LG has announced in a press release that its Optimus LTE handset has surpassed 1 million sales figure mark, since the company introduced it in October last year. The Optimus LTE was the first LTE capable handset with a HD display, which has definitely played a big role in its success. The majority of the handsets sale came from Korea (up to 600,000 units), while the rest coming from Japan, Canada and the United States. LG also managed to sell 8500 units of the Optimus LTE on its launch day in Japan.
Thanks to Android’s exponential growth as a mobile OS, quite a few handset manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have also grown leaps and bounds. While LG also manufacturers Android handsets and tablets, the Korean company has not been as successful as the other Korean company – Samsung.
LG was the first company to release a dual-core powered Android handset – Optimus 2X/T-Mobile G2X – but the extremely unstable software on the phone and some niggling build quality issues made a dent on its sales. Hopefully, the upcoming handsets from the company will be much more stable, software wise, and will improve the company’s dwindling profits.
Last year, LG launched the Android powered LG Optimus Black in most of the European countries as well as in India. This handset comes with an unique NOVA display, which is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. The LG Optimus Black was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System.
This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update last year, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for nearly a year, the LG Optimus Black owners in Europe and India has a reason to cheer. LG has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the powerful LG Optimus Black smartphone. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Improved power management
- Enhanced mobile gaming experience
- Improved UI to enable faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience
- One-touch word selection and copy/paste:
- Better Download management
- Support for new media formats such as AAC, AVC, MPEG 4 and H263
- New features and other improvements: active app management, shortcuts, widgets, icons, app groups, updated calendar options, camera geotagging, better email synching and more precise camera auto-focus.
- App updates and pre-loaded Google Plus app
This update is currently available only via LG Update tool. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.
LG was among the first Android handset manufacturers to come out with 3D screens on phone. While 3D phones have not really been a hit among the consumers, as the Korean company would have liked, the company is still not giving up on the technology.
According to the folks over at PocketNow, LG will be announcing the successor to the LG Optimus 3D – the Optimus 3D 2. Compared to the Optimus 3D, the 3D 2 will have a minor hardware bump, including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The 4.3-inch WVGA LCD display will be replaced by an N.O.V.A display of the same size and resolution for better brightness and contrast. The PocketNow tipster also stated that this time the difference between the 2D and the 3D mode on the handset would be somewhat significant.
The 3D 2 will also be much slimmer than its predecessor, pack in more radios and sensors, and feature an improved dual-5MP cameras. Sadly, the handset will be running on Gingerbread whenever LG releases the handsets to the public. LG will be announcing the Optimus 3D 2 at Mobile World Congress next month.
While Google is working hard to make Android a success, Microsoft continues to sign patent licensing deals with Android device manufacturers. LG is the latest casualty of the patent wars between tech giants.
Microsoft announced that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with LG covering its Android and Chrome OS devices. It will receive a licensing fee of around $5-$10 for each device sold by LG, going by the estimated licensing revenue in its past deals.
Microsoft now has deals with all major Android manufacturers except Motorola, which it is suing in the U.S. and U.K. Motorola was recently acquired by Google, so it is unlikely that it will give up without a tough fight.
“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”
Check out our post about how Android patent licensing is now one of Microsoft’s most profitable businesses: Android: Microsoft’s New Cash Cow
LG and Verizon have just announced the company’s second phone with LTE capability to hit the United States biggest carrier, the Spectrum.
The Spectrum comes with a massive 4.5-inch True HD IPS display with a whopping 720p (1280×720) resolution screen, with a eye-popping 329pixels-per-inch Unlike the Galaxy Nexus 720p HD PenTile display, the IPS display on the Spectrum has a RGB pixel arrangement. Internally, the handset packs in a 1.5GHz S3 processor from Qualcomm and an Adreno 220 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and an microSD card slot with 16GB microSD card pre-installed.
The Spectrum also has all the other usual features like GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and the usual bunch of sensors. At the back of the Spectrum is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. Like all other high-end Droid handsets, the Spectrum is also capable of shooting videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.
The handset is powered by a 1830mAh battery, and will also come with an extended 3000mAh battery at its launch. Sadly, the Spectrum will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich later on. However, looking at LG’s history, I don’t think the Spectrum will get the update anytime before late Q2 of 2012.
