New video shows off the LG G6’s 1:1 shooting mode and instant previews


LG recently discussed the 1:1 picture mode that would be included with its LG G6 camera app, suggesting that it would be a good way to take shots for immediate upload to Instagram.

Now, the South Korean manufacturer has shown off another way the square image format could benefit its device: instant previews. In a short video uploaded to LG’s official YouTube channel, the company revealed how the top half of the smartphone can be used as the viewfinder, while the bottom half can immediately display snapped pictures.

This isn’t just achievable because of LG’s camera app, but also thanks to the 18:9, or 2:1, display that the LG G6 will house. This allows for two 1:1 (square) images to appear side-by-side across the full screen — and the LG G6 can take advantage of this as well as making better use of other functions, such as Android Nougat’s split-screen feature.

Most modern smartphones currently make use of 16:9 screen format — the same as found on most modern TVs — but the 18:9 Univisium format is set to become the new standard, and is being pushed by companies such as Netflix.

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Whether this photo preview feature is a big advance is up for debate but, if nothing else, it shows that LG is at least considering the possibilities of the 18:9 format outside of streaming TV shows correctly.

What are your current thoughts on LG’s advances with the G6? Let us know in the comments.

LG K10 (2017) with SOS feature launches in India


The LG K10 (2017), which was announced last December ahead of CES, has made its way to India. You’ll be able to get the device at major retail stores starting tomorrow, February 23, while online sales will kick off a few days later – February 26. The device will set you back Rs. 13,990 and comes in the Black, Gold, or Titanium color option.

The mid-ranger sports a 5.3-inch HD display and is powered by the MediaTek MT6750 chipset. It has 2 GB of RAM and only 16 GB of storage, which can thankfully be expanded for an additional 256 GB with a microSD card (fortunately there’s a good deal on right now for just that very thing). You’ll also find a 13 MP primary camera at the back with an f/2.2 aperture along with a fingerprint scanner.

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The K10 comes with a useful SOS feature too. You are able to call the national emergency number — 112 — by simply pressing the power button three times. Other features of the LG K10 include a 2,800 mAh battery, a metal body and dual-SIM support. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with LG’s custom user interface on top.

If you’re interested in getting the LG K10, you can pick one up starting tomorrow. You’ll get a free smart cover with your purchase as well as unlimited audio and video downloads from Hungama for 45 days. Interestingly, LG’s India site lists the phone for Rs. 15,000, so you’re better off waiting for retailer listings to go live.

But if for some reason you don’t like the device and would rather opt for a different smartphone, you can check out the recently launched ASUS ZenFone 3s Max, or the Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro, both of which received a price cut about a week ago.

LG to start supplying rival Samsung with LCD displays, confirms LG CEO


LG will start supplying South Korean rival Samsung with LCD displays, LG CEO Han Sang-beom has confirmed. Rumors regarding the partnership began circulating after Samsung’s previous LCD panel supplier, Sakai Display Products (owned by Foxconn), revealed supply cuts last November.

Though supplying rivals with components isn’t uncommon for electronics manufacturers — Samsung has historically been one of Apple’s biggest suppliers, a partnership which endured even as the companies sued each other — it’s particularly interesting when it comes from competitors in the same nation. Samsung and LG have never traded on displays before and this move would turn LG into a panel supplier for the largest TV manufacturer in the world.

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Samsung has faced a few major issues recently, from exploding phones to an arrested boss, and LG could stand to make significant gains, particularly as it has just managed to funnel Samsung’s money into its own pockets.

Regarding the supply schedule, Han told The Investor: “I can’t give the exact time frame but it will be safe to say the supply can take place in the early second half [of 2017].”

AT&T rolls out Android Nougat update for LG G5 owners


AT&T customers who own the LG G5 will soon be getting a nice update. Numerous G5 owners have been reporting that Android 7.0 Nougat is finally rolling out to their devices.

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For those of you who want to know the precise details, the build number for this update is NRD90U. Besides getting all the cool new features that Nougat has to offer, AT&T LG G5 owners will also get Google’s January 2017 security patches. The download file size is 1.5GB, so this will definitely not be one you will want to get from your cellular network; in fact, AT&T insists that the Nougat update for the G5 be handled only if you have a Wi-Fi connection only, even if you have an “unlimited” plan.

