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Evleaks Shows Off LG Optimus F3Q For T-Mobile

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Well, here’s a really strange phone. Today on Twitter, Evleaks has shown off the LG Optimus F3Q. He also says the phone is headed to T-Mobile. The specs and OS the phone are running on are a bit baffling, since this is 2014.

So the most obvious thing is that the Optimus F3Q will have a slide-out keyboard. Not many phones have had this lately, since most touch keyboards are really good these days, and you can change them in the Play Store. But a physical keyboard is a nice unique design feature.

Now here are the specs. The Optimus F3Q has a dual-core 1.2GHz chip inside of it, along with an as yet unrevealed amount of RAM. But the screen is a 4″ WVGA display, which means it is a 480p display. If you have seen the Nokia Lumia 520 or 521, that’s the quality of the display, most likely.

The phone has no front-facing camera, but the rear camera is 5 MP. There is no saying of if it has a flash or not. The battery is a 2460 mAh component, which is slightly larger than the one in the HTC One, which is 2300 mAh. That’s a good battery, for the specs this phone has.

The LG Optimus F3Q also has support for T-Mobile’s growing LTE network. That’s good, since according to T-Mobile, it’s the fastest in the US. Finally, this phone is running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Yes, 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, not 4.4.2 KitKat.

That’s surprising, since KitKat can handle every device with 512 MB of RAM or more. Hopefully after this phone is released, LG releases a KitKat update for it, but I doubt that. This phone seems poised to be on T-Mobile’s pre-paid plans.

Evleaks does not have a release date yet, but it should be out soon. Unless you want a phone with a 480p display and a slide-out keyboard, I’d suggest you avoid the Optimus F3Q when it’s released.

Source: Evleaks

LG Optimus G Scores Android 4.4 KitKat Update Already… In Estonia

Remember when LG France made that atrocious blunder and unintentionally confirmed the Optimus G was due for an Android 4.4 KitKat update in October? Well, obviously, the one year-old 4.7-incher was never supposed to score the chocolaty software treat so early, as 4.4 ultimately became official on October 31.

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Yet believe it or not, LG’s French branch may not have been so off base after all. October came and went, November also passed, but LG is still bestowing upon the Optimus G the honor of being one of the world’s first ever KitKat-running devices.

It’s true, Android 4.4 is rolling out as we speak. In Estonia. To the Optimus G. Unbelievable? You can say that again, however at the time of this writing the local announcement on Facebook is 21 hours old and it doesn’t look like it’ll be retracted.

And while my Estonian is a bit rusty, with a little help from good old Google Translate, I think I’ve decrypted the message, which seems to read as follows:

“Good news for LG Optimus G smartphone users – the Android 4.4 KitKat update is now available.”

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The “now” part is especially intriguing, suggesting there are in fact already Optimus G owners rocking the latest and greatest version of Google’s mobile OS on their phones. Un-be-liev-a-ble! And to think Optimus G’s follow-up, the much more impressive, newer and hotter G2, is for now stuck on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Well, it’d be pretty ridiculous for us to complain of this whole situation, so instead I’ll address the elephant in the room. Estonia is just the timid start of something much bigger, right, LG? Soon enough, the entire old continent will get a taste of KitKat, won’t it? And then come the US, no?

Possibly, probably and damn straight are likely the answers there.

Update: To better clarify the Optimus G KitKat status, LG Estonia has stressed out the Android 4.4 port is for now available exclusively on Elisa, the nation’s second wireless service provider. Fret not, as again, a baby-step approach is to be expected in such cases. Just don’t take too long between steps, a’ight, LG?

Via [LG Estonia Facebook]

LG France Seemingly Confirms October Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Optimus G

The Android 4.4 KitKat announcement sure caught a few… million people off guard early last month, which is why there’s little Google can do to shock the world anymore. Or is there? Well, how about if I told you there’s a good shot LG’s Optimus G will be one of the first ever smartphones to be officially bumped to Android 4.4? Would that be shocking enough?

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Maybe not shocking, but definitely unexpected. For a handful of reasons. One, the G is nearing its first birthday, being by all intents and purposes an “aging” handheld. Two, the 4.7-incher is still stuck on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so one would assume a 4.2 or 4.3 upgrade would be in the cards before a 4.4 makeover.

And three, does anyone even know the Optimus G exists? Not that it has aged very badly, but it’s, you know, almost archaic compared with current high-enders. It sports a 4.7-inch 720p display, 8 MP rear-facing camera in one of two configurations, plus a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU that’s no longer the proudest stallion in Qualcomm’s stable.

Not to mention it’s been followed by not one, but two top-notch LG devices, the Optimus G Pro and G2, the second of which is highly praised by a number of reviewers and simple tech-savvy individuals alike.

