LG has already said that it will launch a second flagship standard smartphone this year following the launch of the G4. That handset will differentiate itself by being a professional oriented flagship that will either be called the G4 Pro or the G Pro 3. The South Korean company (which was subject of a Google buyout rumor this week) has no reconfirmed that a premium device is indeed imminent.
There has been a rather surprising rumor out of South Korea today with several reports suggesting that Google is interested in buying electronics giant LG. The result has been LG's shares soaring at the prospect of the company falling under the wing of the Android owner.
LG has announced a new smartphone, a low end device that will aid the company's expansion in emerging markets. The L Bello II does bring with it some of the company's higher end software tricks, but lacks the spec punch of flagship handsets like the G4.
Huawei may be making the brand new Nexus flagship that will launch later in the year, but old Nexus manufacturer LG will also be returning to Google's brand. However, while Huawei will be making a true successor to the Nexus 6 by Motorola, LG will be making a successor to its own Nexus 5, the last handset the company partnered with Google on.
Here at MobileBurn we think the LG G4 has been given a raw deal and think LG delivered what it was meant to, an improvement on the already fantastic G3. However, in an Android market where smartphone leader Samsung went all out with a seismic shift in its flagship range, consumers are less impressed by merely updating a device, just ask HTC about its One M9. It seems the G4 is lumped into that category and is suffering as a result.
We have talked about the LG G Pro 3 before, the handset is set to make its debut later in the year as a phablet flagship alternative to the company's G4. It actually seems as if the G Pro 3 (or G4 Pro as some suggest) will eclipse its stable mate with blazing market leading specs. @Leaksfly, a noted tipster from China, has reconfirmed some of the specs for the device and even added some new features.
The LG G2 is an aging ex-flagship that is now over two years old, but the South Korean company is continuing to support the handset. An unnamed person from LG's software division has leaked the news that the company will update the G2 to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
LG's new G4 flagship is not selling as well as its predecessor, which is a shame as it is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. To try and drum up more interest, the South Korean company is holding a promotion throughout the month of July.
After an excellent 2014, LG positioned itself as amongst the leading smartphone companies in the world and expected 2015 to follow a similar path. However, with other brands raising their game it seems as though LG's growth will be held back this year, at least that's according to analysts who have lowered expectations.
The LG G4 is rolling out in Canada now, with the flagship device coming to major carriers such as Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile and Videotron, as well as several nationwide retailers. There is definitely competition amongst the networks to offer the best deal for the G4, with Videotron offering $130 worth of free stuff, such as an extra battery, charger, and 32GB micro SD card.