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LG makes V50 kernel source code available ahead of release

The LG V50 debuted alongside the G8 at MWC back in February. The G8 is now out (check our our review here), though the same can't be said for the V50. Nonetheless, LG has chosen to release the kernel source code for the V50 now.

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LG G8 US pre-orders start on March 29 ahead of April 11 release

US carriers will begin selling the LG G8 ThinQ from April 11, but AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon will each have their pre-order start dates — a couple of them as early as tomorrow, and there are some appealing early bird discounts to go along with the whole party.

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LG releases V40 and G8 Pie kernel source

LG's update performance as of late has been less than stellar. Despite the formation of a "Software Upgrade Center" several years back, the company is still slow to get new versions of Android out the door. The V40 is still waiting on that Pie update, but it shouldn't be long now. LG has released the Pie-based kernel source for the V40 and LG G8.

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Ignoring folding phones, LG makes a second-display case for the V50 ThinQ 5G

MWC 2019 is full of folding phones, but LG wants you to forget about them and consider the possibility of a dual display setup without all the fuss of a flexible screen. Enter the Dual Screen accessory for the V50 ThinQ 5G. It's a case with a second screen, and it works exactly like you would expect that to do (read: not so convincing).

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LG G8 coming to AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint to sell V50 5G

LG announced its two flagships for 2019 earlier today — the G8 ThinQ and V50 5G ThinQ. Both devices have their share of interesting features, and if you're wondering where to buy them in the United States, all four major carriers have announced which devices they will offer.

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Every LG and Nokia phone going forward will have a Google Assistant button

Last year, LG teamed up with Google to bring a Bixby-style Assistant hardware button to some of its phones. Turns out that collaboration was just the start. Today, Google is announcing that this partnership is extending to "the full portfolio" of new devices from LG and Nokia, as well as select handsets by Xiaomi, Vivo, and TCL (read: Alcatel, Palm, and BlackBerry).

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First look: the LG G8 has proper face ID and a fancy in-screen speaker

Last week, I had a chance to spend some time with LG's upcoming high-end smartphone, the G8. In recent years, the G series lineup has seemed a bit technically short-changed compared to its rivals from Samsung, and even LG's own V series of ultra-high-end smartphones. 2019 may be the year that's finally a little less true.

While the G8 isn't a barn-burner of a smartphone, it does stand up on paper to the competition fairly well (barring price - which LG hasn't given us). Gone are the compromised LCD displays of yesteryear, now replaced with one of LG's OLED panels that had previously been reserved for the V series.

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LG announces three new budget phones with 'AI' cameras and Google Assistant buttons

As is tradition, the release of a new LG flagship is usually accompanied by budget phones sharing a similar design language. The 'Q' series is made up of mid-range devices, while the 'K' lineup is composed of entry-level phones. LG today announced three new budget models — the Q60, K50, and K40.

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[Update: Higher-res image] Sprint's LG V50 ThinQ reminds you about its 5G capabilities with an unsightly yellow logo on the back

LG's last few V-series phones have been pretty similar to each other, but it looks like the upcoming V50 is going to have something special up its sleeve: 5G. A leaked photo of the Sprint V50 from Evan Blass reveals that the phone will have 5G capabilities, and given the giant yellow logo on the back, it isn't shy about it.

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LG confirms the G8 will feature an OLED screen that vibrates to produce sound

When renders of the upcoming LG G8 based on leaked CAD models were first circulated, one feature was particularly conspicuous by its absence — there was no earpiece. It's been rumored that the soon-to-be-unveiled smartphone could feature a vibrating display that emits sound, and we now have official confirmation that this is the case.

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