When the gold iPhone 5s was revealed in leaks, it was called fake. When the actual, real deal, official iPhone 5s was released in gold, it was the start of a wave of releases that'd forever be called copycats. While devices like the Sony Xperia RAY have been appearing in gold for many moons now, there seems to be no end in sight for the odd, internationally tapped color set. Here we're seeing the LG G2 in a particularly interesting shade of the precious metal.
LG is expanding the "Knock" feature to its entire ecosystem of smartphones and tablets, the company announced today. The feature lets users tap the screen twice as an alternative way to turn on the device, rather than reaching around back for the power button. The LG Optimus Series II is next in line to receive the upgrade.
There's another relatively massive beast of a smartphone in town - over the sea, actually - with the name LG GX here near the end of 2013. What we're looking at here is a device that's extremely similar to what was presented with the LG G2, only here we've got a bit more of a traditional layout with buttons along this smartphone's sides rather than its back. You'll be working with a 5.5-inch display with 1080p IPS LCD technology and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor under the hood.
The hip thing for hardware brands to announce this week appears to be their schedule for updating their smartphones to Android 4.4 KitKat, and LG is aboard right alongside the rest with its G2 for Q1 2014. The LG G2 is the current hero smartphone for the company, with the curved LG G Flex coming in only slightly more recently. The LG G2 has ben pegged for the month of March inside 2014 for a full upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, to be precise.
LG has announced that it is expanding its Android Developers Program with a device-loaning program, giving developers a handset for free to use during the development process. The first handset to be offered under the program is the LG G2, which isn't surprising given the push the maker has present with the new handset. Those who join the program have a three-step process to go through.
The iPhone 5s beat out the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Which? magazine's latest independent speed test of top-performing smartphones. Using a phone simulation program called Geekbench, the test found that the iPhone outperformed the competition in both single-core and multi-core performance benchmarks. Notably, the S4 slipped to third place after having scored top honors in June of this year.
If you saw the "always listening" feature on the Moto X this summer and wondered if it would be coming to all Android devices soon, you may be in luck: a leaked build of the next version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, has a clue. This version of the software will likely be released within the next couple of weeks - or as soon as the 15th of this month - and inside is found a reference to homepage-based "ok Google Now" abilities.
This morning a lovely piece of video has surfaced showing the LG-made Nexus 5 from all angles, complete with an early version of KitKat called Key Lime Pie. This device appears to be working with KitKat, but as you'll find in the menu pull-down the user attains right off the bat, he'll be heading down to the version of the software released to Google's developers before the name change. You'll also find this device's software moving swiftly - Buttery smoothness in full effect.
One of the key ingredients for success for LG with the LG G2's release this Autumn is in its backside - and not just because it's working with all of its physical buttons on its rear. Instead it's because LG has made a big effort to show off its current-generation camera technology, complete with optical image stabilization, a back-facing shutter button (that's the down-volume button, mind you), and a 13MP sensor. While we've already sent out a full LG G2 review as such, today we're having another peek at the camera on its own.
As the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 appears on US-shores we've seen talk of not quite on-the-level benchmark boosting by the likes of what, at first, would seem to be the manufacturer of the smartphone. This report originates with Ars Technica where they suggest that the smoking gun is the fact that this smartphone brings up four full-powered CPU cores whenever it's asked to open any one of several big-name benchmarking apps. What we've found is that this situation is not - by any means - limited to Samsung's hardware.
In terms of clues leading up to the launch of a product, it would seem that an overly abundant amount of photos, specifications, and business moves by Google have lead the way to the Nexus 5 this past month. What we're seeing today, here on the first of October, is a single photo that lends itself extremely convincingly towards the idea that an LG-made Nexus 5 release is right around the corner. Is this not the same device we've seen in FCC listings and KitKat teasers several times over?