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RF Micro Enhances LG Optimus

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

RF Micro Enhances LG Optimus
News from Zacks.com:

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD) recently announced that LG has chosen RF Micro to provide various components for LG’s Optimus 4X HD and Optimus 3D Max smartphone devices. This would not only enhance the mobile phone and Wi-Fi component segments of RF Micro but also ossify its existing bonds with LG.

The company provides a PowerSmart component along with a Wi-Fi power component that supports the LG smartphones. These not only allow the mobile devices to be thinner in size but also reduce component complexity and cater to higher power output generation. LG’s new Optimus products are expected to be available internationally in 2012.

Management expressed its alacrity in this venture by averring that it is extremely appeased to further solidify its existing ties with LG. Furthermore, it is prescient about the far-reaching effects of these advanced technologies from its PowerSmart platforms that will most certainly ameliorate industry standards with time.

RF Micro remains proactive in catering to its offshore markets demands. On March 20, 2012, the company declared that it has successfully completed shipments of over 1 billion cellular power amplifiers (PAs) at various hands…………… continues on Zacks.com

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LG Optimus Elite pics surface for Sprint, Virgin Mobile NFC phone

Friday, March 30th, 2012

LG Optimus Elite pics surface for Sprint, Virgin Mobile NFC phone
News from CNET:

Despite its misleading name, the LG Optimus Elite should still offer NFC on a budget.

by Scott Webster March 30, 2012 10:15 AM PDT

The LG Optimus Elite should be a budget-friendly Android with NFC support.

(Credit: Pocketnow)

A pair of newly leaked renders arrived online this week, providing a clear look at the next LG smartphone, aimed for both Sprint and subsidiary Virgin Mobile. Despite its name — the LG Optimus Elite — early details suggest that the smartphone is anything but fancy.

The rumored specifications suggest a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, a slower 800MHz processor, and NFC support. Although it isn’t clear which version of Android the Optimus Elite runs, the screenshots clearly indicate that it won’t be 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The photos suggest it’ll be an almost pure Gingerbread experience, with only Sprint ID/Mobile ID on top.

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LG Lucid (Verizon Wireless)
News from PC Magazine:

The LG Lucid ($ 79.99) may be a budget Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless, but it never seems inexpensive. It wasn’t too long ago that 4G LTE data, 1080p video recording, and a dual-core processor were considered high-end, even if cutting edge handsets are just now moving past those specs. That makes the Lucid a good choice if you don’t need the absolute fastest speeds or latest features, but don’t want to miss out on anything important either.

Design and Call Quality
The LG Lucid measures 4.69 by 2.45 by 0.45 inches (HWD) and weighs 5 ounces. The shell is made entirely of glossy plastic, and appears completely black from the front. There’s an attractive, maroon-colored fade on the tapered back panel that gives the Lucid a classier, more translucent look, at least from that angle. 

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LG Optimus Elite pictured – doesn’t sound too Elite

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

LG Optimus Elite pictured – doesn’t sound too Elite
News from Android Community:

A new phone from LG has been leaked today in a set of official renders or press images. Being called the LG Optimus Elite although I’d go as far as to call it much less than that. We’ve seen reports on this phone before with a rumored name of the LG Optimus Net and Gelato, but we can now confirm this phone and its “Elite” status.

Made available to the folks at Pocket Now this phone will be launching on both the Now Network, and Virgin Mobile in the next couple of months. Most likely late April or sometime in May. The Elite will feature a measly 800 Mhz single-core processor, a 3.2-inch HVGA display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and be paired with a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash.

Looking at the image is that a mirror of some sort next to the camera? Like those old Sony Ericsson phones from 2007? (I loved my k750i) It looks pretty weird to be a speaker grill. One good thing here is the phone will be very competitively priced, and it better be with dual-core LTE phones like the LG Lucid being released on Verizon today for only $ 79. One feature you wont want to miss on the LG Optimus Elite is the phone is NFC capable and can take advantage of those Optimus Tags, or Android Beam if…………… continues on Android Community

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LG Display Starts to Produce Bendable E-Paper Displays.
News from X-bit Labs:

LG Display on Thursday said that it had started mass production of the world’s first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in e-book reader readers. The new display is foldable, therefore, very durable, and very thin, which will allow to make e-readers thinner.

The 6″ XGA (1024-768), e-ink, plastic EPD is expected to revolutionize the e-book reader market with its advancements in functionality and design. The world’s first plastic EPD from LG Display offers users a paper-like reading experience with a plastic substrate that is as slim as cell phone protection film, and a flexible design that allows bending at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen. Compared to glass EPD of the same size and resolution, LG Display’s plastic EPD realizes a super slim thickness of 0.7mm which is 33% slimmer than existing glass EPD; as well as a weight of 14g which is more than 50% lighter.

