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Android 4.4 KitKat rolls out to European LG Optimus G, this time for real

After one too many false alarms, misunderstandings and unsubstantiated rumors, it appears LG Optimus G users are at last closing in on KitKat resolution. Joyful resolution, that is, as they definitely won’t be left behind.

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Instead, they’ll get with the times this month, according to claims from SFR France. Granted, the Western European operator isn’t the most reliable around, jumping the gun on Android 4.4 bumps several times in the recent past.

But for once, SFR backs one of its optimistic forecasts with concrete, chocolaty proof – a picture of an LG Optimus G (model number E975) running Android 4.4.2. The bad news? The photo stars a device loaded with an experimental KK port, and testing is still in full speed.

The good news? Once it’s ready to replace Jelly Bean on French shores, Android 4.4 should gradually make its way all across the old continent and, presumably, in North America too. So worst case scenario, you’ll need to wait until, say, late July. That’s not so bad, is it?

Think about it, as much as we all loved the G back in the day, particularly LG, which built quite the impressive high-end roster on its heels, we have to remember its time has passed. You wouldn’t tell by looking at the specs, but the 4.7 incher is nearly two years old.

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Bottom line, it’s only fair newer devices like the Optimus G Pro, Vu 3, G2 and G Flex get upgraded sooner.

As far as specifics tweaks and improvements are concerned, SFR is bizarrely intent on keeping everything under wraps, emphasizing “we are not able to inform you yet about the precise improvements of this upgrade”.

But XDA forum members speculate Knock On and Knock Code aren’t headed for the Optimus G. Not yet, at least, as a subsequent over-the-air boost may take care of business and add the neat LG-specific  functions in the mix, just like on the G2.

Obviously, generalized Project Svelte performance enhancements are guarantees nevertheless, as is a subtle but noticeable UI revamp, expanded notification functionality, improved security, Wi-Fi, battery life, camera capabilities and so on and so forth.

Oh, and be sure to appreciate the KitKat update at its real value whenever it finally goes live, as I personally deem Optimus G’s odds to score the unannounced Android 5.0 as microscopic. It’s sad, but every gadget has an expiration date.

Via [SFR]

LG Italy confirms impending KitKat updates for Optimus L9 II, G Pro Lite

Lo and behold, ladies and gents, as LG seems to be preparing an additional bombshell this week to the no doubt spectacular, albeit no longer surprising G3 announcement. The Koreans have bumped up the G2 to Android 4.4, the Optimus G Pro, G Flex, G Pad 8.3 and Vu 3 also, and apparently, next in line are two less than stellar handhelds.

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Namely, the OG Optimus L9 II and massive but mediocre G Pro Lite. The info comes straight from the horse’s mouth, or rather one of the horse’s regional mouths – LG’s official Italian Facebook page. According to the local social team, the L9 II shall score KitKat “in the coming weeks”, and the G Pro Lite towards the end of Q2.

That’s late June, so technically in the next few weeks as well. Also on the list, the long tormented Optimus G, which is still not very close to resolution. Its Android 4.4 update is now slated for Q3, so at some point between July and September.

Remember though, we got a bunch of mixed signals vis-à-vis LG’s yesteryear flagship in the past, so maybe it would be wise to doubt everything we hear in connection to it.

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As far as the other two are concerned, it’s sure surprising to see the L9 II get the royal treatment so soon. Clearly, the 4.7 incher is no pushover, with its 720p display and 1 GB RAM, but it’s fairly old and not that popular as far as we can tell.

Unveiled in August 2013 and rolled out in October, the mid-ranger was never picked up by a single US carrier, unlike its predecessor, available on T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Of course, just because one particular European market is about to see KitKat go live on the device, it doesn’t mean the rest of the world will follow suit immediately.

Besides, we know full well how easily confused Facebook page administrators can be. But let’s be optimistic, and hope the Italian timeline pans out for the G Pro Lite too.

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Launched last November, the gigantic 5.5 incher never landed stateside either, and hardware-wise, it’s even more lackluster than the L9 II. The display boasts sub-par 960 x 540 pixels resolution, and under the hood a dual-core 1 GHz Mediatek chip takes care of raw speed business.

