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LG G5 and Moto Z now getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Canada

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Everyone wants a taste of Nougat, and if you are the owner of an LG G5 or a Moto Z it won’t be long before you get to enjoy Android 7.0. Well… that is if you happen to live in Canada.

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LG G5 and Moto Z now getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Canada

Don’t go checking for updates just yet, as some of you may not have the update coming yet. Rogers’ update schedule does state the new software won’t begin rolling out until December 21st.

On the other hand, reports of the Android 7.0 Nougat update coming to the Bell and Telus handsets have started surfacing online. Simply go into your settings and see if if your specific LG G5 is ready to be upgraded yet.

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LG G5 and Moto Z now getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Canada

Another report states the Nougat update has also started hitting Canadian Moto Z devices. Some improvements include multi-window support, inline replies and display scaling, as well as everything else Nougat has to offer.

Conclusion

As always, try to be patient if your update hasn’t arrived. Sometimes these can be rolled out in stages.

We would love to hear from our Canadian readers. Have any of you gotten Android 7.0 Nougat yet? Are you still waiting? Hit the comments to let us know.

AT&T offers Samsung, LG and Apple BOGO deals with $650 free credit for switchers

AT&T is at it again with more buy-one-get-one-free deals on phones ranging from the Galaxy S7 to the iPhone 7 to the LG G5. It’s the standard deal you’d be familiar with: buy both devices at full price on an AT&T Next or Next Every Year plan and receive monthly bill credits on the second device to the tune of $695. Naturally, you can pay for the cost of each device on monthly instalments.

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If you’re willing to switch to AT&T for the deal, you can also pick up $650 worth of bill credits to offset the cost of breaking your existing carrier contract. Of course, if you sign up fresh with AT&T without having to break a prior contract, those bill credits can simply offset your monthly bill.

Do note that you will have to pay the tax due on both devices upfront and it might take two or three monthly cycles to see the monthly credits applied to your bill. At that time you’ll also be credited for any device device payments you may have already made.

You’ve got until December 24 to take advantage of the deal and read through AT&T’s voluminous fine print. There are also a host of other deals, bundles and offers on various AT&T devices, so keep an eye out for them as well.

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What’s going on with LG and those bootloops?

LG has put out some impressive Android hardware over the years, but consumer reports would suggest that the company has been struggling for production consistency with its past few models.

Bootloop issues first popped up in force with the LG G4 and users have reported similar issues with most of the company’s flagship handset releases since then to varying degrees. Unfortunately, the first report of a similar problem with the V20 surfaced recently, although this could just be an isolated case.

So far, LG has only acknowledged problems with the LG G4 and dealt with some other issues affecting the Nexus 5X that it developed for Google. Consumers have also reported similar issues with the V10, and to a lesser extent the G5 also.

We reached out to LG, but the company declined to make any comments pending the investigation of the reports. Without an official response it’s tough to know how widespread, if at all, these problems are for LG’s other flagships.

Here’s a recap of what’s gone on so far, and what we do and don’t know about problems with LG’s flagships.

Fixing customer support

Back with the original LG G4 bootloop saga, it took LG months to acknowledge the problem after it was first reported around September 2015, and only after customers started up a petition to catch the company’s attention. Carriers and retailers were actually much quicker to address the problem, and some offered repairs for devices within warranty. The same couldn’t be said for LG though.

Although the company did repair some devices, other consumers were told that their model number didn’t make them eligible for a repair or replacement. With a little searching, you can find plenty of consumers who were less than happy with their experience, with reports of overly long delays and problems persisting even after repairs.

It wasn’t until January 2016 that LG acknowledged the problem and offered a remedy. The company eventually said that it would repair all the affected devices, but it took far too long to offer a satisfactory solution to this issue.

The original G4 issue was first reported around September 2015, but it wasn't until January 2016 that LG acknowledged and addressed the problem.

The Nexus 5X faced a couple of issues of its own, but LG handled this a little better. The first reported problem was caused by an update to Nougat causing a bootloop issue for a number of users, but some other handset owners also experienced a hardware defect which caused a bootloop that was harder to fix.

For the Nougat software loop, Google offered to fix the issue for phones purchased through through the Google Store, while those who purchased from elsewhere had to have a warranty for LG to take a look at the problem. As for the separate hardware issue, LG had been repairing devices through their usual warranty program, but stopped fixing devices and simply offered consumers a refund a couple of weeks ago. As the Nexus 5X is no longer in production, the company had run out of spare parts to fix the issue, so consumers who had sent their phone in for repairs were offered full refunds. While that might be disappointing for some, LG certainly handled this situation more professionally and promptly than the G4.

As for the G5 and V10, we simply don’t know for sure if there are any common issues, but there are certainly fewer reports of bootloops than there were with the G4. Either way, customers with a warranty, which typically lasts 12 months, can send their phone back to LG for a free repair of a genuine defect. Unfortunately, this is what makes the current situation rather difficult to judge.