E-book reader users have long expressed a desire for more durable EPD, since around 10% of them have damaged their product screens from accidentally dropping or hitting them. When LG Display’s plastic EPD was put through repeated drop tests, from 1.5m above the ground or the average height of reading when standing, no damage resulted. When put through a break/scratch test involving hitting the display with a small urethane hammer, no scratches or breakage resulted. continues on X-bit Labs

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Lucid by LG hands-on and unboxing

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Lucid by LG hands-on and unboxing
News from Android Community:

The latest phone to grace Verizon Wireless is finally here. This is the Lucid by LG with 4G LTE and a dual-core processor all for one low price. This phone comes in a neat little package and will be available starting tomorrow. Lucky for you we have it on the test bench and did a quick hands-on and unboxing to start things off, and will be taking it through the trenches over the next few days.

The Lucid by LG is the latest phone to be powered by Verizon 4G LTE, but as they said a few weeks ago, all smartphones in 2012 will be LTE capable. The Lucid is poised to compete in the mid-range market based on its price but the specs are near the top of the pack. It comes with a cute little design and a powerful dual-core processor. The specs include a 4-inch IPS display complete with a 480 x 800 resolution, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a micro-sd slot to expand storage should you choose.

With a plastic design and rounded edges all around it feels comfortable in the hand and has no square corners to cause discom…………… continues on Android Community

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LG unveils flexible plastic e-paper display, aims for European launch next month
News from Engadget:

LG Display Begins Mass Production of World’s First Plastic E-Paper Display

With advancements in functionality and design, Plastic EPD to revolutionize E-Book market

Seoul, Korea (March 29, 2012) – LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, announced today that it has started mass production of the world’s first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in E-Books. The 6″ XGA (1024×768), e-ink, plastic EPD is expected to revolutionize the E-Book market with its advancements in functionality and design.

“With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market,” said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED division. “Based on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.”

Innovations in Functionality and Design
The world’s first plastic EPD from LG Display offers users a paper-like reading experience with a plastic substrate that is as slim as cell phone protection film, and a flexible design that allows bending at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen. Compared to glass…………… continues on Engadget

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This cell phone holder is compatible with Apple iPod and cell phones of different brands, including Nokia, Kyocera, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and LG. Holds your device in position securely while you drive. With 2 hooks for attaching to the air vent of your car. With a doubled-sided adhesive tape for adhering to your carÂ’s dashboard. Adjustable arms fit devices of different sizes. Maximum width : 2 3/8Â’Â’ (6.1cm)
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Please Do Not Buy Cheap Android Phones

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Please Do Not Buy Cheap Android Phones
News from TechCrunch:

Listen, I understand the pain that comes with not being able to afford nice things. I really do. But for the love of everything mighty, do not waste your money, or stand by as your loved ones waste their money, on cheap Android phones.

Thanks to generous subsidies in the U.S., often only a few dollars separates a cheap Android phone from a top-tier model. With the exception of handsets like the Galaxy Note tabletphone, Droid Razr MAXX and Galaxy Nexus, all of which cost $ 299, there are a lot of quality Android phones to be had for just $ 199. Why get something like this lump, the $ 80 (after rebate) LG Lucid, and live with a bargain phone that will likely be shortly abandoned and destined to live without proper updates. You’re setting yourself up for a bucket of fail.

Here in the U.S., most of our smartphones are relatively affordable. Carriers provide generous upfront discounts, which they recoup over a pricy 2-year voice-and-data contract. Good or bad, this structure gives consumers easy access to top-tier devices — devices such as the Galaxy S II line and the Droid RAZR that are the very best companies can come up with to battle the iPhone. These are the phones you need to buy.

The thing is, these companies don’t just want to beat the iPhone — they want to try an…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Verizon unveils LG Lucid mid-range LTE Android phone

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Verizon unveils LG Lucid mid-range LTE Android phone
News from CNET:

The new LG Lucid smartphone will hit Verizon’s 4G LTE network for $ 80 on March 29.

by Brian Bennett March 27, 2012 7:27 AM PDT

(Credit: Verizon Wireless)

Hot on the heels of the handset’s leaked details, Verizon just made the LG Lucid official. The modestly specked device will cost $ 79.99 (with a 2-year contract), run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM.

The LG Lucid’s screen is a roomy 4-inch display coated by tough Gorilla Glass treatment. For one-handed text entry there’s Swype’s virtual keyboard software along with Android’s stock virtual keys. Shutterbugs probably won’t find the Lucid’s 5-megapixel camera very impressive but LG does claim it will shoot video at a full 1080p HD.