The Spectrum will hit Verizon’s 4G network on January 19th, and should cost $299 on a two-year contract.
Earlier this month, LG unveiled the first smartphone in the Prada series, the LG Prada 3.0. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. LG has also announced that, the Prada 3.0 will get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q2 of 2012. Within 2 weeks of its official announcement, this handset is already available for purchase in South Korea.
LG Prada 3.0 features a 4.3 inch Nova Plus display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor, Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0), Prada UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 1 GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, A-GPS, NFC, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1540 mAh battery.
LG Prada 3.0 comes with a price tag of 899,800 won (approx. $780) without any contract. SK Telecom will be the first operator in South Korea to sell this handset. KT subscribers can get this handset from January 5, 2012. LG Prada 3.0 will be available for purchase in European and Asian markets, starting next month.
LG was one of the first device manufacturers to launch a Windows Phone at its launch almost a year ago. However, after the LG Quantum, it almost disappeared from the Windows Phone scene fueling speculation that it wasn’t going to make any more Windows Phones. Apparently, that isn’t true. A new Windows Phone by LG – the LG Fantasy – has made an appearance on the XDA Developers forum.
The guy posting at the forum has posted images of the LG Fantasy, and claims that he bought it from a tester in Romania.
The LG Fantasy comes with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango installed, and sports a 4 inch IPS display. Reportedly, it has an 8 MP camera, and comes with a 2nd generation 1 GHz processor. According to the HTC Bench benchmark run by the owner, it is faster than the HTC Radar. It also has 8 GB of internal storage, and a secondary 1.3 MP camera.
We don’t have any more details about the hardware of the LG Fantasy yet, but we will keep you updated once LG makes the official announcement. LG may debut the phone at CES 2012, so stay tuned.
Check out the original thread at XDA Developers.
Earlier this year, LG launched its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D. This handset was announced and showcased at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. The LG Optimus 3D was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. This handset was launched in India during August, with a price tag of Rs.37,000. But, if you are planning to buy this handset, then we have a good news for you. The LG Optimus 3D is currently available for just Rs.30,200 in India. Check out the complete specs below.
LG Optimus 3D features a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Dual-Core and Dual-Channel TI OMAP4 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Glasses-free 3D viewing, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, 4 GB LP DDR2, 8 GB memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.
LG Optimus 3D is the world’s first smartphone with the unique tri-dualconfiguration dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This handset allows you to directly upload your 3D contents from the handset to the YouTube 3D channel. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.
Once Google released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich code to the public, it was just a matter of time before all major Android handset manufacturers announced a rough timeline as to when they will bring the latest version of Android to their handsets. After Motorola, Samsung and Sony, it is now LG which has announced via Facebook that it will be bringing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Optimus range of Android handsets beginning from Q2/Q3 of 2012. LG will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Optimus LTE, LG Prada 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, my Touch Q and the LG Eclipse during the Q2 of 2012.The LG Optimus 3D, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2 and the Optimus EX will get their share of Ice Cream Sandwich love in Q3 of 2012.
Compared to Samsung and Sony, who have promised to release the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for their high-end handsets by late Q1 or early Q2 of 2012, LG is pretty slow. Q3 means more than 8 months would have already passed since Google had announced Ice Cream Sandwich. If LG wants to reverse their mobile division’s balance sheet and profit margin, they better step up their game and release timely Android updates for their handsets.
A new Android smartphone by LG, the LG Prada 3.0, was leaked earlier today by a German blog. Soon after the leak, LG Germany announced it officially.
This is the first smartphone in the Prada series. It will be powered by Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, and will come with LG’s custom Prada user interface, which looks quite ugly in my opinion. It comes with some good hardware specs, but offers nothing that we haven’t seen before.
It has a 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor, and will presumably come with 1 GB of RAM. It sports a 4.3 inch Nova Plus display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also offers an 8 MP camera which can record 1080p HD videos. It has a 1540 mAh battery and comes with 8 GB of internal storage with microSD support. It also offers NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSPA+ connectivity.
While the specs are good, I don’t see many people lining up to buy this phone. The Samsung Galaxy S2, which was launched 6 months ago, is a much better option, as is the new Galaxy Nexus. The LG Prada 3.0 is too late to the game and it’s not going be priced competitively either.