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Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass Them Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake...

What If the Moto 360 Really Does Change the Game?

March 19, 2014 4:44 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

The Moto 360, the newest smartwatch to enter the arena, is Motorola’s first shot at Google’s new...

LG G Flex is “Most Human Phone Ever” in Creepiest Ad Ever

March 6, 2014 4:42 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Depicting a low-key birthday celebration at a restaurant, the two-minute spot quickly descends...

FirstNews Briefs: LG, Verizon, Spireon, Sprint, Nextivity, T-Mobile, AetherPal

March 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

LG Electronics USA and Verizon Wireless today announced that the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet will be...

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Review: LG G Flex

February 20, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The endless line of slabs stepping up to the frontlines of the smartphone spec wars has settled like a malaise across the land. The “bigger, faster” mantra of the OEM often brushes aside true innovation in favor of muscle. So when a phone like the LG G Flex came along with its attractive curve and “self-healing” finish, heads really turned. But once the afterglow subsided, what were we really left with?

Report: Nearly One Billion Smartphones Shipped in 2013

January 28, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Smartphone manufacturers shipped 990 million units worldwide in 2013, up 41 percent from the 700 million smartphones shipped in 2012. Strategy Analytics most recent numbers showed Huawei, Lenovo and LG all growing rapidly and combining for 14 percent of the global market.

After Loss, LG Sees Lower Profit, Currency Risks

January 27, 2014 9:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 LG Electronics Inc. is forecasting lower earnings from its mobile business this quarter and risks from swings in Latin American currencies after posting an unexpected loss in the final three months of 2013. The latest results from LG Electronics, the world's second-largest TV maker and a major device supplier...

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FirstNews Briefs: GSMA, Cricket, Kyocera, AT&T, LG, ORBCOMM

January 21, 2014 11:01 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The GSMA today announced its membership in the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a global coalition of over 50 members committed to driving down the cost of Internet access in developing countries via regulatory and policy reform.

Sony Xperia, LG G Flex Smarpthones Manage Niche Appeal

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

CES: LG to Use Palm's Mobile Software for Smart TVs

January 6, 2014 4:39 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG unveiled webOS-based smart TVs at a trade fair in Las Vegas, less than a year after it bought the operating system for smartphones and tablet computers from Hewlett-Packard Co. LG Electronics Inc.'s chief technology officer, Skott Ahn, said the software will make LG TVs easier to set up and use.

Wave of Wearable Gadgets Expected at CES Event

January 6, 2014 9:37 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Upstart entrepreneurs and major manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony certainly hope so. Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. 

First News Briefs: BlackBerry, YotaPhone, ReliOn, LG, AllJoyn, Huawei

December 4, 2013 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

LG Electronics will be the first company to incorporate the AllJoyn open source software framework into its Smart TV platform, providing interoperability between devices. AllJoyn, developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., is designed to create a common language that connects the Internet of Things, regardless of brand or operating system.

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Report: Samsung Grabs 29 Percent of 3Q Global Phone Market

October 29, 2013 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global phone shipments for the third quarter hit 418 million units, growing seven percent annually and marking the highest growth rate for the market since 2011. The numbers compiled in Strategy Analytic’s latest research indicate that Samsung accounted for nearly 29 percent of the total worldwide cell phone shipments, almost doubling the market share of its closest competitor Nokia, that claimed 15.5 percent.

LG Jabs at Samsung With Intro of “Real” Curved Smartphone

October 28, 2013 9:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG today officially announced the G Flex, a 6-inch Android smartphone that curves to “follow the contour of the face” and features a “self-healing” back cover. Besides accommodating round heads and apparently fitting better into back pockets, the curved design enables some new UX tricks, too. QTheater allows users to draw back a curtain, cinema-style, to launch photos, videos and the YouTube app.

LG Posts $12.5B 3Q Revenue, Ships 12M Smartphones

October 24, 2013 9:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG put out its unaudited third quarter numbers, which showed consolidated revenue jump 12 percent annually to $12.5 billion. Despite a dip in revenue from its home entertainment division, LG still performed well due to the $2.75 billion in revenue generated by its mobile communications business, representing a 24-percent annual increase. 

