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Live: LG G2 Unveiling in New York City

LG G2

LG is set to unveil their new flagship G2 smartphone this morning at 11am Eastern, 8am Pacific. We are here in beautiful New York City to bring you all of the coverage of the device as soon as it drops, which will hopefully include some hands-on videos, full galleries and wonderful commentary from yours truly.

We will be live blogging the event, so feel free to join us in conversation down below. A live feed of the event has also been embedded for your convenience, so let’s have some fun. 

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  • jamdev12

    Please ask if there is a GFE version coming. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kneeling and begging.

  • Jones

    This will be my new phone.
    Throw Nova prime on it and I’m good.

    • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

      I was thinking the same thing. My GS4 might wind up on eBay prematurely if this thing gets rooted quick.

    • LionStone

      It’s a contender for sure…and yea, Nova Prime is a saviour!

  • litobirdy

    so what ya think? 249/299?

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    What I got out of the live stream:

    1. The LG looks and sounds kick-ass. Great convenience features baked in as opposed to Samsung gimmicks. (Got rid of touchwiz on my GS4)

    2. The moderator guy said “WOW” a lot.

    3. The boys choir thing just creeped me out.

  • kstrickland05

    Haven’t decided on my next phone yet, upgrade available on the 15th, this might be it.

  • Mitch Joa

    That was a rather underwhelming presentation…

    • LionStone

      What did you want? Dancers and actors? It was simple and to the point…like it should be.

      • Mitch Joa

        I meant the device itself. Nothing about it made me want it.

        • LionStone

          Ah, I see. Well the Knock feature seems convenient when my phone is lying on the table or nightstand without having to grab it to push the power/wake button. And the Answer feature would be useful to me too, when my hands are in gloves or dirty/mucky (work outside a lot)

      • Higher_Ground

        He wanted J-Lo

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    Do OEM’s even realize how much love they will get if they keep a phone mostly stock Android?

    • kelly

      Motorola did and failed.

      • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

        But that’s not why they failed. They failed because they set the price wrong. Correct me if I’m wrong, but one of the only reasons people still appreciate the Moto X is because of the mostly stock android. That and customization.

        • StankyChikin

          You mean failed as in losing the interest of the .1 percent that are phone geeks? Average user will love the Moto X

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Failed to get my money I suppose :P

        • kelly

          I was actually joking. I actually think the Moto X will succeed. It isn’t geared toward us, doesn’t really want to compete with the S4 or HTC One. It really just ignores those. It is mostly competing against the iPhone, thats why the price is set at $199. The customization will be a cool factor that will drive the younger generation and the “hip” people to it. Just wait until that $500 Million marketing starts.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Damn, I can never get the hang of internet jokes :P

    • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

      I hear ya, but you gotta remember, Us techie phone whores are biased. The general public doesn’t really know/care what stock android is. All they know is the UI skin on whatever manufacturer phone(s) they’ve been accustomed to over the last few years.

  • MikeSaver

    If there’s anything that will get us tech junkies pumped for a phone, its a live streamed broadcast of a live performance by a boys choir… SOLD!

    • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

      LMFAO. This might be the overbearing factor in my non-purchase of this phone.

  • Steve B

    That event was weak sauce. Really fizzled out at the end.

  • Steven Berger

    The “knock. knock” feature is kind of stupid.

    • litobirdy

      not if you’ve been using PGM app on the galaxy nexus, its awesome to turn on ur phone display w/o touching buttons.

      • blix247

        I think the idea of tapping on the screen to turn it on is about the only software feature LG added that I would actually use.

        • MikeSaver

          yeah that is actually cool since the buttons are on the back it would be useful

  • blix247

    All of this “learning from you” stuff, they should have learned to take the logo off the front and leave the software mostly stock.

    • EC8CH

      G2 got the specs right

      Moto X got the branding and OS right

  • EC8CH

    They should have stopped after the design and specs, and left the software alone.

