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LG adds bootloader unlock support for the Velvet and three more phones

LG adds bootloader unlock support for the Velvet and three more phones

For several years now, unlocking LG phones has required the use of the company's official unlock tool. Not all of LG's devices are supported, but now three more phones have been added to the roster. Get your custom ROMs ready.

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LG is bringing its Velvet UI to older flagships, starting with the V50

LG is bringing its Velvet UI to older flagships, starting with the V50

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T-Mobile shuts down Sprint's 5G network to redeploy spectrum

T-Mobile shuts down Sprint's 5G network to redeploy spectrum

T-Mobile will shut down Sprint's 5G network in order to rework its spectrum into its own 5G grid. While those with a Galaxy S20 series device on Sprint will be able to use 5G on either network, other 5G phone owners will eventually have to migrate to those S20s. The upcoming changes have been announced as the recently-merged carriers begin integrating their separate cellular infrastructure into a cohesive network — a process that's expected to take 3 years.

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Verizon LG V50 phones are the latest to receive Android 10 upgrade

Verizon LG V50 phones are the latest to receive Android 10 upgrade

Back in December, LG began to roll out the official version of Android 10 to South Korean-based G8 ThinQ phones following a brief beta program. During this time, LG also launched an Android 10 beta for the beefier V50 ThinQ. Now we've learned that the South Korean variant of the V50 has started to receive the stable version of Android 10 as early as last week.

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LG's Dual Screen hardware finally getting a game with exclusive second-screen functionality

LG's Dual Screen hardware finally getting a game with exclusive second-screen functionality

Enhanced gaming has been one of the most consistently promoted features of LG phones that support its Dual Screen hardware. Until now, the only gaming-centric improvement available for these devices has been the ability to use the second display as a dedicated gamepad. Now we're finally seeing games introduce some bespoke functionality for that second panel, with the release of a dual-screen edition of Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War.

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[Update: Moto Z4 and One Vision] ARCore support comes to Pixel 3a, OnePlus 7, LG G8, and a bunch of Apple devices

[Update: Moto Z4 and One Vision] ARCore support comes to Pixel 3a, OnePlus 7, LG G8, and a bunch of Apple devices

Every few weeks, Google updates its ARCore support list with new devices. This time around, Google's added the two new LG flagship phones — the G8 and the V50 — as well as four iPad models and the iPhone XR.

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The LG V50's bootloader will be unlockable in Europe

The LG V50's bootloader will be unlockable in Europe

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[Update: Now available] Verizon will start selling the LG V50 ThinQ on June 20

[Update: Now available] Verizon will start selling the LG V50 ThinQ on June 20

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G has endured a stop-and-go release schedule. In the midst of growing pains with South Korea's next-gen cellular grid, the company pushed its original home market launch date of April 19 by nearly a month. Sprint, the U.S. carrier that claimed the early lead on the device, started sales on May 31. We knew that Verizon would also take up the V50 this "summer," but it wasn't until now that we learned it would be this week — on the last day of spring.

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LG V50 5G going up for pre-order at Sprint, 50% off lease for a limited time

LG V50 5G going up for pre-order at Sprint, 50% off lease for a limited time

Verizon's Galaxy S10 5G is officially launching today, making it the first carrier to market with a 5G phone in the US. Sprint isn't far behind with its LG V50 5G, today announcing that it would be available for pre-order tomorrow. Plus, for a limited time, Sprint is slashing 50% off its lease price.

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[Update: May 10 is new date] LG postpones release of the 5G V50 in South Korea over unspecified troubles

[Update: May 10 is new date] LG postpones release of the 5G V50 in South Korea over unspecified troubles

LG has announced that it will postpone sales of its first 5G smartphone in South Korea until further notice. The V50 ThinQ was scheduled for release on April 19, but it says concerns about customer satisfaction with how the device will perform on the new network are keeping it off the market.

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