LG Begins Optimus F5 Global Rollout, Starting From Europe

Back in February, LG unveiled the mid-range Optimus F5 smartphone. This device was showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. LG Optimus F5 is the first smartphone from LG’s newest Optimus F Series. According to the manufacturer, the Optimus F Series is designed to bring a premium user experience and the speed of 4G LTE to a mass audience. Today, LG has finally started shipping the Optimus F5 budget smartphone in Europe.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“LG has consistently set the standard in the mobile industry with technology that complements, not complicates, users’ lives. The Optimus F5 is a natural extension of LG’s lineup of strong LTE devices, offering the lightning-speed of 4G LTE and UX features of a premium phone. With the Optimus F5, we’re confident we can capture an untapped market of new and upgrading smartphone users who crave a feature-rich, LTE device.”

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LG Optimus F5 features a 4.3 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, LG Optimus UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, DLNA, 4G LTE Connectivity and much more.

It also comes with the usual 3.5mm headset jack, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 2,150mAh battery. This handset measures 126.0 x 64.5 x 9.3 mm.

LG Optimus F5 will go on sale from today in France, followed by South and Central America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) over the next several weeks. The price of this handset will be revealed soon. Stay tuned!

LG Showcases Its 2013 Product Line at LG Tech Show

In a three day LG Tech Show in New Delhi, LG showcased its product line for 2013. Most of the products featured in the event had already been announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but were making their first appearances in India. LG Electronics India is targeting an overall growth of 20% in 2013. “As India is a strategic market for LG, we strive to introduce Global flagship products as well as India Insight products, designed especially for the Indian market”, noted Mr. Soon Kwon, the Managing Director of LG Electronics India. Over the years, LG’s home appliances arm has been a strong performer thanks to its dominance in key segments like washing machines and refrigerators. However, LG has languished behind its South Korean rival Samsung, when it comes to the crucial smartphone market.

LG showcased more than seventy products spread across all its business’. Some of the main attractions were:

LG Optimus G Pro: LG will be launching its next flagship, the Optimus G Pro, in the second half of the year (July-August). I recently reviewed its predecessor, the Optimus G, and found it to be easily among the best handsets available in the Indian market. The Optimus G Pro boasts of a powerful Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, and bumps up the screen to 5.5 inches with full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels). The Pro also manages to pack in a 3,140 mAh battery within its slender body. While exact pricing will be announced later, the LG Optimus G Pro is expected to cost around Rs. 40,000 in India.

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LG 55 inch OLED TV: The 55EM970V, which was one of the stars at the MWC, will also be launched in India towards the second half of the year. LG’s new 55 inch OLED display pushes the boundaries of what you expect from a HDTV. With a thickness of just 4mm it’s practically invisible from the sides, and weights only 10 kgs. LG’s first OLED 3D TV offers stunningly crisp, vibrant and detailed images with perfect viewing angles. This beauty is not expected to come in cheap, but will make you the envy of your friends.

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LG Pocket Photo: LG seemed rather bullish about the prospects of a new premium product called Pocket Photo (PD233). The extremely portable printer is only 5.1 cm wide and 7.6 cm long. It supports NFC and Bluetooth and can wirelessly print photos from Android and iOS devices. It employs employs inkless printing technology from ZINK, which uses heat to activate the color-forming chemistry within the ZINK 2.0 paper. LG claims that ZINK’s inkless printing system produces photos that last longer and don’t smear. The portable photo printer will be launched in India within a couple of weeks, and cost about Rs. 12,000.

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LG Windows 8 PCs: LG will be launching Windows 8 powered convertible PCs in Q3. The products on display were LG Tab-Book (H160) and LG Ultrabook (Z360). . The LG Tab-Book is a compact, 11.6-inch convertible, which boasts of 10 hours of battery life, is 15.9mm thick, and weighs in at 1.05Kg. The Z360 Ultrabook from LG is an ultrabook with a 1080p IPS display, and will be powered by 4th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors. The H160 will cost about Rs. 50,000, while the Z360 will cost somewhere in the north of Rs. 60,000. Curiously, LG is skipping Windows RT, and has no plans to launch a cheaper, ARM powered Windows tablet.

