LG Mobile Sells Record 14.5 Million Smartphones in Q2, Turns A Profit for the First Time in Three Quarters

Life’s good for LG, if the company’s financials are anything to go by. The smartphone division had a record quarter (selling 14.5 million smartphones), leading to a Q2 net profit of KRW 412 billion ($399.8 million) and an operating profit of KRW 606 billion ($588.5 million). That’s a 165% and 26.5% increase year-over-year, respectively. (more…)

Foursquare Migrating Check-ins to Swarm Tomorrow, Reveals New Logo and App

Checking in with Foursquare is about to become a whole lot more personal, for better or worse. Foursquare is finally delivering what it promised in May, migrating check-ins to Swarm and revamping the Foursquare app with recommendation-powered search.

Swarm, if you will recall, is the app that shows you where your Foursquare friends are. It’s meant to facilitate social sharing and meetups, which the company said the Foursquare app was impeding. If you already use Foursquare, there’s no need to sign up for Swarm – accounts are unified. (more…)

LG Announces Puppy Pop Game for G3 QuickCircle Case Users

I’ve never understood so-called glance-able smartphone cases. HTC’s Dot View and Samsung’s S-View cover seem like transient novelties to me, forms in search of function. How much time do they really save you, anyway, when you are still required to fish out your device from your pocket?

My biases aside, I think most will agree that LG’s announcement of a game designed for its QuickCircle case is a little ridiculous. Puppy Pop is a time-based match-three game, won by drawing lines through identical puppies. Scores can be shared on social networks. (more…)

Amazon Adds New Playlists and “Hundreds of Thousands” of Songs to Prime Music

Curious Prime customers who have had a chance to try Amazon’s Prime Music may have found the service a little lacking in terms of selection, as its catalog consists of around a million songs, while incumbents like Spotify and Beats boast well over 20 million.

That’s a shortcoming of which Amazon is well aware, and apparently actively working to fix. Today, the retail giant announced the addition of “hundreds of thousands” of songs to Prime Music, including albums from artists like Deadmau5, Shakira, Linkin Park, and Elvis. (more…)

HTC Begins to Break Down Firmware, Releases Sense Keyboard to Google Play

Like Google and Motorola before it, HTC has uncoupled a system app from firmware. HTC Sense Input, the default keyboard on HTC devices, made its unceremonious debut on Google Play this morning.

Predictably, Sense Input is only compatible with the HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), and the latest phones in the Desire series. Sense seems to be a requirement, too – the keyboard won’t install on Google Play Editions of either One.  (more…)

Verizon Earns Record $4.21 Billion Q2 Profit, Gains 1.4 Million Subscribers

Patronizing and sleazy as Verizon can be, you’ve got to admit: they know how to make money.

The wireless carrier raked in the dough this quarter, earning a $4.21 billion Q2 profit on total revenue of $31.48. That represents an improvement of 7.5% and 5.7% year-over-year, respectively, which Verizon noted is the company’s highest growth rate in six quarters. (more…)

Android Wear Collection is a Storefront for Digital Watch Faces

There may not be an officially sanctioned API on Android Wear quite yet, but that’s not stopping enterprising developers from making watch faces anyway. A few of these developers have chosen to release watch faces as individual apps on Google Play, but others have gone the “bundle” route, packaging a large number of watch faces into a single app. In terms of sheer selection, few come close to Wear Face Collection. (more…)

Verizon’s Targeted Advertising “Smart Rewards” Program Going Nationwide on July 24

The day when Verizon discounts postpaid pricing may also be the day in which pigs take to the skies, but the carrier is apparently willing to offer some form of reward for your … continued devotion. This morning, Big Red announced that Verizon Smart Rewards, a program which rewards subscribers who take advantage of select services with discounts on merchandise, dining, and travel is going nationwide beginning July 24.

That sounds innocuous enough, but in order to take full advantage, you will need to enroll in the carrier’s latest targeted advertising program, Verizon Selects(more…)