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  1. LG Pledges To Update Phones For 3 Years Despite Quitting Smartphone Business LG has just released a new press release in which it pledges to update its smartphones for the next three years. This wouldn’t be so odd if LG did not announce its departure from the smartphone business. LG Electronics announced, a couple of days ago, that LG Mobile is shutting down, essentially. The company won’t be making any more smartphones moving forward. The company has been experiencing operating losses since 2015, and has decided to call quits. The company did promise, initially, that it will continue updating its phones, but we did not know the details, until now. LG has pledged to do so for the next three years, by announcing a “three-year pledge”. Premium LG smartphones will receive up to three iterations of Android OS Do note that this concerns only premium LG smartphones, though. LG said that its premium phones will receive “up to three iterations of Android operating system updates from the year of purchase”. This applies to LG premium smartphones that have been released in 2019 and later. So, it includes the LG G series, V series, Velvet, and Wing devices that fit in that time period. Some non-premium, 2020 models will also get updates moving forward Certain 2020 models, such as LG Stylo and K series, will also receive updates. LG says that those phones will receive two OS updates, in case you were wondering. LG will also continue manufacturing phones through the second quarter of 2021. Why? Well, in order to meet contractual obligations to carriers and partners. So, you’ll still be able to purchase LG’s smartphones, if you want. LG also said that you’re free to contact LG customer service support in your area, in case you have any specific questions about your smartphone, and what comes next. LG has a sketchy history when it comes to updates, so… let’s see what happens This is a huge promise by LG, and it will be interesting to see what will happen moving forward. LG was far from being timely with updates in the past. It took the company quite a bit of time to bring new iterations of Android to its smartphones. The company was well-known for it, unfortunately, so it will be interesting to see what will happen here. LG did commit to updating quite a few devices in its press release, so let’s hope it will stick to that promise, and that the updates will arrive in time. Source: LG Pledges To Update Phones For 3 Years Despite Quitting Smartphone Business
  2. Report: LG has decided to pull out of the smartphone business A Korean news outlet has claimed that LG has decided to close its smartphone division. This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard about a shutdown this week. Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority LG confirmed earlier this year that it was considering all options for its money-losing smartphone division, including a sale. Now, it looks like a sale is off the cards and that the Korean company has apparently made the decision to shutter the division instead. The Korea Times reports that LG has indeed chosen to pull out of the smartphone business and relocate these employees to other divisions within the company, citing industry sources. “LG has considered various options such as a sale, split sales or pulling out of the smartphone business, but decided recently to pull out of the business,” the outlet quoted a source as saying. The source further claimed that an official announcement will come at the company’s board meeting on Monday April 5. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about an apparent shutdown being on the cards and an April 5 announcement. Twitter account @FrontTron made the claim earlier this week, adding that employees could be reassigned to the home appliance division. The Twitter user also claimed that it would be “unlikely” that LG continues rolling out software updates after the shutdown, but we’ll need to wait for official news in this regard. A report out of Korea last week also hinted at a shutdown, alleging that sale discussions fell through. We contacted LG for comment regarding the claims, but the company told Android Authority that it doesn’t respond to speculation. So all eyes will likely be on Monday for possible news. This would make for a major shake-up in a smartphone landscape that has already been rocked by Huawei’s US-induced sales dive. LG’s smartphone division hasn’t been profitable for years now, but it’s still a top three player in North America and a top five player in Latin America. It also has a presence in numerous other markets around the world, so plenty of retailers and carriers will be looking to fill this gap if LG is indeed pulling out of the mobile game. Source: https://www.androidauthority.com/report-lg-shutdown-1214217/Report: LG has decided to pull out of the smartphone business
  3. Almost all of LG’s Android 11 updates aren’t coming until the end of 2021 At least, according to the company’s German website Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge LG’s German website has revealed its Android 11 update roadmap — at least for Europe — and the news isn’t too encouraging. With the exception of the LG Velvet 5G, most of the company’s phones won’t get Android 11 until the back half of 2021, with the vast majority of devices not seeing the update until at least Q4 2021 (long after Android 12 should be available, if Google’s release schedule is similar this year). It’s worth noting that the released schedule is only from LG’s German site. It’s possible that time frames will be different in other regions, that LG could add more devices over time, or that the updates will simply take less time to develop than the company expects. The slow update speed isn’t entirely surprisingly, though. LG’s phone business has been struggling for years, prompting reports that the company is considering exiting the smartphone space entirely this year, although the company told The Verge in January that nothing has been finalized yet. LG has also denied rumors that its next major smartphone, the LG Rollable, has been canceled, although there’s still no firm release date for that device either outside of a vague 2021 window. Source: Almost all of LG’s Android 11 updates aren’t coming until the end of 2021
