Few Options Remain in an Android World That Used to be Littered With Choice

Few Options Remain in an Android World That Used to be Littered With Choice


Be Together. Not the Same.

There was a commercial Google put out a few years ago that really touched me. The main reason I enjoyed it was because it showcased funny animal pairings you wouldn’t usually see, such as a dog playing with an elephant and a sheep running alongside a rhino. Adorable, right? What Google was saying is, “Hey, we may all use different devices, but we still run the same Android OS.”

It’s great marketing, but as the years have gone on, the Android landscape has changed dramatically in the US and that same Be together. Not the same. message doesn’t quite resonate the same way it used to.


Since 2015, when that commercial hit the airwaves, we’ve essentially lost a few players in the Android game when it comes to the US market. Companies such as HTC and Sony have scaled back their smartphone plays. Motorola … Read the rest

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LG G Pay Arrives for G8, Supports Handful of Banks

LG G Pay Arrives for G8, Supports Handful of Banks


After what must be years of rumors and reports (yup, 2015!), G Pay from LG has arrived for the G8 ThinQ.

Basically, G Pay is an alternative to Google Pay and Samsung Pay, made specifically for LG devices and LG customers. You can use it at universally any magstripe terminal, making it more useful than Google Pay in certain instances and just as versatile as Samsung Pay, which utilizes MST.

At launch, the service appears to only support a handful of banks. For networks, G Pay supports Mastercard and Visa. The big banks supported are Chase, PNC Bank, and US Bank. Just like Google Pay and Samsung Pay, we assume this list will grow over time.

Leave your plastic cards at home and pay quickly and securely with your phone. LG Pay is a digital wallet that lets you put your credit/debit, gift and loyalty cards into one

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LG Announces G8S ThinQ With Both Upgrades and Downgrades Over the G8

LG Announces G8S ThinQ With Both Upgrades and Downgrades Over the G8


Just as Samsung was telling us about the Galaxy Note 10’s event, LG announced a new variant of the G8 called G8S ThinQ. The device, which doesn’t appear to be headed to the US, is kind of like a V50 and G8 mashup, with a downgrade in the display.

The LG G8S ThinQ introduces us to a device powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 3550mAh battery, dual front camera setup with the ToF sensor, IP68 water and dust resistance, Bluetooth 5, stereo speakers, and Android 9 Pie. It gets an upgrade in the rear camera, thanks to a triple camera with super-wide (13MP), standard (12MP), and telephoto (12MP) lenses. It sees a downgrade in the display, which is a 6.2-inch OLED at a Full HD (1080p) resolution.

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Verizon, T-Mobile Samsung and LG Devices Getting Security Patches

Verizon, T-Mobile Samsung and LG Devices Getting Security Patches


Over the weekend and this morning, numerous devices from both Samsung and LG are receiving security patch updates on T-Mobile and Verizon.

Here are the specifics for each device.

Verizon

T-Mobile

Get them updates!

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LG V50 is Verizon’s Newest 5G Phone, Arrives June 20

LG V50 is Verizon’s Newest 5G Phone, Arrives June 20


The LG V50, which is basically an upgraded LG V40 with a Snapdragon 855 and 5G on board, arrives at Verizon this Thursday, June 20. The V50 is the 2nd 5G phone to be sold by Verizon, following May’s launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

This new LG V50 ThinQ from Verizon starts at $41.66/mo for 24 months or can be purchased for $999.99 without a contract. Don’t want to pay that much? Verizon is offering up to $450-off with trade-ins for new and existing customers, plus they’ll slash $200 off if you switch over from another carrier.

For specs, the V50 features a 6.4″ OLED display, Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4000mAh battery, triple rear camera, IP68 water and dust resistance, Quad DAC, and stereo speakers (full specs). It also runs Android 9 Pie with LG’s skin on top.

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Verizon’s LG G7 Gets Updated to Android Pie

Verizon’s LG G7 Gets Updated to Android Pie


LG is pushing its 2nd Android Pie update in the US, this time to the G7 ThinQ on Verizon. It’s June 5 and Android Pie was released in August of last year, so there isn’t much to say here. It’s absolutely pathetic that it has taken this long for LG to release these updates.

The update arrives as build G710VM20a and only contains the April Android security patch.

LG G7 users will get optional gesture navigation, volume keys that default to adjusting media, new camera modes (Cine shot, Part Slo-Mo, and AI composition), the ability to run two accounts through the same app, annnnnnnd that’s mostly it.

It’s freakin’ June. We’re on the Android Q Beta 4 with stable Q about two months away. Good lord, LG, you are bad at this.

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LG is Finally Pushing a Pie Update in the US: Verizon’s V40 ThinQ

LG is Finally Pushing a Pie Update in the US: Verizon’s V40 ThinQ


Just over a year ago, LG tried to sell the world on this idea that they were finally ready to take software updates seriously by opening a Software Upgrade Center. Since opening that center, I think it’s safe to say that they’ve become one of the worst Android manufacturers when it comes to updating anything. The LG Software Upgrade Center does nothing, as far as we can tell. To prove that, all you need to do is look at the number of Android Pie updates LG has pushed out.

In the US, we might be getting our first Android Pie update today. Today. It’s May 24 and Android Pie was released on August 6 of last year. We’ve seen all of Google’s phones, 3-year old OnePlus’ phones, and Samsung phones as old as the Galaxy S8 see the updates to Pie before LG pushed this first … Read the rest

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Sprint’s First 5G Devices, LG V50 and HTC 5G Hub, Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow

Sprint’s First 5G Devices, LG V50 and HTC 5G Hub, Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow


Sprint announced availability and pricing for its first two 5G compatible devices, the LG V50 ThinQ and HTC 5G Hub.

Both devices will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow (May 17), with general availability beginning May 31. However, when I say general availability, I’m not referring to the whole US. Instead, I’m referring to very select markets, four cities to be exact.

Customers in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City will have first access, followed by Sprint’s “other 5G markets” — Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington DC.

Pricing

For a limited time, Sprint will be offering the devices at promotional pricing. During that time, you can get the LG V50 for $24/month with $0 down on a Sprint Flex lease. According to Sprint, that’s half off the lease price, with the suggested retail price of the V50 listed at $1,152. Ouchies.

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