The real draw for consumers will likely be the LG Lucid’s 4G LTE data connection. While much…………… continues on CNET

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LG Spectrum Review: This Is One Ugly Sumbitch
News from TechCrunch:

Short Version

The LG Spectrum has spent a long while with me. In fact, LG’s asking for it back, saying that my review period has come to an end. I didn’t get around to the full review until now because (to be perfectly honest with you) I didn’t really want to sit down and talk about the LG Spectrum for X amount of hours.

True, there’s nothing necessarily “wrong” with the phone. It’s got solid specs, performs alright (I guess), and has a downright gorgeous display. But at the same time, there’s a long list of issues that I have with the phone, and most center around design.

Features:

  • 4.5-inch 720×1280 True HD IPS display
  • Verizon 4G LTE
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera (1080p video capture)
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • LG UI
  • MSRP: $ 199.99 on-contract

Pros:

  • This is a stunning display, without a doubt
  • Camera gets the job done
  • 4G LTE speeds are fast

Cons:

  • Poor battery life
  • Creaks and cracks when stressed
  • Ugly: Too light and plastic-y to feel premium
  • LG UI is equally ugly

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LG, Samsung: We’re not done with 3D yet

Monday, March 26th, 2012

LG, Samsung: We’re not done with 3D yet
News from CNET:

3D smartphones may seem like little more than a gimmick, but behind the scenes, smartphone researchers see a very real future.

LG announced its Optimus 3D Max Android phone in conjunction with Mobile World Congress.

(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

3D phones may not have exactly caught on like wildfire here in the U.S., but that isn’t going to stop engineers at LG and Samsung from innovating around it.

In fact, representatives for the rival Korean manufacturers both had something to say to me about 3D image technology for smartphones, and it doesn’t stop at playing 3D golf games or watching “Avatar” on your phone without those dorky 3D glasses.

In fact, those use cases, which formed the cornerstone of the marketing campaigns for the LG Thrill 4G and the HTC Evo 3D, are just the beginning.

Instead, Nick DiCarlo, Samsung’s vice president of product planning, sees mobile 3D technology as a gateway to more immersive entertainment in the coming years.

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LG Optimus 4X HD
News from PC Magazine:

The new quad-core LG Optimus 4X HD looks to be the best of LG’s batch of upcoming smartphones. It will likely be the first Nvidia Tegra 3 phone to hit the U.S. market. It’s packing a quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz, along with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and a large 2150mAh battery. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. NFC is on board as well.

The 4X HD has a 4.7-inch, 1280-by-720 IPS screen that looks super sharp. Its 313 pixels per inch is slightly less than the iPhone 4S’s 326, but you still can’t see the individual pixels. It’s narrow for a huge phone, so it may be more usable one-handed than other extra-large devices.

We saw a demo unit of the 4X at MWC that was loaded with all of the Tegra 3 sample games on it, including the puzzle game Sprinkle and the racing game Riptide GP. They were both as smooth and gorgeous, with as beautiful atmospheric effects, as we’ve seen on the Tegra 3-powered Asus Transformer Prime tablet.

LG hasn’t announced a release date or carriers for the Optimus 4X HD, although the company didn’t headline it as an LTE device. Considering that LG’s Optimus 2X came to…………… continues on PC Magazine

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LG Optimus LTE P936 Reviewed Ahead of Official Announcement

Monday, March 26th, 2012

LG Optimus LTE P936 Reviewed Ahead of Official Announcement
News from Social Barrel:

LG has yet to announce officially its upcoming Optimus LTE P936 handset, but GSM Dome was already able to release its first preview of what would be the latest addition to the growing Optimus LTE line of 4G-enabled LG smartphones.

The South Korean phone maker is set to offer the LG Optimus LTE P936 with similar features to Korea-bound LG Optimus LTE SU640 when it comes to design and specifications.

Interested buyers should expect to receive a 720p AH-IPS LCD screen upfront, a Snapdragon chipset with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and a 1080p HD video-capable 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Several theories have circulated in terms of the Optimus LTE P936 target market, one of which used the model number of the LG Nitro HD P930 (AT&T) as an indicator for its arrival in the US.

Verizon Wireless also has its own Optimus LTE smartphone to offer with the LG Spectrum, leaving Sprint as the most probable carrier to put the P936 on shelves.