Sounds pretty underwhelming, though at $230 unlocked and with Android 4.4.2, you can’t deny its awfully solid bang for buck factor. You go, LG!

Via [Androidiani]

LG updates G Pad 8.3, Vu 3 to Android 4.4, five other KitKat ports in the works

After a dreadfully sluggish start to Android 4.4 KitKat updates, LG has all of a sudden cranked up its software support efforts, bringing the G2 up to date internationally as well as in South Korea, Canada and on AT&T and T-Mobile US.

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They’ve also began rolling out KitKat for their OG Optimus G Pro and bendy G Flex. Plus, fresh reports add the G Pad 8.3 tablet and Vu 3 phablet to the happy, avant-garde list. The former, said to score 4.4 worldwide sometime in Q2, is reportedly treated to the chocolaty makeover early in Korea both over-the-air and via LG’s Mobile Support Tool.

Technically, international G Pad users can themselves take things to the next level early, thanks to an unofficial port available on XDA Forum. However, unless you’re skilled in matters of hacking and tinkering and willing to say goodbye to your precious warranty, patience is advised.

Those based in Korea should expect to see a prompt message asking them to upgrade before long, and an install duration of no more than half an hour. Regardless, make sure the battery is above the 50 percent capacity mark, and free up about 500 MB of storage space.

LG G Pad Android 4.4

Aside from the customary subtle UI tweaks, the firmware carries a heap of performance optimizations and speed improvements, plus a few bug fixes and LG-specific bloatware.

Turning our attention to the Vu 3, a handheld available exclusively in Korea, we’d like to mention the Android 4.4 KitKat port in this case can be found, downloaded and installed straight from the local LG Mobile support website here.

All three carrier-locked versions, on SKT, KT and LG U+, can be bumped up to KitKat, and the changelog is basically identical to the list of adjustments expected on the G Pad, G2 or Optimus G Pro: refreshed interface, wireless printing capability, security enhancements, better compatibility for ART runtime, improved browser speed, battery life and camera performance.

As for what’s on the horizon, things are looking mighty encouraging. At least in LG’s homeland. According to an unofficial but seemingly legit list posted on the Korean blogosphere, six devices up for grabs around those parts will jump on the KitKat bandwagon sooner or later.

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That’s six in addition to the five already updated, mind you, bringing the grand total to an impressive near dozen. Too bad the Optimus LTE 2 (F160), Vu 2 (F200), GK (F220) and GX (F310) can’t be found anywhere outside the “Land of the Morning Calm”.

The Optimus G can, of course, but its global move to 4.4 has been rumored and greatly debated. Bottom line, I’m afraid I have no fresh good news for Western LG fans aside from an impending software bump on the G Pad 8.3.

Then again, the Optimus F7 is essentially Optimus LTE 2’s bigger battery-packing counterpart, so odds are the former will get to taste some sweet KitKat one of these days too. Sure, it features half the RAM and built-in storage, but still.

Via [Naver], [Ameblo], [LG Mobile Korea], [Ruliweb]

Update on LG Optimus G KitKat release

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Got another update from one of our readers regarding the LG Optimus G KitKat update and the additional details we had on that story. Below is the email from our reader, who found the original story from XDA Forum:

Bad news this time, LG Electronics Estonia has just released a new post on their Facebook page, apologizing that their previous post regarding Estonian Elisa customers being able to update their Optimus G to Android 4.4 was false:

Original post:

“Vabandame siiralt kõigi ees, kuna peame teatama, et informatsioon Android 4.4 KitKat uuenduse kättesaadavuse kohta LG Optimus G nutitelefonile osutus paraku ebatõeseks.

Küll aga on LG Optimus G nutitelefoni omanikele on kättesaadav uuendus, mis võimaldab kasutajatele liigipääsu 4G internetile.

Vabandame ebameeldivuste tekitamise pärast.”

Rough translation:

“We must deeply apologize for giving out false information. Apparently there has been some misunderstanding and the news about 4.4 update availability for LG Optimus G has unfortunately turned out to be false information. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences it might have caused.”

