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LG V20’s UX 5.0+ focuses on usability, performance

LG V20’s  UX 5.0+ focuses on usability, performance

The LG V20 cat is finally out of the bag and, suffice it to say, it’s no-nonsense, multimedia and photography monster. Instead of filling it with features most users will rarely use, LG instead opted to refine performance, especially when it comes to recording video and audio. That philosophy is reflected even in its UX 5.0+, the successor of LG’s custom Android user experience that it debuted earlier this year in the LG G5, giving users fast access to the most important features and settings and allowing them to do more with their LG V20.

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LG V20 first impressions: Refining what works

LG V20 first impressions: Refining what works

These days, it almost seems that smartphones need some fancy new gimmick or never before seen feature in order to even be newsworthy, let alone purchase-worthy. Sometimes, OEMs even make a radical departure from a previous direction, significantly changing features and designs, sometimes with rather drastic effects. This second half of 2016, LG is being the contrarian. Following the adage “don’t change what ain’t broke”, the LG V20 is more a subtle evolution than a revolution, improving on its predecessor without undoing or replacing what doesn’t need to be. And, truth be told, it’s a strategy that just might work.

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LG V20 might have a weird way to replace batteries

LG V20 might have a weird way to replace batteries

Based on previous leaked photos and diagrams of LG’s upcoming new flagship, the V20, there has been some concern that LG has bitten the bullet and jumped on the non-removable battery bandwagon. This latest leak could give them half an assurance, almost literally. That’s because while the schematics do hint that the LG V20’s battery can be removed, it shows that getting to that battery pack may be a bit more involved than usual, requiring a back cover that splits in half and a removable bottom lip as well.

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LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

Let the battle of the smart refrigerators commence: LG has a new entry in the smart fridge space, introducing the world to its Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge at IFA 2016. Like the Instaview that came before, this latest iteration has a panel in the door that allows users to look inside without having to open the fridge up, but that panel has a lot more functionality this time around.

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LG also announces an UltraWide curved gaming monitor

LG also announces an UltraWide curved gaming monitor

Just two days ago, Samsung revealed two curved gaming monitors. Unsurprisingly, LG is now also unveiling its monitor lineup that will debut on the IFA 2016 floor. While both monitors sport the same 21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio and curved bodies, LG is particularly proud of the 34UC79G, what it bills, perhaps incorrectly, as the world’s first gaming monitor with such features, trying to bring the marketing usually employed on living room TVs to desktop and gaming setups.

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LG V20 teaser extols Android Nougat features

LG V20 teaser extols Android Nougat features

Considering it is beating Google’s own Nexus smartphones in the race for first, it isn’t surprising that LG is trying to squeeze every bit of marketing juice that it can from being the first to have a new smartphone to come out with Android Nougat out of the box. That is exactly what it is trying to do with the latest teaser video for the LG V20, somewhat ironically advertising features that won’t exactly be unique to the smartphone. At least not when other new smartphones start shipping with Android 7.0 later this year.

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LG V20 gets a “real” but grainy photo leak

LG V20 gets a “real” but grainy photo leak

3D renders, fabricated PR images, and mockups of upcoming smartphones are easy come by these days, so there is much to be said when alleged real-life photos of said devices pop up. Although we’re just a good two weeks away from LG’s scheduled unveiling, there’s still enough time for that kind of leak for the LG V20. Despite being rather grainy, it’s the discussion around what’s not in the photos that are, ultimately, what’s more interesting about it than the photo itself.

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LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

It seems that LG is pulling out all the stops when it comes to audio technology for its upcoming LG V20, perhaps trying to shift the focus away from the now overly competitive smartphone display and camera technologies. After boasting about how the V20 will be the first smartphone to come with a 32-bit Quad Digital-to-Analog Converter or DAC, it is now flaunting the fact that its audio system, including even its in-box headphones, has been made in partnership with Bang & Olufsen, one of the biggest names in high-end audio equipment.

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LG Bluetooth speakers unveiled ahead of IFA 2016

LG Bluetooth speakers unveiled ahead of IFA 2016

If you are part of the audio everywhere crowd, you might appreciate the new line of Bluetooth speakers that LG has just unveiled ahead of their official debut at IFA 2016. The new line includes three different speaker models carrying model numbers PH2, PH3, and PH4. The different models run the range from the casual to audiophile grade to meet the needs of different listener types says LG.

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LG V20 will really have Nougat first, high end features teased

LG V20 will really have Nougat first, high end features teased

It seems that there is some truth to LG’s boast after all. Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been formally launched, the list of devices getting first dibs have also been revealed. Naturally, existing Nexus devices, as well as the Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One, are getting the preferential treatment. But as far as new devices rocking the new Android version, it seems that the honor will actually belong to the LG V20 after all. That’s based on Google’s own website for Android Nougat, calling the V20 the "first new smartphone that comes with Android Nougat, right out of the box."

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LG X power will arrive in U.S. via Cricket on August 26

LG X power will arrive in U.S. via Cricket on August 26

The LG X power smartphone will be arriving in the United States soon via the prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless. Cricket announced the planned launch on Wednesday, saying the handset will be available on August 26 for a modest $149.99 USD. As with other phones on the carrier, the handset will be offered sans a contract and can be activated on a cheap phone plan, of which Cricket's start at $35/month.

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LG Minibeam projectors welcome two new family members

LG Minibeam projectors welcome two new family members

Gone are the days when projectors were big, cumbersome boxes that had to stay put on tables or mounts. These days, you can set up an impromptu business presentation or movie viewing anywhere and everywhere (provided the lighting allows it). LG has been at the forefront of this mini, ultra short thrown projector age with its Minibeam product line. And today, it is inducting two new members to its fold, the super bright PH450U and the super portable PH150G.

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