  4. LG denies the Rollable phone has been put on hold LG’s CES oddity may still be coming in 2021 LG Electronics has told The Verge that the company’s phone with a resizable screen, the LG Rollable, has not been put on hold. “I can firmly deny that any such decision on future mobile products has been finalized,” says an LG spokesperson. The denial comes in response to a report from Yonhap News that LG had reportedly told parts suppliers that the Rollable had been put on hold and that they could request a refund for their development efforts. Denying that a final decision has been made is not quite the same thing as reassuring everyone that the Rollable is still coming in 2021, but it could reflect the general uncertainty that comes with designing, manufacturing, and shipping complicated electronics during a global pandemic. And it could also be that the Yonhap News report is somewhere near the truth. LG also firmly denied a report in January that it was planning to exit the smartphone business, and Korean outlet TheElec wound up deleting that report, only to see LG turn around later and admit that it was indeed considering an exit from smartphones, even if the decision hadn’t been finalized yet. If LG did decide to put the Rollable on hold, it could be to change release dates or to re-engineer some part of its design. Not every change in manufacturing schedule necessarily means cancellation. It would probably come as a surprise to LG employees if it did get canceled, though: TheElec’s now-deleted story originally suggested that smartphone business or no, Project I (LG’s codename for the Rollable) would continue, XDA Developers wrote. LG has had a hard time competing with other smartphone makers like Samsung or Huawei, and its smartphone business has lost approximately $4.5 billion over the last five years. But it has seemed committed to making sure the LG Wing isn’t the last “unique” phone design it releases. The Rollable’s future is uncertain, but the story definitely isn’t over yet. LG denies the Rollable phone has been put on hold
  5. 2021 LG OLED, QNED, NanoCell TVs global rollout has started Last month, LG made a big splash with an almost inexhaustible number of TVs for consumers to choose from this year. From OLED QNED Mini LED, to NanoCell LCD, LG almost has a TV for every size, technology, and need. These TVs are starting to become available around the world this quarter and LG is taking a short breath to remind consumers what makes this generation of smart TVs special. For the Z1, G1, C1, B1, and A1 OLED TV series, the highlight is LG’s new “OLED evo” tech. LG isn’t exactly diving deep into what makes this “evolution” special but it all boils down to reaching higher peak brightness to produce punchy images with more visible details. Most of the new TVs also share the new α (Alpha) 9 Gen 4 processor which brings with it what LG calls “AI Picture Pro”. In a nutshell, this uses AI and machine learning to recognize objects and characters onscreen to process each of them separately and make each one pop as needed. This goes hand in hand with an earlier AI Sound Pro tech that applies the same intelligence to transform two-channel audio into virtual 5.1.2 surround sound at no extra hardware cost. For the smart TVs in the bunch, there is also the new webOS 6.0 that pretty much overhauls the user interface that was inherited from Palm and HP way back. Some old webOS fans might not be so amused by the changes but LG promises a more personalized and more streamlined experience, especially with the new Magic Remote that has a dedicated key for the most popular streaming services. LG has a plethora of TV models for each group, with the C1 offering the most options for OLEDs and the NanoCell 8K and 4K for LCDs. The company hasn’t yet announced prices for all of these nor which markets will carry which models but those will be announced closer to local availability. Source: 2021 LG OLED, QNED, NanoCell TVs global rollout has started
  6. LG Rollable phone may come with a secondary screen We have seen a couple of foldable phones in the market but none is like the LG Rollable. This device from LG is in a world of its own as it uses a rollable display or an expandable display. It does not fold, the display gets bigger by unrolling or expanding. Having teased this device at CES 2021, there are reports that the company will unveil this device by the end of this year. There have been many patents from LG which shows the workability of this device. Furthermore, LG’s latest patent explains how it will install a front camera on the phone. Simply put, this device will not come with a front camera. LG designed this device in such a way that the rear camera can also be the selfie camera. We have seen this pattern in many dual display phones in the market. For LG, the only way it can achieve this is to add a small display on the rear. Like most dual-display smartphones, the LG Rollable will not have a front camera. The design patent revealing this decision was published in CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Office) on February 12. The design patent also shows that LG will install most of the external functions, including buttons, speakers, and microphones on the left-hand side of the phone, presumably to make room for the scrollable screen. According to previous reports, the LG Rollable will come with very thin edges and a round display. The original size of the display can get up to 40% larger, even larger than many tablets. This device uses a rail system to make the sliding process smoother. On the back of the device, we have a triple camera setup. According to reports, Samsung, TCL, and other companies are also studying similar devices. However, this technology is quite complex and it may take sometime before it arrives on the market. Nevertheless, there are speculations that Samsung will unveil a rollable phone this year. It is important to note that this is only a patent. Like it is with all patents, there is no guarantee that this device will ever hit the market. In fact, most patents never see the light of day thus we can only keep our fingers crossed. It’s even harder to expect the LG Rollable to hit the market. This is because of the rumors that LG will quit the smartphone market. Source: LG Rollable phone may come with a secondary screen
  7. LG unleashes a new wave of Gram models — all are Intel EVO-certified laptops LG may be done with phones, but the laptops are flowing in LG Gram 2021 laptops (Image credit: LG) LG has given up on its smartphone division (such a shame because the LG Wing is an underrated, innovative tech marvel), but the South Korean tech giant is charging full steam ahead with a new wave of laptops this year. LG is releasing five new models from its Gram portfolio. All feature a 16:10 aspect ratio display, which offers more spacious screen real estate than the standard 16:9 laptop screen. LG has also enlarged the keyboard and the touchpad to maximize typing comfort without compromising the laptops' compactness and portability. LG Gram 14, 16 and 17 Let's start off with the LG Gram 17, which earned a CES 2021 Innovation Honoree Award. It features a large 17-inch screen and weighs only 3 pounds. It comes in one configuration that sports an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 2560 x 1600-pixel display. LG Gram 17 (Image credit: LG) LG boasts that the 17-inch Gram can last up to 17 hours, according to the MobileMark 2014 standard. The Gram is also a "productivity powerhouse" that