Verizon Adds Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE to Line-Up as Well, Now Up for Pre-Order

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, after returning from the dead on AT&T this week, is also now up for pre-order at Verizon. Priced at $449 with a 2-year contract or $499 at full retail, the WU2ELTE is an expensive product, likely because its the first LTE watch.

With that LTE connectivity, Verizon is pushing its ability to connect to your phone number to send text messages through their Verizon Messages app, place calls to family and friends, search for nearby restaurants, and listen to music. Because of that LTE chip inside, you don’t need to be tethered to a phone at all times – it’s very much a stand-alone device.  (more…)

Verizon LG G5 Pre-Orders are Now Open, Includes Free 360 CAM

The LG G5 is now up for pre-order at Verizon starting at $26 per month for 24 months. You can buy it without a contract, as well, for $624. Verizon is selling the silver and titan versions, so no gold or pink, my friends.

Verizon says that if you pre-order you will have your phone in time for the April 1 launch. But also, if you pre-order, Verizon is tossing in a free battery and charging cradle, along with a free 360 CAM, so you can be come the VR master of the G5.

Go get it.  (more…)

Sprint LG G5 Launch Set for April 1, Pre-Order Begins March 24

Tomorrow on March 24, online pre-orders will open up for the LG G5 for Sprint, with official in-store launch set for April 1. For those wanting to perform a pre-order in-person, you can do so at your local retailer beginning March 25.

Sprint is offering a charging accessory bundle and a minimum $150 credit to those who trade-in their current smartphone to upgrade to the G5. Additionally, those who choose to get the phone on a 2-year agreement, the price is set at $149 thanks to a $50 mail-in rebate after your initial purchase.  (more…)

Verizon’s LG V10 is Getting Its Marshmallow Update, Tomorrow (Updated)

Starting tomorrow, owners of the LG V10 on Verizon will begin to see an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. According to Verizon’s support section dedicated to the V10, the update will arrive as software version VS99022A.

Verizon isn’t saying how big the update will be, but it should be a decent size. Be sure you have plenty of battery tomorrow should you check and see the update as available.  (more…)

Opinion: We Could All Use a Little “Be Together, Not the Same” Right Now

As the Android ecosystem has grown, it’s become apparent that many Android users, some of our readers included, are splitting up into what I see as cliche cliques. Years ago, when I first started visiting Droid Life as just a reader, we all united behind a common goal. That goal was to essentially show iOS users that our seedling mobile OS was going to be awesome, one day running on the majority of smartphones throughout the world. After all, iPhone users were the apparent pompous elitists who poo-pooed anything other than iOS.

It’s 2016 now, and wouldn’t you know, Android is massive. In late 2015, Google revealed that there were 1.4 billion Android activations to date across the globe, and undoubtedly, that number continues to grow each day. The issue is, not all of these activations are the same phone, or even close for that matter, while iOS activations are united by similarities with each phone released by Apple. Each year, the iPhone sees a slight hardware and software upgrade, and each year, the same people upgrade to it. It’s basically an ever-growing family of people with the same smartphone experience. On Android, the experience on each phone differs greatly, and because of this, Android users of one particular phone will see users of a different phone as an enemy. They will argue about specifications, hardware design, software updates, OEM skins, and the list goes on. (more…)

LG G5: Our 7 Favorite Features

I don’t think there is any denying what LG has done with the G5. They created an ultra-premium phone that takes them into previously unexplored areas (that all-metal body, baby), while also managing to tick a bunch of boxes for features that other manufacturers avoid or ignore, like removable batteries, always-on displays that aren’t crippled, and the latest in charging tech.

To highlight those, along with a couple of areas where LG is taking a risk that could pay off in the long run, we picked the seven features that help the G5 standout from the rest of the smartphone crowd at the moment, including the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Come April 1, you’ll get to decide if these are enough.  (more…)

Look at This Silly Ass LG G5 Commercial

This bad LG G5 commercial is bad.

Why is this guy on the subway or bus with his battery out? Is that a new thing we are all going to start doing, just popping out batteries to make clicking noises that no one else can make? God no! Who wants to ever pull their battery out just because? That shit is no fun at all. Ever. It takes at least 2-3 minutes to boot up any Android phone to fully working status. You gotta let Android fully load everything in the background, which probably means optimizing 188 apps for 10 minutes at the boot screen, then LG’s garbage skin and your data connection, before finding the app you want in an app-drawer-less iOS-like, completely inefficient jukebox layout, which will then let that stream of House of Cards continue. It sure as hell isn’t instant, as this video suggests. Hot swap…gtfo, LG.  (more…)