An alleged system dump from LG's upcoming Android Wear-powered G Watch has been leaked on Twitter by an account known as upleaks, along with a bootloader animation hosted on YouTube pulled from said dump. Take a look:
This is our first look at the bootloader animation for Android Wear, though obviously there's not much substantive information we can gather from it. It looks nice, so there's that. We haven't delved into the dump ourselves, but feel free to download it from the Mega link in tweet below or in the source links at the bottom of this article.
Update: T-Mobile has made a mention of Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 4 as well. This update should move the handset up to build version KTU84L and weighs 91.7 MB.
T-Mobile has announced that the Android 4.4.3 OTA software update for Nexus 5s and 2013 Nexus 7s is due out starting today. According to information on T-Mobile's support page, the update will bump smartphone owners up to version KTU84M following a 77.9MB download. Nexus 7 owners will jump to version KTU84L after downloading and installing 91.7 MB of data.
Bug fix releases aren't typically the most exciting, but this one has Android users waiting anxiously.
Here's a good one for our friends across the pond: if you've been thinking about picking up a Nexus 5 but didn't want to shell out £339 in the Play Store, Clove has you covered. For a limited time (till stock runs out, I assume by the wording), you can score the 32GB N5 for £280 (including VAT), which is a pretty significant savings over Google's store.
Google doesn't so much hate Europe as it seems to be woefully indifferent to the plight of Android users in many of those nations who often lack choices in awesome devices. Well, things are looking up for a few more countries today. The Google Play device section is open to users in Norway and Switzerland starting now.
As is common with smartphone announcements, LG's G3 event was pretty cringe-worthy, but the phone looks intriguing, right? Those of you in the US will probably be able to get it on all carriers eventually, but so far AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have signaled their intention to carry the G3 this summer.
Sprint is touting HD voice and Spark (tri-band LTE) support. The Now network is also getting the gold version of the device as a US exclusive, which I know will make you all very excited. Pre-registering also enters you to win one of 20 free devices. No word yet on Verizon, but Big Red always takes its time.
LG didn't do much of a job keeping the flagship G3 under wraps - pretty much every detail has been leaked in some capacity before today. But the press event in London made it official and laid the phone bare for all to see. LG's headliner for 2014 bests headliners from both Samsung and HTC with a 5.5", 2560x1440 screen boasting a DPI of 538. Unfortunately the oh-so-shiny case is only "metallic" (read: plastic), and not true metal like the HTC One family.
The phone's camera is also given a boost, not in megapixels, but in focusing power. The G3's camera has the same 13 megapixel resolution and optical image stabilization as previous models, but a tiny infrared laser module next to the rear camera will allow for more accurate autofocus in "a fraction of the time" required by conventional smartphone lenses.
My, my, but it is difficult to keep a device properly under wraps these days. The latest leak for LG's 2014 flagship G3 comes courtesy of the company's own Dutch website, spotted by Netherlands enthusiast site Portable Gear. LG took the promotional page down almost immediately, but not before keen eyes managed to record pretty much everything about the upcoming phone. Spoiler alert: reading the following won't leave you many surprises for tomorrow's event in London.
In terms of specifications, the G3 follows LG's pattern of bigger and badder for each new hardware generation. The semi-official specs match some of the ones that have been leaked before, but not all.
Regular Android Police readers know we're big fans of ZeroLemon's even bigger batteries for most flagship phones that can support them. If you've got an LG G Pro 2 (and preferably some oversized pockets as well), you can extend your untethered time by a considerable amount with the 9500mAh extended battery. The battery and its body-wrapping case are now on sale at Amazon for $49.99.
The G Pro 2's battery is already among the largest standard phone batteries available at 3200mAh, so the ZeroLemon package should give you roughly triple the battery life on one charge. (Your results may vary of course - it's not unusual for extended batteries like this to get 5-15% less time than they "should.") However, the unique design on the replacement battery cover makes the G Pro wider, taller, deeper, and of course heavier than a regular model, and the 5.9" screen on the phone meant it was already pretty large to begin with.
T-Mobile is ready to pull the metaphorical VoLTE lever marked Seattle, giving the city early access to the upgraded infrastructure the carrier hopes to roll out to more parts of the country over the course of the year. This voice over LTE connection will allow consumers to use voice and data at the same time, as voice calls will go out over IP on LTE rather than taking the current switched-circuit path approach.
Three devices will access T-Mobile VoLTE before any others, and these are the G Flex, the Galaxy Light, and the Galaxy Note 3. OTA updates are rolling out now that is turning this functionality on for people in the Seattle area.
Between a bevy of leaks and no small amount of official previews, LG won't have much to tell us at its press conference next week that we don't already know. The latest official glimpse at the upcoming G3 flagship is the video below, which shows off the "QuickCircle" case, the latest incarnation of a flip case with a touch-through preview window. The idea isn't new, but the shape is: the QuickCircle case uses a large radial display area for basic phone functions.
We've even seen a glimpse of this circular case before: LG's official teaser video showed hints of a circular display, and Evleaks showed off some screenshots of the phone running in "case mode." Like the S-View cases from Samsung and other, similar case-phone interactions, the QuickCircle case will let you perform standard functions like music control or accepting and rejecting calls without "opening" the phone and powering on the full screen.