For the second year in a row, LG is announcing a lightning-fast rollout for the new version of Android on its flagship phone. The LG G4 will start getting Marshmallow next week, but only if you live in Poland. That was also the first G3 Lollipop market last year. LG likes Poland, I guess. Other markets in Europe, Asia, and the Americas are to follow.
Unless, that is, you and your friends strap yourselves to lawn mowers and sling each other around on wet surfaces often. In that case, maybe you have seen people have this much fun in this manner. But for most of us, this LG V10 video is giving us a first.
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Mere hours ago we saw LG's new V10 phone leaked courtesy of @evleaks, and now LG has made it official.
The V10, which will be shown off at an event in NYC tomorrow, has the hallmark characteristics we've seen leaked and hinted before - a dual front-facing camera setup and a secondary display along the top of the device.
The dual front shooters, LG says, are for 120-degree selfies (or "standard" 80-degree selfies if you wish), capturing wide-angle photos with minimal distortion.
Though LG said it wasn't the "star" of today's event, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (a mouthful) did make a cameo at the presentation. We got a few minutes to play with the device hands-on, but eyes-off - the watches on display were actually powered off, so we couldn't even use them in demo mode. Still, it's worth taking a look at least at the form factor of the watch.
This morning at the Walter Reade theater in NYC, LG (re)announced the dual-display, triple-camera V10 phone, a device we heard all about last night. After today's (short) presentation, we got a few minutes to play with the V10 first-hand.
The phone is made of stainless steel and Duraguard silicone, materials that contribute to what LG says is superior durability, passing drop tests "from 48 inches at various angles." In photos, the textured, segmented back cover looks kind of weird, but in person it feels pretty nice and isn't too visually distracting. The overall device feels weighty and - because of the stainless steel strips along the left and right edges - smooth.
It was rumored that LG would be launching a cellular-connected Android Wear watch soon, and well, here it is. The Watch Urbane Second (or 2nd) Edition is the first Android Wear device we've seen that uses a cellular connection instead of a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone or a local Wi-Fi network, much like Samsung's Gear S series or LG's own Watch Urbane LTE (neither of which ran Wear). Aside from the addition of a mobile connection, it's a round screen watch presumably using at least some of the same hardware as the older Urbane.
For a guy who's retired from leaking, Evan @evleaks Blass sure does leak a lot of stuff. For his latest OEM-annoying trick, Blass has posted high-resolution images of the LG V10, which is supposed to be announced tomorrow. In case you missed it, that's the dual-display phone that's been popping up in recent weeks.
Over the past couple of years, LG's smartphones have been drastically improving their imaging capabilities. I was as impressed with my LG G2 as my Lumia 1020 (well, minus the huge image resolution advantage), and the camera performance only got better with the G3 and the G4. This was bound to land the company on DxOMark's radar, where their sensors and software were compared against competing mobile devices.
The final tally? A second overall position behind Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge (and likely the S6, Note 5, and S6 Edge+), tied with the Note 4 and Motorola X Style, and edging out the iPhone 6 and Xperia Z3+.