can balance all your work, gaming and designing needs. This lightweight laptop packs a powerful punch! The LG Gram 17 will set you back $1,799 and it only comes in Black. The LG Gram 16 and 14 models are equally as portable as the 17 variant. The Gram 16 weighs 2.6 pounds and the Gram 14 weighs 2.2 pounds; both are ultra-slim with 0.7 inches of thickness. The LG Gram 16 comes in three colors: White, Silver and Black. The Gram 16, with a starting price of $1,299, offers a configuration with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD as well as another variant that features an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Starting at $999, the Gram 14 offers four configurations. The base model comes with an Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. You can upgrade that to a Intel Core i5 CPU for $1,119. For $1,399, you can snag a Gram 14 with an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD; you can upgrade your memory to 16GB for $1,499. All three models are sport a slim-bezel design to help the displays achieve an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90%. The trio is available for purchase now. LG Gram 2-in-1: 14-inch and 16-inch The 16-and-14-inch variants of the new LG Gram 2-in-1 deliver incredible versatility, thanks to LG's unique 360-hinge and impressive lightness. Both come with a stylus that is compatible with Wacom AES 2.0 for a smooth-as-butter drawing experience and precise note taking. LG Gram 2-in-1 (Image credit: LG) The 16-inch LG Gram starts at $1,499 and comes in Green, Silver and Black. It offers two configurations: a version with an Intel Core i5 CPU with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD and another with an Intel Core i7 CPU with 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. The 14-inch LG Gram offers one configuration that costs $1,699. It features an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The LG Gram 14 comes in two colors: Black and Green. The Gram 2-in-1s are not available yet, but LG promises that these convertibles will hit the market sometime in mid-March of this year. Bottom line All five Gram models cover 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, thanks to LG's new high-res displays that reportedly offer sharp details, exceptional picture quality, vibrant colors and top-notch contrast. The Gram devices are also Intel EVO-certified laptops, which means they've been tested to ensure that they meet a high standard. Laptops with an Intel EVO badge must run on 11th Gen Tiger Lake i5/i7 CPUs (or later), at least 8GB of RAM and more than 256GB of SSD storage. Intel EVO-certified laptops must also provide 9 or more hours of battery life, include modern connectivity options like WiFi 6 and Thunderbolt 4, and offer biometric authentication. That being said, we expect LG's new wave of Gram laptops to have a positive critical reception from consumers and reviewers alike. Source: LG unleashes a new wave of Gram models — all are Intel EVO-certified laptops
  8. LG develops next gen digital car keys Smartphones to replace them LG Innotek's digital key module (Image credit: LG Innotek) LG Innotek, the electric component unit of South Korea's LG Group, said it has developed a digital car key module that would enable smartphones to replace car keys. The module is equipped with high-precision location detection ability and has reliable security functions, the company said. Existing digital car key modules reportedly have a lower level of accuracy in terms of location detection and they are said to be vulnerable to hacking. But what LG Innotek has developed now is said to be five times more accurate than existing ones, which will make it easier for drivers to find their parked vehicles, as well as open or lock car doors and start engines using their mobile phones. LG Innotek said it has improved accuracy in location recognition by applying ultra wideband (UWB) technology, NFC technology, and its home-grown algorithm to its new module. The company claimed it has also used its own hacking prevention technology to enhance the module’s security. "The module's error range between the smartphone's location and the recognition location has been reduced from 50 centimeters to under 10 centimeters," Ryu In-soo, chief of the company's automotive components and electronics business division was quoted as saying in a statement. What is a digital car key module? A digital car key module is a communication component that is installed in a car and allows wireless data transmission between a car and a smartphone. It allows users to open or lock their vehicle, as well as start the engine using just their smartphones, which has to be inside the car to drive it. A driver can not only control a vehicle but check its mileage, fuel efficiency, and tire pressure from his/her smartphone. The company claims the new module can provide a customized driving environment. If several people share a car, the module recognises the location of individual smartphones and optimizes the driver's seat or side mirror. Even if several people with the same digital key are on board at once, it can pinpoint who is in the driver's seat. "LG's digital car key module is compact and slim. The module contains about 60 components, including radio-frequency and power-blocking elements. With its compact size, it can be freely installed anywhere inside and outside a vehicle," the company said. LG Innotek to mass produce digital key module by 2022 LG Innotek is hoping to sell this to global auto companies because it adheres to standards set by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), which works on a digital key standard for mobile device-to-vehicle connectivity. It also hopes to mass produce it by 2022 For the record, South Korea's Hyundai auto group has also developed a similar digital key technology. Strategy Analytics forecast that vehicles with digital keys will increase 360 percent from 6.3 million units in 2020 to 28.9 million units in 2025 in the global market. Via LG develops next gen digital car keys
  9. LG confirms Wing is the name of the first smartphone under Explorer Project After teasing the launch of the first smartphone under its upcoming Explorer Project, LG has now confirmed its name. Delivering no surprises, the South Korean giant has confirmed the Wing branding for the device. The new mobile category is "aimed at discovering new ways to interact with mobile devices, focusing on the evolving and ever-changing needs of today’s consumers and challenging established user norms". While LG confirms that the smartphone will come in a "new and different" form factor, it is believed to have two screens arranged in a T. The secondary screen swivels horizontally as spotted in the video. The phone is expected to be powered by a 7-series Snapdragon processor. No other specifications are known. It is expected to cost upwards of $1,000. With Samsung planning to dominate the foldable smartphones market via the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Galaxy Z Flip, and the rumored Galaxy Z Fold S, it will be interesting to see what LG delivers with this new dual screen form factor. LG Wing will be unveiled on the brand's Youtube channel and Facebook page on September 14 at 10:00 (EDT). Image via ETNews LG confirms Wing is the name of the first smartphone under Explorer Project