    Lame gimmicks and a horrible looking skin, otherwise pretty awesome looking phone.

    • jh123416

      Don’t worry a Google Play Edition will be announced in 9 minutes.

      • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

        …or two weeks after launch lol

    • Travis Shepherd

      I agree, depending on the “root-ability” of this thing, I would just put a custom rom or AOSP on it.

      • EC8CH

        Specs aside I could live with the software on a locked down Moto X,

        But the skin on that LG must go!

        • Travis Shepherd

          Maybe, but the specs on the Moto X aren’t “ground breaking” or whatever they were saying about it before it was announced. Besides the customization, which is awesome, I am still leaning toward the S4 of G2. I can root the S4, (maybe G2) or I can have a powerhouse of a phone in the G2.

  • ezpotato

    i am absoultely sold on this thing. the UI enhancements are way less gimmicky than anything samsung has made, and the hardware is pure sex. I love the button set up, but i also loved it on the xoom.

    Take my money, for the first time LG. hopefully updates get better to 4.3 on this thing, but i was waiting for the HTC One, but i’ve moved on now.

  • phathands

    Make the boys’ choir STAHP!!!

    • phathands

      Ok, well an actual performance is welcome. But dem ringtones are turrible

  • litobirdy

    so difference between guest mode and multiple users introduced in 4.2.2?

  • jh123416

    Thank god you can install the Google Keyboard these days. That is one of the ugliest keyboards I have EVER seen.

  • Jones

    It launches on all four carriers.
    Ok LG

  • Travis Shepherd

    I dont know how I feel about the buttons on the back. has anyone heard about whether or not this thing is locked down?

  • Razma

    camera + power & volume buttons right next to each other = lots of smeary pictures due to fingerprints on lens

    • kstrickland05

      he said it has fingerprint-less glass on the lens.

      • Razma

        fingerprintless glass? why dont they do this on the phone screen then

    • Brian

      Did you not hear what he said?

  • Mario

    This phone is awesome!!

  • Shane Redman

    Show me the update schedule…

  • Caveman

    If this doesn’t bring LG into the Samsung/Apple realm, nothing will.

  • yaniv

    OK This phone is starting to get to me

  • JudgeJudy

    Holicrap, this just killed any change Moto had of gaining any marketshare.

    • blix247

      Active display and touchless controls would absolutely do that.

      It is absolutely a specs beast, I’m impressed. If it has equivalents of active display and touch controls then I would buy it, or at least the Nexus variant without the stupid LG logo on the front.

  • Jones

    Great point. Buttons on the back make selfies easier.
    Lol I don’t care how lame that sounds.

    • phathands

      He’s using the word “selfie” too. VP and CEO’s are using the word, indicating it’s doom is nigh.

  • Jackson

    3000mah battery is like beautiful.

  • Chippah

    Hard to go back to IPS from AMOLED though…

    • Chippah

      No it isn’t.

  • Joe Lemaire

    I’m hoping that this shows us more than just great hardware. The Moto X is decent hardware with great features built on top of it, lending (what is supposed to be) a great experience. If this is just great hardware with crap software, it’s not going to be anything special, and is going to disappoint. Hardware only gets you so far.

  • Timothy Robinson

    I never understand why people are always trying to “kill” other peoples phones. I love the choices out there; different phones for different user types. I own a LG Optimus G and love it. (The UI isn’t as terrible as people say, it works well for me). I have been waiting for this or hopefully a Nexus variant for a while now. I’m on Sprint and the coverage seems to be getting worse in my area. So if this or a new Nexus comes to Verizon I’m all in.

  • Jones

    Looks so much like a Sammy phone. But I figured that.
    I have an LG optimus G and I love it.

    I really like what LG is doing but they can go their own way now.
    It’s what Sammy did. Copied the hell out of the iPhone then diverged when they were able.

    • EC8CH

      Yep, on screen buttons, volume and power buttons on back. LG is making some interesting choices instead of blindly following Samsung. It’s good to see.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Hope LG pulls this off.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Do something good with the s800 or keep it movin.

