LG Reports Positive 2014 in Yearly Earnings, 125% Net Profit Increase and 24% Boost to Smartphone Shipments

LG posted its 2014 financial results this morning, boasting a fantastic Q4 to cap off a successful year all around. On the numbers side, LG posted a net profit of 474.81 million (USD) for the full year of 2014, which is increase of 125% over 2013. Additionally, LG’s operating profit increased as well, hitting 1.73 billion (USD) from 1.14 billion (USD) the previous year.  (more…)

LG USA: G3 Lollipop Update “Coming Soon!”

COMING SOON. WHATEVER THAT MEANS, IS WHEN THE LG G3 IN THE US WILL GET ITS UPDATE TO ANDROID 5.0 “LOLLIPOP.”

I don’t know why I’m yelling other than I feel like LG is yelling the news out loud to us with no actual details other than “soon,” which in turn is making me want to yell back or at you or with them at you or at them for you or for you with them or at you despite them or…you get it.

SOON. (more…)

LG G Flex 2 Launches in Korea on January 30

The LG G Flex 2 arrives January 30! In Korea. I would imagine that it will be in the US at AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular before long (Sprint told us Q1), but any sort of arrival in another country means we are closer than ever.

As a recap, the LG G Flex 2 sports a curved 5.5-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 1080p, Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor, 13MP camera with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus, 2/3GB RAM depending on model, self-healing back, and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” This phone was the star of CES on a mobile front. Tim and I spent some time with it (video below) and really liked the phone for the most part. That curve just feels so good in hand, even if we can’t come up with a real reason for needing it.  (more…)

LG: Ummm No, the Snapdragon 810 is Not Overheating

Yesterday, another report surfaced suggesting that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 chip has not performed well in testing due to overheating and will be passed on by Samsung in favor of an Exynos chip for the Galaxy S6. These rumors have persisted over the past few months through Korean news outlets, even though Qualcomm has suggested time and time again that no issue is holding back their roadmap, which includes the Snapdragon 810 in new devices from companies like LG. In fact, the LG G Flex 2, a device we spent some time with at CES, runs the 810 and is scheduled to launch in Korea in a week.  (more…)

Reports: Non-Waterproof Galaxy S6 Arriving at MWC, LG Still “Perfecting” G4

On the heels of last night’s report, which suggested the Samsung Galaxy S6 won’t feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, new reports out of Korea claim to know even more about Samsung’s 2015 flagship, like the day it will debut and a certain feature that will be missing. Included in one of these reports is also word out of LG’s camp, with a note mentioning that we may not see the G4 for a while.  (more…)

Forget Wireless Charging, Your Next Phone Needs Quick or Turbo Charging

A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I was fully invested in Qi wireless charging. There was a time that I couldn’t even envision life without a phone that had Qi wireless charging built-in. In fact, I used to complain about phones not having the technology built in and chastised carriers for removing it from their phones. Today, I couldn’t care less about it. I can still acknowledge the convenience it brings by not having to plug your phone in, but at this point, I’m much more interested in charging phones faster than without wires. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which has more recently been marketed as “Turbo Charging,” thanks to Motorola. This is the future of charging. (more…)

Tuesday Poll: In Your Mind Who Updates Android Devices the Fastest? Slowest?

While there is likely data out there on the Internet to support which OEM comes through the most consistently with regard to OTA updates, user perception is just, if not more important when it comes to deciding which phone you will purchase.

For the longest time, it seemed that no OEM was really better than any other, until Motorola and HTC decided to make it a race, with HTC going as far as promising updates to the newest version of Android within 90 days for their flagship devices. When someone buys a phone, they want to know their device will continue to see support, so many of you may opt for Nexus devices, assuming Google will provide you with the quickest. However, since Google makes the software, they have a bit of an unfair advantage in this competition, so we have decided to leave them out of this poll.

From how we see it, HTC and Motorola currently sit on top of the OTA update mountain, with Samsung, Sony, and LG trailing. Now, it’s up to you to tell us how you feel on the situation. Below, we have two polls – one which asks who is the quickest OEM to send OTA update, and one asking who is the slowest. Make sense?

Feel free to share your thoughts on the OTA update playing field below.

Which OEM updates their devices the quickest?

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Which OEM updates their devices the slowest?

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