Forget Wireless Charging, Your Next Phone Needs Quick or Turbo Charging

A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I was fully invested in Qi wireless charging. There was a time that I couldn’t even envision life without a phone that had Qi wireless charging built-in. In fact, I used to complain about phones not having the technology built in and chastised carriers for removing it from their phones. Today, I couldn’t care less about it. I can still acknowledge the convenience it brings by not having to plug your phone in, but at this point, I’m much more interested in charging phones faster than without wires. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which has more recently been marketed as “Turbo Charging,” thanks to Motorola. This is the future of charging. (more…)

Tuesday Poll: In Your Mind Who Updates Android Devices the Fastest? Slowest?

While there is likely data out there on the Internet to support which OEM comes through the most consistently with regard to OTA updates, user perception is just, if not more important when it comes to deciding which phone you will purchase.

For the longest time, it seemed that no OEM was really better than any other, until Motorola and HTC decided to make it a race, with HTC going as far as promising updates to the newest version of Android within 90 days for their flagship devices. When someone buys a phone, they want to know their device will continue to see support, so many of you may opt for Nexus devices, assuming Google will provide you with the quickest. However, since Google makes the software, they have a bit of an unfair advantage in this competition, so we have decided to leave them out of this poll.

From how we see it, HTC and Motorola currently sit on top of the OTA update mountain, with Samsung, Sony, and LG trailing. Now, it’s up to you to tell us how you feel on the situation. Below, we have two polls – one which asks who is the quickest OEM to send OTA update, and one asking who is the slowest. Make sense?

Feel free to share your thoughts on the OTA update playing field below.

Which OEM updates their devices the quickest?

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LG G2 on Verizon Receives Update to VS98027A

The LG G2 on Verizon is receiving an update today to software version VS98027A. The update, as far as we can tell, is nothing but a bug fixer.

Verizon uploaded new support documents that include this new software version, but the changelog appears to be identical to the changelog that came back in September when the phone was prepped for VoLTE. That software update was VS98025B(more…)

LG G Flex 2 Stops by the FCC on Its Way to US Cellular

The LG G Flex 2 under model number LG-US995 stopped by the FCC this week on its way to US Cellular. Announced last week at CES (our hands-on), the G Flex 2 stole the show on a phone front, thanks in part to its upgraded internals, but also thanks to the lack of meaningful phones from other manufacturers. US Cellular confirmed shortly after the phone was unveiled that it would carry it in the Spring, which seems odd now that we have seen it at the FCC.  (more…)

LG G Flex 2 to Carry Reasonable Price?

The original LG G Flex was an attempt by LG to showcase its Plastic-OLED technology in a curved form factor. The device was huge with a low-res display, but it also carried a huge price tag ($299 on contract) that deterred many from considering it. In fact, we hammered on the price as a major downside in our review. With the newly announced G Flex 2 (our first look and hands-on), LG may have not only fixed the low-res display problem by switching to 1080p, but they may be introducing the phone at a much more reasonable price this time around.  (more…)

LG Makes the G Flex 2 Official

LG finally made the G Flex 2 this morning, hours after the official press release, images of the devices, and specs had already leaked. In other words, there isn’t much of a mystery here.

It does indeed sport a 5.5-inch curved FHD P-OLED display, Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit), 2GB RAM, 13MP camera with Laser Auto Focus and OIS+, self-healing back, and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.”  (more…)