  • Chippah

    My Beef with this is

    There will ZERO accessories just like nexus devices.
    the styling is BORING.
    Note 3 here for the win.
    an extra gig of ram and lots of accessories, car docks. etc

    +1 for removable battery and sd card though!

    LG is making some killer hardware these days, I have a new gen LG GoogleTv and its amazing.

    • Ian

      But they already announced the Samsung knock-off flip window cases…. :)

      • Chippah

        Oh, ya the “soccer mom case”

  • Chippah

    “My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone.”

    but Lg isnt paying me to say this phone is great.

  • geedee82

    Everything about this phone looks awesome to me, except that bigass LG logo on the bottom front of the phone, that thing is killin me…

    • palomosan

      Put a case on it brother.

      • geedee82

        Personally, I’m not a fan of cases. I’d much rather just deal with the logo than have a big ugly case on my phone.

        Now hopefully that would work for those who use cases, but considering the placement of the logo I don’t think a standard case is going to cover that up, you would need something a little more heavy duty, which seems like a lot of trouble to go through just to cover up a logo.

    • Dee

      case?

    • blix247

      Thats why you wait for the Nexus, all the hardware hotness without the stupid software “innovations” and LG logo on the front

  • EC8CH

    There you have it…
    iPhone User Seal of Approval!

    • BenderBendingRodriguez0101001

      Original way of doing it but…

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Hey, I still think it’s funny!

    • Michael

      its not funny anymore.

      • KleenDroid

        You mad bro?

    • Damaged Goods

      I can appreciate your effort EC8CH but its just not that funny anymore..

      Rons opinion = Damaged Goods

      • EC8CH

        you are Ron’s opinion?

        • Damaged Goods

          I am Damaged Goods, Ron’s opinion is me..

      • Sirx

        You know what I’ve just now figured out: It’s not even the “My primary phone is an iPhone 4S…” part that rubs me the wrong way. It’s the moronic and iSheepish “…and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone.” part that does it.
        That is the epitome of being a “sheep” to one OS or the other–“I may not know anything about what’s going to be in the next version, what features it may/may not have, what feats its OS can/cannot perform, how it may/may not stack up against the current market, or how it will/will not meet my current and future needs–But I’m still buying the next phone cause it’s like my current phone.”
        In an opinion piece stating how the rest of us should remain open-minded towards the possibilities presented by Motorola in the X-phone, Ron started by explitcitly stating that he was approaching it (and all other upcoming Android devices) with as closed a mindset as a person can get.
        That was stupid. And hypocritical. But mostly stupid.

        • KleenDroid

          Agreed. He doesnt even know what the next iPhone will be and he is getting it blindly.

          Also blindly stated we should all get the X.

          Pure genius.

        • Higher_Ground

          “But I”m still buying the next phone cause it works well with all the other apple hardware and itunes software I’ve bought over the years.”
          I mean there are plenty of good reasons to choose a lesser iphone. I do think he should have at least attempted to explain why he made that statement, even if he shouldn’t have made it to begin with.

    • Ronsdead

      Lmao Ron is such a douche. Why is that clown even a admin on this site? It makes no sense why an isheep would even want to be here. Oh well he’ll continued to get cracked on until he leaves. Nothing wrong with seeing a point of view from an apple fanboy but he brings it to another level with his douche like attitude towards our favorite mobile OS.

  • onlygoodtime88

    LG G2 is samsung s4 killer

    • Steve B

      On paper yes, but not in reality. LG doesn’t have the marketing to kill the GS4.

  • bos

    The downside of LG isn’t hardware it’s lack of Dev support. Please be bootloader unlockable or at least offer a Dev or Google edition.

    • Butters619

      Lack of dev support + lack of LG support.

