Mugen Extended Battery For The LG Nitro HD Review

I have been using a LG Nitro HD since quite sometime now. While the phone does not run the latest version of Android or has any stellar feature, it gets the job done for me. However, the biggest issue with the Nitro HD for me has been the extremely poor battery life. The phone absolutely struggles to last even 8 hours on a single charge with a couple of email accounts syncing in the background.

I had nearly given up hope on the Nitro HD, when our in-house Android guru, Rajesh, told me about Mugen Power Batteries. I had read some of his previous Mugen battery reviews but did not pay much heed to them. I was wrong, very wrong. I have been using an extended Mugen battery for the LG Nitro HD since the last 1.5 months, and the increase in battery life has been staggering. Out of the box, the Nitro HD comes with a puny 1830mAh battery that empties itself in less than 8 hours with LTE enabled and medium usage.
The extended Mugen battery has a whopping 4000mAh capacity, which should theoretically more than double the Nitro’s HD battery life. As I said earlier, before using the Mugen battery, my Nitro HD was averaging around 8-9 hours on a single charge with LTE enabled and a couple of Gmail account syncing in the background. After I started using Mugen, the average battery life of my Nitro HD has jumped to a phenomenal 22 hours. This is 22 hours of heavy use — a couple of hours of Spotify over Wi-Fi, an hour of voice calls and gaming each, and around 2-3 hours of random usage including internet browsing over LTE. On an average day, I can easily squeeze out more than 1 day of battery life with the right mix of 3G and Wi-Fi.
Mugen ships their extended battery with an extended back door as well, since the 4000mAh battery is too thick. Mugen has added a kickstand at the back of the battery door, which is definitely a welcome addition. The back door is made up of shiny but grippy plastic. It does not speak of quality but definitely gets the job done.
While on my flight from India to U.S.A, I was able to watch one full movie on the Nitro HD with still 75% battery left. The kick stand was also more than useful and inclined the Nitro HD at just the perfect angle.
A couple of downsides of the Mugen battery is the additional thickness that it adds, and the  long charging times. The additional thickness from the Mugen battery is definitely noticeable. In fact, I got a few stares from passer-bys when I was standing at the subway station and using my Nitro HD. The increase in charging time is a direct effect of the increased battery charger. I started using a Galaxy Note 2 charger later on, which reduced the overall charging times by nearly 20 minutes.
Below are battery life screenshots of the Nitro HD with the Mugen battery. Keep in mind that I am running CM10.1 based on Android 4.2.2 on my handset -:
If you are tired of the poor battery life of your device, I would highly recommend you to check out Mugen Power Batteries. If you don’t like the extra thickness, you can have a look at their extended batteries that don’t require an extended back cover. These batteries are more or less of the same size as the OEM battery but bring about a noticeable (100-300mAh) increase in the battery capacity.

LG Optimus Vu II Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Last year, LG launched the Optimus Vu II in South Korea. As the name suggests, this device is the successor of the company’s first phablet, the LG Optimus Vu. It comes with a 5 inch display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. Sadly, this device was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Nearly 6 months after its official launch, LG has finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the LG Optimus Vu II. This update is currently available only for SK Telecom and KT subscribers in South Korea. LG U+ users will get this update starting from next month.

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The Android 4.1 update for Optimus Vu II bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

LG Acquires webOS from HP, Will Use It in Smart TVs

Palm’s webOS has made another return from the graveyard. After being left at the mercy of the community for over a year by Hewlett-Packard, which had acquired Palm in 2010 for $1.2 billion, webOS has found a new home. LG has acquired webOS from HP for an undisclosed sum.

The Korean electronics giant isn’t planning on using the mobile OS in smartphones. Instead, it will be adapting it for use in its popular smart TV range. LG was reported to be eyeing webOS for quite a while, after deciding against using Google TV over fears of Google imposed restrictions on the design and interface. LG’s purchase also includes all patents and employees of the webOS Global Business Unit.