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LG X-Boom: LG X-Boom (CM9730) takes a cue out of classic boom boxes, and offers a shocking 2300W RMS and 25000W PMPO. The X-Boom will appeal to the section of the Indian youth that loves loud music and wants to party at home. The gigantic speakers are loud enough to make you go deaf, and offers killer bass. The CM9730 also has a few interesting features including a Smart DJ, LED lightning, playlists, and wireless audio streaming. Smart DJ automatically mixes music using various commonly used effects, while LED lights act as beats visualizer. Although X-Boom sounds pretty decent, it won’t satisfy audiophiles.

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LG Song Star: LG Song Star is a karaoke machine with over 4000+ songs in 9 languages including English, Hindi and regional, spread across genres like classic, rock, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. Song Star also features Echo Key Control and Tempo control to add an extra flair to your singing. You get real-time score rating for your singing, and have the option of recording your songs and creating group competitions. It will be available in two variants – the NK230 will come with a Wired Mic, and the NK330 will have a Wired Mic and an additional Wireless sub-Mic.

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Other products demoed include LG All in One PC with 10 finger multitouch and 3D display, mouse with scanner, refrigerators with Evercool technology, automatic vacuum cleaners called Home-Bot, and air conditioners with InverterV technology.

LG Optimus L5 II Dual Now Available In India For Rs.11,499

Earlier this year, LG announced three new Android powered smartphones, the Optimus L7 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L3 II. The South Korean mobile phone manufacturer has already launched the dual-SIM variant of Optimus L7 II and Optimus L3 II in India. Infibeam, a popular online retailer has already started selling the Optimus L5 II Dual smartphone. This indicates that the company will soon launch the Optimus L5 II Dual in India.

The mid-range Optimus L5 II Dual is the successor of the not-so-popular Optimus L5 Dual. This handset runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus L5 II Dual features a 4 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Dual SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a FM Radio with RDS, A-GPS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 512 MB RAM, Accelerometer, microUSB 2.0 and a 1700 mAh battery. This handset measures 118.4 x 62.2 x 9.2 mm and weighs just 100 grams.

Sadly, the much needed front-facing camera is missing from the device. Currently, you can get this handset in two colors – Black and White. LG Optimus L5 II Dual is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.14,999, however Infibeam is currently selling this device for Rs.11,499 (approx. $210). To get this handset. head over to this page.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual And Optimus L3 II Dual Launched In India

Earlier this year, LG unveiled three new mid-range smartphones, the Optimus L7 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L3 II. As the name suggests, these handsets are the successor of the LG Optimus L7, Optimus L5 and Optimus L3 respectively. These devices run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, LG officially launched the dual-SIM variant of Optimus L7 II and Optimus L3 II in India.

According to Mr. Amit Gujral, Head Marketing, LG Mobiles,
“The smartphone market is growing at an incredible pace, and the global mobile subscribers is predicted to touch 3.9 billion in 2017. India is catching up fast to this smartphone race. With the launch of LG Optimus L7 II Dual and L3 II Dual, LG plans to reap the benefits of the intense smartphone demand in India, as well as to build on its heritage of technological innovation.”

LG Optimus L3 II Dual:

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LG Optimus L3 II Dual comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon processor, 3.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, 512 MB RAM, up to 730 hours of stand-by time, up to 16 hours 30 mins of talk-time and a 1540 mAh battery.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual:

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LG Optimus L7 II Dual features a 4.3 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, 768 MB RAM, up to 800 hours of stand-by time, up to 12 hours of talk-time and a 2460 mAh battery.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual comes with a price tag of Rs.18,650 (approx. $340), while the LG Optimus L3 II Dual is priced at just Rs.8,800 (approx. $160).

