get it done quickly.

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AT&T Issues Update To The LG G4

LG G4

AT&T has pushed out an OTA update for customers using the carrier’s version of the LG G4.  The update, which is based on Android Lollipop, addresses multiple items within the software running on the device and brings additional security updates to it as well.  Users of the LG G4 will get notification of the update on their device and can download it over Wi-Fi or celluar.  The update is 26.5MB in size so not huge and brings the Lollipop build version to LMY47D which is Lollipop 5.1.0.

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LG V10 Launched With Impressive Specs

LG V10

LG has pulled back their rumored LG V10 today, showing a 5.7″ QuadHD device with some pretty impressive specs.  The new LG V10 will come with Android Lollipop (I’m assuming it will be upgraded to Android Marshmallow at some point) and features dual front facing cameras and an always on feature on the display to allow users at a glance to see information like battery remaining, weather and of course the time.  When the display is on, this becomes the app launcher in what LG is calling a second screen.

Working independently, the Second Screen can be set up as an “always on” dis- play to enhance the V10’s productiveness all without impacting battery life. Set the Se- cond Screen to display the weather, time, date and battery icon when the main display is off. With the main display on, the Second Screen can be set to convert to a dedicated launching area for shortcuts or your favorite apps. What’s more, when you’re enjoying a movie or game on the V10, the Second Screen will notify you discreetly without block- ing your view when a call or text comes in. Ignoring the notification won’t distract you from your enjoyment or you can pause whatever you’re doing to respond.

It is a somewhat unique answer to getting the maximum amount of information to users without cluttering things up on the display.

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