Keep in mind that you can only check to see if you have an update for your LG G5 on AT&T once a day. Also, it may take a few days for the Nougat OTA download to reach your G5. Nougat first became available for the LG G5 in its home country of South Korea in November. The update came to owners of the phone later than month on Sprint, followed by T-Mobile and US Cellular. It became available for Verizon G5 owners in early December.

There’s no word as to why it took well over two months for the Nougat update to finally reach AT&T owners of the LG G5, but we are sure they are happy to finally get that Nougat goodness. Stay tuned as we will continue to track and post updates on when and where Nougat will be coming to other phones and carriers.

Next: Android 7.0 Nougat review

It’s settled: The LG G6 will have a “full-metal” body


There’s been some confusion regarding the construction of LG’s next flagship, but the Korean company just cleared any remaining doubts: the G6’s back will be metal, not glass.

In a teaser page for the G6, LG put up a short description of what to expect from its new phone. Here’s the text, emphasis ours.

“What’s on your wish list for 2017? Waterproof design? A camera that captures it all at once? The LG G6 has it all—and it’s coming soon! Learn more about its amazing features, like the sleek, full-metal body, state-of-the-art fingerprint scanner and other premium design details. Sign up today for breaking news and information about the LG G6’s release date, specs and more and watch all your wishes come alive. Discover the G6–LG’s latest flagship smartphone for 2017. Stay in the know about the new LG G6 and be sure to explore all of our innovative smartphones and mobile devices, as well, including tablets, smart watches and accessories, featuring all the extras for the upcoming G6 and other mobile devices. With LG, life’s good.”

The bolded bits confirm some features that were already teased over the past weeks, like the water-resistant body (hinted at here) and the wide-angle camera (which was just teased today). The most interesting part pertains to the phone’s “sleek, full-metal” body.

Some rumors suggested LG would take a page from Samsung’s book and opt for a metal and glass design for the G6, just like the Galaxy S7. However, recent leaked images of the G6 showed a brushed-metal texture, without clarifying whether the actual build material is glass or metal.

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As it turns out, the G6’s back will actually be metal.

LG’s teaser text doesn’t mention wireless charging, another feature that has been rumored for the G6. It’s not clear for now whether that’s just an intentional omission or the LG G6 would actually lack that feature. So far, we haven’t seen any fully metallic phones that charge wirelessly, though there might be a workaround with the right technology.

We already have a well-defined image of the LG G6 thanks to a ton of leaks and rumors, as well as multiple teasers from LG itself. So, do you like what you’ve seen so far?

Deal: LG V20 can be yours for only $499 ($300 off) at B&H — today only


LG V20 is one of the best phablets you can currently buy. If you have been thinking of getting it, we have some great news for you. B&H has a great deal on the device as it’s selling it for only $499.99, which is $300 off its regular price. But you’ll have to move fast if you want to get it. The deal is available for a limited time only and will expire in about 15 hours.

As a refresher, the LG V20 is a large device with a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Additionally, the device also features a 2.1-inch secondary display that can show app shortcuts, your favorite contacts, calendar events, and more.

You’ll find the Snapdragon 820 chipset under the hood along with 4 GB of RAM. There’s 64 GB of storage available that can be expanded with a microSD card (up to 256 GB). The device sports a dual camera setup (16 MP + 8 MP) and a selfie snapper that has a 5 MP sensor.

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Other features worth mentioning are a metal body, a removable 3,200 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor located on the back, below the cameras. The LG V20 ships with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.

If you’re in the market for a phablet, you really can’t go wrong with the LG 20. Especially if you can get it for $499.99. To buy it, visit the retailer’s website by clicking the button below. The device is unlocked, and can be yours in Titan or Silver.

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LG confirms dual 13 MP cameras for LG G6 and other photography details


LG has confirmed that the LG G6 will feature dual rear cameras with 13 MP resolution, the same as can be found on the LG V20 and LG G5. LG made the announcement today in a Korean press release, along with a few other details regarding the camera technology of its new flagship.

The dual rear cameras will be capable of producing shots with a 125-degree field of view while the front camera will provide a 100-degree field of view (though the front camera’s resolution is yet to be specified).

LG confirms dual 13 MP cameras for LG G6 and other photography details


LG also notes that G6 owners would be able to take 360-degree panorama shots, produce GIFs from photos and use a “square camera” mode to take photos immediately ready to be shared on Instagram.

