The G4 is LG's latest flagship phone, but the G3 is still a slick piece of hardware. At this point we're approaching the end of its software support cycle, but the hardware is more than adequate to keep most folks satisfied for another year or two. And if you consider the existence of CyanogenMod nightlies, there's a solid chance owners will get to run a few more major versions of Android on this thing.
Google Cardboard is a pretty cool concept. But making your own headset for the novelty of a handful of VR apps is a daunting task, if only because it requires some very specific lenses and magnets inside all that cardboard. LG is hoping to alleviate that concern, at least for new buyers of its G3 flagship phone, by giving them a free Cardboard headset. Even better, it's not actually made out of cardboard - it's good old-fashioned plastic, which should stand up to a few more beatings. Of course that messes with the name somewhat - maybe they should call it Google Plastic?
ROM flashers and root fanatics who own a few more obscure Android devices have new options this morning. Official, straight from the source builds of the ubiquitous Team Win Recovery Project custom recovery are now available for the unlocked, dual-SIM card version of the HTC One M7, the carrier-customized version of the LG G3 for US Cellular, and the LG Optimus Fuel. Wait, the what? Let me check my notes... yup, says right here, "Optimus Fuel."
Not ringing any bells here.
The One M7 and G3 variants should be pretty self-explanatory, but the Optimus Fuel is so uninteresting it flew under Android Police radar when it was released for the Tracfone budget carrier way back in June of this year.
LG was fast to toot its own horn after being the first OEM to (sort of) push out a Lollipop update. That original OTA only went out to Poland, but now users of the international D855 model are getting their updates all across Europe.
You know what goes great together? Stocks with a side of free phone. Seriously, if you haven't tried it...well, now's your chance. We've teamed up with Handy Apps once again to hook one of you guys up with a free phone – an LG G3, to be exact – but we'll get into that in just a little bit.
First, we want to talk about Handy Apps' Stocks IQ. If you track stocks in any way, this may be an app you want to have installed. It's packed full of useful features for stock monitoring, including current market statistics and company news, watchlists, portfolio management, support for Google Finance, price alerts and notifications, and a lot more.
The LG G3 seems to be selling briskly these days, but LG is sweetening the deal a little more for potential buyers in the US. If you pick up a G3 between September 8th (today) and September 22nd, LG will give you a free spare battery and a charging cradle. That's $70 worth of swag, and it only takes a few minutes to get on the list.
Love it or hate it, the LG G3 is one of the top flagship devices of 2014. With a set of specs that will make even the most jaded Nexus warrior a bit jealous, it's no wonder that the handset has gained a few fans. Unfortunately, LG's software customizations still leave a lot to be desired, and many users have turned to rooting their phone to take back some level of control over the experience. A handful of root tools have come out with support for most of the US and international variants, but none of them worked across the board, and the Sprint model hadn't been cracked at all.
LG would like to remind you that the G3's Quick Circle case is definitely not copying the S View case. I mean, look—no corners. As we all know circles are totally in right now, and you can get a bit more functionality out of the Quick Circle case for the G3 with Quick Circle Apps.
One of the weaknesses of the LG built-in functionality is that you need to use the stock apps, but Quick Circle Apps gives you a little more freedom. After installing the app, you'll notice there are some new items in the Quick Circle app menu.
Despite announcing that they would carry the LG G3 on the same day that the phone itself was revealed, AT&T still hasn't let slip any details about when the phone would land on the network. Radio silence ends today: The AT&T variant of the G3 will go on sale starting July 11th, this Friday, with pre-orders available tomorrow. The phone will bring the spanking new Android Wear-powered G Watch along with it. AT&T is offering a 50% discount on the watch if you buy the phone on contract or with a Next plan.
AT&T's press release didn't mention an off-contract price, but it will cost just shy of $600 total with the Next installment plans, so it will probably be somewhere around that for an off-contract price.