LG Optimus G E975 Review

India is still waiting for the official launch of the Nexus 4. However, LG’s Optimus G, which is the phone on which the Google Nexus 4 is based upon, was launched in India last month. The launch went practically unnoticed, with most of the hype centered on upcoming handsets like the Samsung Galaxy SIV, Sony Xperia Z, and the HTC One. The reason for that might be that the Optimus G is actually a six month old phone, whose successor LG Optimus G Pro has already been launched in Japan and Korea. However, while the Optimus G isn’t the latest and greatest, its specifications suggest that it’s no pushover. I used it as my primary device for a week, and was pleasantly surprised by it.

Appearance

Unlike the Optimus 4X, the Optimus G doesn’t feel plasticky. It’s a solidly built premium smartphone that continues with the rectangular design ethos introduced in the previous generation LG devices. When the display is off, the screen blends with the bezel and appears to be a pristine black slab which oozes a lot of oomph. Much like the Nexus 4, the Optimus G also has a Gorilla Glass 2 back, with shiny metal bits embedded below the back cover. Under light, these metal pieces light up by reflecting the light hitting them at different angles. The effect is less pronounced and less magical than in a Nexus 4, but is still cool to look at.

Of course, glass back has its own disadvantages. The Optimus G is a device that is meant to be handled with care. My SIII has suffered numerous harsh falls, but has survived largely unscathed. With the Optimus G, however, I will almost surely end up with a cracked back. In fact, the metal rim can also add to your woes. The review unit I received had slightly chipped edges, which tended to agitate my skin while talking. In fact, the glossy back doesn’t feel as secure or comfortable to hold as the Optimus 4X with matte finish did. All these weaknesses are inherent in using a glass and metal body, and are present in similarly constructed devices from competitors like Sony.

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LG Optimus G – Front View
LG Optimus G - Rear View
LG Optimus G – Rear View

One of my major complaints with the previous generation LG handsets was accidental home button presses. It was extremely easy to accidentally press the home
button while trying to press the Space key. Thankfully, LG has fixed that issue in Optimus G by adding a slight buffer space below the screen.

Display

The Optimus G has a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels, which is protected by a Gorilla Glass 2 screen. I wasn’t a big fan of the previous generation LG displays, which seemed to appear washed out. Thankfully, the Optimus G marks a major step forward for LG displays. While not being as saturated as Samsung displays, color reproduction is rich and natural. In fact, when compared side by side, LG’s display seems more while remaining sharp and vibrant. Sunlight visibility and viewing angles are also good enough to be not an issue. LG’s Optimus G also boasts of something called ZeroGap touch, which reduces diffused reflection by integrating the touch sensors into the glass itself. While I am not sure exactly how much this has helped, I can state with confidence that the Optimus G’s display is definitely among the best that I have seen.

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LG Optimus G – Display

Hardware

The LG Optimus G was the first phone powered by the Snapdragon quad-core S4 Pro chipset. Thanks to the powerful CPU and GPU, the phone is screaming fast. I am yet to encounter any lags or hiccups while using the Optimus G. Whether you are flinging through long lists, scrolling through your Gallery, or going on a rampage in GTA III, the Optimus G doesn’t miss a beat. The Optimus G boasts of 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. There is no provision for memory cards.

I ran a couple of synthetic benchmarks. As expected, the Optimus G fared very well. Unfortunately for the Optimus G, its lead won’t last for long, as next gen devices from Samsung, and HTC will hit India within the next couple of months.

LG Optimus G Compared with Samsung Galaxy SIII and HTC One X
LG Optimus G Compared with Samsung Galaxy SIII and HTC One X

The downside of the Snapdragon S4 Pro is that it gets hot. I mean really, really hot. Even after only surfing the web for half an hour, the phone begins to feel uncomfortably hot. And this is in spite of having a glass back, which should be cooler than an all metal back.

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LG Optimus G – Side View

Software

LG Optimus G currently runs on Android 4.1.2 Jellybean with a custom Optimus UX layer on top. LG has announced the launch of Android 4.2.2 powered Optimus G handsets in Europe; however, it’s not known when it will roll out the update to the rest of the world.