Other software improvements include new selfie filters and new shooting modes such as “guide shot”, which superimposes a previous photo into the frame to act as a reference for a new shot. This could really help Android sites when trying to take two photos of an identical scene using different settings, if it allows for that.

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The LG G6 will be fully unveiled in six days at a press event ahead of MWC 2017. What are your thoughts on it so far? Let us know in the comments.

New LG G6 photos surface


For a phone that hasn’t been leaked visually a whole lot, we pretty much know everything is there is to know about the LG G6. LG has even divulged quite a few details itself, but we’ve just been treated to a couple of new in-the-wild shots showing the front and back of the upcoming device.

9to5Google got ahold of the two images you see here, essentially confirming everything we’ve seen in renders and other leaked images already. They show the handsome metal-backed version of the phone and give a pretty good indication of just how tall a drink of water the G6’s 2:1 display ratio is going to be.

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We get our first look at the always on display and a close look at the camera array on the back, which conforms to what we’ve already seen from case makers and others. The source of the images also gave a quick specs rundown, including the Snapdragon 821 SoC, 32 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery and that 5.7-inch QHD display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

The LG G6 will be officially unveiled at MWC 2017 on January 26, with hopes of nibbling away at some of the Galaxy S8‘s sales by getting out a couple of months earlier than Samsung’s next flagship.

Demand for dual-camera smartphones growing: when will Samsung join in?

Dual-camera smartphones have been adopted by many manufacturers including LG, Apple and Huawei and recent news from the Korea Herald suggests that camera components suppliers, namely LG Innotek and Samsung Electro-Mechanics, are seeing significant revenues.

This much could be guessed, based on the number of major handsets now integrating a dual-camera setup, but LG Innotek in particular seems to achieving unprecedented numbers. It made a record-breaking $103 million in profit in Q4, 2016, thanks in part to the success of the Apple iPhone 7, which it supplied the camera parts for.

LG Innotek’s profits are expected to continue to grow — and “beat market expectations,” says one analyst — with the launch of its upcoming LG G6 flagship likely to make use of dual-camera tech.

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Meanwhile, Samsung Electro-Mechanics is also said to achieve a large sales increase, thanks to partnerships with Xiaomi and LeEco (formed in Q3, 2016) and potentially Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, who it is said to be in talks with. However, according to reports, the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S8 will not have a dual-camera setup.

Though it might seem strange that Samsung wouldn’t use a dual-camera setup on the Galaxy S8, when it’s clearly on-trend, it may be because it’s too expensive to integrate. That said, many of the other major manufacturers have been able to adopt the tech without radically exceeding the expected price of their handsets

What could be more likely, then, is that Samsung simply doesn’t believe in the overall benefit that the dual-camera setup provides right now. But as more manufacturers adopt it, the pressure is likely to build, and come the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung might have changed its mind.

What’s your take on dual-camera tech? Let us know in the comments.

Deal: pick up an unlocked LG G5 for $300 on eBay


While we await the official reveal of the LG G6 in less than two weeks at the MWC 2017 trade show in Barcelona, Spain, you can get the older LG G5 for an excellent price on eBay. A retailer called QualityCellz is offering the unlocked 32GB version of the phone right now for $299.99.

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While it turned out not to be a big sales success, we though the LG G5 was an excellent phone when we reviewed it in April 2016. Since then, LG has rolled out a software update that includes Android 7.0 Nougat, so if you get the LG G5 you will also be getting one of the very few devices that runs the latest version of Android.

The LG G5 is one of the first mainstream smartphones to embrace the modular accessories trend with the introduction of its “Friends” products. They included optional camera and speaker modules that connect directly to the phone. However, LG’s version of a modular phone was not embraced by the public so the LG G6 will not have those kinds of features.

Still, the core phone itself is quite good, even if you don’t get any of the “Friends” modules. The LG G5 includes a 5.3-inch IPS Quantum QHD Display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Inside it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and the 32GB of onboard storage can be increased, via the microSD card slot, by up to 2TB. It also has a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing selfie-camera, and a removable 2800mAh battery.

Would you get the LG G5 for this low of a price, especially since you should be able to update it to Nougat? Or will you wait a few weeks to get the LG G6, with its bigger 5.7-inch 18:9 ratio display? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

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