Do you still remember the Android 2.1 powered LG Ally, which was launched back in May on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless? We have a good news for the LG Ally users. After the long wait, Android 2.2 (FroYo) update is finally coming to this mid-range smartphone in February.
LG Ally features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.1 OS, Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with Autofocus and Flash, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A-GPS, Visual Voice Mail, Android Market, 3.5mm Headset jack, Up to 450 mins talk-time, up to 500 hrs stand-by time and more.
LG Ally recently received a software update, but the owners were disappointed since it was just a minor software update and not the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update. A moderator at the LG Forum recently said that LG Ally owner will finally get the much awaited Android 2.2 update in February 2011. It is still unknown whether the Froyo upgrade will allow them to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, since the specs of this handset is lower than the Adobe’s hardware requirements.
LG recently unveiled two new entry level phones, A155 and A120. Both the handsets comes with basic features such as speakerphone, Music player, Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capability, FM Radio, GRPS/EDGE and so on. Sadly, none of the handsets comes with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
LG A155 is a simple candybar phone featuring a small 2 inch TFT display wihh 144 x 176 pixels resolution, Music player, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, MicroSD card slot, 2 GB expandable memory, Alarm, Calendar, up to 200 hours standby time, up to 3 hours 30 minutes talktime and a 900 mAh battery. LG A120 comes with a 1.77 inch display with 128 x 160 pixels resolution, FM radio, Dual SIM, dual speaker, integrated flashlight, up to 1300 hours of standby time, up to 13 hours of talktime and so on.
The price of LG A155 is not announced yet, but it is expected to cost less than $100. LG A120 comes with a price tag of 1690 rubles (approx.$55) and it is currently available only in Russia. Both the handsets are expected to launch soon in India and other Asian and European markets.
After the LG Optimus 2X, the dual core Android smartphone by LG, yet another Android phone by LG has been leaked. It is the second impressive device that LG will launch in 2011, probably at CES.
It is a very slim phone, slimmer than both the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S. Another feather in its cap: its 4 inch display is supposedly better than both the iPhone 4’s Retina display and the Galaxy S’ Super AMOLED display. It is both brighter and more power efficient than the other displays.
With the success of the LG Optimus One, and the hype surrounding the LG Optimus 2X and now the LG B, LG is finally getting its fair share of the limelight in the mobile press.
LG has unveiled its next generation high-end Android phone the Optimus 2x. The LG Optimus 2x is the first Android handset to sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Other key specifications of the handset include a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) screen, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot.
At the heart of the phone is a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz and packs 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front sports a 1.3MP camera. The phone is capable of playing back 1080p videos as well as recording them. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are also present. The handset also packs in DLNA and HDMI mirroring’. This beast of a phone will be powered by a 1500mAh battery.
Sadly, the LG Optimus 2X will launch with Android 2.2 on board. However, LG has promised that the handset will get the Android 2.3 update in due course. The handset will hit Korea next month with Europe and Asia to follow.
LG’s Optimus One Android handset has been one of the most popular budget Android devices in recent history. It is the LG’s bestselling handset and set a new sales record by selling 1 million phones in 40 days after launch.
Now, it has also crossed another milestone. LG just sold its Optimus One #2,000,000 in just 25 days after the first milestone, which makes it a total of 2 million phones in just 65 days.
It is one of the cheapest Android smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and will also be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This makes it one of the few phones slated to receive the update, and the cheapest phone which has been confirmed to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
A couple of days ago, LG said that the LG Optimus One handset won’t be getting the Android 2.3 update because the minimum requirement to run Gingerbread is a 1GHz processor.
However, this piece of news was shot down by Android team’s Dan Morrill. He said that the hardware requirement for Android 2.3 is very similar to Android 2.2 a.k.a Froyo.
Now, LG has announced via a press release that the Optimus One handset from the Korean company will definitely get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.
Here is what the company exactly said :
LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue.
It is really nice to see LG providing software support for their low-end Android based handsets. Kudos to LG!
