According to Motorola and LG’s support accounts on Twitter, the Moto 360 (1st Gen) and G Watch will not be receiving the Android Wear 2.0 update that was previewed at this year’s Google I/O. This news should not exactly surprise anyone, but if you were holding off on upgrading your smartwatch, now seems like a good time to buy a new one, as support for these two devices seems to have ended entirely. (more…)
LG announced the Stylus 2 Plus this week, yet another device that will soon hit the Asia, South America, Europe and North America markets in the “coming weeks.” Given this is the Stylus 2 Plus, you have likely already guessed that this device features a suite of software to take advantage of the accompanied stylus pen, with LG baking in Quick Memo, Off Memo, as well as Pen Keeper. (more…)
LG unveiled a new Android tablet this week, the G Pad III 8.0. Overlooking the usage of Roman numerals as well as Arabic numerals in the same name, the G Pad III 8.0 features an 8.0″ Full HD IPS display, 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera, as well as many software tweaks to add value to the somewhat mid-level device. (more…)
With Motorola on the verge of announcing its newest phone fit with modular capabilities and LG having just come off a an opening month or two where it introduced its take on a modular phone, I think it’s clear that smartphone makers have realized that in order to survive going forward, they need to do something new. It’s time to innovate again. It’s time to take chances, offer more value in new ways, make phones more than just phones, and move beyond the simple, slab smartphone that just gets the basics right. The smartphone world needs something new, something fresh. The last thing it needs are a bunch of devices that the average consumer can’t tell apart but seem to fit a tech media narrative of what they view as success or good.
Many of your favorite smartphone makers, outside of Samsung, are struggling and have been for years. Since the early gold rush to Android supremacy four and five years ago, the industry has matured, maybe even plateaued, and made it extremely difficult for anyone to succeed. Companies like Samsung and Apple are still doing quite well as they established dominance long ago and haven’t given it up, partially because they have massive marketing budgets, but also because they keep making great products that mean something to owners of them. For companies like Motorola and LG, they can’t compete with that reputation or marketing budget by just doing the same old thing. And that right there is why I’m glad that they are both taking chances by going this modular route. (more…)
According to a report out of Bloomberg, Google has created a ranking system for Android device manufacturers based on how quickly they are not only updating their phones to the latest versions of Android, but applying the most recent security patches as well. Google has apparently considered publishing their findings, which of course, would be bad for manufacturers, almost all of which are terrible at updating phones in a timely manner. (more…)
Over the past few months, more details have surfaced regarding LG Pay, the company’s mobile payments platform that should launch at some point, although, there is no concrete info on when we should expect it. It was even rumored it would launch this past January, but that didn’t happen. Anyway, a new report out of Korea states that the White Card, which is the consumer-facing end to LG Pay, will feature an IC (Integrated Circuit) chip.
Anyone reading this who has a new credit card probably knows what an IC chip is, as the chips are becoming more widely adopted by financial institutions all across the world. To sum it up, IC chips help protect your credit card data from fraud and cloning, utilizing on-the-spot encryption methods. (more…)
LG has a new “Friend” device in its ecosystem, this time being the world’s first action camera capable of connecting to a 4G LTE network. Called the Action CAM, this camera is made for those who seek adventure, featuring a 12.3MP sensor capable of shooting at 60fps in FHD and 30fps in UHD. More notably, the LTE connectivity is not tethered by a smartphone, meaning that when you are out on the track recording your awesome motorcycle videos, they can be simultaneously streamed to YouTube Live or whichever service livestreaming is supported. (more…)