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.
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.
LG has just announced via an email that they will soon be rolling out an ‘enhanced’ Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the LG Optimus 3D.
Along with the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the update will also bring enhanced copy & paste functionality, UI improvements and much more. LG states that the update will also bring enhanced HSPA+ speeds (up to 21Mbps), and an enriched 3D experience, thanks to a 3D video editor and a full-screen preview UI while capturing 3D content.
Post the update, Optimus 3D owners will also be able to record high-quality videos in 2D mode with video stabilization, which was previously available only in the 3D mode. The Gallery loading times have also been greatly reduced.
Other changes in the update include an improved battery life, longer MP3 playback time, and an improvement in the stability and performance of the phone.
LG will start rolling out the update to all the unlocked and un-branded Optimus 3D handsets in Europe beginning from November 21, followed by other markers until the end of the year.
Hopefully, next time LG will be much faster in updating their handsets to the latest version of Android. With Ice Cream Sandwich code going public, the time is already ticking and it will be interesting to see who will be the first manufacturer to release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their phone.
CyanogenMod 7 users and nightly flashers, here is some good news for you. Around a couple of weeks ago, kernel.org got hacked, due to which CM7 nightlies stopped rolling out. The source code of the Linux kernel, and various other distros’, including Android’s kernel, is hosted on kernel.org.
While kernel.org is still not back up, the CM team has shifted its source code to GitHub, and has finally started rolling out CM7 nightlies, so as to make sure people with ROM flashing Syndrome don’t lose their sanity.
In other CM7 related news, the CM team has released a very early alpha build for LG’s first ever Android powered 3D phone, the Optimus 3D. Being an early build, there are still a lot of issues like HDMI does not work, and camera app will crash if a user tries to take a 3D picture. Optimus 3D owners can download the alpha version of CM7 for their handset from here.
There is some good news for Desire S owners as well. Beginning from today, the CM build bot will also roll out CM7 nightlies for the Desire S (Saga).
A new alpha build of CM7 for the HTC Sensation was also released today. The new alpha build solves most of the issues, including audio issues. Sensation owners can download the build from here.
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.
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 and AT&T have just announced their latest addition to their line-up of Android handsets the LG Thrill 4G. The handset is basically the AT&T version of the LG Optimus 3D.
The Thrill 4G is powered by a 1GHz dual-core OMAP processor and dual-channel 1GB RAM. The handset features a 4.3-inch glasses free 3D LCD display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The 3D display can also be toggled to work in 2D only mode.
Preliminary benchmarks suggest that the OMAP processor in the Thrill 4G is powerful than the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset found in the Motorola ATRIX 4G.
The back of the handset sports dual 5MP camera so that the handset can take 3D pictures and record HD videos in 3D as well. LG will also offer users with 3D content via their own LG 3D Space’ service.
“LG is very excited to offer the LG Thrill 4G to the next generation of thrill seekers. We have taken mobile phone technology to the next level with another first to market feature, this time being 3D capabilities,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile Phones. “This device elevates everyday tasks and entertainment to a new dimension of smartphone performance, giving LG Thrill 4G an edge over other devices in the emerging superphone category.”
The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, DLNA, microSD card slot, FM radio and HDMI-Out. The handset will launch with Android 2.2 Froyo, but LG has promised to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset soon after.
Sadly, LG and AT&T have not mentioned anything about the availability and the pricing of the Thrill 4G, except for saying that the phone will be available in the coming months.