But let’s back up for a second. What makes us think the Optimus G will get an Android 4.4 bump in the first place? An alleged private Facebook conversation between an everyday LG user, I presume, and the guy (or gal) in charge of the company’s official French account.

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The exchange is pretty straightforward, with LG Electronics France very confidently claiming the Android 4.4 update is planned for “this October”, so there you go, case closed, congrats you lucky Optimus G owners.

Sorry to be a party pooper, but not so fast, because I’m not buying it. For one thing, this is a private FB conversation (emphasis on “private”), meaning it could have very easily been doctored since there’s no real, palpable proof it ever happened.

And even if it happened (jeez, I’m starting to sound like a character on the show “Newsroom”), social media people have been known to mess up dates, names and timeframes. What if they were actually talking about a 4.2 or 4.3 upgrade and misinterpreted the question?

Then again (now I’m just grasping at straws), it’s not sooo far-fetched to think LG will get a front-row seat at the 4.4 rollout party. After all, they are making the Nexus 5, they’ve also helped build the N4, so maybe they’ve asked Big G for a bit of preferential treatment for a change. Could that be the case, what do you guys think?

Via [FrAndroid]

LG Optimus Vu Gets Jelly Bean Update in Korea, Verizon LG Intuition Next in Line?

LG might have had only a couple of Android 4.1-running smartphones a few months ago, but right now there are rivers of Jelly Bean flowing through the Optimus family. The L9, 4X HD, Vu 2, L7 and Optimus G on AT&T, as well as in South Korea and Canada have all been Jelly Beaned of late, providing smooth as silk software experiences for all their lucky users.

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Next in line, there’s the Optimus Vu, according to LG Korea’s official website. The Android 4.1.2 update for the Korean version of the 5-incher is already live and available to download for SK Telecom customers.

As far as I can tell, the upgrade is not yet live for Vu users on KT and LG U+, but take that with a grain of salt as my Korean is a little rusty. I’m pretty sure LG is also advising people to grab the update through the Mobile Support Tool, but once again I could be wrong and there could be things lost in translation.

Anyway, that’s probably not awfully important for you. After all, I don’t think there are a lot of Koreans amongst our readers. But you may be more interested in the fact that there’s a good shot a Jelly Bean update is headed Verizon’s way too.

What, you didn’t know Big Red had the Optimus Vu up for grabs? It does, but under a different name – LG Intuition. Spec-wise, the Vu and Intuition are pretty much identical, with the same 5-inch 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution display, dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 1 gig of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 8 MP camera and 2,080 mAh battery.

Unlike the Vu, which rocked Android 2.3 Gingerbread upon release and got bumped up to 4.0 ICS later on, the Intuition came with Ice Cream Sandwich out the box. Verizon has already issued a minor software update for the Intuition, but unfortunately that’s been reported to do more harm than good.

Like I said, chances are the LG Intuition will get an official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean soon after the Korean Optimus Vu, but now the question is when. And also, are you Intuition users still willing to have patience, or you’re just about to explode and ditch both Verizon and LG for good?

Via [Ameblo]

Galaxy vs Optimus: Samsung fires back at LG over OLED patent infringement

The maker of the Galaxy line of phones, Samsung, has backfired against the maker of the Optimus, LG Display. The latter was the first to file infringement lawsuits over organic light-emitting diode (OLED) patents in September specifying Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 7.7 are among the infringing devices. The former did not respond initially until Monday. The company’s legal counsel said that this latest salvo is necessary to defend its own intellectual properties and patents.

Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, made a request to Seoul patents court last week to deem LG’s seven patents relating to OLED technologies invalid due to the lack of innovation and originality. This legal tactic is not new to the Galaxy-maker as it is the same tactic Apple used to win the $1 billion case. But Samsung spokesperson said they are doing this to defend their technologies.

“These are typical legal steps to defend a company’s stance in a patent infringement suit,” the Samsung spokesman told AFP.

Both are South Korean companies that have been in competition since time immemorial. While they have engaged into several legal battles in the past, the most recent one seems to become nastier as they both try to eliminate one another.

An OLED display does not need backlighting so manufacturers can build devices as thin as other components would allow. In fact, it is this very same technology that has been used in majority of Samsung’s mid- to high-end devices especially the Galaxy S III. LG used this technology on its television units while Samsung in its smartphones. If the former wins this case, Samsung will have a lot of problems in its mobile division.

However, it seems like Samsung has an edge over this case than LG because it has never been hidden from the eyes of the public that it has developed several OLED patents including the more advanced Super AMOLED technology. And if its accusations that LG tried to lure away its senior Samsung OLED researchers are proven true, it can win this case with eyes closed.

