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LG's new ThinQ View Smart Display features stereo 20W speakers, priced at $200 ($100 off)

LG is joining the Smart Display game, becoming the fourth company to do so after Lenovo, JBL, and Google itself. The Smart Display, formally dubbed "XBOOM AI ThinQ View WK9" (who comes up with these names?), puts a focus on audio with its dual 20W speakers. LG first announced this all the way back in January at CES, but we hadn't heard anything else until now. It's available now at an introductory price of $199.99, $100 off its MSRP.

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Verizon releases LG V40 ThinQ update with new camera features, Android security updates

Verizon's latest update for the LG V40 ThinQ is all about making users look good, by way of creating digital avatars and fine-tuning their selfies to transport them to another place.

The patch includes a handful of new camera-centric features, including the introduction of "My Avatar" and Augmented Selfie capabilities, both of which look like they're meant for a lot of time-wasting (read: fun) applications.

Using My Avatar, you can create a cartoon avatar to be used in Messaging and other apps that feature an on-screen keyboard. The avatar is created from several photos of your own face, and can then be customized with different clothing and accessories.

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LG G7 One is the company's first phone to receive Android 9 Pie update

Android 9 Pie is starting to hit phones by mainstream manufacturers, like those from Samsung, Sony, and Nokia. LG is the latest to join the party with its Android One-powered G7 One. The G7 One is, unsurprisingly, the first LG phone to be updated to Pie.

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Unlocked LG V30+ falls to just $400 on Amazon for today only

LG's latest phones themselves haven't been horrible, but the bang for the buck they've been offering hasn't been great. The V30+, an upgraded V30 with more storage and earphones included, was released back in late 2017 at an MSRP of a whopping $929.99. This latest Amazon deal brings the price down to a much more reasonable $399.99, though it's only available for around 10.5 more hours as of publishing time.

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[Update: LG V40] Netflix HDR support added for LG G7 One, Sony Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 Premium

Netflix HDR support kicked off with the LG G6 back in May 2017, but quite a few devices have been added since then. Most recently, the Sony Xperia XZ2, the Huawei Mate 10, and the Huawei P20 were added. Three more phones have just joined the roster: the LG G7 One, the Sony Xperia XZ3, and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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'LG Pay Quick' trademark application pops up in US and Europe

LG first launched its mobile payments platform in June 2017, but only in South Korea. Since then, the company accidentally published a broken payments app with muddled branding in early 2018, and later confirmed LG Pay would arrive in the US at some point that year. But the most recent step toward mobile payments from the company is something a bit different: LG Pay Quick. LG has recently applied to trademark the name in Europe, the US, and South Korea.

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Google's ARCore additions for October include the Pixel 3, LG V40, and more

Augmented Reality may not yet be the game-changer some of its proponents would hope it to be, but little by little it's been coming into its own. AR's been in the spotlight this month thanks to the launch of the Pixel 3 and Google's re-branding of its AR Stickers app as Playground, but that's just the half of it — we've also seen a number of new devices join the list of official AR Core-supporting hardware.

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LG made more money in Q3 as mobile losses shrink slightly

LG is a profitable company overall, reporting growing profits almost every quarter. However, LG's mobile division has been an anchor around the company's neck. LG mobile still isn't profitable in the just-released Q3 results, but the losses have lessened. LG thinks it can turn the corner and start making money on smartphones again, but it's not exactly within striking distance of that goal.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked LG V40 ThinQ up for pre-order for $750 ($200 off) with free 256GB microSD card at B&H

In spite of having less name recognition than competitors like Google, Samsung, and Apple, LG is bold enough to ask $949.99 for its V40 ThinQ. The V40 is the best phone LG's ever made, but as we said in our review, that's not quite enough. Luckily, B&H is slashing $200 off, bringing the price down to a much more palatable $749.99, and it's also throwing in a free 256GB SanDisk microSD card and a second year of warranty.

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Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for the LG K20 on AT&T