  10. LG hints at dual-screen swiveling ‘Wing’ phone in new video An event is set for September 14th LG has provided the first public acknowledgement of its rumored “Wing” handset, said to be a device with two screens in a swiveling form factor. A teaser video posted to YouTube hints at the sliding mechanism and serves as an invitation to an announcement event on September 14th. In a separate press release, LG says the new device will be part of an initiative and product category it calls the Explorer Project. The project is intended to “deliver much-needed curiosity and excitement to the mobile sector,” LG says, and “will focus solely on new usability that is discovered with innovative designs.” The recently released Velvet, meanwhile, will form part of LG’s “Universal Line.” Reporting on the Wing so far has indicated that it’ll have one screen behind another that can be rotated 90 degrees horizontally, resulting in a T-shaped dual-screen device. Possible use cases could be watching widescreen video in what would feel like one-handed portrait orientation, or — as alleged leaked footage recently showed — allowing for full-screen driving navigation with music controls off to the side. Today’s announcement suggests that LG is willing to get weird in an attempt to differentiate itself in the crowded mobile market. We’ll be watching along at 10AM ET on September 14th to find out more. LG hints at dual-screen swiveling ‘Wing’ phone in new video
  11. LG to reportedly launch a new flagship and a rollable display-sporting phone early next year A new report from South Korean publication Elec suggests that LG is working to bring to market a device with a rollable display early next year. This device, codenamed ‘B Project’, is expected to launch with other smartphone offerings that include a successor to the Velvet mid-ranger and a flagship device that will likely serve as the successor to the V60 ThinQ 5G. Just like the LG Wing, the rollable display-sporting device is reportedly being developed under the experimental Explorer Project. The phone will supposedly feature a display that can be extended in size by pulling out one of its sides, thanks to a rollable screen hidden in the chassis – akin to the technology used in the rollable TV the firm announced early this year. Interestingly, LG even teased such a device at the end of the Wing announcement (video below). In addition to the ‘B Project’, the company is also working on a successor to the V60 ThinQ 5G flagship that is codenamed ‘Rainbow’ and the second-generation Velvet. Rainbow is expected to house top-of-the-line specs, just like its predecessor. What is not known is if the company will stick to the V series nomenclature or move to a new name – in line with the current trend with its smartphones. The report adds that the company is increasing its reliance on original design manufacturers (ODMs) for the production of its handsets to cut costs, and that close to 70% of its devices will be manufactured by ODMs in 2021. The Velvet 2 and flagship ‘Rainbow’ are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2021, while the ‘B Project’ rollable display device is rumored for a March 2021 launch. LG to reportedly launch a new flagship and a rollable display-sporting phone early next year
  12. 5G has more-or-less gone mainstream in 2020, and now smartphone makers are racing to make those next-generation networks cheaper to access. Case in point: LG just announced its new K92 smartphone, which promises 5G support for AT&T and US Cellular for just under $400. The fact that LG managed to churn out such a cheap 5G phone is all thanks to Qualcomm -- it revealed its budget-friendly Snapdragon 690 5G chipset over the summer, and it’s now slowly making its way into new devices. (So far, we’ve seen it pop up in just one other device: OnePlus’s new mid-range Nord N10 5G.) It’s worth noting, though, that the K92 only plays nice with sub-6 5G networks -- mmWave 5G access is still mostly available on more premium phones. Apart from that chipset, the K92 also packs a 6.7-inch FHD+ screen with a hole-punch to accommodate a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Unlike some other, more premium 5G phones, you can also add up to 2TB of storage space with a microSD card.) Throw in a set of stereo speakers powered by LG’s 3D Sound Engine, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 4,000mAh battery, and we’ve got what’s shaping up to be a pretty solid budget device. If there’s one big draw aside from 5G, it’s the surprisingly flexible rear quad camera setup LG ran with. The star of the show is a 64-megapixel standard camera with an f/1.78 aperture, and it’s flanked here by a 5-megapixel ultra-wide that captures a 115-degree field of view, plus two 2-megapixel sensors that gather depth information and shoot macro photos respectively. It’s also somewhat ironic that one of LG’s cheaper phones has turned out to be one of its prettiest. The company’s flagships -- with the exception of the Velvet and the odd-ball Wing -- tended to sport bland, unassuming designs with little in the way of visual flair. The K92, meanwhile, sports an eye-catching two-tone finish around back that nicely separates the camera cluster from the rest of the phone’s body. We haven’t had the chance to test one of these things yet, but it may well be a solid option for shoppers who want 5G on the cheap. If the phone’s budget allure speaks to you, keep the following in mind: The K92 goes on sale November 6th from AT&T, where it’ll cost you $395. Meanwhile, AT&T-owned Cricket will sell the phone for $359, and US Cellular will have the K92 for about $350 when it goes on sale there on November 19th. Source
