Posted on 02 August 2011
A couple weeks ago, LG simultaneously introduced the LG Optimus Pro and Optimus Net, but those two Android powered smartphones are destined for the European markets.
Well, it seems that the LG Optimus Net will be making its way to the US in the form of T-Mobile’s Optimus Net seeing that the LG-P699 recently received its Bluetooth certification prominently showing off T-Mobile’s branding. Going by the model number LG-P669, it’s believed to be T-Mobile’s version of the Optimus Net because it shares many design similarities with the LG Optimus from a couple weeks ago. In fact, it utilizes the same overall styling, but it’s sporting a lighter colored backplate.
Strangely, the description given to the handset remarks that “this model will be available on North America AT&T Market around August 2011.” So far, we haven’t heard anything in regards to an AT&T launch, but there is always that possibility of course. If it does hold true, we should be expecting some sort of official confirmation very soon since August just recently arrived. Either that, or it could simply be nothing more than a typo.
source: Bluetooth SIG via Pocketnow
Posted on 27 July 2011
For those who couldn’t wait any longer, some T-Mobile G2x owners out there might have already downloaded and installed the Gingerbread update for their phone using the LG Mobile Support tool method, which requires you to install the update the old fashion way by connecting it to a PC.
Well, for those others who prefer a less cumbersome route, you’re method is finally available today as T-Mobile started rolling out the update using the preferred over-the-air process. Naturally, that notification will eventually arrive indicating that it’s ready for download. Besides the updated facelift, owners can also expect to find the addition of these other goodies with the update:
- Improved battery life
- Improved front-facing camera operation when using Qik record and share
- Improved disabling Car Home
- Helps address unexpected reboots
Without a doubt, we’re sure that this will please many people out there, and combining the fact that the handset recently came back into stock online boasting one impressive price, there’s no arguing that smiles are going to be plentiful everywhere.
source: T-Mobile via mydaily-gadget & TmoNews
Posted on 27 July 2011
At the time of its release, the T-Mobile G2x was undoubtedly among the hottest smartphones on the market and it was flying off the shelves faster than the carrier had expected that it would. The demand for it was so high that T-Mobile decided to bump the smartphone’s price up by $50 in order to bring things back in equilibrium. Eventually, the hype settled as the carrier ran out of stock and G2x owners realized that their new and shiny superphone was plagued by more than a few bugs in its operating system.
However, the T-Mobile G2x is about to get a second life as it is once again for sale on the carrier’s web page. What makes things even better is that the Gingerbread update for the G2x is already available so the flaws that were ruining the smartphone’s reputation are very likely a thing of the past now. The smartphone can be yours for free, as long as you commit to a 2-year contract, yet you will have to act quickly as the deal will expire this Thursday, July 28.
In case you haven’t met the T-Mobile G2x yet, it is the US version of the LG Optimus 2X, which is known for being the World’s first smartphone to boast a dual-core processor. It is powered by a Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz and features some other goodies, such as a 4-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video and supports HSPA connectivity of up to 14.4 Mbps.
source: T-Mobile via TmoNews
Posted on 26 July 2011
For the better portion of the last month, we’ve been teased regarding the availability of the upcoming 3D enabled LG Thrill 4G for AT&T. Of course, we’re mesmerized by its various 3D capabilities, but if there is one thing still elusive with this handset, it has to be none other than pricing.
Well folks, AT&T is teasing us one again as they blatantly say that the handset is indeed arriving “in the coming weeks,” but more importantly, we’re finally getting an official confirmation regarding its actual pricing. For anyone interested in picking up this high-powered beauty, you’ll be blown away by the fact that it’s attached with a mind-bending on-contract price point of $99! Yes, it’s priced at a mere $100, which is undoubtedly impressive when you factor in all of the hardware it’s packing along under the hood.
Moreover, the notion of it launching in the coming weeks seemingly provides some relevance to the rumored August 7 release date attached with RadioShack’s offering. Now that pricing is known, is this something you’d consider picking up?
source: AT&T via Engadget
Posted on 26 July 2011
Have you noticed that when you use the glasses-free 3D display on the HTC EVO 3D or the LG Optimus 3D/LG Thrill, that you get a headache after a while, or when viewing the screen from a certain angle? According to a report in the Journal of Vision, this is normal and more serious eye problems can develop from staring at these stereoscopic screens.
The report, written by an Optometrist named Professor Martin Banks, was based on a test of 24 adults using a 3D smartphone. The test revealed that close viewing of a 3D stereoscopic display caused discomfort when users focused on the images closer to the screen. Images that appeared to be in the background caused fewer problems. When looking at 3D in a movie theater, things are reversed because of the distance of the screen from your eyes, and the discomfort there comes from background images.
Researchers are suggesting that a new study be set up that would include more participants including children, many of whom are using the same 3D technology found in smartphones with the Nintendo 3DS mobile game player. The latter device and the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D/LG Thrill all have a control that allows the user to reduce the severity of a 3D image. Staring too long at a 3D display, or viewing the screen at a specific angle can cause discomfort, visual fatigue and headaches.
