Specs Comparison: Galaxy Note 7 vs. Galaxy S7, Moto Z, G5, OnePlus 3, and HTC 10

The day is coming to a close and even though you are probably burned out on all of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 coverage, since it has fully dominated the past several hours, we wanted to toss out a specs comparison of Samsung’s latest flagship to the other top tier devices of the moment. After all, the phone arrives with a steeper than usual price and a set of specs that few can stand up with. But is all of this worth it when compared to say, the OnePlus 3 and its $400 price tag? Or is it better than the S7 Edge, which can be had for decent discounts these days? Or does it need a modular aspect like the G5 and Moto Z?

We’ll let you weigh in on that for now as we lead up to our full Galaxy Note 7 review. Let the battle begin.  (more…)

About the LG V20 Being the First Android 7.0 Nougat Phone…

LG, you sneaky devil, you. Surprising the world with an out-of-no-where announcement last night suggesting that you will be the first manufacturer to ship a phone with Android 7.0 Nougat. That phone, of course, is the LG V20. I like this move, not because you are shipping a device that is actually up-to-date, but because you confused the hell out of the timing of this whole Nougat situation. And now we get to talk about it.

To catch everyone up, understand that last night, LG announced the V20, saying that it will be the “world’s first phone to launch” with Android 7.0 Nougat. They added to that thought by clarifying that it will be the first to feature Android 7.0 “out of the box.” Ah ha!  (more…)

LG Posts Q2 Financial Stats, Spills Beans on Upcoming V Series Smartphone

LG announced its Q2 results this morning, but while a lot of the talk was on the company’s home entertainment and kitchen sectors, we are a bit more concerned with the mobile side of the business. According to LG, while the company saw revenues of $2.86 billion (an increase of 12 percent from Q1), it was an overall decline from last year’s Q2.

In other disappointing news for LG, the mobile business operated at a $132.10 million loss, apparently due to “increased marketing expenditures and somewhat slow initial sales of the G5 smartphone.” However, looking to the future, LG states that the launch of a new V series smartphone should help improve the business’s performance next quarter.  (more…)

Two Verizon LG Updates Today: G5 Gets an App Drawer, V10 Gets WiFi Calling Improvements

Verizon and LG are pushing out updates to two phones today, the G5 and V10. Each updates is fairly minor, but G5 owners who have been waiting for LG to give them an app drawer have finally received their wish. As for the V10, it’s just looking like an update that tweaks the USB connection prompt and improves WiFi Calling.

For the LG G5, users will see an update to software version VS98713A. The update does indeed include the “Home with app drawer” option from within the “Select Home” screen. I point this out because there was a mini-controversy over LG’s choice to not include a launcher with an app drawer at launch, even though they quickly realized that was a mistake over the screaming of a loud Android minority. I don’t want to dive (again) into why this was mostly a non-story, but the basics are that you can just download a really good 3rd party launcher from Google Play for free if it bothers you so much. In fact, LG’s launcher is pretty terrible for the most part, so you would be better off with a 3rd party anyways.  (more…)

LG Introduces Action CAM LTE, an 4K Action Camera With LTE

To add to the limited number of “Friends” currently available for the world’s smartphones, LG last night introduced the Action CAM LTE, which as the name suggests, is an action camera that has LTE connectivity.  It’s also powered by a Snapdragon 650 processor and can stream directly to YouTube Live, which is pretty sweet for an action cam.

Since this is an action camera, LG made sure it’s ready for your abuse and built it to be rated at IP67, which means it is dust and sand proof, but can be dunked in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes at a time. It should work with “various” mounts and accessories from third parties as well.  (more…)

LG Announces the X Power, X Mach, X Style, and X Max Smartphones

LG announced four new devices this week, set to launch later this month in markets around the globe. While US availability has not been confirmed, let’s go over the four devices, just in case we see one or two of them hit stateside.

In all honesty, the naming scheme is sorta confusing. In this “X Series” of devices, there is the X Power, X Mach, X Style, and X Max. According to LG, each new device in this lineup has a unique feature which is matched to a specific user need or interest. Why LG couldn’t simply create one device to meet each of these needs, I have no idea. Instead, we have four phones, so let’s go over the needs that these four devices meet.  (more…)

WiFi Calling Comes to AT&T Android Phones, Starting With the LG G4

AT&T Android phones are working towards joining 2014 today, with the addition of WiFi Calling as one of their available features. The first to receive the advanced calling option is the LG G4, a phone that isn’t exactly new.

AT&T says that WiFi Calling is a “complement to our already great network coverage,” which is funny, since the point of WiFi Calling is to use it where AT&T doesn’t exactly have a great signal. I guess that does make it a complement and necessity for some.  (more…)