Additionally, XDA forum contributor Flaide Laise approached LG Nordic, who said that LG Estonia was indeed mistaken that the software update they received was that of Android 4.4 KitKat, when it was in fact not at all. The post can be found here.

At this point, on the same XDA forum thread, many LG users have expressed their dissatisfaction towards LG, both blaming the Estonia division for giving us high hopes and also blaming LG for never delivering updates, which LG is infamous for. Especially worried is user @ints1981 who had already submitted his phone to the Estonian service center. His phone could well be already on its way to Lithuania — for nothing.

Re: LG Optimus G Android 4.4 KitKat Update in Estonia

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Android updates have always been a hot topic for Android owners and readers,  so when we wrote about the LG Optimus G updated with Android 4.4 KitKat, it caused a stir in the Android community.   One of our readers actually was kind enough to point out some more details that came from this story:

After reading your LG Optimus G Scores Android 4.4 KitKat Update Already… In Estonia article, I would like to share more information regarding the update.

The original story came from the XDA forum, specifically from a forum contributor, who happens to be an Estonian Elisa customer. Below is an update to the story.

Firstly, it turns out that Elisa customers can send in their Optimus G either to the service center, or to an Elisa outlet (which will eventually still send it to the service center). From the service center, the phones will be sent to Lithuania to be flashed with the KitKat update.

Secondly, other Estonian carriers are reportedly doing the same as Elisa, perhaps the update isn’t tied only to Elisa customers.

I believe that the reason for LG only releasing the update (via such a complicated method) is to do some “beta testing”. This is a common practice from Android OEMs, releasing the update to a small group of people and based on their experiences, finally deciding if the update goes to the rest of the world.

In the meantime, our fellow forum contributor has plans to send in his device for the update, and we wish him luck and gratitude for his efficient reporting of the situation in Estonia.

I hope that you will be able to put in these information into your article as I believe this will clarify certain doubts that readers of your site may have. Thank you.

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 offering trial devices to developers for testing, including the LG G2 and Optimus G

Developing an app for Android is one thing, but making sure it works well across the plethora of Android smartphones and tablets out in the wild today can be a daunting task, especially for independent developers that can’t get their hands on too many devices for actual testing. But if you’re a developer based in the US or Canada, then LG is offering to lend a hand for your testing needs.

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The Korean manufacturer is giving a trial device to developers for 30 days as part of its Device Loaner Program – all they need to do is sign up for the developer program, and if they get selected, LG will send over an LG G2, Optimus G, or a Optimus G Pro for 30 days. Of course, it would have been better if it was Samsung offering this deal, considering the millions of its devices that are in use today, but hey, it’s never a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth, is it?

Sign up for the LG Device Loaner Program at the source link.

Source: LG Developer

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]

Watch the LG G2 launch on livestream

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If you want to catch the LG G2 launch but aren’t in New York City, then here is some good news. LG is streaming the event live online via YouTube. As of the moment, there are around two hours to go before the event begins.

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LG G2 launch

While we wait, let us review some of the details what we know about the new LG flagship handset.

A press render of the device has been posted by famous leak source @evleaks just yesterday. If the image is the real deal, which it likely is, the photo is the clearest glimpse that we have had of the LG G2. Prior to the press render leak, different photos purportedly showing the LG G2 have been released online.

The press render shows a smartphone with very thin bezels. Below the display is the LG logo. Meanwhile, on the rear plate, one finds the camera, power, volume rocker buttons, and another LG logo near the bottom.

As for its specifications, the LG G2 is expected to come with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 or 3GB of RAM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization, a removable 2,610mAh battery, a microSD card slot for expansion, and a nano-SIM card slot. LG will also release accessories like Quadbeat 2 headphones and QuickWindow cases to complement the powerhouse specifications of its new flagship handset.

On August 8th, the LG G2 is expected to be available in South Korea, LG’s home country. Within three months from today, the smartphone will be available from a hundred wireless carriers across the globe. In the United States, all major carriers will offer the device. The smartphone will be available in North America by next month, whereas other markets would have to wait until October to get the LG G2.