  13. Looks like LG's taking Samsung's discarded idea and running with it After Samsung axed the camera module from its smartwatches after the first Galaxy Gear it appeared that was the end of the feature, but it looks like LG has other ideas. The South Korean company has recently filed a patent with the USTPO (United States Trademark and Patent Office) for a design of a smartwatch with a camera module. The patent was spotted by LetsGoDigitalshowing a "a smart watch comprising a camera" and includes a couple of designs of how a camera could integrated. The patent also has references for 'mobile terminal' features, hinting that the smartwatch might come with cellular connectivity as well. Image 1 of 4 Strap only While several camera integrations are detailed in the listing, they all have one thing in common - they're all built into the strap, rather than the actual body of the smartwatch. For example, an adjustable wrist band could allow the wearer to change the angle of the camera, while another option could be to include a metal link for the watch band, where one link comes with an integrated camera. A third possible solution could be to attach a spring click that can be placed anywhere on the watch band. Examples within the application claim you could take a picture of your food and then track your calorie intake, or even scan the barcode/QR code at the supermarket. If the real-world practicality and applicability could be brought to overlap, this could be a real winner. A patent filing doesn't necessarily mean that product will make it to the market (it could be found to be nonviable and therefore be abandoned). Source
  14. LG's webOS 6.0 smart TVs have a new UI, NFC-equipped remote The new smart TV software from LG also has more voice commands for use with Alexa or Google Assistant LG Seven years after introducing webOS as the platform for its Smart TV lineup, LG is introducing version 6.0 with a new look and feel for its 2021 4K and 8K TVs. The old blade lineup of apps is gone, with a more modern tile-based layout. LG Home Entertainment president Park Hyoung-sei calls this “the most significant update since we first introduced webOS in 2014.” LG An upgraded version of its ThinQ AI has more voice command control than ever whether you’re using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. For traditional control, this year’s edition of its Magic Remote is a bit more standard than some of the previous versions, but also includes NFC for the first time, which allows users to share content from phone to TV (and back) simply by tapping it. The new software includes Magic Explorer, which can pull up related content about actors, locations and items of interest for “select broadcast channels, while Next Picks analyzes viewing preferences to suggest things you might like. There’s no word on opt-in or opt-out preferences for these settings, but we’ll ask about them as the show progresses next week. It’s also unclear whether the updates will extend to older TVs in LG’s lineup, one way or another, the old HP software platform is still rolling on, powering new OLEDs and LCDs for another year. Source: LG's webOS 6.0 smart TVs have a new UI, NFC-equipped remote
  15. LG refreshes its light Gram laptop lineup with Intel Evo certification The newest edition of LG Gram laptops claim they can run for up to 19.5 hours on battery power. LG As usual, LG is taking advantage of CES to roll out a refreshed version of its thin-and-light Gram laptop series. For 2021 the company says its laptops are Intel Evo platform certified, which applies a baseline of battery life, fast charging and quick wakeups from sleep. They also have 16:10 aspect ratio screens for a bit more space (last year that was only true for the 17-inch), and a new design that keeps the bezel slim around all four sides. LG There are five new Gram laptops being unveiled for CES 2021: LG gram 17 (model 17Z90P), LG gram 16 (model 16Z90P), LG gram 14 (model 14Z90P), LG gram 2-in-1 16 (model 16T90P) and LG gram 2-in-1 14 (model 14T90P). Just like last year, the 16 and 17-inch models pack a large 80Wh battery that LG claims can power them for up to 19.5 hours without plugging in (the smaller ones have a 72Wh cell). They range in weight from 2.2 pounds for the 14-inch to 2.98 pounds for the 17-inch model. All of the new Gram laptops use Intel’s 11th generation core CPUs with available Iris graphics and up to 16GB of RAM. They have fingerprint readers, and both 2-in-1 models include Wacom AES 2.0 stylus compatibility. There’s no word on the price or release date just yet, but we should be able to see these from all angles during the virtual tech event next week. Source: LG refreshes its light Gram laptop lineup with Intel Evo certification
  16. LG Joins Microsoft to Accelerate Autonomous Vehicles Business LG will apply Microsoft's AI knowledge to its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Driver-Status Monitoring Camera (DSM) and Multi-Purpose Front Camera products and incorporate Microsoft's Virtual Assistant Solution Accelerator in LG's infotainment systems. LG Joins Microsoft to Accelerate Autonomous Vehicles Business (Representative image) LG Electronics has partnered Microsoft to help grow its autonomous vehicle and infotainment system business by leveraging Microsoft's Azure cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies along with LG's future self-driving software developments. LG will apply Microsoft's AI knowledge to its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Driver-Status Monitoring Camera (DSM) and Multi-Purpose Front Camera products and incorporate Microsoft's Virtual Assistant Solution Accelerator in LG's infotainment systems.With Azure Data Box service, data captured on the road can be uploaded automatically to create a library that helps the self-driving software grow even smarter, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "Working together, we can empower automakers to deliver differentiated mobility experiences, create new services and revenue opportunities, and to build safer, more intelligent and more sustainable vehicles," said Sanjay Ravi, General Manager, Automotive Industry at Microsoft. Microsoft Azure will drastically reduce the time required for LG AI self-driving software to learn and evolve. Azure can help AI self-driving software learn diverse patterns displayed by drivers as well as recognise and distinguish between pedestrians and other objects. "Our expectation is that the combination of Microsoft's advanced cloud infrastructure with LG's fast-growing automotive components business will accelerate the self-driving auto industry as a whole," said Kim Jin-yong, President of the LG Vehicle Component Solutions Company.With help from Azure, LG's vehicle infotainment system will allow drivers to easily and quickly check traffic conditions on the road, search for nearby restaurants, call up favourite songs and more. Source
  17. LG Electronics announced today that it will collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies on the development of its infotainment 'WebOS Auto' platform for use in commercial vehicles. The system will allow for connected cars to provide a vast range of entertainment and safety features. The deal was agreed at a meeting between the two companies at an event in downtown Seoul at LG Electronics Research and Development campus on October 29th. In the deal, Qualcomm will provide its latest 5G Snapdragon networking solutions and services, with LG incorporating the upgraded WebOS 2.0 platform allowing for a more streamlined experience for drivers and passengers to enjoy. In a statement LG Electronics president and CTO Dr. I.P Park said; LG acquired the Linux WebOS platform from HP back in February 2013 and has been using it ever since for a number of connected smart devices such as LG televisions, refrigerators, and smart projectors. At the event, LG also unveiled the WebOS open source edition 2.0 on its developer site. The two companies are likely to showcase the new system at CES 2020 which takes place in January 2020. Source: LG and Qualcomm join forces for car infotainment platform (via Neowin)