    • Troy Myers

      I believe the dev edition of their flagship phone will be called a nexus, just like last year, at least if we are lucky

      • michael arazan

        minus what Google takes out of course

  • Ray Gray

    If this phone isn’t bigger then the S4 it may be my next phone

  • DER

    I’m still on the fence with the new DROID’s, and I used to LOVE my LG Phones pre-smart phone days (ENVY, ENVY Touch) so it might be time to jump back on the LG train…. Unless the Note 3 really stands out…i’ve quickly lost interest in my Note 2…..

  • yaniv

    Guys, really…What are the chances that he Nexus 5 will be built on this phone?

    • DER

      There were 2 or 3 Samsung Nexus phones (I think) and then an LG…so maybe another LG…or new manufacturer? Only time will tell….

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        There were 2 HTC, then 2 Samsung, then 1 LG

        • Michael
          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            No, HTC made the G1 and the Nexus One.

          • zurginator

            G1 wasn’t a Nexus. If you count it you also have to count the G2 (not this one), the Droid, the Xoom, etc.

          • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

            If you consider the G1 a nexus device then Verizon’s Moto Droid would fit under the category.
            but it goes HTC N1, Samsung Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, LG Nexus 4.

          • ufailed

            G1 was not a nexus you rahtard

          • tyguy829

            Well 2 HTC if you count the G1

          • Steve B

            G1 wasn’t a nexus. It was just the first Android phone. The first Nexus was officially the Nexus One (HTC).

          • Guest

            if you consider the G1 a nexus device. then you gotta call the orignal droid and xoom nexus devices too.

          • Steve B

            True. But nobody with any brains considers any of those devices Nexus devices.

    • j

      0%. take that to the bank.
      but probably not since I said 0.

    • Steve B

      Pretty damn good. It’s widely known from leaks that LG is making the next Nexus. The Nexus 5 should pack the same internals. I would expect the front to remain mostly unchanged, minus the LG logo. I’d expect the back to change drastically. I really doubt Google went for that crappy button placement.

      • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

        Hopefully if this is possibly the next Nexus, lets hope they keep the LTE radio in it.

        • Steve B

          Agreed. I hope Google realized their error with the N4. This isn’t a deal breaker for me though, I’ll be getting the N5 regardless, as long as they hit that $299/349 price point. Just waiting for my contract with Verizon to expire in early December. Cannot wait!

          • John

            If they are to pack these same specs plus LTE than you can probably expect the price to go up as well.

  • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

    If this phone is anything like my Optimus G Pro (feature wise) then I am all over it. Keep the phones affordable off contract, pack the latest specs and offer the same software as the competitors. Im an LG or should I say “G” fanboy in the making…

    • Eric

      you really think they are gonna make it cheap with bleeding edge specs? You are asking to be let down.

      • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

        What…So the Optimus G Pro was a let down…??

        • Butters619

          How much did the Optimus G cost?

          • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

            450 off contract…whats your point?

          • Butters619

            I was just asking. I seriously didn’t know. Wasn’t meant to be a rhetorical question.

        • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

          whoops wrong spot…

        • Eric

          How is the G Pro relevant? Doesn’t mean this will be priced the same.

    • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

      wow seems like a lot of samsung fanboys on this site.

      • geedee82

        Yeah I’ve never seen a non apple troll receive so many downvotes. damn

        • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

          yeah i’m not even trolling, My G Pro kills the S4…all except camera. But damn, everyone hates LG here

      • Steve B

        They’re scared because this phone will kill the GS4 in pretty much every aspect.

        • LiterofCola

          No it wont.

          • Steve B

            Alright, whatever you say douchebag.

          • LiterofCola

            That’s right tool.

          • LiterofCola

            That’s right tool!

      • KleenDroid

        ? This guy didn’t say anything about Samsung.

        But what kind of fanboy are you?

  • Munchma Quchi

    Unlike the Moto X reveal, I’m sure this won’t disappoint…besides being from LG.

    • Ian

      Right, therefore the amount of disappointment we can expect is fixed.