Besides the officially confirmed G4 issues, we don’t know if reports of other LG handsets failing are related, signs of a new fault, or actually being reported by some customers who don’t want to admit fault for something else entirely.

It’s a similar situation with Samsung after the Note 7 fiasco: now everyone is watching for any rare battery fault to suggest that other Galaxy phones might be dangerous too. Whatever the truth is, a statement from LG might help to clear this all up.

What’s going on with LG and those bootloops?

What could be the cause?

Given that handsets affected by the issue suddenly shut off and can’t be restored via a software flash, it’s unlikely that LG’s bootloop problem was being caused by any of its software (the exception being the Nexus 5X Nougat update brick). It’s more likely to be a hardware related problem, possibly a manufacturing defect that occasionally creeps into the production line.

After acknowledging the problem with the G4, LG confirmed that the issue was caused by “a loose contact between components”, and it’s possible that a similar problem has reoccurred with other models too. The cancellation of Nexus 5X hardware replacements certainly backs up this theory, although we would expect LG to have addressed such a problem with subsequent hardware generations.

LG confirmed that the G4 bootloop issue was caused by “a loose contact between components”

A loose connection between power supply or memory components could certainly cause a phone to fail to boot up properly, due to a lack of system stability or not being able to access vital memory. It’s also possible that a faulty connection to other components, such as the camera or fingerprint scanner, could cause a similar problem. This could be down to important setup communications not being sent or received between peripherals correctly.

These type of defects can and do affect a wide range of hardware, and certainly aren’t limited just to LG. Even so, it’s important that companies have proper, consumer friendly ways to deal with the small number of inevitable defects. LG’s poor handling of the original G4 case has certainly placed the company under more scrutiny than it’s competitors lately. However, this makes it difficult to know whether LG’s hardware is actually more prone to faults than its competitors, or it simply has a target on its back now.

What’s going on with LG and those bootloops?

Should I buy a LG phone?

The prospect of ending up with an unusable handset is certainly enough to make almost all consumers think twice about picking up a LG handset, but we must remember that the number of customers affected by bootloops still remains quite small. The scale of the issue hasn’t ever approached mass recall levels. Although this doesn’t mean that it’s worth completely ignoring the possibility that you might be affected.

The safest thing to do is to make sure that you buy your LG handset from a retailer that offers a full manufacturer warranty. Perhaps even upgrade to a third party two year warranty just for that piece of mind. As tempting as bargain second hand or import sales may be, these are by far the least likely products to be covered by a retailer or manufacturer warranty, especially if the phone has come from another country.

LG still has some very good hardware on the market, but it might be wise to discuss returns policies with your carrier or retailer in advance of an LG purchase. Just in case. If you are affected by a bootloop issue, regardless of your manufacturer, be sure to get in contact with your carrier/retailer and the OEM to discuss your options and have your device repaired.

Deal: Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5, Axon 7, and other phones on sale over at B&H

Looks like B&H is having a sale on unlocked smartphones, as we have noticed that the retailer is offering discounts on quite a few devices. The discounts range from as little as $20 to as much as $250. The devices on sale include the high-end Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which can be yours for $619.99 ($110 off).

If Samsung isn’t your thing and you would rather get your hands on a device from LG, B&H has you covered. The retailer is offering the V10 for $279.99, which is $220 off its regular retail price. B&H has also knocked $200 off the LG G5 that can now be yours for $429.99.

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You can also get a great deal on the Honor 8, the ZTE Axon 7, and a bunch of other phones from different manufacturers. If you’re currently in the market for a new smartphone, we suggest that you check out the list of devices currently on sale over at B&H below. Just click on any of the links to visit the retailer’s website and place your order.

We don’t know how long this sale will last, so if you find a deal worth getting, don’t hesitate for too long. And if you do decide to snag a device from B&H, do let us know which one you opted for in the comment section.

Best LG G5 cases

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The LG G5  is no longer be the latest flagship from LG, with the LG V20 taking on that honor. Even though it’s no longer the most recent flagship from the company, don’t let that fool you — it’s still an amazing handset worthy of your consideration. With the G5, LG adopted a whole new new design language and modular body that really set the phone apart from the competition, even if the modular aspect arguably hasn’t been given as much support as many of us would have liked.

The LG G5 features an aluminum (and plastic) body that will likely make it more solid and comfortable to hold, but remember metal tends to be prone to scratches. And though it does have a Gorilla Glass screen, a hard enough drop can still crack it.

Also read: Best waterproof pouches for your LG G5

Want to keep your LG G5 safe from scratches, scuffs and other damage? Your best bet is to grab a good case; but there are so many options in the market! We understand it can be hard to choose the right one, so we have made a list of our very favorite ones to make your purchase a little easier. Let’s go through them.