  18. The phones also feature larger batteries and surround sound. Image: LG's new K50S and K40S phones feature multiple cameras and HD+ displays. LG's new K50S and K40S phones, which will be unveiled next month at IFA 2019 in Berlin, will feature improved cameras, better displays and bigger batteries, the company said Thursday. The LG K50S has three rear cameras: a 13-megapixel with phase detection auto focus (PDAF), a 5-megapixel for super wide angle and a 2-megapixel lens with depth sensor, which creates a clearer separation between a subject and the background for portraits. The K50S also has a 6.5-inch FullVision display. LG K40S has two rear cameras: a 13-megapixel lens with PDAF and a 5-megapixel super wide angle. These are the first K series phones to offer super wide angle, which is useful for large group photos and landscapes. The K40S boasts a 6.1-inch HD+ screen. Both phones feature DTS:X 3D surround sound for more realistic audio. They also come with "optimized batteries" that offer a long lasting charge, according to a press release. The new K series will be available starting in October in Europe, Latin America and Asia. It'll come in two colors: New Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue. Prices weren't disclosed in the release, though the devices were described as "attractively priced smartphones." Source
  19. LG reveals new design language for next phone Forget teardrop notches, here’s a raindrop camera LG’s flagship phones over the past couple years have all looked extremely similar to each other: good luck picking out the G7, the V40, the G8, the V50, the G8X, or the V60 from a lineup unless you have a very good memory for the number of cameras. The company appears to be changing things up for an upcoming device, however, which it says will use an altogether new design language. LG describes this design language as “a nod to the natural world with a visual form factor that differs from the industry trend.” A “raindrop” camera features smaller lenses and an LED flash below the larger main camera, evoking dripping water; LG notes this is in opposition to current trends for big camera bumps. Elsewhere LG says it’s using a new “3D Arc Design” element involving symmetrical curves on the display and the back of the phone, though it’s not quite clear how or whether that would be unique. Samsung said much the same thing about the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, for example, while Xiaomi has made similar claims in the past. No other details of the phone itself are available, but it sounds like LG will apply this design language throughout its range. “Our upcoming smartphone will draw on the rich history of classic LG designs which have always been distinctive at first touch,” says VP and mobile design lab head Cha Yong-duk in a statement. “This handset will be a first-look at the competitive edge we will be bringing to every LG smartphone going forward.” Korean news portal Naver reported this month that LG would be launching a phone on May 15th with a new brand and design intended to reproduce the success of Chocolate, the company’s iconic pre-smartphone series. It’s said to use Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 765 with integrated 5G and target a more affordable price point. We’ll have to see how the actual device ends up looking, but LG is setting expectations high for its design. Source: LG reveals new design language for next phone (The Verge)
  20. The company says it's planning some 'wow factor' features LG hasn't made a profit from its smartphone division for years, but it reckons the tide is about to turn. Speaking at a press conference at CES, the company's chief executive Kwon Bong-seok said, "LG Electronics mobile business is going to be profitable by 2021. I can say we can make that happen as LG Electronics will expand our mobile lineup and steadily release new ones attached with some wow factors to woo consumers." The CEO didn't elaborate exactly how LG will expand its phone lineup, nor give any details on its proposed "wow factors," but reiterated the company's ambition to boost its competitiveness in an already saturated market. LG has faced its fair share of challenges in recent years. At the beginning of 2019 it reported an overall loss of $72.5 million in the three months prior -- much of that driven by its failing mobile division which saw sales drop by 40 percent throughout 2018. The company had taken a bullish approach to its smartphone arm -- in particular launching the five-camera V40 ThinQ at the end of 2018 in a bid to turn things around -- but that's not been enough to pull it back into profit. The company has since seen a number of staff shakeups -- presumably in a bid to save the troubled division. Brian Kwon -- formerly the company's home entertainment boss -- took over the smartphone arm at the end of 2018. At the end of 2019 the role was handed to Morris Lee. In that period, its mobile division did manage to narrow its loses by a reasonable amount, citing increased production efficiencies and cost improvements, so an expanded product lineup and some wow factors could well help to accelerate this positive trajectory. Source
  21. LG said to be working on a phone with two screens in a T shape LG is trying to revitalize its smartphone business with the upcoming release of the LG Velvet, but the company apparently has more unexpected plans for future devices. According to a new report from Korean outlet ETnews (via Slashgear), LG is preparing another 5G device for the second half of the year, called LG Wing. The main screen is 6.8 inches diagonally, and usually, it can be used like any other smartphone. However, there's a smaller, 4-inch screen, underneath, and the main display can be rotated horizontally to reveal it, forming a T shape. This design is seemingly why the phone is referred to as Wing. The use case for a design like this is that you can, for example, have a photo displayed in the main display while the secondary display has the editing tools, or watch a full screen YouTube video while still browsing the comments. Rather than focusing on multitasking with its dual-screen approach, LG's goal is apparently to improve content immersion. Aside from the unique design, the phone is expected to come with a Snapdragon 7-series chipset with 5G support, which could be the 765G in the LG Velvet or the newly-introduced Snapdragon 768G. It also has a 64MP camera. The report points to a release sometime in the second half of the year, but it remains to be seen if that will come true. Source: LG said to be working on a phone with two screens in a T shape (Neowin)
