LG Optimus S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Hot on the heels of the Gingerbread update for the Optimus One, Sprint and LG have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for their version of the Optimus One, the Optimus S. The Optimus S is a mid-range Android smartphone with a 3.2-inch screen, and a 600MHz processor along with 512MB of RAM.

The update is being rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) to existing Optimus S owners.

Below is the full change-log for the update :

  • New on-screen keyboard. The standard keyboard has been greatly improved with faster input and more intuitive typing. The cut-and-paste feature has also been improved.
  • Streamlined user interface. New color schemes and various UI changes make Android more consistent and simpler to use.
  • Application and power management. Android 2.3 provides better insight into what is running in the background and the amount of memory and CPU time it is using. A task killer has been added.
  • Download management. All downloads from the browser, email and other apps can now be viewed and controlled from a single location.
  • General enhancements for performance improvements.

As you can see from the above change-log, the update brings the usual Gingerbread goodies and some updated core apps.

LG Marquee Announced; Coming To Sprint For $99.99

LG and Sprint recently announced the new LG Marquee smartphone. This handset is the Sprint’s version of the popular LG Optimus Black smartphone. It comes with a 4 inch NOVA display, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity and much more. The LG Optimus Black originally comes with the Android 2.2 OS, but LG Marquee runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

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LG believes fashion and technology go hand-in-hand among today’s growing contingent of style-conscious and tech-savvy consumers,said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. By partnering with Sprint, MADE and Stacy London, LG effectively showcases three prominent phone features important to consumers: a sleek, thin profile, ultra light weight design and bright display.

LG Marquee features a 4 inch NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Optimus UI 2.0, 3G Connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card bundled, up to 375 hrs standby time, up to 5.5 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

You can get this handset for just $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two year service agreement. LG Marquee will be available from October 2 at Sprint stores. You can also pre-order this handset online, starting from September 20.

LG Thrill 4G Coming To AT&T On September 4 For $99.99

lg thrill 4gEarlier this year, LG announced its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3G. The LG Thrill 4G is the AT&T’s version of LG Optimus 3D smartphone. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but it will be soon upgraded to the new Android 2.3 OS. This handset allows you to record HD (720p) videos in 3D and full HD (1080p) videos in 2G. We have already posted that LG Thrill 4G will be available for the AT&T customers during the Q3 of 2011.

We have a good news for the AT&T customers, who were eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing 3D smartphone. AT&T recently tweeted from their official Twitter account that, the much-awaited LG Thrill 4G will be finally available for purchase from September 4.

LG Thrill 4G comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core/dual-channel processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradeable to Android 2.3), Glasses-free 3D, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback in 2D, HD (720p) video recording and playback in 3D, etc.

Other features includes a 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, Multimedia player, 4G Connectivity, Android Market, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSd card slot, 8 GB microSD card bundled, 32 GB expandable memory, HSPA+, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to directly upload your 3D videos to the YouTube 3D channel from your handset. The LG Thrill 4G will be available from September 4 for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement.

White LG Optimus Black Now Available In India For Rs.19,599

Earlier this year, LG announced and showcased the Android powered LG Optimus Black smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset features 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. Back in June, LG finally launched this smartphone for the customers in India.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling the ‘White Edition’ of the LG Optimus Black smartphone. There are no changes in the specs compared to the original Optimus Black. Currently, it runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but the handset is expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, later this year. Check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus Black comes with a 4 inch NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, Optimus UI 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 375 hrs standby time, up to 6 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The While LG Optimus Black comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,599. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart. Do you like the White Edition of LG Optimus Black, or your still prefer the original Optimus Black. Let us know your views in the comments below.

LG Optimus One Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

LG has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for one of their most successful Android handsets – the Optimus One (P500). Even though the Korean company missed its promised deadline, it still is better than nothing.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Optimus One brings an improved copy-and-paste mechanism, a Download manager and an overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. Sadly, not all is rosy with the update. Most Optimus One owners over at XDA forums are reporting major problems with the update. Majority of the owners complained that the phone felt sluggish after the update. They also encountered lots of bugs with the Gingerbread firmware.

The list of bugs is also pretty long, and contains some serious issues like the microphone of the phone not working for the first 2-3 seconds of a call or Apps2SD not working properly. The growing list of bugs can be found on  this  thread on XDA forums.

LG would soon start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the world’s first dual-core powered phone, the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black. Hopefully, unlike the Optimus One Gingerbread update, the quality of the final firmware of the Gingerbread build of these two handsets would be much better and less buggy.

 

LG Optimus 3D Launched In India For Rs.37,000

LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D are the only Android powered 3D smartphones currently available on the earth. LG Optimus 3D is the first smartphone, featuring a glasses free touchscreen display and a dual rear camera for 3D video recording. This handset was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. The folks living in India has a reason to cheer, since the much-awaited 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D is finally available for purchase in India.

LG Optimus 3D is the first 3D smartphone launched in India. It runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but the manufacturer has already promised to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, later this year. This handset is capable of recording 3D videos in HD (720p) and full HD (1080p) videos in 2D, thanks to the 5 megapixel dual-lens camera.

