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LG Android 10 Desktop Mode might be heralding a huge change

LG Android 10 Desktop Mode might be heralding a huge change

It was rather odd that LG, who needs every bit of good publicity it can get, was so silent about the Desktop Mode feature it sneaked in with its UX 9.0 Android 10 update. After all, it's no small thing when you're offering a power user feature few aside from Samsung and Huawei have. It turns out, that silence might not have been unplanned and that this desktop mode might actually be intended for a new device that will bring about big changes in the company's mobile business.

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LG Android 10 update hides a surprise Desktop Mode

LG Android 10 update hides a surprise Desktop Mode

LG has recently received a lot of flak for its snail-paced Android updates and, truth be told, that is still the case. But for one brief moment, it seems that LG is at least making the update worth the wait more than usual. It turns out, LG's Android 10 update is one of the extremely few that actually surfaced the hidden Desktop Mode that Google introduced in the latest version of the mobile operating system.

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LG believes its smartphones will finally be profitable by end of 2021

LG believes its smartphones will finally be profitable by end of 2021

HTC may have had a terrible 2019 but it isn't the only major manufacturer whose mobile profits have been tanking year after year. It is joined by Sony, who seems less interested in actually making a serious effort, and LG, who is oddly quite upbeat about its chances. So upbeat that CEO Kwon Bong-seok told reporters that the company's smartphone business will turn a profit but not before 2021 ends.

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LG 2020 OLED TVs go big (and small) at CES

LG 2020 OLED TVs go big (and small) at CES

As it teased last week, LG announced its lineup of OLED TVs for 2020 at CES today. Those TVs are joined by a collection of 8K NanoCell LCD TVs, with the OLED models available in both 4K and 8K. With all of that announced at CES, it seems that LG has big plans for its TV business in 2020.

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LG G9 leaks with shockingly familiar design

LG G9 leaks with shockingly familiar design

A leak this week of the next major LG smartphone, probably LG G9 ThinQ seems to show the industrial designer at the company siding with simplicity. It would appear that they've selected a frontside that matches their otherwise most-recent major smartphone release with the LG G8X ThinQ - with the same notch, and everything. The backside looks very much like an expanded array of cameras that looks like any one of a half-dozen smartphones released in the year 2019, likely complete with AR-aimed features for 2020.

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Samsung pushes Open Connectivity Foundation as another smart home standard

Samsung pushes Open Connectivity Foundation as another smart home standard

In just a year or two, the smart home market erupted with dozens of devices all connected to the Internet. Sometimes, they can connect to each other but only if they spoke the same language. Most of the time, though, they only communicate with those from the same brand, creating dozens of "languages" spoken by smart home devices. A sign of a maturing industry is the creation of a standard that bridges all of these islands together. Perhaps somewhat ironically, we now have at least two different standards for IoT.

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LG 2020 TV lineup boasts Real 8K support, AI picture and audio recognition

LG 2020 TV lineup boasts Real 8K support, AI picture and audio recognition

The world has just now finally settled down on 4K but TV makers are already bored and are pushing 8K products to consumers. And as with any new format or nascent standard, it is also an opportunity for rivals to try to one-up each other by claiming superiority in ways few consumers might even understand. Samsung may have just claimed the title of having the first TVs certified by the 8K Association but LG is now boasting is doing better with its eight new 2020 TVs, all of which are promised to deliver "Real 8K" experience.

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LG and Samsung’s lavish smart fridges get smarter for CES 2020

LG and Samsung’s lavish smart fridges get smarter for CES 2020

No kitchen is safe from the IoT: the smart fridges are back and this time they're more high-tech than ever, with Samsung and LG both revealing upgrades on their connected refrigerators. Both appliance-makers have been pushing smart kitchen tech for some years now, but what began with effectively a big tablet embedded into the door has turned into something a lot more useful.

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LG rollable OLED TV at CES 2020 drops in from the ceiling

LG rollable OLED TV at CES 2020 drops in from the ceiling

LG has a new 65-inch rollable OLED UHD TV to show for CES 2020, very similar to what they last showed in the USA at CES 2019. Per LG, this new television concept "can be installed naturally as part of the space and can only be used down when needed." This might remind you of a classroom from your childhood, where a projector screen would be pulled (manually or automatically) from an overhead roll. Now that roll can be the television itself - not just a white panel of material for reflecting projected light.

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LG patents foldable screen smartphone case that looks more practical

LG patents foldable screen smartphone case that looks more practical

LG may very well soon be the king of innovative accessories and addons. It was the first to have a flip cover case with a "quick window" and was the first to put the modular smartphone idea to the test. This year, it tried to offer an alternative solution to the foldable phone problem with cases that act as a second screen. A new patent now reveals yet another idea, one that also uses a flexible screen but isn't inherently tied down to the smartphone like the Galaxy Fold.

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LG 2020 soundbars use AI to self-calibrate based on room acoustics

LG 2020 soundbars use AI to self-calibrate based on room acoustics

Audiophiles often talk about the nuances one needs to consider in the perfect audio setup but not everyone has the patience, time, or knowledge to make the tweaks needed for that kind of experience. For all but the most meticulous audio buff, speakers tend to be left at their default settings. LG's promise for its next generation of soundbars is that you won't have to do that yourself takes to its new AI Room Calibration that lets these smart speakers do the work for you.

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LG indoor gardening appliance lets you grow your own veggies at home

LG indoor gardening appliance lets you grow your own veggies at home

Perhaps next to its mobile and TV products, LG is also known for its home appliances. Many of those appliances are getting smarter, relying on mobile technology and automation to introduce convenience to household chores. Perhaps the most extreme example of that is coming next month when LG showcases a smart appliance that will let you grow vegetables indoors inside cabinets that look like overgrown refrigerators.

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