[source: Phys]

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AT&T, Sprint to offer LG Optimus G, release date slated in Q4

South Korean manufacturer, LG, officially announced its latest entry into the high-end Android market on September 19th confirming its superphone flagship will be coming to the United States. No information as to which providers in the U.S. would offer the handset then. However, the latest press release from LG USA already confirms two of the major providers, AT&T and Sprint, opted to include Optimus G to their current line ups.

LG Optimus G comes packed with Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset featuring a quad-core Krait with 1.5GHz clock speed. Unlike its counterparts, Tegra 3 and Exynos, Qualcomm’s system on chip (SOC) is compatible with 4G LTE networks offered by AT&T and Sprint so the device will be released in the US bearing its original specs.

“The LG Optimus G lets our customers work and play as hard as they want with one of our first quad core processor designed to deliver a great multitasking experience,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “We think customers will really enjoy having the power of a computer in the palm of their hand.”

True enough, a quad-core device with 2GB RAM would be perfect for people looking for ultimate mobile devices that offer performance like no one has ever experienced before. While it is definitely not the first quad-core device released this year, it might be warmly accepted in the US and UK being a mobile device that bears PC-like power.

The fact is the device offers more than just its powerful CPU and more than enough RAM. But while people’s attention is focused on these aspects, there’s one thing worth knowing: LG Optimus G uses In-Cell Touch technology. It is the same display technology Apple uses for its iPhone 5. Not only does it make screen thinner—by taking away some layers—It also helps extend battery life. So, aside from being thinner than other devices in the market today, LG Optimus G is expected to last longer with its 2100mAh battery.

It will be marketed with a premium price tag attached to it, so the fact that both AT&T and Sprint will subsidize it is good news; people would be able to get it on a lower price range with proper support and warranty. There is no date specified for the release of this device yet but speculations and rumors point out November would be a perfect month for it. Still, we have to wait for LG’s, AT&T’s and Sprint’s confirmation as to the availability of LG Optimus G.

Verizon Wireless Officially Announces LG Intuition for $199

The LG Optimus Vu was definitely nothing like the Samsung Galaxy Note’s popularity as you can imagine, but that’s not going to stop Verizon Wireless from launching the handset as the LG Intuition on Thursday, September 6th (2 days away) for $199 on contract. The big problem with this handset is that the screen size sits at 5 inches, but has an aspect ration of 4:3. As you can imagine, the Galaxy Note technically being the first “Phablet” on the market, is what many people thought was way to large for a handset. In reality though, The LG Optimus Vu (LG Intuition) is what is way too large. LG apparently thinks that the 4:3 aspect ration makes the screen better for reading, while that may be true, the handset is way to large and annoying for an everyday device. It mine as well be a 5 inch tablet as it’s just plain annoying. If you haven’t heard of this device or just aren’t familiar with it, it comes with a Rubberdium pen, which is essentially LG’s version of Samsung’s S Pen that you’ll find on the Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy Note 10.1 (among other devices with those two listed being the most notable). To make a final decision though, you’re going to have to visit the Verizon Wireless store yourself to see the device in action. You won’t be able to do that until September 10th though.

The LG Optimus Vu or “Intuition” features a 5 inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio to fully use the screen size and eliminate any extra real estate space. It’ll also be feature a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1 gig of RAM, an 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording, a 1.3 mega pixel front facing camera and will be powered Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As you can imagine, with the rise of Amazon apps, you’ll see a suite of different Amazon apps on the handset such as Kindle, Mp3 and Audible (that’s just a few of the many on the device.

Is anyone interested in getting this device from Verizon?

source: Talk Android

LG Announces Optimus L9

LG has announced the impending arrival of the new Optimus L9 smartphone through a press release. The L9 joins the other smartphones that LG launched this year, including the Optimus L3, the Optimus L5, and the Optimus L7. This series is intended for consumers on a budget, but do not want to sacrifice style.

Nicknamed by LG as a “smarter smartphone,” the Optimus L9 runs on a 1GHz dual-core chipset working hand-in-hand with 1GB of DDR2 RAM and a 4GB e-MMC. For its operating system, the device features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Its body measures 9.1 mm in thickness and features a sleek and slim design. It also sports and IPS display spanning 4.7 inches. A 2,150mAh SiO+ battery powers the smartphone. The L9 will also come with a 5-megapixel rear-facing main camera and a VGA front camera.

The L9 also comes with some interesting software, including a newly-designed keyboard called the My Style Keypad. This keyboard lets users modify the placement of the keys to facilitate their typing. This is similar to an option from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Note. Furthermore, LG provides another keyboard layout for when the device is used in landscape mode.