Best LG G5 cases
Verus Single Fit Rugged Case for LG G5
Introducing the Single Fit Rugged Case by Verus. Complementing your smartphone in a clear and practical way. Made from high quality and premium Thermoplastic PolyUrethane material that protects and shows the beauty of your smartphone. Every hole for functions and buttons have detailed cutouts for hassle-free usage. It features a non slip material for excellent grip. Curved shape with glossy accent to give that classy look. Elegant design with protection.
Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Wallet Case Cover for LG G5
Preserve the feel and look of your smartphone! Introducing the Wallet case for the LG G5 by Spigen. It features three slots for securing your cards, an interior pocket for storage like money and other important notes. The case can be used for viewing or watching your favorite videos in a landscape mode. Made from the finest and strongest synthetic leather in combination with a sturdy polycarbonate casing capable of protecting your phone from scuffs and drops. The case can be secured by a reversible Magnetic Clip to hold cover when open or closed.

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Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear Bumper for LG G5
Introducing the Ultra Hybrid Clear Clear Bumper for the LG G5. This case exhibits a unique elegance and combination of function. It features a transparent constructions that maintains the appearance of your smartphone. It has perfect cutouts for all buttons and ports for convenience. It also includes the Air Cushion Technology which allows your smartphone to withstand any sudden impacts and or bumps. A combination of clear polycarbonate backing providing you with a secured grip.

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Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Rugged Armor Case for LG G5
Single yet strong! Introducing the Rugged Armor Case for the LG G5. This case is constructed with single layer Thermoplastic Polyurethane that is flexible, strong and sturdy and has a matte texture for additional grip. It also features an Anti shock technology called "Air Cushion", this will make the case capable of handling stress through drops, sudden impacts and scratches. The innovative design of this case has an enhanced tactile function and combines a premium carbon fiber texture with glossy accents. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience.

Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Tough Armor Rugged Case for LG G5
Going beyond boundaries of design and protection! Another Tough Armor Case from Spigen for your smartphone. Innovative constructions made from dual layer TPU and Polycarbonate materials that are capable of absorbing shocks and resisting scuffs. It features a one of a kind Air Cushion Technology that has been proven to protect your phone against daily damages and sudden impacts. A dual layer material has been placed on this case to work together to prevent damages when dropped. A sturdy kickstand has been provided as well so you can watch your favorite movies in landscape mode. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience so you can access all functions.
Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Premium Matte Finish Hard Case for LG G5
Flexible, Simple and slim! Introducing the Premium Matte Finish case by Spigen. The case is covered in a high-quality SF coating that is smooth and has a soft feel to touch. This coating has a matte surface with excellent grip in combination of high grade polycarbonate and urethane coating to prevent discoloration. The case is so flexible that can last 2 times than the expected durability. All ports are readily available and are cut precisely to provide convenience.
Best LG G5 cases
i-Blason Combo Holster Cover case for LG G5
Transforming your smartphone to a sleek and sporty design! Combined function and innovation! Introducing the Combo Holster Cover case by i-BLason. An easy to install case that has all the features you can find on an everyday case. It has a kickstand that is well hidden in the backing case and can be easily be pulled to turn it into a stand so you can watch your movies in a landscape mode. Constructed with dual layer material that is made from premium polycarbonate and silicone. Capable of resisting shocks, drops, scuffs and scratches. Outer shell is constructed from impact resistant polycarbonate and double enforced inner silicone for shocks. It also includes a belt clip swivel holster for a secure hold. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience.
Best LG G5 cases
Caseology Wavelength Series Case for LG G5
Fashionable and classy! Introducing the Wavelength Series Case by Caseology. Subtle construction with excellent protection capabilities. Able to protect against scratches, scuffs, and or sudden impacts. Patterned with wavelength design providing excellent grip yet comfortable in the hand. Sturdy TPU Material excellent protection from drops. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience. Raised lips and backing plate protects the screen and the camera from scratches when laid on flat surfaces.

Wrapping up

So there you have it, guys. These are our favorite LG G5 cases currently on the market. Are you buying any of these? Hit the comments to tell us which of these is your favorite. Or tell us if there is another one out there you are personally fond of!

Deal: Buy the LG G5 or V20 and get a free LG TV

We’ve just found a great deal for anyone who’s thinking of buying a high-end LG smartphone: Best Buy is giving out a free 32-inch LG LED 720p Smart TV to customers who buy either the LG G5 or V20.

But as always, conditions do apply, as the smartphones have to be activated on either Sprint’s or Verizon’s network if you want to score the free TV. But even so, it’s still a great deal. Especially for those who were already thinking of getting in bed with the above-mentioned carriers.

