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Hands-On And First Impressions With The LG G5 ("And Friends") At MWC 2016 (Video)

The LG G5 is the dark horse to Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge here at MWC, no doubt. While LG has received increasing critical acclaim and its flagship G series gained many fans in recent years, the mainstream smartphone narrative firmly places LG products in the shadow of those of their domestic rival. Could the G5 finally change the conversation and help LG stand out? If it doesn't, it certainly won't be for a lack of trying - the G5 is easily the most dramatic evolution of LG's smartphones in several years. Whether that evolution will translate to sales, or even a substantially better phone, though, remains unclear.

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LG G5's Crazy Removable Battery Breaks Cover Ahead Of Announcement

LG is sticking to its guns when it comes to offering removable batteries in its phones, but the way it's going about that with the G5 is unusual. All the leaks we've seen thus far show a seemingly unibody device, but now we have a better idea how the battery slides in from a post on Weibo. A user there has posted a picture of the battery and what appears to be the cap from the bottom of the phone. This might be part of LG's rumored "Magic Slot" system.

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LG Announces Audio Collaboration With Bang & Olufsen For The G5's Audio Experience

LG is still cheekily announcing bits and pieces of its G5 flagship before the phone itself. After hinting at the always-on display and unveiling a fancy touch cover for the phone, it's now ramping up expectations about the audio performance of the G5 by announcing a collaboration with B&O PLAY, a sub-division of Bang & Olufsen, the well respected Danish audio and video company.

LG doesn't reveal much about the fruits of its collaboration, just that it will keep "LG as the undisputed leader in smartphone audio." Another vague blurb from the press release is this:

The two companies have been working closely together on the new LG G5 to ensure the best sound experience to the customers.

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CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Come To T-Mobile LG G4 While LG V10 Gets Its First 12.1 Nightly

We've recently covered some odd releases for CyanogenMod on Android, where the custom ROM was resurrecting some forgotten devices from the dead with updates that their original manufacturers wouldn't dare release for them. This isn't the case with these additions / upgrades to the CM lineup.

First, the T-Mobile LG G4 (h811) started getting its first CM13 nightlies a couple of days ago. Given that Marshmallow is just now heading to the Tmo G4 officially, Cyanogen is keeping up with LG on this one — albeit with a probably less stable release.

Second, the T-Mobile LG V10 (h901) got its first nightly yesterday, but this time it's for CyanogenMod 12.1 which is based on Android 5.1.

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Someone Has Gotten Their Hands On The LG G5 And Galaxy S7 And Is Selling Them Online In The UAE

Dubizzle/OLX is the Arab equivalent of Craigslist. You can find ads for anything and everything on it, and today, if you go checking the United Arab Emirates section of the site looking for a brand new phone, you can find two peculiar items: brand new unannounced phones. Some enterprising user has gotten their hands on both the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 and is offering them for sale right away before their almost-certain launch at MWC on February 21.

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Verizon's LG G3, G4, And HTC One M9 Start Getting Android Marshmallow Update

Both Christmas and Valentine's are over, but Verizon doesn't seem to be aware of that. It has decided to wrap up its OTA updates with a bow and deliver them straight to your phone so you can enjoy some Marshmallow flavor before the end of winter.

Both the LG G3 and LG G4 are getting updated to Android 6.0, the former to version VS98546A and the latter to version VS98624C. Verizon details the new features with short descriptions and some screenshots so you can already go take a look and see how LG's flavor of Marshmallow will look like. There's Now on Tap, Doze mode, runtime permissions, silent mode, Direct Share, and more.

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LG Announces Mid-Range Stylus 2 Ahead Of Mobile World Congress

LG is going to announce the G5 at MWC in just a few days, but that's not all. The smartphone maker has taken the wraps off the Stylus 2, a considerably less exciting phone, but one that won't make such a big dent in your bank account. Plus, it has a stylus. I know, who would have thought?

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He Said, She Said: A Husband-And-Wife Experiment With The LG V10

It's no surprise that guys and girls do things differently when it comes to tech, but that couldn't be more true in my own relationship — the way I use my phone versus the way my wife does things is actually pretty dramatic, including what each of us looks for in a new phone. Where I want to know how the fast the processor is, how much RAM it has, and what the display's PPI is, she's more interested in how "good" the camera is and if it charges quickly for those times when our three-year-old inevitably kills the battery. (He's not allowed to use my phones, so I don't have to worry about that.

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LG Announces New X Series Smartphones Ahead Of Mobile World Congress

LG likes to do this thing where it announces devices and accessories before the trade show where they'll actually get announced or shown off, and late last night the company did just that with the new X series smartphones. Basically, this is a new line of mid-range phones from LG that will offer "one exceptional feature." It kind of doesn't make sense until you actually see what each of these phones is all about.

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First off is the X screen. This phone takes the V10's unique "second screen" and makes it available in a more affordable model (though exact pricing hasn't been announced).

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LG Announces A Fancy Touch-Enabled Cover For The G5 Before The Phone Itself

LG is really excited about the G5. So excited, in fact, that they just can't wait until Mobile World Congress later this month. To tide themselves over for the next few weeks, the PR folks have officially announced a cover for the LG G5 with a familiar see-through window and the capability to perform some basic functions with a touch-sensitive material. Most of the "Quick Cover" is translucent, allowing things like the phone answer or decline slider to be seen even when it's closed. This is presumably integrated with the always-on display that was previously teased. The design is similar to HTC's Dot View design, though the dots that make up the translucent cover seem much finer.

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