There is also a language translation software called QTranslator installed on the device. QTranslator uses a technology called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). To use it, one simply has to scan a string of characters with the camera. This allows QTranslator to work with an online translation engine or a dictionary to give the user a translation. According to LG, this feature supports 44 foreign languages as well as 64 user languages. It is likewise able to translate phrases and sentences apart from single words.

The Optimus L9 has dimensions of 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm and weighs 125 grams. LG has not specified this device’s price or launch date yet, but it is likely that the company will make announcements regarding the L9 during the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany.

via engadget

LG Wants To Open Up A Development Lab In Silicon Valley

LG has been desperately trying to step up their game and like Samsung, Android has been a big part of that.  However LG hasn’t had near the success of Samsung.  We think with the LG Optimus 3D, LG Optimus Black and other projects down the line that could all change for the good for LG.  Also, their outreach to the developer community will rekindle interest in the LG brand.

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T-Mobile Offers Distracted Driving Android App For LG Optimus T

T-Mobile has partnered with Location Labs on the first carrier grade solution to preventing distracted driving via text message and talking while driving.  We reported earlier this week on a product by Taser that was $249.99 and $14 per month.  The T-Mobile solution is much more affordable and comes with a lot of features.

While the app is in Drive mode it diverts all calls directly to voicemail. When the user receives a text message an auto responder is sent telling the texter that the person they have texted is unavailable because they are driving and will return their message later.

Drive Smart by Location Labs and designed specifically for T-Mobile is available for download on the LG Optimus T Android phone.  Once installed and activated, the app disables the phones ability to make and receive both text messages and phone calls.  For emergency purposes there is an override function enabling the phones user to make emergency calls and text messages.  There is also an alert you can set up to text a parent or loved one, should the service go into override mode.

Source: T-Mobile

LG Optimus Chic Now Available In Germany

LG was supposed to bring 20 smartphones to market this year and the LG Chic was one of them.  We first saw the LG Optimus Chic at IFA in Berlin back in September. Now, the Android 2.2 handset is available in Germany via Amazon.com.

The LG Optimus Chic has a less curvy form factor and comes in white, black and red and a price tag comparable to $376 US dollars.  The Chic comes with Android 2.2, upgradeable to 2.3. It has the same 3.2″ HVGA screen as the Optimus line in the United States. It features an upgraded 5 megapixel camera and DLNA.

The original LG Optimus has already sold 1 million units worldwide. The followup may do a little better with the feature upgrade.

Source: Unwiredview

LG is WRONG! Gingerbread Doesn’t Need 1ghz Processor!

I personally like the LG Optimus line, I have tested the LG Optimus T, The LG Optimus S and the Vortex. My personal preference is the LG Optimus T because of the wifi features and speed of the HSPA+ network.  The LG Optimus line came out of the gate with Android 2.2 Froyo. While others spent hundreds on their Android devices and are still awaiting a froyo update, you could get an LG Optimus handset for less than $99 in most cases and rock froyo immediately.

An LG Optimus user asked LG on facebook if they would receive an update to the Android version announced yesterday, Gingerbread 2.3.  The LG representative handling their facebook account said no because the processor in the LG Optimus line is 600mhz and as far as LG knew, Gingerbread wasn’t compatible with anything lower than a 1Ghz processor.

If the requirements for Gingerbread called for a mandatory 1Ghz processor it would in essence cut  off half of the Android ecosystem. In fact it’s hard to believe that Google would make a move like that.

Mobile Review’s Editor, Eldar Murtizan tweeted out yesterday that this wasn’t the case, that a 1ghz processor was recommended but not required.  So it looks like LG is trying to bail out of upgrading the LG Optimus series to Android 2.3.  While it was a great move to roll out with Android 2.2 Froyo , they should be able to handle at least one upgrade.

UPDATE:  Android Lead Dan Morrill tweeted out the following message further backing up what Mobile Review said:

LG Has not returned numerous voicemails or emails requesting comment to us or any of the colleagues we speak to on a regular basis.

Source: GSM Arena

Tmonews: Optimus T Accesories Show Up on TMobile Doc

Tmo news has gotten their hands on a hot little internal doc that shows the dates accesoies for certain devices will hit T-mobile stores and among the new accesories are accesories for the forthcoming: Android LG Optimus T ( , Windows Phone 7 HD7, and the Blackberry Bold 9780. Of course the Motorola DEFY accesoies have shown up as well as an unknown from Motorola the “Begonia”

The LG Optimus is their new upper line Android devices.  For more on the Optimus check this out

The document is also showing accesories for a Dell “Claire” and a Dell “Comet” and of course when we hear more we will report on it.

Source: Tmonews Dave and his crew get some of the best Tmo leaks follow them on twitter here tell them Thedoidguy sent ya