LG's Innotek arm unveiled a new fingerprint scanner implementation today that allows a scanner to be placed directly under a piece of glass, such as the bezel area of display cover glass on a smartphone. The new technology, then, is at least somewhat similar to Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sense ID in that it does not require an exterior element physically demarcating where the scanner sits, and can instead be basically invisible. Qualcomm's solution, though, uses ultrasonics to identify a fingerprint - LG's design appears to be of the traditional capacitive variety.
To be clear, the new technology does not allow the scanner to sit on or under the display itself - this is a problem not yet solved - merely for it to be hidden a bit better in the places where we see fingerprint scanners already. Read More
It's no secret that I'm not the LG G5's biggest fan - but that doesn't mean there aren't things I find myself liking, nay, loving, about LG's latest smartphone. Let's break down my top five for the G5.
#1: The wide-angle camera
Solution looking for a problem? OK, maybe, I guess - my colleague Liam Spradlin (sorry, Liam) kind of has it out for this dual-camera system, but I believe it's going to be a hugely fun feature for people who take a lot of smartphone photos. The two images below, I think, show you just what a difference the wide-angle lens can make when you're capturing a scene. Read More
LG has been criticized for its decision to remove the app drawer on the G5, but its UX 5.0 demo video a while back said the app drawer option was returning. The best it could do in the short term was publish the old UX 4.0 home screen in SmartWorld, but now an updated home interface for the G5 is rolling out that adds the app drawer option. Read More
We love it when "old" devices get updated to new versions of Android, especially when said old devices are really great smartphones that were popular in their day and still serve their job even in today's landscape. My LG G3, for example, is now in my mother's hands and she has zero complaints about it since it does more than she could ever need. I'm still waiting for Marshmallow to hit her phone though, because as much as she doesn't care what Android version runs below the surface, I do want her to have Doze to improve the aging battery's life and to get a newer Android Security Patch Level (which is sure to come with a full system update). Read More
The LG G5 is available now, and while it's not garnering great reviews, LG appears to be pushing on with the whole replaceable module idea. Russian site [email protected] has been able to get ahold of the G5 SE, a lite version of the G5, and has reviewed the phone before its official release.
As was reported a few days ago, the G5 SE isn't that special; it's essentially a lower-spec version of the G5, packing less brunt for less money. The 4GB of RAM in the flagship has been downgraded to 3GB, while the new Snapdragon 820 has been similarly taken down a peg to the Snapdragon 652. Read More
LG's phones have long been popular with people who want to play with mods, and now that can begin in earnest with the LG G5. This device now has an official build of TWRP ready for flashing. With a custom recovery, you can do all sorts of neat stuff. Read More
The LG G Vista 2 is a large phone for AT&T customers who don't quite want to spend flagship money. At $348.99, the price isn't quite low-end, and neither are the specs. You get a 5.7-inch 1080p screen, a 13MP camera, and a stylus.
And now, you also get Marshmallow. AT&T is pushing out the latest version of Android in an over-the-air update for the device. Read More
Perhaps the LG G5 isn't what you're looking for in a phone. No big, LG also has the V10. It's bigger, has a secondary display, and now it has Marshmallow on AT&T. The UI won't change to match the G5, but you'll get all the usual Marshmallow goodies. Read More
The LG G5 hasn't really lived up to expectations, and the price is up there. If that phone isn't doing it for you, but you have a hankering for a removable battery, the LG V10 might be the phone for you. It has similar hardware to the G4, but it's bigger with sturdier construction, and there's that second display. It's not usually a cheap phone, but the unlocked version is on sale today for $449.99 on eBay. Read More
If you want to make deep and lasting changes to your device, you need to unlock the bootloader. Not all phones can be unlocked, but you can add the LG G5 to the list of those that can. Well, the unlocked international G5 (H850). It's now supported by LG's official unlock tool. Read More