Report: Google Created a Android Update Ranking System by Manufacturer, Might Publish It

According to a report out of Bloomberg, Google has created a ranking system for Android device manufacturers based on how quickly they are not only updating their phones to the latest versions of Android, but applying the most recent security patches as well. Google has apparently considered publishing their findings, which of course, would be bad for manufacturers, almost all of which are terrible at updating phones in a timely manner.  (more…)

Report: LG Pay’s White Card to Feature IC Chip

Over the past few months, more details have surfaced regarding LG Pay, the company’s mobile payments platform that should launch at some point, although, there is no concrete info on when we should expect it. It was even rumored it would launch this past January, but that didn’t happen. Anyway, a new report out of Korea states that the White Card, which is the consumer-facing end to LG Pay, will feature an IC (Integrated Circuit) chip.

Anyone reading this who has a new credit card probably knows what an IC chip is, as the chips are becoming more widely adopted by financial institutions all across the world. To sum it up, IC chips help protect your credit card data from fraud and cloning, utilizing on-the-spot encryption methods.  (more…)

LG Action CAM is World’s First Action Camera With LTE

LG has a new “Friend” device in its ecosystem, this time being the world’s first action camera capable of connecting to a 4G LTE network. Called the Action CAM, this camera is made for those who seek adventure, featuring a 12.3MP sensor capable of shooting at 60fps in FHD and 30fps in UHD. More notably, the LTE connectivity is not tethered by a smartphone, meaning that when you are out on the track recording your awesome motorcycle videos, they can be simultaneously streamed to YouTube Live or whichever service livestreaming is supported.  (more…)

Verizon’s LG G5, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are All Getting Updates

Last night, Verizon approved updates for the LG G5, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ and finally provided changelogs and software versions for each this morning. The updates are minor, as you would expect, but do tweak a few things while bringing security patches.

The G5, as the newer of the three, is getting an update to software version VS98712A that includes UI tweaks to Visual Voice Mail, a change to the way airplane mode can be enabled when a secure lock is present, and data displaying of Microsoft Exchange Active Server use.  (more…)

5 Reasons the LG G5 is Worth Buying

The LG G5, even as a flagship device that might not make our top 3 smartphones of moment, is still a very good phone for 2016. It’s not the best, no, but it does have some things going for it that make it a compelling option.

In our G5 review, we talked about it all. We talked about the camera setup, fingerprint reader, battery life, swappable battery situation, modules (or lack thereof), design, and performance. We talked about why the G5, overall, is a solid phone and pointed out areas that need improving. But if you want the straight-to-the-point reasons why this may still be a phone to consider, we have that for you below.

These are 5 reasons the LG G5 is still worth buying.  (more…)

T-Mobile LG G3 Receiving H63120b “Marshmallow” Update

The G3 from LG on T-Mobile is in the process of receiving an update, one which we ever so slightly thought might never come. Official as of this morning, T-Mobile is pushing out Marshmallow (software version H63120b) to the G3, which should make any remaining G3 owners quite happy.

With Marshmallow, G3 owners will be introduced to Doze for better battery performance, Google’s Now on Tap for quicker search, comprehensive app permissions, better control over notifications, and probably tons of bug squashing.  (more…)