LG has never been a company particularly well-known for its smartphones. And the occasional notoriety the company has received for its Android-powered hardware has rarely been positive. The original Ally, for example, despite its Iron Man-marketing and substantial launch hype, turned out to be an unremarkable, painfully slow phone. The next handset from LG to attract much attention (in the US, at least) was the G2X (or Optimus 2X, internationally). It too failed to gain much in the way of critical acclaim, and customers found the phone laden with major usability bugs.
As promised by LG back in May, its top of the line quad-core Optimus 4X HD is now seeing release in Europe. First seen at MWC in February, this is set to take on the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X for the favor of powerhouse-craving phone shoppers throughout the continent. The device is now available for purchase from Amazon DE in either black or white, both close to the €500 mark.
Hot on the heels of blurry-cam shots of the upcoming LS970, a rumored upcoming Sprint LG device, today we've heard that the carrier has yet another phone from the other Korean electronics giant waiting in the wings - though this one's a little less exciting.
If you recall, the LG Viper is essentially Sprint's take on the LG Lucid, found at Verizon - a mid-range device with highly capable, if slightly dated, specifications.
Verizon just updated the support documents for the LG Revolution with details of a new OTA update that brings a few bug fixes to the device, as well as Verizon's "Enhanced Customer Support" tool with remote diagnostics (which the device should've gotten back in March - perhaps Verizon is just reminding us that the feature exists).
These sort of updates generally begin rolling out within a few days of the documentation being posted on Verizon's site, so we could see this one start hitting devices by week's end.
LG just officially announced version 3.0 of its custom interface, which it is now calling 'Optimus UI'. The updated skin aims to be "unobtrusive and simple" according the LG, as well as bring a handful of new features to LG's handsets:
- The ability to unlock the phone by dragging anywhere on the screen
- A new Pattern Lock that allows users to preset the most frequently used function, such as the camera, which automatically opens once the phone is unlocked
- A simpler version of Optimus UI 3.0 for new smartphone users which organizes the main applications so that they are the easiest to access
- A new Voice Shutter that allows users to capture photos using only voice commands
- A special camera feature that enables users to pick up the best shot among multiple images including the moment just before the shutter button is depressed
- An Icon Customizer that provides an additional level of personalization by allowing users to set their own photos as icons and shortcut images
- The addition of a Download category to the menu for easier organization
LG has officially announced its foray into the quad-core smartphone space, with the launch of the Android 4.0 Optimus 4X HD. Unveiled just prior to MWC in February, the smartphone features NVIDIA's latest Tegra 3 Quad-Processor clocked at 1.5GHZ, with the 4-PLUS-1 architecture. Additionally, the device will have a:
- 4.7" (720p) True HD IPS display
- 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front shooter
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB onboard storage
- 2150 mAh battery
- Razor thin 8.9mm thickness
- SHSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity
LG's assertion, that the 2,150mAh battery on the Optimus 4X HD is the biggest amongst quad-core smartphones, might be technically true as the Droid RAZR MAXX (sporting a massive 3,300 mAh battery) has only two cores.
If you were to come up with your ideal phone, the specs would probably look like those rumored for the mysterious LG LS970 on Sprint. This phone will reportedly have the Qualcomm APQ8064 (Snapdragon S4) at its heart. This is a quad-core 28nm Krait chip with the next-generation Adreno 320 GPU. Since this is an "APQ" chip, that means a separate LTE data modem will be used, currently listed in the leaked profile as the MSM9615.
A few days ago, LG made available the V21y update for owners of the G2x. Users were delighted - though the update wasn't major, it did seem to bring some notable additions, according to this unofficial changelog:
- Update to Android 2.3.4
- Built-in Google Plus capabilities
- Swype 3.26.92
- New RIL and baseband (dated March 11, 2012)
- Improved battery life
However, the update was pulled shortly after, though those who'd managed to grab it found it quite stable.
We first heard about the Optimus 3D Max just before Mobile World Congress this year, and LG's newest offering is now beginning its journey to 3D greatness (so LG would hope, anyway). LG made the device official today starting in Europe, with availability in other parts of the world coming soon.
- 4.3-inch WVGA 3D display with Gorilla Glass
- 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 2x 5MP rear shooters capable of 3D video and image capture
- VGA front-facing camera
- 1,520mAh battery
- microHDMI port
- Android 2.3
The phone is said to be both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, while still improving on the glasses-less 3D display of yesteryear.
The day that many Sprint customers have been waiting for is finally here: the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That's not the only new device to hit The Now Network today, either - the LG Viper and LG Optimus Elite also join the ranks of new offerings on Sprint.
Although the Galaxy Nexus pre-order inventory sold out after only three days of availability, it looks like there are plenty to go around now.