Skott Ahn, president and chief technology officer of LG Electronics Inc, remarked, “It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices”. It will be interesting to see how LG goes about porting an operating system designed for touch to the remote control operated big screen.

LG might not be the first name that pops into anyone’s mind when talking about smartphones, but they have a strong presence in the television market. While purchasing webOS outright is surprising, it’s not surprising that LG is looking to replace NetCast, its current smart TV platform. NetCast has served LG well, but it is showing signs of age, and with big names like Google and Apple preparing to double down on the smart TV market, LG needs to up its game. HP will also be happy to be able to get something in exchange of webOS. Palm’s webOS was once heralded as the brightest competitor to the iPhone’s operating system, but corporate inefficiency and idiocy never allowed it to realize its full potential. Even surviving as a smart TV platform is a sad fate for a genuinely innovative and intuitive operating system, but in LG’s hands, webOS will probably reach millions of more households than it ever did under its previous two owners.

LG Optimus G Goes On Sale In Europe; Coming To India This Week

Last year, LG unveiled the powerful Optimus G smartphone. This handset was expected to launch in Europe during the Q1 of 2013. Now, the much-awaited Optimus G is finally available for purchase in most of the countries across Europe. This handset was launched with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, however, the manufacturer is shipping the device in Europe with the newer Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Since the successful initial launch of Optimus G, LG has continued to improve the smartphone to offer better usability and value for our customers. We’re excited to be bringing to Europe the improved Optimus G, our most powerful Quad-Core device optimized for 4G LTE networks.”

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LG Optimus G features a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD IPS PLUS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, Optimus UI 3.0, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, microUSB 2.0, MHL, GPS with A-GPS, 2 GB DDR RAM, 32 GB internal memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, up to 335 hrs of stand-by time, up to 15 hrs of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery.

Saholic, a popular online retailer has already started selling this handset in India for Rs.30,990 (approx. $570). LG has also send us an invite for an event on January 27, 2013. It seems that LG will finally launch this powerful handset in India on the same event. Stay tuned for complete updates!

LG Optimus F5 And Optimus F7 Announced; Comes With Android 4.1, 4G LTE

Last week, LG unveiled 3 new smartphones – Optimus L3 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L7 II. After a couple of days, LG announced the powerful Optimus G Pro in its home country. Now, the South Korean mobile phone manufacturer went ahead and unveiled two smarphone under the new F series – the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7.

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. Thankfully, both of these devices are packed with a powerful battery and pretty decent specs. LG Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 will be shipped with the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications, said,
“LG continues to lead the industry with 4G LTE innovation and the Optimus F Series, a well-balanced an well-equipped 4G LTE smartphone for the mass market, embodies the best of our broad LTE patent portfolio and innovative UX features. With adoption of LTE expected to explode in 2013, we are sending a clear message to consumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn’t just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It’s for everyone.”

LG Optimus F5 Specs:

  • 4.3 inch IPS display
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2,150mAh battery
  • Size: 126.0 x 64.5 x 9.3mm

LG Optimus F7 Specs:

  • 4.7 inch IPS display
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2,540mAh battery
  • Size: 131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6mm

LG Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 comes with the upgraded QSlide, which allows users to open two apps at the same time, both in full screen mode. Users can change the size, position and transparency of QSlide apps according to their preferences. The worldwide rollout of the Optimus F5 will begin in the second quarter in Europe, followed by the Optimus F7 in selected markets. The price of this device is expected to be announced next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Stay tuned!

LG Unveils The Optimus L-Series II; Features Updated Design And Software

LG has gone ahead and announced its second-generation of L series handsets, characterised by enhanced software and updated design. Otherwise, the L II series sport nearly the same hardware as the original L series, which LG had unveiled just a few months ago.

The LG Optimus L7 II sports a dual-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 1GHz, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of in-built storage space. Other specs of the handset include a micro-SD card slot, a 4.3-inch IPS WVGA display, an 8MP camera with an LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, and the other usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features. LG has also blessed the L7 with a beefy 2460mAh battery and Android 4.1 right out of the box. The handset will also be available in a dual-SIM variant with slightly beefier and taller dimensions.

