2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.
We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.
We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?
Add the LG G3 to Verizon’s list of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) ready devices. An update is rolling out today that includes Advanced Calling 1.0, which is Verizon’s on-device service that enables VoLTE, with HD Voice and video calling. The update also brings updates for massive amounts of bloatware, along with new versions of many of LG’s own apps, like Contacts, Email, and the Camera. (more…)
AT&T has an update rolling out to LG G3 owners, bringing stability improvements, as well as Google security patches. While it is not Lollipop, even though that should be here before the end of the year, any update is better than no update.
Also included in the update is a “no power on” fix via a Qualcomm patch, Google Mobile Service update, Mobile TV 6.0 (bloatware), and removal of the Skyfire Toolbar.
Look below for the full changelog. (more…)
A new color for the G3 from LG is available through Best Buy this afternoon, Derek Zoolander’s favorite color, Blue Steel. The colorway is available on-contract for just $99 through AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, which is on sale down from $199. (more…)
With LG announcing that the Lollipop update will hit G3 devices over in Poland this week, a video showing off just what we can expect once Android 5.0 hits the G3 has been leaked online. As you will see, the phone appears to be somewhere in Asia, given the language being used on the device, but you can expect the overall look to be about the same. (more…)
LG announced this evening that they would begin updating their flagship G3 to Android 5.0 “Lollipop” this week, starting in Poland. After Poland gets the love, other “key markets” will see the upgrade “in the near future.”
LG is claiming that they are the “first global smartphone manufacturer” to offer Lollipop in 2014, but you and I know that Motorola actually began yesterday with their new Moto X (2nd gen). Well, they began a soak test. They might start pushing it to the new Moto G as well, though, at any moment. The war of twisted words has begun! (more…)
Regardless of which Android phone you currently run, unless its the Nexus 6, you undoubtedly want the Lollipop update as soon as possible. From what we can tell with the latest leaks, the developer preview build Google released a few months ago for Android 5.0 has been paying dividends, as it appears two of the top OEMs might almost be ready to start pushing out updates to their flagship devices.
The newest leaks come from LG for the G3 and Motorola for the Moto X. Each leak consists of only a few screenshots, but for those who are waiting for the update, this is better than nothing. (more…)
After posting our Nexus 6 unboxing and initial impressions video at the end of last week, a number of you have asked for us to compare this or that device to it side-by-side. I would imagine that’s because the device is indeed a whale with its 6-inch Quad HD display. So, we went ahead and did just that today. (more…)