Here is the link to the LG G2 launch on livestream.

Are you excited about the LG G2 launch?

via phonearena

How To Fix Freezing and Slow LG Optimus G

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Problems like freezing, slowing down, locking up, and random shut down are the most common issues LG Optimus G owners are facing. In light to the problem, we dedicate this article that will help owners fix issues they are currently facing.

Common issues you may encounter if your Optimus G has a problem:

  • Freezes
  • Performs slowly
  • Turning off and on unexpectedly
  • Unable to update and install applications
  • Often displays error messages

The following are steps we recommend to help identify and solve such the above-mentioned issues. Right after doing the steps, test the device if the issue was resolved. If there are no changes, continue on the next step.

Step 1: Perform A Soft Reset

Doing a soft reset on your LG Optimus G can help delete temporary files cached during the boot up. These data often cause the problem.

  1. Press and hold the Power key. If there’s any changes on the screen ignore it.
  2. Hold still the power key until your LG Optimus G turns off.
  3. Eventually your device will automatically turn on.
  4. Test your device and figure it out if there’s a change on the issue.

Step 2: Clear App Cache

Always remember that every application has a cache of temporary files and it’s using some space on the memory of the device. Clear the cache of larger and heavier applications to clear up some space.

Keep on clearing until you finished clearing caches of suspected apps. There’s a possibility that you can’t clear up all the cache of every application.

Always remember that you just have to clear the application cache and not the application data.

  • In clearing your application data, don’t forget that you are also deleting you’re personal data and information like your login information and high scores.
  • By clearing your application cache, you’re not deleting your personal settings and information.

Step 3: Verify if your LG Optimus G has enough memory

Sometimes issue will come out if the device has low internal memory.

Step 4: Close applications running in the background

In Android platform, applications keep running in the background so that the next time the user calls for it, it will launch faster. However, most of the times, they can cause performance issues.

Step 5: Widgets Overload

Weather and clock widgets will automatically update on your home screen.

If there were too many widgets updating and collecting information simultaneously, it is expected that the performance of the system will be affected as well as the memory.

Try removing those unnecessary widgets to improve the performance of the device.

Step 6: Uninstall recently installed apps.

After installing a certain application and you noticed there was a difference in the phone’s performance, you must uninstall the app at once. It could be that the current version of the app is not compatible, or has some conflicts, with the system.

There are also possibilities that apps freeze and run slow, which can greatly affect the device’s performance.

Note: In optimizing device performance, make sure that you are using the latest device software.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at [email protected] Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

Best Free Android Smartphones with US Contracts – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular

Who doesn’t like freebies? Actually, scratch that, who doesn’t love freebies? The thing is nothing in life is really free, so more often than not what you may be offered for no cost comes with strings attached. Strings that can annoy the heck out of you or make you pay through the nose in the long run.

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Case in point, on-contract phones. There are oodles of gadgets that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or US Cellular “sell” for no upfront expense, yet in nine out of ten cases you’ll find yourselves six, nine or twelve months after purchasing said device asking what the fudge were you thinking in the first place.

Not only are you paying a premium each month to your “generous” carrier, but you’re also stuck with a phone that’s probably dated by now. And you still have a long way to go until getting rid of the customary 24-month contract.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not always. And not if you pick one of the following recommended devices, which are available free with contracts and are guaranteed to be cool 12, 16 and maybe even 24 months from now. Plus, did I mention they’re free? Yeah, you’ll pay a lot in two years, but if you don’t have 6 or 700 bucks just lying around this is your only choice.

Without further ado then, these are the five best Android smartphones available for free with US contracts:

5. LG Escape – AT&T

I’m not so sure if this fellow would have made the top five were I not keen to recommend you at least one device from each major US network. After all, it’s never been in the spotlight much. And it’s only been updated to Jelly Bean a couple of months ago.

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But it does run Jelly Bean, which is ultimately what matters. And for a 4.3-incher, it packs a decently sized 2,150 mAh battery. Plus, you get 4G LTE speeds and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor that’s not sooo bad. Still, a 960 x 540 pix res panel? Pretty nasty!