The Korean company did not mention anything about the specs or the release date of the other two L II series handsets – the L3 and L5. They are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Google And LG Manage To Ship One Million Nexus 4 Units

According to an XDA member, Google and LG have managed to sell more than one million units of the Nexus 4. This is no small feat considering that the handset was announced more than 3 months ago, and has been out of stock majority of the time. While both the companies have not commented about the sales figure of the handset, the excess demand for the handset clearly says it all.

Back in January, an XDA member had found a way that indicated how many Nexus 4 Google/LG have produced until now. The method involved entering your Nexus 4 IMEI number on LG’s website, and then breaking down the resulting serial number to find out the production number of the handset.

The procedure to guesstimate the production number of your Nexus 4 is as follows -:

Take your IMEI number and put it at the end of this link, and the LG site will be show up with a long string of characters like “LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N” and if the string is broken apart, you get:

LGE960 = Phone Model

A =?

US = Country where the device was sold

G = Storage Capacity

BK = Color

2 = Production Year

12 = Production Month

K = Production Country

PHG = ?

188745 = Production number

2012121206 = Production date in YYYYMMDD format

While the above method may not give us an exact figure, it should give us a rough idea as to how many units Google and LG have managed to sell. The figure also shows how LG has been ramping up the production of the handset with every passing month.

Via – TechCrunch

LG Optimus L7 II Dual Leaked

LG’s L-series of style conscious smartphones is about to get a new member in the form of a sequel to the L7. The L7 II Dual, outed by a Russian website will introduce dual SIM support, in addition to bumping up the specs.


The L7 II will feature a 4.3-inch IPS display and ship with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A5 processor of unknown make. On the multimedia side of things, it will ship with an 8-megapixel rear cam with 720p HD recording, as well as a front-cam for video calls. The battery will also be beefed up to 2460 mAH and should offer significantly improved performance. LG’s usual Optimus UX with proprietary apps like Q Memo, and Q Slide will also be present. The phone will come in two standard colors – black and white.

The LG Optimus L7 II Dual is slated to be launched in Russia towards the end of February for $432. With MWC also scheduled next month, we might catch a glimpse of the L7 II in Barcelona.

Nexus 4 Makes An Appearance In White; Coming Soon?

It looks like LG and Google are soon going to unveil a white Nexus 4. The folks over at Tinhte have managed to get their hands on a white Nexus 4.

Externally, there are no changes in the white Nexus 4, except for everything being white compared to the black variant that is available now. The crystal reflection as seen on the black Nexus 4 is also visible on the white Nexus 4 under the right angles and lighting conditions.

Like the Galaxy Nexus though, the front of the white Nexus 4 is absolutely black, making for a nice (or weird) contrast.

At the moment it is unconfirmed as to when Google and LG plan to release the white variant of the Nexus 4. Up until now, LG and Google had been struggling to meet the demand of the Nexus 4, and it was only yesterday that the handset went back in sale on the Play Store in the United States and Canada.

Head over to Tinhte for more pictures of the Nexus 4 in white.

Nexus 4 Back In Stock In The U.K, France And Spain Play Store

Yesterday, the Nexus 4 was back in stock in the German, Canada and United States Play Store. Today, Google and LG have made the latest Nexus handset available to more regions of the world including the United Kingdom, France and Spain.


After struggling for more than a couple of months with the Nexus 4 stock, Google and LG seem to have finally caught up with the demand. It is going to be nearly 24 hours since the handset was made available in the U.S and Canada Play Store, and is yet to be sold out. The shipping times of the handset have also not slipped to an insane 8-9 weeks like before, and remains at a respectable 1-2 weeks.

The LG-manufactured-Google branded Nexus 4 is also expected to be available in Australia later today.If you could not get your hands on the Nexus 4 in the last couple of months, now is your chance.