More 3D flavored smartphones and even some tablets with 3D functionality are bound to be launched in the next year. If this technology is to be more than just a fad, it would be important for manufacturers to continue to seek ways to offer 3D images with less potential damage to the eyes and with fewer headaches.
source: DaiilyMail via Pocket-Lint
Posted on 26 July 2011
What we are looking at here, folks, is the remainder of smartphones that LG is reportedly planning on unveiling by the end of 2011. According to an LG roadmap that surfaced on the web just recently, seven more devices are expected to join the manufacturer’s smartphone lineup during the second half of the year, and while some of them are said to be lacking much of a performance punch, others appear to be perfect candidates for obtaining flagship status.
Since LG’s future top-of-the-line smartphones are probably what you are most curious about, we will first introduce you to the LG K, which is said to be equipped with a true 720p HD display. This might very well be the LG P930 that we heard about not long ago, and chances are it will become the most powerful smartphone that LG will have to offer. If the device does hit the market eventually, its display will likely be 4.5 inches in diagonal and will match the 326 dpi pixel density of the iPhone 4’s Retina display. Unfortunately, a rendition of the smartphone is missing at this time…
Read the whole story at PhoneArena.com
Posted on 26 July 2011
Experiencing the absolute very latest in technology can seriously be expensive and draining to the pockets, but as we all know, there’s a high premium associated to scooping up any of Verizon’s available 4G LTE smartphones.
All priced initially well above the $250 on-contract mark, there still might be some customers that are too scared off from picking anyone of them up – especially when $200 is generally deemed as the golden price for most high-end smartphones. Well, the LG Revolution can now proclaim itself as the most affordable device out of the three now that it’s selling for $199.99 with your signature on a 2-year agreement. Even though it’s not a dramatic reduction, it’s still nevertheless prevalent enough to stand out amongst the competition.
Compared to the $249.99 HTC ThunderBolt and $299.99 Samsung Droid Charge, the Revolution’s new price point may easily catch the gaze of potential buyers as they compare things in stores. And of course, they can better spend the extra savings on something else at the same time. However, one must remember that they’re going to be greeted with the Bing experience on this Android 2.2 Froyo powered device.
Posted on 21 July 2011
Even right now, it’s still rather unbelievable at times to see newer Android powered smartphones coming to market with Froyo on board as opposed to Gingerbread – especially when the latter first came rolling onto the scene back in December. Well, that’s exactly what we’re seeing with the LG Optimus 3D right now over in Europe.
Although it’s still a while away, current UK owners of the 3D equipped handset can expect to see the Gingerbread update arriving some time in October – though, we’re not certain when other markets will see it. Despite giving us a general time frame, it’s nevertheless good news from LG that will ease some worries for some people. Still, that means UK handset owners of the LG Optimus 3D will need to wait out at least another 2.5 solid months before seeing the update, which is pretty rough considering it can appear to be longer mainly due to the grueling heat of the summer.
On top of it all, it might leave some with a sour taste in their mouths knowing that we will be expecting to see the first Ice Cream Sandwich powered device by then.
via Unwired View & Mobileburn
Posted on 13 July 2011
We are pretty sure you would agree if we say that being able to charge your smartphone’s battery wirelessly is a pretty neat feature to have. No more looking for that pesky charger and dealing with entangled wires – just put your handset on the inductive charging dock and let science take care of the rest. Unfortunately, there are only a few gadgets out there that support inductive charging right now, and the technology has yet to hit the mainstream.
Thankfully, the list of smartphones that can be charged wirelessly has just become a little less short after Verizon expanded its line of inductive battery covers for its high-end handsets. Three additional devices can now take advantage of the technology, namely the Motorola DROID 3, the LG Revolution, and the HTC DROID Incredible 2. However, there is a catch – even though the carrier’s inductive battery covers sell for $40 the most, you will need to purchase an inductive charging dock separately, which will cost you another $70. Fortunately, the costly accessory should be compatible with any gadget that has a compatible wireless charging back cover so it might be worth its price in the long run.
Those of you who are interested in going wireless can check out Verizon’s accessories page at the source link below. It seems like a couple of the inductive battery chargers are out of stock already, which means that demand for them might be high.
source: Verizon via PPCGeeks
Posted on 12 July 2011
Last month, we received news regarding the existence of the LG Optimus Slider, which is going by the codename of Gelato Q, thanks to a couple of internal screen shots showing a September 11 release date with Sprint.
Well, we’re now getting a look at the rumored handset now that a rendered image of the mid-range Android powered smartphone has been leaked – giving way to some resemblance to the original LG Optimus One’s design. However, it’s being reported that the LG Optimus Slider LS700 will be offering s physical keyboard of some sort, but its layout is still largely unknown even with the leaked rendered image.
Nevertheless, the final product should bear a strong resemblance to the image we’re seeing right now, and more importantly, it’s likely to land with the other major domestic carriers as well. In addition, its launch is believed to coincide with one of the other follow-ups to the LG Optimus One, which is going by the codename of Gelato and model number LS685 for Sprint.
So far, the only thing mentioned about both handsets is that they’ll be featuring an HVGA display, but besides that, there are relatively few details about their specs. Regardless, the LG Optimus Slider can still possibly end up taking the LG Q moniker, which we’ve seen leaked through Sprint’s ID pack for employees, but if not, it’ll more than likely retain its fitting name.
source: Pocketnow via Unwired View