4. Motorola Droid Razr M – Verizon

Razr M’s biggest inconvenience is also the underwhelming 960 x 540 4.3-inch display, but other than that this is a sizzling hot mid-ranger. It’s sleek, compact, rocks super-slim bezels, but at the same time robust, with an aluminum frame, Kevlar backing and splash resistant chassis.

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It also runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for a while and, given it’s a Motorola, it’s probably due for a 4.2 and even a 5.0 update soon. The dual-core 1.5 GHz processor is also pretty hot, as is the 8 MP rear camera. On the flipside, the 2,000 mAh battery will not win any reliability awards, but hey, you can’t have it all and still pay nothing. Or can you?

3. Pantech Perception – Verizon

Well, maybe not all, but you can get close. Basically, the only downside I can see in owning a Perception is it doesn’t come from a big name in the industry. Pantech however is very big in Korea, so unless you’re extremely shallow and think it’s only cool to have a Samsung or HTC, the Perception can be a very solid deal.

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Running 4.1 Jelly Bean starting a couple of days ago, the 4.8-incher looks distinguished, elegant and sports an HD screen. Quite a step up from 960 x 540 pixels, don’t you think? But those are not this baby’s only strong points, with LTE, NFC, 8 MP cam, dual-core 1.5 GHz SoC and 16 GB of storage also qualifying. In one word, it’s a steal.

2. LG Optimus G – Sprint

It’s no longer the steed in LG’s stable (that honor goes to the G Pro), but the first-gen Optimus G has sure aged nicely. The HD IPS 4.7-inch display is stunning, the quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC is explosively fast, the 2 gigs of RAM ensure multitasking is a breeze, while the 13 MP camera is… well, still top-notch, even with eight months having passed since G’s release.

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What else? Oh, yeah, you get 4G LTE speeds, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (for now), a decent 2,100 mAh battery and a winning design. Literally, since it won LG a few awards back in the day.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3 –   Sprint, US Cellular

Honored as the best of the best until a couple of months ago, it’s a huge honor to welcome the Galaxy S3 in the “free smartphone” club. And, of course, the only medal we can award it is gold. But, before mentioning what makes it great (as if there’s someone who doesn’t know), a small side note – USC technically sells the S3 for $100, money which you then get back as a MasterCard Debit Card.

Sprint’s S3 also has a small catch (like the Optimus G, actually), going for free only after a $50 mail-in rebate and a “bring your number” discount of 100 bucks.

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With all that out of the way, I’m going to be short. The Galaxy S3 is not the world champion anymore, but it is a champion. It runs Android 4.1 with TouchWiz on top, packs a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and a stupendous 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen.

I could go on, but I’ll wrap it up by saying this: there’s no way you’re going to be ashamed with this beast one, two or three years from now, no matter what kind of supernatural gizmos will come out in the meantime.

P.S.: The ranking is subjective and shall be regarded as such.

P.P.S.: Only in-stock smartphones on the four carriers’ websites at the time of the writing have been taken into consideration. Some of the above may be part of limited-time promos and could have their prices bumped up in the near future.

LG LS980 (Optimus G2 For Sprint?), Plus Mystery Samsung SPH-I800 and LG D300 Spotted at Bluetooth SIG

Bluetooth SIG listings are very rarely revelatory of anything other than the possible identities of unreleased gadgets, but sometimes that’s enough to ignite a spark and make us enthusiastic about the future.

And today we have a real treat for all you rumor-mongers, as we’ve managed to track down (courtesy of our friends from Ameblo.Jp) no less than three new mysterious smartphones. The trio includes a device whose identity can be pretty easily guessed, although it’s probably not wise to have certainties at this point, while the other two are a little more cryptic.

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But let’s start from the beginning. An LG LS980 has apparently gotten Bluetooth certified yesterday, on the 6th, being very likely the future Sprint-bound version of the Optimus G2. You remember the G2, right?