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If you’re interested in snagging this deal, head over to Best Buy’s website by clicking the button below. Simply place your order for the G5 or V20 and the free gift will be automatically added to your cart. If you decide to opt for the LG G5, you’ll also receive a 3-piece accessory bundle free of charge that includes an extra battery — which is always useful — a charging cradle, and a USB-C cable. Nice!

Get the LG G5 or V20

Even though Best Buy doesn’t mention for how long the deal will be available, we expect that it won’t last for long, so, you’ll probably want to move fast. Let us know if you went with the G5 or the V20 in the comments below.

The LG G6 could be waterproof and charge wirelessly

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LG may drop the modular capabilities of the LG G5 and introduce waterproofing on its upcoming flagship, the LG G6, according to a new report. The news arrived yesterday via Korean site ETNews and also suggests that the G6 will lose one of the long-standing features of the G-series: a removable battery.

ETNews recently speculated that the LG G6 would lack the modular aspect of its predecessor, however it didn’t reference waterproof capabilities in the original story. According to ETNews, this is now going ahead, and LG will employ a waterproofing method which makes use of an adhesive, rather than tape like its Korean competitor Samsung utitlizes on its phones, which is said to be a less expensive alternative.

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An official from LG Electronics told ETNews, “The climate of Japan is humid and rainy, and the hot spring culture has developed and demand for waterproof phones has been high.” [Translated]

Meanwhile, Korean tech site The Investor suggests that the LG G6 would feature wireless charging and LG’s yet-to-be-released mobile payments system.

Would you be disappointed if LG dropped a removable battery in favor of waterproofing on the LG G6? Let us know in the comments.

Verizon begins rolling out Nougat update to LG G5

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The slow but steady move for many phones to get the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade continued today. Verizon has just started rolling out the OTA update to owners of its version of the LG G5.

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April 8, 2016

This latest update rollout comes after the same phone was upgraded to Nougat on Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. The Verizon update started earlier in the day on Thursday, and the carrier has finally published its official Nougat update changelog. Reports and screenshots from Reddit and XDA members show that this download is about 1.67GB in size, which means you’ll likely need to be on a Wi-Fi connection to grab this file.

Verizon begins rolling out Nougat update to LG G5

In addition to the new Nougat update, and all the features that it contains, this Verizon download for the LG G5 also adds some new themes to customize the look of the phone’s screen. The changelog also shows that the update will allow people to restore files put into the trash folder for as long as seven days. Finally, LG’s own Downloads app is replaced with this update by the Google Downloads app.

As always, some owners may not see this update for the phone for a few days as it completes its rollout on the network. If you own the LG G5 from Verizon, let us know if you are getting this Nougat update in the comments.

Verizon begins rolling out Nougat update to LG G5

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The slow but steady move for many phones to get the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade continued today. Verizon has just started rolling out the OTA update to owners of its version of the LG G5.

See also:

LG G5 review

April 8, 2016

This latest update rollout comes after the same phone was upgraded to Nougat on Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. The Verizon update started earlier in the day on Thursday, and the carrier has finally published its official Nougat update changelog. Reports and screenshots from Reddit and XDA members show that this download is about 1.67GB in size, which means you’ll likely need to be on a Wi-Fi connection to grab this file.

Verizon begins rolling out Nougat update to LG G5

In addition to the new Nougat update, and all the features that it contains, this Verizon download for the LG G5 also adds some new themes to customize the look of the phone’s screen. The changelog also shows that the update will allow people to restore files put into the trash folder for as long as seven days. Finally, LG’s own Downloads app is replaced with this update by the Google Downloads app.

As always, some owners may not see this update for the phone for a few days as it completes its rollout on the network. If you own the LG G5 from Verizon, let us know if you are getting this Nougat update in the comments.

Verizon begins rolling out Nougat update to LG G5

0

The slow but steady move for many phones to get the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade continued today. Verizon has just started rolling out the OTA update to owners of its version of the LG G5.

See also:

LG G5 review

April 8, 2016

This latest update rollout comes after the same phone was upgraded to Nougat on Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. The Verizon update started earlier in the day on Thursday, and the carrier has finally published its official Nougat update changelog. Reports and screenshots from Reddit and XDA members show that this download is about 1.67GB in size, which means you’ll likely need to be on a Wi-Fi connection to grab this file.

Verizon begins rolling out Nougat update to LG G5

In addition to the new Nougat update, and all the features that it contains, this Verizon download for the LG G5 also adds some new themes to customize the look of the phone’s screen. The changelog also shows that the update will allow people to restore files put into the trash folder for as long as seven days. Finally, LG’s own Downloads app is replaced with this update by the Google Downloads app.

As always, some owners may not see this update for the phone for a few days as it completes its rollout on the network. If you own the LG G5 from Verizon, let us know if you are getting this Nougat update in the comments.