The Optimus UX is actually quite subtle and baring some unnecessary skeumorphisms (especially in buttons and icons) and brightly colored icons, it doesn’t look too bad. However, as is the case with most manufacturers, the original Android UI is still more appealing than the custom skin. In addition to retaining QuickMemo, SmartShare, and SmartWorld, that we have seen in previous LG handsets, LG has thrown in some more new goodies for Optimus G users. The major ones are:
Q-Slide: Q-Slide is similar to Samsung’s Popup Play, which allows users to watch a video while working on something else. The video player floats on a screen and can be freely resized and repositioned. Q-slide, however, goes a step further, and can be overlaid on top of existing apps. You can continue watching a video full-screen, while working on other apps by simply controlling their opacity. For example, if you want to compose an email while watching a video, Q-Slide will simply make your email app translucent so that you can still see the video, while writing your email. And yes, you can still pinch to zoom into videos. Check out the video below for a demonstration.

LG has also added a Q-Slide section to the notification screen, which acts as a quick launcher for Q-slide compatible apps. These apps are Video, Internet, Memo, Calendar, and Calculator apps. This is a nice idea, but would have been truly useful, if I could add my own apps to the list, instead of being limited to the five system apps.

Quick Translator: Quick translator app can translate text from images that you capture between a number of languages. This feature was actually introduced with the Optimus L9 and wasn’t present in the Optimus 4X. The translator can translate words, lines, or blocks of sentences. The app also supports offline translation, but for that you will need to purchase dictionaries from the Play store.
Smart Screen: This feature is obviously inspired by Samsung’s Smart Stay, which prevents the display from timing out when it detects that you are looking at the screen.
Wise Ringtone: This is something that I haven’t seen elsewhere, is actually a very neat idea. Optimus G uses the microphone to judge if you are in a loud environment and accordingly increases your ringtone volume.
Quiet Time: This is another really smart feature, which allows you to define a time range during which everything except alarms and notifications will automatically be muted.
Safety Care: This is a feature that a lot of Indian users will appreciate. It allows you to define emergency contacts, and in case of an emergency, your location and other information will automatically be sent to them. You can also simply set a number, which when dialed will trigger a location alert to your selected contacts. LG also claims to automatically know when you are calling a emergency, so that it can alert your emergency contacts. However, I am not sure if it is configured to recognize Indian emergency numbers.

The Optimus UX retains its previous strongpoints, which includes easy access to frequently used power options from the notification bar, a very cool unlock animation, and massive amount of customizability. When I say massive amount of customizability, I really mean it. Everything including the lock screen, home screen, and the general UI is customizable. You can change themes, animations, font, font size, lock screen apps, and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, some of the existing annoyances with the Optimus UX have also been retained. The app drawer refuses to remember your sorting preferences, and you have to reselect your sorting preference every time you install a new app. The volume control button still only gives an unified volume control options. Additionally, LG has also decided to stupidly copy the water droplet sound effect from Galaxy SIII, which makes little sense.

Multimedia

The Optimus G boasts of a 13 megapixel rear camera with full HD video recording support. As you might expect from such a hefty camera, the picture quality is excellent, whether you are capturing stills or videos. Details are well preserved, noise is limited in outdoor photos, and color reproduction is good. The only issue is that the focusing can be a bit finicky and sometimes requires two or three attempts to get things right. In addition to the standard burst mode, panorama, and HDR mode, there is also LG’s Time Catch shot. In this mode, the camera actually snaps pics from a few seconds before you pressed the shoot button to a few seconds after. You can later choose which picture you want to keep. This is meant to ensure that you don’t miss the shot you wanted. LG has also improved its low light capture, and now can compete with the likes of SIII comfortably. In fact, on whole, the L3 is among the best, if not the best Android shooter. For video calling there is also a 1.3 megapixel front camera, which gets the job done. One thing that’s often ignored while reviewing a smartphone is its speakers. However, the Optimus G’s speakers are actually loud enough to deserve a special mention.

