Video: LG G3 vs. G2 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Note 3 vs. Nexus 5 (Updated)

After running through a quick overview and tour with the LG G3, here at one of the satellite press events, we also took a couple of minutes to compare the size of the device to most of the flagships currently available. We somehow forgot to compare the G3 to the HTC One (M8), but did put it side-by-side with the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3, and Nexus 5.  (more…)

Verizon XLTE Phones, Tablets, and Hotspots

With Verizon XLTE expected to be announced on May 19, we have had a number of readers ask about which phones will be able to take advantage of the upgraded speeds. As you may have guessed, most of Verizon’s phones that have been released within the last year are compatible. All they need is support for Band 4 LTE, which is the AWS spectrum that Big Red is pumping into cities to create this XLTE coverage. Phones like the Galaxy S5 and S4, Moto X, DROID ULTRA and MAXX, and One (M8) are all going to be a part of the fun.

Below, you will find a solid list of the types of phones that will work with XLTE, courtesy of our sources.  (more…)

New Photo of LG G3 Shows Black and White Models

The hypebeast, my friends, is in full force as leaks regarding LG’s fabled G3 continue to mount. Over the weekend, PhoneArena posted yet another photo of the handset and details regarding its construction.

The photo captures the G3′s brushed plastic removable backplate, stylization that can be seen in previously leaked images. It also suggests the smartphone will come in black, white, and gold, which may not quite rival the Galaxy S5 for colors, but still represents an improvement over the G2′s selection(more…)

LG G2 Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) OTA Approved by Verizon, Here is the Changelog

After seeing the Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update for Verizon’s version of the LG G2 become available through VZW’s Software Upgrade Assistant, we figured the OTA (over-the-air) update would rollout at any minute. Sure enough, Verizon has approved it and posted the changelog for build VS98024A, which means it really should be here with a couple of days, if not today for all to download.  (more…)

LG G2 Kit Kat Update Available From Verizon Via Upgrade Assistant

The LG G2 Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update from Verizon is finally available as build VS98024A, though you can’t exactly grab it over-the-air. No, sir, this update is currently only available through Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant, which is only available on Windows for LG phones. Sorry, Mac homies.

In order to update on Windows, all you have to do is plug-in your LG G2, then either wait for Windows to prompt you for an action or open a folder and look for a Verizon/LG drive to appear. In that folder, you should find a SWUpgradeLauncher app that will walk you through the steps to getting your Kit Kat on.  (more…)

LG G2 on AT&T Receiving Update to Fix Google Wallet Tap & Pay Issues

For whatever reason, the Kit Kat update for the LG G2 on AT&T left out Android 4.4′s Tap & Pay settings menu, even though the device should have no problem using Host Card Emulation to make mobile payments. There are work-arounds, for sure, but most involve sideloading hacked Google Wallet apks or flashing a custom ROM. For those who were expecting the functionality out of the gate, life has been a bit frustrating.

Things are changing today, thanks to an update that AT&T is pushing to the G2. The changelog is minimal, but does say specifically that it involves “updates to Google+ and Google Wallet.” At least one reader has already confirmed that Tap & Pay is now working. (more…)