Here is the LG G5 in Hand, Which LG Hilariously Refers to as “Rumored”

Last night, because that’s when LG likes to announce details about its upcoming flagship phone, we got to see our first look at the LG G5 in hand. The appearance came via announcement for the G5’s new Touch-Enabled Quick Cover, a cover that has a mesh front panel that allows for interaction.

The Quick Cover will be available at some point after the phone is announced, likely along with a handful of other accessories. The cover, thanks to that mesh outer, enables a user to accept or decline calls and snooze their alarms over and over again without having to pick up the phone and open it. See that picture above? Oooooh, mesh.  (more…)

Question of the Day: How can the LG G5 Win You Over?

Rather than attempting to keep the LG G5 a secret, LG is taking to their social channels to slowly tease their new flagship phone. So far we know the name and when it will be announced, that some of its features might be playful, and the fact that it will have an always-on display. Don’t be shocked if LG continues to tease the G5 feature-by-feature over the next week and a half as we inch closer to its unveiling. My guess is that they’ll subtly announce dual cameras, a new premium design, and maybe even something about the slideout battery. I don’t want to put them in the same category as OnePlus, but in a way, this is kind of a trollout of features. Either way, it’s exciting to say the least.

We’re curious about something, though – will all of this stuff be enough to grab your attention? Last year wasn’t a particularly good year for LG in terms of their mobile business. Most reports had the G4 lagging behind expectations and their earnings for mobile certainly took a hit. That’s not to say that the G4 was a bad phone, it just may not have stood out as a meaningful alternative to whatever Samsung cooked up.

In 2016, we expect the LG G5 to be quite good. There should be a metal body and a stunning display and a top tier processor and removable storage and a slideout battery and LG’s take on a dual-camera setup and more. But is “quite good” good enough? What do you need to see from LG to ditch your Nexus or Samsung Galaxy or Motorola phone? How can the LG G5 win you over?

LG G5 Will Have an Always-On Display

Been wondering what LG would do to make the G5 standout when they stand on stage and announce it on February 21? Outside of the phone’s dual cameras, slideout battery, USB Type-C port, and premium build, it looks they are also planning to give it an always-on display. Through a GIF posted to the company’s Facebook page this evening, we get to see a glimpse of the always-on action.

The GIF below mentions the fact that the G5 will “Never go asleep while others do,” and that the G5 is “Always ON.” It shows a bunch of competitor phones all turning off as they sit still, but the G5 keeps a portion of its display always on to show you the time, notifications pending, date, etc. (more…)

DEALS: Nexus 5 32GB for $140, DROID Turbo for $170

Need a phone at the moment, maybe one that is a temporary placeholder as we wait for phones like the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 to arrive? Today, there are two phone deals worth looking at.

The first is for the Nexus 5 with 32GB storage that can be had for just $140 over at eBay. The second is for Verizon’s DROID Turbo that can be had for as little as $170 over at Groupon. Each phone is refurbished, so they aren’t new. But again, they could be great placeholders for someone in-between phones or who may have broken their current phone and can’t fork out another $500-$600 at the moment for a new one.

The Nexus 5 is the original and will work on T-Mobile and AT&T here in the US. The DROID Turbo will work on Verizon (of course), but should also see GSM HSPA+ support on AT&T. If you want the full LTE experience, though, you really will want to stick to Verizon.  (more…)

We Might Only be Two Years Away From Week-Long Battery Life for Phones

According to a report from Bloomberg, smartphone users may see a major upgrade in smartphone battery technology over the next couple of years. In the world of mobile devices, while displays are getting more pixels and processors are getting faster, battery tech has fallen behind. It seems that the only way to see decent battery life from devices would be to throw in large amounts of capacity, or just don’t use your phone all that much. However, thanks to an investment of $7.5 million from an unnamed smartphone maker, the UK’s Intelligent Energy is working to change all of this.  (more…)

Marshmallow Update Available for T-Mobile LG G4 Through LG-Bridge Desktop Software (Updated)

According to multiple users on reddit, a Marshmallow update for the LG G4 on T-Mobile is available for downloading through LG’s desktop software called Bridge. For those looking to simply do the update via OTA, it does not appear to be quite ready for rollout. However, using LG-Bridge seems easy enough, so if you need Marshmallow in a hurry, you can now do so.  (more…)

LG G5 Confirmed for February 21 Unveiling

The LG G5 is coming to MWC on February 21. LG confirmed that the device will arrive in a couple of weeks, along with the name, through a Tweet posted to their official Twitter account this afternoon. The Tweet is accompanied by three images that all show off the number “5” in some form, along with the hashtag #LGG5.

We knew that LG was hosting a major press event at the conference and assumed that this phone would be the star. I guess we no longer have to assume.  (more…)