  22. LG has no immediate plans of quitting the smartphone business - here's why Reports to the contrary are false (Image credit: LG) South Korean technology brand LG has been in a thick of things of-late. Apart from the introduction of the explorer series of smartphones that includes the LG Wing and others that are still to be launched, LG teased its rollable phone at the virtually-hosted CES 2021. The company has stayed away from the foldable phones till now and has suggested that the LG Rollable is slated for an official launch later this year. However, according to a report from a South Korean publication, this rollable phone could be LG’s last smartphone, after which it may exit the business. However, LG's global head of corporate communications, Ken Hong, has not only called these rumours baseless and untrue, but he also shot down the rumour by saying "Completely false and without merit. I won't even justify that rumor with a statement," according to AndroidPolice. This now-deleted post from a Korean publication Thelec.kr hinted that the company may wind up its smartphone business and teams have been internally informed that all other projects apart from Rollable Phone codenamed as “Project I” will be stopped immediately. It states that the management plans to focus on businesses that are more flexible and cited ongoing losses the primary reason behind this decision. It further added that to avoid any further confusions around the company’s vision, a formal announcement could be made on January 26. While the company is not quitting the smartphone scenes as of now, it has already been reported that the company plans to train its focus mainly on innovating new form factors and launching flagship devices only. It has been reported that LG like Samsung has decided to go the ODM route for its low-end and budget smartphones. This move will not only help the company stay focused on creating more impactful devices but more importantly it will help LG to reduce costs. To recall, LG has not had a record-breaking device since long. It had to discontinue its G-lineup of flagship series and had not experienced stellar results when it comes to financial results. However, with the explorer series, the company now aims to change things and we hope that it continues to bring more such exciting devices. LG has no immediate plans of quitting the smartphone business - here's why
  23. LG’s 2021 OLED TVs are modest upgrades, but computer monitors are coming [UPDATED] The next OLED frontier might not be TVs. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Today is the first day of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and while 2021 is obviously an irregular year, that hasn't stopped the routine unveiling of new product refreshes from tech companies. That includes LG, which at this point may be best known for its OLED TVs and OLED panels it provides to other companies for their own devices. LG's updates to its OLED lineup are going to be modest for most buyers this year. The company is touting brighter HDR on its highest-end TVs, but most people won't splurge for those devices, so we're mostly looking at lightly expanded gaming features and response-time improvements, as well as new or ostensibly improved AI-driven picture optimizations. Generally, no one who bought an LG OLED last year is going to feel like they jumped the gun too soon here. The bigger story, then, may be OLED making its way into smaller and smaller screen sizes. Last year, LG introduced its first 48-inch OLED TVs, which was a sizable drop from the previous floor of 55 inches. But the company seems to be going even smaller in late 2021, and we might even see LG's panels finally venturing into desktop-monitor territory in the somewhat near future. But before we get into that, let's look at what to expect from LG's larger-sized OLED TVs in 2021. LG’s 2021 OLED lineup To avoid confusion, let's first clarify the naming convention here. The 2019 LG TVs carried the number nine—so C9, B9, etc.—and LG pulled an iPhone in 2020 by going to BX or CX. Now, the company has managed an overflow and wrapped all the way back around to 1. As in 2020, the C-series (LG C1) is essentially the flagship; there are cheaper sets and more expensive ones, but the C1 is likely to be the one that attracts the most interest in terms of price-to-features ratio. In contrast to the C1, the higher-end G1 has what LG says is the big story for its OLED TVs this year: higher HDR brightness. It has the new "OLED evo" branding LG has devised, and the company says it offers higher luminosity. Peak brightness is about the only major picture-quality assessment that competing non-OLED TVs ever beat LG at, but we don't know exactly how high the new brightness ceiling is or whether it matches peak brightness from Samsung's LED screens. And we likely won't know until reviewers get their hands on the new sets—probably sometime in the summer, if recent years are any indication. The 4K G1 will come in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch sizes, while the C1 (which is also 4K) will add 48- and 83-inch options. Additionally, LG is offering 8K variants with basically the C1 feature set at 77 and 88 inches. The 8K TVs are called the Z1. Finally, some of LG's marketing materials reference a B1 model. In recent years, the B series has offered the same panel as the C series and most of the same features but with a weaker processor. That impacts AI-based image-quality features and the snappiness of the user interface, among other things. Also, LG mentioned an A1 model. We're not sure what that is, but it could be an even cheaper, entry-level alternative. With the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles on the market (albeit still quite hard to find in stock), gaming is a clear emphasis for this iteration of LG's TVs. LG already added HDMI 2.1, [email protected], and VRR (variable refresh rate) support in previous models, though VRR is semi-broken on 2020 LG TVs still. So the most important boxes had already been ticked. This time, LG has introduced a "Game Optimization" menu to all its TVs, letting you more easily access features like VRR in one place. The TVs also have multiple game-mode profiles tailored to specific genres like first-person shooter or role-playing game rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Further, LG claims that the new OLEDs will be the first TVs to come with Google's Stadia game-streaming service built right in. Users will just need a Stadia controller and subscription to play games without a connected console. Nvidia's competing GeForce Now service is also coming later in 2021. LG hasn't announced prices or release dates for any of these TVs yet, but that's sure to come in the next few months. UPDATE: We learned more about