Supposed LG V20 Renders Hit the Web, Induces Headache

According to Android Authority, in “collaboration” with the web’s well-known Onleaks, this is the V20 from LG. No, your eyes do not deceive you, that’s not a LG G5. If these renders indeed turn out to be the V20, we are looking at another half year of LG trying to sell its customers on the Friends modular concept, which we have already labeled as somewhat of a bust.

Without diving into our thoughts on modularity just yet, let’s go over what these renders show us. We can see on the backside that the bottom portion is likely separable, just like it is on the G5. There’s even a button on the side of the phone, like on the G5, where users press down to unlock the bottom module from the handset itself.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: What Do You Think About Removable Batteries?

There was a time back in the day, probably around the time of the Galaxy Nexus, where removable batteries were a big deal. As time passes, they don’t seem to be all that exciting anymore. Phones with high capacity built-in batteries last through a day of usage just fine, so people don’t seem to be flocking to the idea of removable anymore.

Samsung, a company that used to ship nearly all of its devices with removable batteries, has stepped away completely from that design. Thinking on it a bit harder, it seems that LG is one of the only few remaining major OEMs that utilizes removable batteries in its high-end flagship devices. Is that a good or bad thing? That’s what we’re here to find out.

Below, give us your answer, then your reasoning why in the comments section.

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Specs Comparison: Galaxy Note 7 vs. Galaxy S7, Moto Z, G5, OnePlus 3, and HTC 10

The day is coming to a close and even though you are probably burned out on all of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 coverage, since it has fully dominated the past several hours, we wanted to toss out a specs comparison of Samsung’s latest flagship to the other top tier devices of the moment. After all, the phone arrives with a steeper than usual price and a set of specs that few can stand up with. But is all of this worth it when compared to say, the OnePlus 3 and its $400 price tag? Or is it better than the S7 Edge, which can be had for decent discounts these days? Or does it need a modular aspect like the G5 and Moto Z?

We’ll let you weigh in on that for now as we lead up to our full Galaxy Note 7 review. Let the battle begin.  (more…)

About the LG V20 Being the First Android 7.0 Nougat Phone…

LG, you sneaky devil, you. Surprising the world with an out-of-no-where announcement last night suggesting that you will be the first manufacturer to ship a phone with Android 7.0 Nougat. That phone, of course, is the LG V20. I like this move, not because you are shipping a device that is actually up-to-date, but because you confused the hell out of the timing of this whole Nougat situation. And now we get to talk about it.

To catch everyone up, understand that last night, LG announced the V20, saying that it will be the “world’s first phone to launch” with Android 7.0 Nougat. They added to that thought by clarifying that it will be the first to feature Android 7.0 “out of the box.” Ah ha!  (more…)

LG Posts Q2 Financial Stats, Spills Beans on Upcoming V Series Smartphone

LG announced its Q2 results this morning, but while a lot of the talk was on the company’s home entertainment and kitchen sectors, we are a bit more concerned with the mobile side of the business. According to LG, while the company saw revenues of $2.86 billion (an increase of 12 percent from Q1), it was an overall decline from last year’s Q2.

In other disappointing news for LG, the mobile business operated at a $132.10 million loss, apparently due to “increased marketing expenditures and somewhat slow initial sales of the G5 smartphone.” However, looking to the future, LG states that the launch of a new V series smartphone should help improve the business’s performance next quarter.  (more…)

Two Verizon LG Updates Today: G5 Gets an App Drawer, V10 Gets WiFi Calling Improvements

Verizon and LG are pushing out updates to two phones today, the G5 and V10. Each updates is fairly minor, but G5 owners who have been waiting for LG to give them an app drawer have finally received their wish. As for the V10, it’s just looking like an update that tweaks the USB connection prompt and improves WiFi Calling.

For the LG G5, users will see an update to software version VS98713A. The update does indeed include the “Home with app drawer” option from within the “Select Home” screen. I point this out because there was a mini-controversy over LG’s choice to not include a launcher with an app drawer at launch, even though they quickly realized that was a mistake over the screaming of a loud Android minority. I don’t want to dive (again) into why this was mostly a non-story, but the basics are that you can just download a really good 3rd party launcher from Google Play for free if it bothers you so much. In fact, LG’s launcher is pretty terrible for the most part, so you would be better off with a 3rd party anyways.  (more…)