We have a good news for the LG Ally owners. Verizon Wireless has recently released a minor software update for the LG’s entry-level touchscreen phone. The latest version is numbered VS740ZVC and it comes with numerous enhancements and improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.
Improved ability to play audio that is received via picture message.
EAS provisioning feature is now compatible with all Microsoft Exchange servers.
New version of Skype mobile
VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device
You should always backup your data before updating the device. The latest software update can be downloaded only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, head over to this page.
The much awaited LG Optimus U will be finally available to the US Cellular customers from December 13. LG Optimus U is the US Cellular’s own version of the popular LG Optimus One. LG already managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. This handset is already available for Sprint and T-Mobile customers in the US.
“The LG Optimus U is a good fit for first-time smartphone customers who are looking to explore a wide range of games, multimedia entertainment and time-saving Android applications. Customers with one of our Belief Plans who are eligible for a phone upgrade can pick up an LG Optimus U at our promotional price without signing a new contract,” said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular.
LG Optimus U is expected to come with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, Swype onscreen keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 3.5 mm headphone jack, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, 1500 mAh battery and more.
LG Optimus U will be available from December 13th for free after an $80 mail-in rebate. You can purchase this handset from U.S. Cellular stores and at uscellular.com
LG has announced S310, a new entry level candybar phone in Russia. This handset has support for popular social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Orkut and so on. Surprisingly, this phone shows up on LG India’s website, which means that it may be soon launched in India.
LG S310 Specifications:
2.2 inch TFT display
176 x 220 pixels resolution
3.2 mega pixel camera with 2x digital zoom
MP3 Player with Equalizers
14 MB internal memory
MicroSD card slot
8 GB external memory
FM Radio on Speakerphone
Windows live messenger
Up to 800 hours stand-by time
Up to 13.5 hours talktime
900 mAH battery
LG S310 is available in Silver and Black colors. This handset is currently available only in Russia and expected to launch soon in India and other Asian countries. LG S310 comes with a price tag of 4,990 rubles (approx. $160/ Rs.7,300).
Earlier this month, information about LG’s upcoming high-end smartphone codenamed Star leaked on the Internet. Now, we have more information about the upcoming Star’ handset from LG thanks to berryjuice who has managed to get his hands on two of these devices. He has posted some specifications of the device along with some pictures.
From the pictures he has posted, it is clear that the LG Star will be sporting an HDMI out port. He also confirmed that the handset will have WVGA resolution and won’t be sporting a kickstand at its back. Earlier, it was assumed that the Star will launch with stock Android 2.3 onboard. However, both the prototypes run on Android 2.2 with LG’s UI on top of it. LG’s UI looks very similar to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI.
Berryjuice also posted the Quadrant score of the device. The Star managed to score 1759 points in the Quadrant benchmark. Pretty impressive for a prototype!
LG recently launched a new dual SIM, entry level touchscreen phone, the LG P520. It features a 2 megapixel camera, 4 GB expandable memory, 1500 mAh battery and so on. There is nothing special in this phone, except the dual SIM capabilities.
LG P520 comes with a 2.8 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, Dual SIM, GPRS/EDGE, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth, 2 megapixel camera, stereo FM radio with RDS, music player, 15 MB internal memory, microSD Card slot, 4 GB expandable memory, up to 400 hours stand-by time, up to 9 hours talk-time, 1500 mAh battery and more.
Sadly, this phone does not have 3G capabilities. The price of this phone is not announced yet, but it is expected to be available for less than $300. LG P520 is currently available only in Russia and the device is expected to be available in other European countries from next month.
MetroPCS recently launched its first Android phone, the LG Optimus M. This handset is the MetroPCS’ own version of the popular budget smartphone, LG Optimus One. LG already managed to sell more than 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. Optimus M runs on the latest Android 2.2 operating system.
LG and MetroPCS have come together to offer consumers the first no annual contract Android smartphone at an exceptional value,said Tim O’Brien, vice president of consumer and trade marketing for LG Mobile Phones. LG Optimus M is an easy-to-use handset with the capabilities of the latest Android technology and features to enhance the consumers’ experience.