Review: Button Location Sets LG's G2 Apart

October 18, 2013 9:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

LG's flagship mobile gadgets — the G2 smartphone and the G Pad 8.3 tablet — are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making an impressive Android device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra...

LG Begins Mass Production of Flexible OLED Smartphone Display

October 7, 2013 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year,” Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, executive vice president of LG Display said in a statement.

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First Sprint Tri-band LTE Phone Stops by FCC

July 24, 2013 10:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The first phone supporting all three of Sprint’s LTE bands has come through the FCC. As Phone Scoop points out, an LG device bearing the model number LS-980 yesterday showed up, indicating support for Sprint’s current 1900 MHz LTE frequencies as well as the 800 MHz and 2.5 GHz the carrier plans to deploy in soon. The handset supports both CDMA and GSM.

LG's Profit Falls on Weak TV Demand, Handset Costs

July 24, 2013 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics' latest quarterly report underlined challenges facing global electronics makers as weak TV demand and stiffer competition in smartphones undermine profit. The results Wednesday showed an 8 percent decline in April-June net profit to 155.5 billion won...

LG Teases Possible Fingerprint Scanner for G2 Smartphone

July 23, 2013 11:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Late yesterday LG sent out invitations for its August 7 event to unveil its new G2 smartphone. The image accompanying the invite certainly looks like it’s hinting at fingerprint scanning technology for the phone. The picture shows the reflection of a finger pressing against a small panel on the back of the phone. Lighted up and down arrows above and below the panel seem to confirm rumors of a rear-mounted volume controls.

LG Exec: Company Not Making Next Nexus Phone

May 28, 2013 10:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG’s European vice president Kim Wong said his company isn’t planning on making the next Google Nexus handset. Speaking with All About Phones, Kim cited LG’s wish to push its own version of the Android operating system as a reason to move away from the Nexus, which runs stock Android.

LG Electronics Profit Plunges on Slow TV Sales

April 24, 2013 9:54 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its first quarter earnings shrank to less than one tenth of the year-earlier quarter as its TV business languished, masking a recovery in mobile phone sales. It forecast higher profit for the current quarter as new smartphone models and a revamped lineup of TVs hit shelves in global markets.

LG Display Logs Small Profit in Q1

April 22, 2013 10:14 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean panel giant LG Display Co. said Monday that it logged a small profit in the first three months of the year, reflecting slackening orders from its key client, Apple Inc., during a typically slow period for consumer electronics.

LG Acquires WebOS From HP

February 26, 2013 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Korean electronics company just acquired HP’s now defunct mobile operating system and plans to implement the platform in connected home appliances. With the deal, LG gets the source code and an HP team of engineers who work with WebOS, as well as patents HP acquired when it bought the operating system from Palm.

LG to Release Full HD Smartphone in S. Korea

February 19, 2013 9:22 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. said Monday its new smartphone with a full high-definition screen will go on sale in South Korea this week before hitting shelves in Japan in April. The Optimus G Pro smartphone features a 5.5-inch screen that packs over 2 million pixels, or twice as many as smartphones with HD screens.

First News Briefs for January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013 9:21 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today announced the launch of the Spirit 4G, a 4.5-inch touchscreen Android smartphone from LG Electronics. The Spirit 4G features  4G LTE connectivity for $199 after mail-in rebate with no annual contract.

LG Display Posts Profit but iPhone Dims Outlook

January 24, 2013 9:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display reported a $299 million profit for the fourth quarter Thursday thanks to mobile product launches by key customers including Apple Inc. but warned that earnings will decrease in the current quarter as demand for iPhones wanes...

Report: Apple Edges LG in OEM Market Share

January 3, 2013 2:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Fully 18.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used Apple devices, according  to ComScore's new three-month study, which covers the period from August through November 2012. Apple barely edged out LG, which took 17.5 percent in the same study. Motorola and HTC both saw small share declines, dipping to 10.4 and 5.9 percent, respectively.

First News Briefs for December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012 10:28 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Red Bend Software announced that LG Electronics has chosen Red Bend’s vRapid Mobile firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating software and vDirect Mobile device management software for its new Optimus G smartphone.

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