The 5.5-inch beast that was spotted getting the same Bluetooth SIG approval last week in a Korean-specific version codenamed F320. And whose first full frontal photo was allegedly (ev)leaked just a couple of days back.

Now, you’re probably wondering how can we be so sure this LS980 is an Optimus G2 destined for Sprint. Easy, because the first-gen G for Sprint carried the LS970 model number and the Optimus G Pro is unlikely to make its way to a different US carrier than AT&T.

Naturally, I wouldn’t bet my life on all this being legit, but a small sum of money… definitely. Which brings us to the next question – how will the G2 look and what kind of specs will it sport? It’s far too early to give a definitive answer to that question, but a Full HD panel, blazing fast 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and at least 2 gigs of RAM are definitely in the cards.

But let’s move on before going completely berserk with G2-related assumptions and speculations. To our second mystery device leaked by Bluetooth SIG and codenamed Samsung SPH-I800. This is most definitely another Sprint-bound smartphone, but chances are it’s going to run Windows 8 instead of Android.

The thing will come equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE, that’s for sure, but everything else about it is a very tough nut to crack. It certainly doesn’t help we’re seeing for the first time a model number with SPH-I at the beginning or that Sprint is yet to carry a single WP8-based phone. Still, our safest bet at the moment is the SPH-I800 is the ATIV S.

Finally, we’ve spotted an LG D300 getting Bluetooth certified as well, but this is likely a far less exciting device than the other two. Featuring just Bluetooth 3.0, the thing will probably be a very budget-conscious little fellow.

Its unseen before model number makes us think the D300 could be part of a new entry-level or mid-range LG line, but it’s basically impossible to try to predict when will it come out and where it will be made available.

Who’s excited about the upcoming LG Optimus G2? How about Samsung’s ATIV S, does it still have a chance to make a splash in the US?

Via [Ameblo] (1), (2), (3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG Optimus G Pro (AT&T Version) – Specs Comparison

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 might have (barely) survived and come on top in the head-to-head battle against the HTC One, but we already have a new challenger to the throne. Well, this one has been around for a while too, but it’s only now starting to make a solid bid for the smartphone heavyweight title, as it has finally been made official for the US.

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Yes, it’s LG’s super-sized 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro, an even bigger and in some ways more technically impressive beast than the GS4. The G Pro unfortunately starts the duel with two massive disadvantages, on account of LG’s somewhat shady reputation in the States and the limited availability that comes from the big guy’s exclusivity status on AT&T.

Taking that into account, does the Optimus G Pro have what it takes to recover the lost ground and at least prove like a solid S4 alternative? Let’s see…

Design and build quality comparison

Besides disappointing with sub-par software support, LG has always been seen by folks in the US as Samsung’s more modest relative. You know, like the cousin that always looked up to you, but made you feel embarrassed when going out by picking his nose.

Also, people have constantly accused LG of copying Sammy’s designs, which, to be honest, has flagrantly happened more than once in the recent past.

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Why am I telling you all this? Well, I want you to understand that LG has really turned the page with this G Pro. True, the thing still looks uncannily similar to the S4, with basically the same glossy plastic exterior, overall industrial look and relatively thin bezels.

But darn, is LG’s 5.5-incher sexy! The textured back is clearly a love or hate design element, but when it comes to the thing’s dimensions you can’t not like it. Though bigger than the S4, the G Pro feels very nice in the hand and is just exquisite from top to bottom.

The same can of course be said about Samsung’s flagship, but I won’t go into detail because I already did that.

Winner: It’s a tie

Display

Though obviously we haven’t had the chance to take the AT&T version of the Optimus G Pro for a spin already, chances are it’s the exact same phone as the Korean model that several big tech websites have tested.

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And if that’s the case, LG has a problem – G Pro’s IPS LCD screen is clearly inferior to S4’s AMOLED when it comes to color reproduction, viewing angles, contrast and brightness. Basically the only thing the 5.5-incher has going for it is the size, but that’s not much of an advantage either because the S4 actually has the higher ppi.

Both panels sport Full HD resolutions (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), but it’s the S4 that boasts a stunning 441 ppi pixel density, compared with “only” 401 ppi for the G Pro.

