As we approached the LG G5 launch a few backs, LG received quite a bit of criticism over its choice to leave out an app drawer on the phone. Before the phone was ever released, they made it clear to us that they had heard the cries and released a UX 5.0 overview video that detailed a soon-to-be-included new addition to the phone’s Home selector called “Home & app drawer,” which of course, was a traditional home screen and app drawer combo. This was LG’s way of saying, “We heard you. Please shut up. We’ll fix it very soon.”
Then the phone launched and the “Home & app drawer” option was still missing, even as a number of media outlets erroneously reported that it was available through LG’s SmartWorld app. The app drawer being pointed to there was from the UX 4.0 software that was released for previous LG phones, not the G5. Sure, it worked and re-introduced an LG-made app drawer and home screen setup, but it wasn’t the UX 5.0 version we were promised. (more…)
LG went big this year with the G5 flagship in introducing a modular design, a concept that many in the Android world have been excited about, thanks to similar efforts such as Project Ara. Unfortunately for LG, and essentially anyone who decides to purchase this phone, LG forgot one major aspect of making a modular phone — the actual modules. (more…)
Owners of the LG V10 on AT&T are beginning to receive the update to Marshmallow, allowing these good people to access Doze, Now on Tap, added control over notifications, and a more comprehensive app permissions experience.
At this time, AT&T has not yet updated their support site with all of the details, such as file size or version number, but we will update this post once that information is live. Verizon’s V10 received this update in March, and the T-Mobile variant got it earlier this month. (more…)
As much as we try to continue to ignore the fact that LG insists on calling its accessory line-up for the G5, “Friends,” they just keep throwing it (and that stupid green cat) in our faces. In the latest installment of “Look at our really weird advertising for Friends of the LG G5,” LG is introducing us to the LG Friends website, which will feature all of the “Friends” you can handle, assuming they are even available in your country.
If interested, you must be a carpenter who loves pink phones and dog collar headphones, a hollywood C-level actress with an audio addiction, grandmother with shaky hands, a discount Britney Spears on a VR trip, or the tiniest James Bond ever, who is so small that LG’s Rolling Bot becomes a volleyball when held instead of the softball that it actually is. (more…)
So, here is a somewhat ridiculously lengthy video to take you into the weekend and kill a good 20 minutes of your life, assuming you have no plans and don’t mind killing 20 minutes of your life. This afternoon, I spent some time (a lot of time) talking on camera about the HTC 10 and how it compares to the other two flagship phones of the moment, the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7. After some overlooked issues with the original video, the version I feel comfortable publishing is now live for you to take a look at.
In this clip, I talk through the differences between the three devices, which areas strike me as being better from one to the next, and if there is one or two I would recommend you take a look at. Because this is – again – a ridiculously lengthy video, I’ll give you a spoiler by saying, the G5 doesn’t exactly crack the top 2.
We’ll have a full review of the HTC 10 along shortly, but for now, grab a drink and snack and take it all in. (more…)
For a limited time on LG’s website, the company is hosting a promotion on replacement batteries and charging cradles for the LG G3, G4, and V10. With the promo, owners of these devices can pick up replacement batteries for $15, as well as charging cradles for said batteries at the same $15 price. If you bundle a charging cradle and replacement battery for the V10 or G4, LG is only charging $20 for the couple, which isn’t bad at all. (more…)
This Friday, on April 15 in San Francisco, LG plans to host its fourth annual developer conference, inviting developer’s to create modules for the LG G5 flagship smartphone. During the conference, developers will learn how to better create apps and hardware designed specifically for the G5’s modular design, with LG announcing the launch of new SDKs (software development kit) and HDKs (hardware development kit). (more…)
How does the new HTC 10 match-up to the best on Android?
As we mentioned earlier, the HTC 10 is packed fully of almost all of the specs we want to see in a 2016 flagship, like the current Snapdragon processor, 4GB RAM, camera with bigger micron pixels, fingerprint reader, and a large capacity battery. But can all of that stand-up to Samsung’s new flagships, like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, or the LG G5? What about up against Google’s high-end Nexus 6P?
Let’s find out. Here is a quick comparison of each phone’s specs. (more…)