Windows Phone seems to be in a rut at the moment. Microsoft's mobile operating system is not growing, keeping a solid base in emerging markets but simply not catching Android or iOS. Windows 10 could help to change that, but Microsoft needs more major manufacturers to get behind the platform. HTC basked WP last year with the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone, and now another major brand is returning to the OS.
The Verizon variant of the LG G3 flagship smartphone is now getting its upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing the device up to date with the latest major Android build. The G3 has been receiving its update worldwide in recent weeks, but Big Red, the largest carrier in the United States, is only know getting around to the bump.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is continuing to make its way out into the wild, coming to Nexus and other devices close to Google first. The next in line is the Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, which is getting its update to the newer software build now. The slate has been rocking Android 5.0 since way back in November 2014, but it is now upgrading to the newer 5.1 through OTA updates.
LG's latest smartphone user experience was leaked yesterday, which seems to have prompted the company too officially unveil the software. The South Korean brand announced UX 4.0, a new Android UI that will be launched on the LG G4 flagship, a handset that is due to launch at the end of this month (April).
It seems as though we are nearing the launch of the LG G4 as the company has sent out invitations for a media event that will be held on April 28. The Initiation carries the "Save the Date" tagline and LG invites us all to "See The Great, Feel The Great". The event will be held simultaneously in New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul, which will make it April 29th in the final three nations.
Most of LG's rivals have already launched their 2015 flagship smartphones (Sony excluded), but the Korean company is playing a patient game before launching the G4. Like last year, LG knows where its opponents in the market are and what they offer, the company will be hoping to strike gold again like it did with the G3. The LG G4 is expected in April and its launch seems a lot more probable now that it is showing up for benchmarks.
It seems that metal is the material of choice for manufacturers wanting a premium looking (and feeling) smartphone, but what about good old plastic? Samsung was often derided for using plastic on its flagships when the likes of Apple and HTC were using metal. Now, most manufactures, Samsung included are building their high end smartphones from metal, but there are a few hold outs still sticking to plastic.
The LG G Pad F 7.0, the tablet that was released through Sprint last Friday, could be making its way to rival networks AT&T and T-Mobile. The Sprint device comes with the model number LG LK430, while two model numbers (V495 and V497) recently passed through the FCC and were described as "Multi-band WCDMA/LTE Tablet with WLAN and Bluetooth."
Remember the frankly bizarre LG AKA that the company rolled out last November? Well, the handsets came with unique cases and "personalities" and were launched as South Korean exclusives. LG did not hint that the devices would be sold elsewhere, but they are now heading to Taiwan.
A report out of Taipei is suggesting that some of the most renowned names in the smartphone world will begin focusing on lower end devices as opposed to flagship handsets. The companies mentioned are Sony, Acer, and LG, with the report saying that declining sales in the high end market will force these companies to focus their attention on other price points.