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[MWC 2013] Hands-On (Video) With The 5.5" Optimus G Pro - Yes, It's A Lot Like A Note II

When we first caught a leaked glimpse of the Optimus G Pro in 5.5" form, Note II comparisons were immediately drawn - the G Pro really is the Note's not-so-long-lost brother.

This morning, at LG's booth at MWC in Barcelona, we got some hands-on time with LG's latest and largest handset, and overall, it impresses. The Optimus G Pro is running Android 4.1.2, and it's by far the quickest non-Samsung handset I've ever used.

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LG Refreshes Highish Mid-Range With The Optimus F5 And Optimus F7 Handsets

While LG has started to make its way back into the hearts and minds of the average consumer with the impressive Optimus G Pro, and its sexier cousin the Nexus 4, the company still has other market segments to worry about. This is where things like the F-series comes in handy. Today the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 were announced and, like their keyboard-dwelling namesakes, will probably be something we're aware of, but rarely pay too much attention to, despite their usefulness.

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Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb Review: The Best $60 You Can Spend On A Wireless Charger Right Now

Google's Matias Duarte elicited some knowing chuckles when he revealed the existence of a wireless charging orb shortly before the Nexus 4 launched. Duarte came over to Google from Palm, which developed a similar accessory for the Pre called the Touchstone. The Nexus 4 Orb took its sweet time showing up in the Play Store, but it's finally on sale for $60.

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Is there any universe in which spending that kind of cash on a phone charger is reasonable?

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Small OTA Update For The LG Spectrum Coming Soon, Gets Rid Of Some Bloatware, Fixes Some Stuff

Earlier today, we highlighted a couple of forthcoming OTA updates for Verizon's Droid Incredible 2 and Rezound. Looks like the company wasn't finished approving updates for the day, however, as it just pushed some info to its support docs about a new build set to hit the LG Spectrum.

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While it's not a game changer, Spectrum owners can expect a few bug fixes and enhancements, including improved dialer performance, the ability to use the camera while on a call, a better keyboard, and an option to send all calls to voicemail.

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LG Mach Receiving Minor OTA Update To Version ZV7

Sprint is rolling out a small over the air update to the LG Mach this morning, software version LS860ZV7. The update brings a new Sprint TV icon (oh boy!) and "California battery standards compliance," whatever that entails.

LG Mach Software Update - LS860ZV7

Enhancements/Fixes

- California battery standards compliance

- Updated Sprint TV icon

The update will be rolling out over the next 5 days. For more information, check out the Sprint community post regarding the update, here.

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LG Announces L Series II, Mid-Range To Low-End Phones For All

While the Nexus 4 may be the LG handset getting everyone's attention, the company does have other market segments to think about. The L SeriesII (so that's what happened to the other letter from the Optimus G) fills that need with a trio of handsets that will debut with the Optimus L7II in Russia next week. The phone comes with a 4.3" 800x480 IPS display, dual-core Qualcomm processor and Jelly Bean 4.1.

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T-Mobile Rolling Out Minor Security Updates To The LG MyTouch And MyTouch Q

If you're the owner of an LG myTouch or myTouch Q, you'll be receiving a small OTA update in the neat future that adds some "security enhancements" to your device. And that means you'll probably lose root. The update version for the myTouch is V10u-FEB-11-2013, and the myTouch Q is LGC800-V10x-FEB-11-2013. Both updates around 2MB in size, so you can rest assured that the changes are indeed quite minor.

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T-Mobile (myTouch Update, myTouch Q update)

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Google Shows Off The Cooler Parts Of Now And The Nexus 4 You Don't Have In The Latest TV Spot

Yes, we know - the Nexus 4 is still thin on the ground basically everywhere. (Americans, both the 8GB and 16GB versions are currently shown as "ships in 2-3 weeks" on the Play Store.) Even so, the LG flagship is the logical showpiece for Google Now, and it's doing some fine service in Google's latest mobile search ad. This one shows off Now's ability to automatically bring up contextual information for your time or location.

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Sprint Updates The LG Viper 4G To Version LS840ZVK For Better LTE Reception

Quick note, LG Viper owners: If you're getting an update request this afternoon, don't get too excited. The newest software addition isn't any flavor of Jelly Bean. It's just a small update that addresses "LTE network acquisition improvements", which probably means it'll help you when transitioning from Sprint's old and busted 3G network to the new LTE hotness.

LS840ZVK 2/7/2013

- LTE network acquisition improvements

Check your Settings menu, then System Update to get the latest download.

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Leaked Images Show Off The LG Note II, Er, I Mean, A 5.5" Version Of The Optimus G Pro

Oh boy, LG. I don't know if you're going to be able to live this one down: PhoneArena just leaked a couple photos of the allegedly-upcoming Optimus G Pro, but it's not the one you've already seen before (headed for NTT DoCoMo in Japan). Nope, this is a super-sized 5.5" version, and the leaked shot of it out in the wild is going to draw a lot of attention, if only for visual comparisons.

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