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LG Optimus G – Macro
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LG Optimus G – Low Light
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LG Optimus G – Diffused Light
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LG Optimus G – Outdoor

Others

Thanks to the glass back, LG had to make another compromise with the Optimus G. The rear portion is completely locked down, which means that the battery isn’t user replaceable. This isn’t something I am a big fan of. It rules out the possibility of carrying a spare battery, or even upgrading to a high performance 3rd party battery. The good news here is that the Optimus G’s battery life isn’t bad. The 2100 mAh battery lasts a day in 2G mode, and will survive for about 10-12 hours in 3G mode, which is enough to get back from your office and charge the phone. You can squeeze a couple of additional hours by enabling Eco mode for the processor, and turning on the Power Saver mode when battery is below 50%.

Connectivity options include all standard features along with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and MHL.

Conclusion

The LG Optimus G is perhaps the first LG smartphone that I can term as a great phone, without any ifs and buts. It sports a blazing fast chipset, a sharp camera, brilliant display, and some nice software bells and whistles. My biggest reservation with the device is the glass back. However, judging by the growing trend of glass backs, and how well the older iPhones sold, and how much in demand the Nexus 4 is, it’s obvious that a lot of people don’t share the same concern. The non-user replaceable battery, and the lack of support for microSD are also downers, but they aren’t big enough issues to come in the way of the Optimus G achieving greatness.

The biggest problem LG India will have is that the Optimus G will be sandwiched between the best of the previous generation like the SIII and the One X, and the best of the current generation like the SIV, Xperia Z, and the One. If Optimus G had been launched in October or November, it would have simply been the most powerful phone in the market. However, by the end of this month, that will no longer be true. LG will also have to withstand the marketing blitzkrieg of Samsung and Sony. Priced at about Rs. 31,000 it’s the best phone you can buy for that price. It’s a fair bit cheaper than the similarly specced Sony Xperia Z, which is currently selling at about Rs. 35,000. However, the Xperia Z has a bigger screen, more powerful and user replaceable battery, and is water resistant. If you spend a bit more, you will soon be able to get the newest powerhouses from Samsung and HTC. On the other hand, if you compromise a bit on the performance, the SIII and other previous generation handsets are available for Rs. 27,000 or less. I hope that the Optimus G manages to carve out its own identity. It’s just too good a phone to be a failure.

AT&T Optimus G Android 4.1 Update Rolling Out

Last year, LG launched the powerful Optimus G smartphone. This handset was exclusively sold to the AT&T subscribers in the US. LG Optimus G was packed with some powerful specs, however the device was shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Today, AT&T finally started rolling out the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device.

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The latest update brings several enhancements, including changes to the notification display that groups updates from the same application together and allows you to expand or collapse notifications. Apart from that, it comes with Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications.

The Android 4.1 update will also enable the Isis Mobile Wallet on the LG Optimus G. The Wallet is a free app that stores virtual version of payment and loyalty cards while organizing offers and deals. This update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). To get this update, just select Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now and follow the instructions.

LG’s New M-Disk Ready Drive Can Write DVDs That Last up to 1000 Years

Some things in life are just too precious to forget and move on. Your marriage video, the picture of your child walking for the first time, or his first day in school. These are memories that you can’t afford to lose. Unfortunately, keeping your memories safe can require much more work than apparent at first glance. All storage devices have a shelf life. For a hard drive it’s about five years, while for a DVD it’s about 8 years. Cloud storage options might seem more tempting, but they are only good for as long as the service lasts. Millenniata, an Utah based digital storage company, believes that it has the perfect solution.

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Millenniata has developed a storage technology that promises to permanently etch data onto the write layer of the disc for use anytime and for generations to come without any data loss. Millenniata’s M-Disc is essentially a specially manufactured DVD with four separate layers constructed of organic, synthetic materials. Data is physically engraved into a patented rock-like layer that is resistant to light, temperature, humidity, and more.

