The LG G2 doesn't impress us all that much, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and some of you are quite attracted to the powerful flagship device LG has thrown together. If you've already made up your mind and our review has done little to dissuade you, then here's a deal that could save you $50. Amazon has the G2 available for just $149. This price applies to both new customers and those upgrading to a new device.
When the LG Lucid first hit store shelves, it was one of the best mid-range handsets available at the time. It served as a shining example that a budget phone didn't have to feel like it was a budget phone. Now an OTA update is rolling out to the handset over a year after its release, further evidence that not all budget phones are destined for neglect. This new software version doesn't fundamentally change things, but it's nice to have security patches and a newer version of Google Map Services, among other things.
LG's Vu series is a bit of an oddball thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio, an idea that even Apple has abandoned on its phones. But the company seems intent on making it work for at least one more device, and so we get the LG Vu 3, shorn of Optimus branding like the flagship G2. And that's not the only thing that the Vu 3 has in common with the G2.
Folks rocking the Sprint version of the LG Optimus G have reason to celebrate today. Although LG has moved on to the G2, the ROM community is showing some love to last year's device. CyanogenMod 10.2 has added support for the LG Optimus G on Sprint.
The first nightly build of 10.2 is now live and ready for download and clocks in at 189.92MB. All those glorious bytes will rocket the device from Android 4.1 all the way up to 4.3 with no crapware and a cleaner UI.
I am generally of the view that when it comes to high-end smartphones, most such phones are now squarely in the "pretty good" category. While the internet moans and groans about SD cards, removable batteries, and heavy-handed UI modifications, these things are trivial to most people in the day-to-day operation of a device. But much in the same way some car enthusiasts refuse to relinquish the manual transmission, some smartphone enthusiasts will not let go of the microSD slot until it is pried from their cold, dead fingers.
Both AT&T and Verizon have repeatedly and vociferously stated that their policy of locking bootloaders isn't going away any time soon. And in both cases, public-spirited security researcher Dan Rosenberg has managed to fox them on at least some hardware. Like a mischievous trickster deity, the Loki tool has been pressed into service to work around the locked bootloaders of various Samsung and LG devices, and the latest update adds support for the flagship LG G2 on both carriers.
When the 8GB variant hit "out of inventory" status, Google told the Verge there were no plans to restock it, despite the promising "please check back soon" following the ominous inventory status.
Google's next flagship phone is simply refusing to stay under wraps. After showing up in Mountain View's KitKat statue unveiling, it then swung by the FCC after being mistakenly attached to the Verizon LG G2 documents. Now it has shown up in two short video clips and a few still photos which appear to have been taken at a party or bar of some sort. A Googler seems to have left his or her phone sitting around charging while some sketchy folks were about.
Sprint has shared a small update rolling out to the LG Optimus G, but right from the beginning, let's temper those expectations. Version LS970ZVC doesn't do much - actually, there's nothing here really worth mentioning. A few bugs related to creating an email account and managing calendar events have been fixed, and that's about it.
This is the first update Sprint's rolled out to the device since the big leap to Android 4.1.2 back in March.
Buying a Verizon G2? You might want to think twice about rooting it, because Big Red has specifically configured its version of the device to show whether or not the phone is rooted in the "status" sub-menu of the About Phone area. Why? Almost certainly for the express purpose of voiding warranties or returns for people who screw up their phones (or, allegedly screw up) after rooting them.
I have confirmed the rooting status flag is also present on my Verizon G2 review unit, but not the AT&T or international unlocked variants.