the A series TVs today. As suspected, these sets are downmarket from even the B series OLEDs, which had previously been LG's cheapest TVs. We don't actually know pricing yet, but we do know what's been omitted to get costs down: HDMI 2.1, VRR, 120Hz. The A1 will be a 4K OLED TV with many of the benefits therein, of course, but it will cap out at 60Hz. It will come in 48-, 55-, 65-, and 77-inch sizes. Generally, it seems that the A1 will be a worthwhile purchase for folks who just use their TVs to watch, well, TV, or movies, as much of what's being cut here is gaming-specific. And for that matter, only a few console games today support VRR or 120Hz, though that is likely to expand in the next few years as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X saturate the market. So it looks like the A1 might be a good budget deal (or as budget as OLED gets, anyway). We'll have to wait for more details to be sure, though. The beginning of the OLED computer monitor invasion TVs getting bigger and bigger often grab headlines, but for OLED, going smaller has proven to be the slower march. LG's OLED panel-manufacturing capability has to date been focused on either smartphone sizes or large, living room-TV sizes. In between, you have smaller TVs more suitable for bedrooms or offices (or just people with smaller living rooms or who don't want a TV to dominate their space) and desktop computer monitors. Even the nicest PC monitors are notoriously... well, just completely awful, frankly, compared to the nicest TVs or smartphone displays in terms of picture quality by many metrics like contrast. Monitors have instead generally emphasized response time at the cost of picture quality, which admittedly makes sense for many use cases. Plus, it's hard-to-impossible to cram thousands of local dimming zones into a 27-inch LCD display. All that leaves LG with an opportunity to take that space by storm with OLED, assuming consumers aren't too concerned about image retention. At CES this year, LG signaled that it is ready to make that move. The company says that it will introduce its first 42-inch OLED screens later this year, but it also says that it is poised to begin offering panels between 20 and 30 inches, both for itself and for other companies that use its panels in their own gadgets. We're not quite down to 30 inches yet, but LG did announce its first 31.5-inch OLED computer monitor—the 4K 32EP950, or "UltraFine OLED Pro," which offers 99% coverage of both DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB. Ports will include one HDMI, two DisplayPort, and three USB with at least one of those USB ports being USB-C. There's no information on pricing or release date yet (pricy, to be sure), but things are amping up: Samsung is the world's other big OLED panel producer, and it is also planning to start rolling out OLED monitors at similar sizes. LG makes LED TVs, too, we suppose While LG does make non-OLED TVs, the company's OLED lineup gets most of the attention every year—and for good reason, because LG's LED TVs aren't usually much to write home about. It's not that they're bad; they just don't do much to differentiate themselves from similar TVs produced by other companies. The biggest news on the non-OLED front from LG this year is the introduction of the new "QNED" lineup of TVs. These aren't fundamentally different from other LCD TVs, but they have Mini LED backlighting like competing high-end LCD/LED TVs from Samsung and others this year. The "QNED" branding is just marketing speak, as it indicates that these TVs combine Mini LED tech with LG's existing and essentially meaningless-as-compared-to-competitors "Quantum NanoCell" label. Mini LED displays have backlights made up of multiple light points to better assist in isolating dark areas of the picture from bright ones—something LCD displays are notoriously bad at compared to increasingly popular OLED alternatives. All accounts indicate that the improvement can be noticeable, but it's still no contest with OLED, which can isolate blacks or bright whites on a per-pixel basis. LG will also ship modestly updated versions of its lower-end NanoCell brand LED TVs this year, but there's again not much to distinguish those models from myriad similar TVs from other companies. Like models mentioned above, the NanoCell TVs will feature the new Game Optimizer feature. Listing image by LG LG’s 2021 OLED TVs are modest upgrades, but computer monitors are coming [UPDATED] (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  24. Google Stadia support is coming to LG's 2021 TVs Game streaming is going more mainstream. The Google Stadia controller. Sarah Tew/CNET Game streaming has been slowly growing in recent years with the launches of Nvidia's GeForce Now, Google's Stadia, Microsoft's xCloud and Amazon's Luna. This year, however, it looks to finally be picking up more steam. At CES 2021, LG announced that some of its 2021 TVs will support apps for playing games from Google Stadia right on the TV. Stadia support is expected to arrive in the second half of the year in a handful of countries including the US, Canada, the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium. At launch, the app will only work on LG TVs running the company's WebOS 6.0 software though the company says it will come to WebOS 5.0 TVs "later this year." LG says that its 2020 TVs will get Stadia at "a later time," but did not elaborate on if sets prior to last year would be eligible for the app. It's currently unclear if LG TVs will support the higher-end streaming features, namely 4K HDR, 60fps and 5.1 surround sound, available to users who subscribe to Stadia Pro at $10 per month. In its press release announcing the news LG suggested that it would support those higher-end features on its own TVs, but Monday afternoon it appeared to contradict that information. In an email to CNET, Tim Alessi, LG's senior director of US Home Entertainment Product Marketing, was unable to confirm support for 4K HDR Stadia streaming on LG TVs. LG also initially told CNET that it would also support Nvidia's GeForce now game streaming platform in addition to Stadia, but that is no longer the case. "There is no current plan to launch GeForce Now," said Alessi in the same Monday email. We've reached out to LG and Nvidia for clarification. With next-generation consoles like Microsoft's Xbox Series S and X and Sony's PlayStation 5 running hundreds of dollars -- and streaming dongles like Nvidia's Shield TV starting at $150 -- adding support for Stadia into the actual sets should make it significantly easier for gamers to play on their TVs. In theory, all users will need is a Stadia account choice and a compatible controller. Update, 5:40 p.m..: Adds information from LG on 4K HDR support and its retraction on support for Nvidia's GeForce Now. Source: Google Stadia support is coming to LG's 2021 TVs
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