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LG has tied up with Millenniata to launch M-Ready Drives that can write data onto M-Discs. Since M-Discs are essentially DVDs, once written, they can be read in most standard DVD and Blu-Ray drives. LG is launching its Super Multi DVD Writer in India for Rs. 2,000. I’m still waiting for clarification on how LG intends to sell M-Disc drives in India. They are currently available on Millenniata’s website at $30 for 10 discs before adding shipping costs and taxes. This equates to about Rs. 162 for each disc.

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LG Optimus 4X HD Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

The LG Optimus 4X HD was the Korean’s companies high-end Android offering for a short while during the middle of last year. The Optimus 4X HD was a fine device by all means, but it had some terrible issues that led to it failing miserably.

Back in the first week of February, LG had confirmed that the Jelly Bean update for the Optimus 4X HD is nearly ready and is in the final stages of testing. While LG is yet to roll-out the update, the first Jelly Bean based firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leaked firmware includes all the Android 4.1 goodness including Project Butter, Google Now and an enhanced notification bar.

 

The leaked firmware has also allowed the Optimus 4X HD developers to unlock its bootloader, which should considerably make it easier to developer custom ROMs and kernels for the device. Keep in mind that the process of installing the leaked firmware on the Optimus 4X HD are not as simple as it is for other devices. So, if you are not well versed with the whole modding scene of the device, I would suggest you to wait for the official update that should be here in about a month or so.

Head over to this XDA thread for the download link of the firmware and other information.

Via – Android Central

LG Unveils The Optimus LTE III Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

It has hardly been a week since Mobile World Congress got over, but LG is not yet done announcing new handsets. The Korean company today unveiled a new LTE enabled smartphone for its home market, and the successor to the Optimus LTE and Optimus LTE II, the Optimus LTE III.

The Optimus LTE III sports pretty mediocre specs including a 4.7-inch 720p IPS HD display inside a 9.6mm thin body, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space, microSD card slot, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth.

The rear of the Optimus LTE III sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, and is accompanied by a 1.3MP snapper in the front. On the software front, the Optimus LTE III runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own custom skin on top of it. The handset will be available in Korea on S K Telecom network begging from tomorrow in black and white colors.

Via – Unwired View 

LG launches Optimus G in India

LG Electronics has finally launched LG Optimus G smartphone in India. Running on Android v4.1.2 Jelly bean, LG has extended the OS with its own Optimus 3.0 UI for an optimum mobile experience.LG Optimus G

The phone, that LG claims to be designed to a flagship standard, boasts of a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus Display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor. Optimus G has an aspect ratio of 15:9 with a 320ppi high pixel density and is equipped with Zerogap Touch display technology that brings visuals closer to the surface of the screen and gives a more immersive experience. The phone has a unique glass-made back graced with a crystal pattern. This patented Crystal Reflection is glossy and displays different patterns and colors depending on the angle and lighting.

“We provide our users with enhanced experience by advanced and thoughtful engineering behind every feature. The smartphone encourages users to explore a world of boundless creativity and power and also, helps them balance between business and entertainment.”

–       Soon Kwon, President South West Asia Region & MD, LG India

Optimus G’s 13MP rear-end camera and 1.3MP front facing camera come with a number of apps like SmartShutter senses movement and automatically adjusts shutter speed to capture crisp, blur-free images and CheeseShutter that has voice recognition capabilities and automatically clicks a picture when one says ‘Cheese’.

Optimus G also has a lot of unique applications to add to the Android feature set. Its QSlide feature allows consumers to simultaneously run two apps and multitask their way through work and play. Its QuickTranslator easily translates any international language into English and vice-versa, while its QuickMemo app allows users to jot down important notes on any phone screenshot, even while on active call. When videos are played in the player, the Zoom In function enables consumers to zoom in/ out of a live video. Plus it offers a unique concept of Dual Screen-Dual Play, where by users can run any of phone content to a connected TV and simultaneously work on phone on another application.

LG’s Optimus G is priced at INR 34,500 but is available for INR 31,000 at most online and physical stores already.