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LG SmartThinQ appliances now speak with Amazon Alexa

LG SmartThinQ appliances now speak with Amazon Alexa

LG might not be as daring, or as obnoxious, as rival and compatriot Samsung when it comes to creating new technologies, but it has one admirable trait. It knows how to play nice with others. Instead of creating its own personal assistant like Bixby, it is instead leveraging the capabilities of existing ones like Google Assistant and, now, Amazon Alexa. Now it is bringing that sensibility to its SmartThinQ line of appliances, allowing users to control dozens of Wi-Fi connected LG home products with just their voice.

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LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Electronics has announced the launch of its new South Korea-based Software Upgrade Center, a division that aims to increase the rate of software updates for the company's smartphone customers. This is the company's first facility designed to improve the worldwide rollouts of smartphone OS and software updates. The division's team will also be tasked with testing the software and its compatibility with LG's hardware.

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LG needs more than fast software updates: What users really want

LG needs more than fast software updates: What users really want

Given its relationship with Google over three Nexus phones as well as its past track record, you'd think LG was one of the better Android OEMs when it came to software updates. That's why it was a bit surprising to see it get a failing grade in Computer World's Oreo upgrade report card, and that was just for the latest Android release. LG has just announced a strategy that will thankfully remedy that situation but it will need more than just timely updates to salvage its smartphone business.

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LG G7 ThinQ details continue to flow

LG G7 ThinQ details continue to flow

LG may have formally revealed the name of its next flagship and its debut date, but that’s not going to stop the leaks from coming out. Just when you thought yoy’ve already heard everything there is to hear about the LG G7 ThinQ, along comes a flood of even more specific details on what to expect in three weeks. Unsurprisingly, a lot of it focuses on the camera and how AI will help you become a better photographer even with automatic settings.

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Hulu Live TV gets LG webOS, Samsung Tizen smart TV support

Hulu Live TV gets LG webOS, Samsung Tizen smart TV support

Hulu has expanded device support for its new app, the one containing access to both its on-demand content and its live television channels. The app started arriving several months ago for other platforms and is now available for all of the most commonly used streaming devices. This time around, the company has launched Live TV support for certain LG smart TVs, eliminating the need to use a separate streaming stick or set-top box.

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LG G7 ThinQ confirmed and practically announced by LG itself

LG G7 ThinQ confirmed and practically announced by LG itself

LG has a partly interesting, partly puzzling strategy when it comes to major announcements. It somewhat sits in between Samsung’s silence and OnePlus’s breadcrumb teasers. LG more often than not, actually pre-announces parts and features of its upcoming flagship, practically leaving nothing left to the imagination. It is doing so yet again, confirming what we’ve practically been hearing all along. The next flagship is going to be called the LG G7 ThinQ and it’s coming three weeks’ time.

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LG G7 launch nears, with unexpected Galaxy S9 copycat feature

LG G7 launch nears, with unexpected Galaxy S9 copycat feature

The LG G7's reveal date has been the subject of a lot of speculation recently. Typically, we would have expected LG to have revealed its spring flagship by now - after all, both the G5 and the G6 were introduced at Mobile World Congress during their respective release years. Then came the reports that the G7 wouldn't arrive until sometime in the summer, with LG looking to put some space between it and Samsung's Galaxy S9.

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LG G7 renders show the notch is no joke

LG G7 renders show the notch is no joke

The notch is like a zombie. It’s the story that refuses to die. Perhaps a proof of how serious it is is that there’s barely any notch-related gag this April First. When it was first leaked that LG almost started from scratch only to come out with a G7 that looked almost like an iPhone X, many thought LG has finally lost it. But based on these 3D renders of the smartphone, LG seems to be dead serious about that notch that everyone loves to hate.

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“Fake” LG asks Reddit for notch feedback, riles up mob

“Fake” LG asks Reddit for notch feedback, riles up mob

The notch is such a hot topic in mobile right now, overshadowed only by the Facebook scandal, that anyone and everyone has something to say about it. And despite the noise that notch haters make, OEMs seem to be hell-bent in cutting out a piece of the screen anyway. According to leaks, one such OEM is LG, though it might seem that it hasn’t made up its mind yet. A post on Reddit from a “verified” LG Support account asked for opinions on the notch and as you might have expected, it went south really quick.

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LG Zone 4 prepaid Verizon phone won’t break the bank

LG Zone 4 prepaid Verizon phone won’t break the bank

A new budget-tier prepaid smartphone has launched through Verizon: the LG Zone 4. This handset packs a 5-inch display and support for Verizon's LTE network, as well as the promise of solid battery life and a decent camera. This model won't be taking on the latest and greatest smartphones, of course, but rather things like the Moto E series and other inexpensive models. The handset is available now.

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LG webOS Open Source Edition kicks off global trek

LG webOS Open Source Edition kicks off global trek

To consumers, and probably even to some businesses, there are really only a handful of operating systems in the world. There’s Windows, Mac, and Linux for desktops and Android and iOS for mobile. Of course, the reality isn’t as simple as that and there are a lot more than you can count, like Google’s Chrome OS, the Linux Foundation’s (really Samsung’s) Tizen, Jolla’s Sailfish, the discontinued Mozilla Firefox OS, and LG’s webOS. That last one is trying to grow out of its niche status and become a serious contender, and LG is open sourcing part of it in order to help it become a global platform.

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LG G7 to use LCD to reduce costs despite OLED benefits

LG G7 to use LCD to reduce costs despite OLED benefits

LG, at least it’s mobile division, is in a pinch right now. It has reportedly rebooted its flagship phone development last January in a desperate attempt to reverse its course after continually losing money for years. LG might play it safe with its next premium phone, still believed to be called the LG G7, and that might mean a return to tried and tested formulas. Like a return to using LCD instead of OLED, according to certain market analysts.

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