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LG mobile losses in 2017 underscore its flagship schedule shake-up

LG mobile losses in 2017 underscore its flagship schedule shake-up

The reason behind LG's decision to step off the yearly flagship smartphone upgrade cycle and take a more measured approach has become clear, with the company announcing its Q4 2017 financial results today. Mobile performance was a dark blot on what was otherwise a great three months before the end of last year, it turns out, as the South Korean company continues to struggle to raise its profile above Apple and Samsung.

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LG washing machine price hike confirmed after Trump’s import tariff

LG washing machine price hike confirmed after Trump’s import tariff

In early 2017, word surfaced that Samsung and LG were both looking into opening manufacturing facilities in the US over concerns about potential steep import taxes threatened by the Trump administration. Samsung eventually confirmed plans to open a facility in South Carolina, and more recently the Trump administration announced those feared steep tariffs against both imported solar panels and washing machines. Now price increases are coming.

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Galaxy S9 leaves LG and Huawei reportedly shelving MWC plans

Galaxy S9 leaves LG and Huawei reportedly shelving MWC plans

Bad news if you were hoping for some smartphone news from LG and Huawei at Mobile World Congress this year, with whispers that Samsung's big Galaxy S9 reveal is making them cautious. The expectation - set up, it's worth remembering, from previous examples of high-profile smartphone debuts at the cellular-centric Barcelona show - had been that both companies would debut new flagships within the next few weeks. Now, though, that looks unlikely.

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LG Aristo 2 on MetroPCS brings Android Nougat to the masses

LG Aristo 2 on MetroPCS brings Android Nougat to the masses

How much would it cost you to have an Android phone with a more or less recent version of the mobile OS? If you’re willing to cut corners, apparently not that much. Of course, you will not be getting top of the line specs or features, but if you’re more concerned about the longevity of your phone in terms of software updates, then the LG Aristo 2 might be more to your taste. Arriving almost exactly a year before the first one, the Aristo 2 is probably the cheapest Android Nougat phone you’ll be able to buy from a big brand and a carrier.

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LG V30+ alpha with AI chops to debut MWC instead of LG G7

LG V30+ alpha with AI chops to debut MWC instead of LG G7

2018 will be a confusing year for LG, both for the company itself but most especially for its customers. To address its floundering mobile phone business, the company has decided to adopt a devil may care attitude and throw all caution to the wind. It will release phones only when they think they need to and not when everyone else does. Heck, it won’t even release an LG G7, if that’s still its name, in early 2018. What it might show at MWC next month will simply be an enhanced LG V30+ instead.

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LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent's details, this model -- should it ever be put into production -- wouldn't feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half. The result is a smartphone that functions as a tablet.

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LG G7 development reportedly halted, started from scratch

LG G7 development reportedly halted, started from scratch

If this latest rumor circulating media is true, then LG’s next flagship will have more than just rebranding to worry about. According to an anonymous official from within LG’s own ranks, the vice chair and CEO of LG Electronics, Jo Seong-jin, allegedly ordered a complete halt to the development of the current LG G7. He is tasking the mobile communications business to, instead, start all over again. Not only will this mean a delay in launching the company’s early 2018 flagship, it could also raise doubts and concerns about its sustainability.

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As LG G7 nears, LG opts out of rigid update schedules

As LG G7 nears, LG opts out of rigid update schedules

LG is stepping off the strict yearly smartphone refresh cycle, aiming to extend the lifespan of existing handsets, LG Electronics' chief revealed at CES this week. The policy shift could have a serious impact on the launch of the LG G7. However, it's also being seen as tacit recognition that LG continues to struggle to turn a profit from its phone division.

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LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

Like any CES, there is a wide variety of technologies and products that flooded the Las Vegas Convention Center. But if there’s one thing that binds most of them, it would be AI assistant. Product after product advertising support for Amazon Alexa and/or Google Assistant have been announced, heating up the rivalry between the two. Drumming it up even more, Google and its OEM partners announced touch screen speakers to rival the Amazon Echo Show. Following the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display, LG is also revealing its new ThinQ WK9 speaker with Google Assistant inside.

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LG Pay US launch date confirmed

LG Pay US launch date confirmed

On the heels of Google merging Android Pay and Google Wallet into one Google Pay to rule them all, another mobile payment system looms over the horizon. While CES was ongoing half a world away, over at Korea LG revealed its plans to bring its existing LG Pay system to the US by the middle of 2018 but with a confusing name change. If and when it does, it will be directly competing with Samsung Pay in features.

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LG G7 release details confirmed

LG G7 release details confirmed

With CES 2018 winding down, it’s time to look forward to the next big thing in tech and beyond. Specifically mobile technology. DJ Koh has reportedly confirmed that the Galaxy S9 would be announced at MWC 2018, practically before it starts, leaving the question open for other OEMs’ announcements. Just like last year, it seems that LG will be avoiding the expected Samsung monopoly of media channels but, this time, it will be launching the LG G7 later, not earlier, than Samsung.

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LG’s 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor demands good eyes

LG’s 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor demands good eyes

It probably comes as no surprise that LG's 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor is a joy for the eyes; just make sure you have an up-to-date prescription for your glasses. Announced last month, the pixel-dense display again made us question why Apple is leaving other companies to make the accessories we really think it should be responsible for, but having set eyes on the 34-incher at CES 2018 today we can't really complain about whose logo is on there.

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