LG Optimus features a 3.2 inch display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 operating system, virtual QWERTY keyboard, Swype embedded, 3.2 megapixel camera for sharing pics on social networking sites, Wi-Fi connectivity, MicroSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, Multi-app screens and more.
This handset allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. LG Optimus M will be available contract-free from MetroPCS for $229 with a $50 monthly service plan.
LG recently released a new firmware update for its budget smartphone, the LG Optimus S. This handset is the Sprint’s version of the popular LG Optimus One. The latest firmware update is numbered LS670ZV9 and it comes with Swype pre-installed along with normal bug fixes and enhancements. Check out the complete changelog below.
Remote Wipe Command
Enhanced password policies: length, alphanumeric, expiration, history, max failed attempts, inactivity lock, password recovery to the device.
Set Out of Office messages from the device
Accept/decline/tentatively accept meeting requests from the device
Corporate directory contacts search while composing email
Delete Exchange Calendar meeting requests and notify participants from the device
Modifying an Exchange Calendar meeting request (change date/time, add/remove participats) and notify participants about the meeting modifications
Add Swype keyboard functionality as an option when entering text
This firmware update is available Over-The-Air (OTA). You should backup all your data before updating the phone, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation.
Welcome to the second edition of the new Mobile Mondays. This week we saw the leaked pictures and details of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X7, Xperia X7 Mini and Xperia X12 Anzu. Sony Ericsson confirmed that X10 will get multi-touch support from Q1, 2011. Apart from that LG officially launched the new LG Vortex and LG Cosmos Touch for Verizon. On the other hand LG managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. Lets start the second edition of Mobile Mondays with some news, views and other interesting stuffs.
This week, leaked pics and specs of Xperia X7, Xperia X7 Mini and Xperia X12 Anzu have been emerged. Xperia X7 features an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 4.3 inch touchscreen display and 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording while Xperia X7 Mini comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor and 10.1 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash. To learn more, head over to this post.
Xperia X12 will be powered by 800 MHz processor, 4.2 inch capacitive display with full multi-touch support, Android 2.3 OS and 12 megapixel camera with HD video recording. Sony Ericsson also announced that the X10 will be getting an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update by Q1 of 2011 which will enable basic multi-touch (pinch-to-zoom) support on the phone.
This week, LG officially launched LG Vortex and LG Cosmos Touch for Verizon and LG Apex for US Cellular. LG also managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. The LG Optimus One is a low-end Android based phone. LG Optimus One features a 3.2-inch screen, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Compass, external memory card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm jack.
Nokia recently updated its popular business phone, the Nokia E72. The firmware version is numbered 52.005 and it fixes some small bugs and updates the Adobe Reader application. Nokia also launched two new entry-level phones, X2-01 and C2-01. The original C2-00 was a dual SIM phone, but C2-01 is a single SIM phone. Nokia C2-01 comes with 3G connectivity and 3.2 megapixel camera while X2-01 features a full QWERTY keyboard and VGA camera.
Handset Of The Week – LG Optimus One:
LG Optimus One is the LG’s most popular Android phone to date. The entry-level Optimus One features a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 600 MHz processor, 170 MB internal memory, 32Gb expandable memory, 3.15 MP camera, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and a 1500 mAh battery. LG has sold more than 1 million units of LG Optimus One worldwide. This handset is available In India for just Rs.13,500.
Video Of The Week – A Conversation with Eric Schmidt:
LG’s most popular Android phone to date, the LG Optimus One P500 has been launched in India. It is now available for just Rs. 13500, which makes it one of the best budget Android phones in India.
LG hasn’t had much success with its Android lineup, but the Optimus One has been seeing spectacular sales. It just passed the 1 million milestone a week back.
It is probably the best budget phone right now. It is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 600 MHz processor and 419 MB RAM. It has 170 MB internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 32 GB.
It comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, which is much better compared to the QVGA resolution of most budget Android phones. It also has a 3.15 MP camera and offers all the basic connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP etc. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
At this price point, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a budget Android device.