Sprint is hot on the heels of its upcoming 4G LTE network launch in a few months so LG may have something in store to match the momentous event. continues on Social Barrel

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Special Report: The Sony Schism – Reuters
News from Special Report: The Sony Schism – Reuters:

Sony Corp's incoming CEO Kazuo Hirai speaks during a roundtable discussion with journalists at the company's headquarters in Tokyo February 9, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

1 of 15. Sony Corp’s incoming CEO Kazuo Hirai speaks during a roundtable discussion with journalists at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo February 9, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Yuriko Nakao

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Report: LG handset recovery in question

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Report: LG handset recovery in question
News from Mobile Business Briefing:

An analyst firm questioned the sales performance of LG Electronics due to doubts over the performance of its handset unit, shortly after the company saw its mobile business return to the black on the back of smartphone growth, Bloomberg reported.

According to an analyst with Mirae Asset Securities, the handset maker is counting on LTE devices to power its growth, with several devices supporting this technology announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress last month. However, Lee Soon Hak said that “market expectations of the company’s LTE phone sales need to be lowered,” citing weak demand in North America.

While LG lost its number three position in the handset market to Apple, with aggressive Chinese vendor ZTE close behind, the company’s mobile unit recently moved into profit after a prolonged period of losses.  At this time it cited “strong premium smartphone sales from the Optimus LTE and solid sales growth from existing smartphone models.”

The company has said that its emphasis moving forward is on smartphones, “especially on LTE.”

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LG Drops as Analyst Says Phone Sales May Miss Estimates
News from BusinessWeek:

LG Electronics Inc. (066570), overtaken by Apple Inc. as the world’s third-biggest handset maker, fell the most in a month in Seoul trading after Mirae Asset Securities Co. said the company’s phone sales may miss estimates.

LG dropped as much as 4 percent, the biggest intraday decline since Feb. 23. It traded 2.2 percent lower at 88,000 won as of 2:18 p.m., while South Korea’s benchmark Kospi index gained 0.1 percent.

The handset maker is counting on devices running on faster networks using long-term evolution, or LTE, technology to revive phone sales. Demand for LTE devices in North America, the biggest market, isn’t rising as fast as expected and may not pick up until the second half of this year because of limited coverage, said Lee Soon Hak, a Mirae analyst in Seoul.

“Market expectations of the company’s LTE-phone sales need to be lowered,” Lee, who kept his rating on the stock at hold, wrote in a report distributed after the close of trading yesterday. The analyst didn’t provide figures.

LG’s handset shipments dropped 25 percent to 88.1 million units in 2011, lagging behind the 93.2 million for Apple, according to IDC Corp., a Framingham, Massachusetts-based research company. Nokia Oyj shipped the largest number of phones, followed by Samsung Electronics Co., the IDC data show.

The LTE market may get a boost from…………… continues on BusinessWeek

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LG Micro USB Data Cable for all LG Micro USB Phones – Black
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LG Drops as Analyst Says Phone Sales May Fall Short: Seoul Mover

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

LG Drops as Analyst Says Phone Sales May Fall Short: Seoul Mover
News from Bloomberg:

LG Electronics Inc. (066570), overtaken by Apple Inc. as the world’s third-biggest handset maker, fell the most in a month in Seoul trading after Mirae Asset Securities Co. said the company’s phone sales may miss estimates.

LG dropped as much as 4 percent, the biggest intraday decline since Feb. 23. It traded 2.2 percent lower at 88,000 won as of 2:18 p.m., while South Korea’s benchmark Kospi index gained 0.1 percent.

The handset maker is counting on devices running on faster networks using long-term evolution, or LTE, technology to revive phone sales. Demand for LTE devices in North America, the biggest market, isn’t rising as fast as expected and may not pick up until the second half of this year because of limited coverage, said Lee Soon Hak, a Mirae analyst in Seoul.

“Market expectations of the company’s LTE-phone sales need to be lowered,” Lee, who kept his rating on the stock at hold, wrote…………… continues on Bloomberg

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LG Optimus LTE P936 appears headed for new markets
News from Android Community:

The Optimus LTE is LG’s flagship phone, at least until the Optimus 4X HD arrives. That being the case, it’s strange that it’s only available in four countries: LG’s home turf South Korea, neighbor Japan, plus Canada and the United States (as the Nitro HD and Spectrum on AT&T and Verizon, respectively). GSM Dome got their hands on a familiar looking model, the Optimus LTE P936, that appears to be identical to the international version except for branding. The new model is obviously headed somewhere, though there’s no indication of where that might be.

The specifications of the P936 seem to match its less mysterious counterparts: 4.5-inch 720p IPS screen, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, et cetera. Other details like storage space aren’t mentioned, but are probably the same as the Optimus LTE models we’ve already seen at 4GB plus whatever you want to add with MicroSD. The Quadrant benchmarks are right in line with our own tests on the Nitro HD and

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