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The LG Optimus 3D is super-smartphone which gives our consumer the pleasure of 3D without the special glasses. Its exceptional features combined with super computing capabilities will add a new dimension to the smartphone experience. The smart consumers will now have the power to create, view & share real-life 3D content and the power to explore the world of unlimited possibilities.

LG Optimus 3D comes with a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual-Core and Dual-Channel TI OMAP4 processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradeable to Android 2.3), 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.

This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.37,000. Will you buy the LG Optimus 3D or you will go for the HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S II, which is currently available for just Rs.30,000. Let us know your views in the comments below.

LG Optimus Sol Unveiled; Sports Android 2.3 with Ultra AMOLED Display

The LG Optimus Sol, which was leaked a few days ago, has been officially unveiled by LG. The LG Optimus Sol (E730) will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 processor clocked at 1 GHz and comes with 512 MB of RAM.

The highlight of the device, however, is the new Ultra AMOLED display. It comes with a 3.8 inch Ultra AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It minimizes the loss of quality and improves the reflexivity of the display, according to LG. It also comes with a new power saving technique which minimizes the use of white light, leading to 20% – 30% more battery life.

LG Optimus Sol

It is a sleek and stylish phone with a thickness of only 9.8 mm. It includes a 5 MP camera with autofocus and the standard connectivity options – Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, A-GPS etc.

It comes with a 1,500 mAh battery and will be launched in Europe in September. No pricing details have been revealed yet, but it should likely be priced in the budget category, like the LG Optimus Black. We’ll keep you updated.

Apple Sued Over Fast Booting Patent Linked to LG

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Patently Apple has discovered that Apple has been hit with a new patent lawsuit regarding “fast booting” used in OS X. “Fast booting” is a method that utilizes boot configuration information from early booting processes to speed up the system during its startup process.

The lawsuit specifically states that Apple’s OS X violates “at least Claim 1″ of the OSS patent. The claim in question reads as follows:

“A method for fast booting a computer system, comprising the steps of: A. performing a power on self test (POST) of basic input output system (BIOS) when the system is powered on or reset is requested; B. checking whether a boot configuration information including a system booting state which was created while executing a previous normal booting process exists or not; C. storing the boot configuration information from execution of the POST operation before loading a graphic interface (GUI) program, based on the checking result; and D. loading the graphic user interface (GUI) program.”

It is interesting to note that the patent and lawsuit associated with the patent application was filed back in 1999 and allocated to LG Electronics. LG can be considered a competitor to Apple since they also offer smartphones, but they mainly serve as a display supplier to Apple.

Whether LG has any stake in the patent is uncertain since the assignment on the patent has changed multiple times dating back to 2004. According to the report, LG passed the patent off to Microconnect LLC, but the patent was also passed along to Protimus Technologies LLC and ANPA Inc while also being reissued along the way. The lawsuit has been made by a Florida based company called Operating Systems Solutions LLC, and appears to be an unknown entity that might have been created specifically for the lawsuit.

Apple has been sued for patent and other types of lawsuits, not only by major corporations but also from smaller firms in the past.

LG Revolution Gets a Major Bug-Squashing Software Update

LG and Verizon will start rolling out a new software update for the LG Revolution, by this week’s end. While the update does not bump the Android version to Gingerbread, it does fix a number of bugs with the Revolution.

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Here is the full changelog :

Email and Messaging

  • Out of Officefeature now available for Exchange email.
  • Auto-correct no longer incorrectly activates in email, ID and search message fields,
  • Setting up email with multiple servers has been fixed.
  • No longer receive duplicate emails on Yahoo Mail

Call Features

  • When on a call while in Vibrate mode and an incoming call is received, a short beep notification will sound instead of a vibration.

Device Features

  • Keyboard no longer automatically opens when viewing a text message. Tap in text entry field to activate it.
  • View album art for MPEG4 files on Music Player.

Applications and Widgets

  • Voice data app now preloaded to enable text to speech.
  • V Cast Music, V Cast Video and V Cast Tones come preloaded.
  • Other apps like Amazon Kindle, Netflix, and Tunewiki etc. have also been updated.

As readers can see from the changelog, LG has squashed a lot of bugs with this software update. Verizon has also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the Revolution. Verizon will start rolling out the update from this week’s end, and aims to complete the roll-out within a week.

HTC, Samsung and LG to Launch New WP7 Mango Smartphones in September

September is going to be an exciting month. The iPhone 5, or whatever the next version of the iPhone is going to be called, is supposed to be launched by Apple in the first week of September.

By September, we should also see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 2, the current king of Android smartphones in the U.S. smartphone market.

Today, Digitimes reported that there is going to be yet another major release in September. According to the report, HTC, Samsung, LG and some other manufacturers are going to launch new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango powered smartphones in September. The first WP7 Mango smartphone, the Fujitsu IS12T was announced last week.

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The new Mango phones by HTC will be powered by 1.5 GHz processors and will have display sizes ranging from 3.8 to 4.7 inches. Samsung is apparently working on a variant of the Galaxy S 2, which will be powered by Windows Phone 7.

Even Nokia is planning to unveil its first Windows Phone 7 device around the end of September. It will be interesting to see if all these new devices help Microsoft grab market share from Apple or Android.

Microsoft and its partners will have to time these launches right. It is very likely that the iPhone 5 launch may completely overshadow all these device launch announcements.