Winner: Galaxy S4

Processing speed and cameras

Again, we are yet to see and test the AT&T G Pro, but if it’s anything like the Korean variant (and it probably is), the Galaxy S4 has the edge from a performance standpoint too. LG’s spearhead packs a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU and 2 GB of RAM, whereas the Samsung big guy features a 1.9 GHz 600 processor or octa-core Exynos 5, plus the same 2 gigs of memory.

In both variations, the S4 scores considerably higher in benchmarks like AnTuTu, GLBenchmark or Geekbench, meaning you’ll likely get a little extra juice from the 5-incher in gaming, multimedia playing or web browsing.

As for cams, they’re essentially identical on paper, sporting 13 and 2.1 MP sensors (the G Pro) and 13 and 2 megapixels (the S4). However, in real life the GS4 is clearly better in regards to the main snapper, which produces sharper, brighter and more detailed pics.

Winner: Galaxy S4

Software

The software battle comes down to the classic Android 4.2 vs 4.1 duel, with the latter unfortunately coming out the box with the G Pro. We also can’t ignore LG’s recent muddy track record with updates, which makes us guess a 4.2 and subsequent 4.3 or 5.0 bump will not happen very soon.

Jelly Bean

The GS4 wins extra points here with a much more complex exclusive UI added on top of Android, coming with neat and unique features like Smart Stay, Smart Pause, S Health or S-Voice. Then again, if you like your Android experience to be closer to stock, you’ll appreciate LG’s very subtle tweaks and the highly customizable UI.

Winner: Galaxy S4

Battery life

Given the Optimus G Pro packs a much larger ticker than the GS4 (3,140 mAh vs 2,600), you’d think LG will finally catch a break and win at least a single battle of this comprehensive vs post of ours. Unfortunately (for LG), it’s not that simple.

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According to GSM Arena, the G Pro comes clearly on top in terms of talk time autonomy, but loses the web browsing and video playback battles, ultimately falling short of the S4 in “endurance” too. But how do you explain Samsung’s giant wins here despite rocking the smaller battery? Simple, it also sports the smaller screen and likely has better optimized software.

Winner: Galaxy S4

Others

As you can see, “good enough” is not enough to beat the GS4 to the punch and the final section of our comparison can’t change things too much. Both phones come with LTE speeds, both have expandable storage and user-removable batteries, plus things like NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.

The G Pro does win points for coming with 32 GB of on-board storage in its base config (compared with 16 gigs for the GS4) and for having slightly better audio quality thanks to a Dolby mobile sound enhancement system, but it’s far too little and too late for things to be turned around.

Winner: Optimus G Pro

Final verdict

It’s clear LG has come a long way from, say, two years ago and it deserves all the praising for its recent progress, but it’s still not a worthy adversary for Samsung. The G Pro is no pushover in any way, it looks very nice and packs awesome hardware, but is it the best high-end Android smartphone of the moment? Hardly.

On the flipside, if you do prefer your gadgets bigger and are not so set on owning the phone with the zippiest processor, the most unique software features (read: gimmicks) and the sharpest display, go for LG’s Optimus G Pro and don’t look back.

Via [Phone Arena], [GSM Arena], [Android Authority] and [Ubergizmo]

LG F320 (Optimus G2?) Spotted at Bluetooth SIG and AnTuTu, Coming Soon with 2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU?

It’s been less than 24 hours since LG made its newest flagship phone official on AT&T, but apparently the Optimus makers are already hard at work on the next pack leader. Allegedly dubbed Optimus G2, this has been a star of the rumor mill ever since late last year, although some of the related reports have proven to be fake, while others were simply bonkers.

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For instance, do you remember when we had it on “good authority” the G2 would come packing an 8-core LG-made Odin processor? What a load of rubbish, eh?

The latest word around the block however is far less crazy and much more trustworthy as a consequence, pinpointing the Optimus G2 as a zippier phone, but not by much compared with the G Pro.

Also known as the F320S, F320K or F320L, the thing has been spotted getting Bluetooth SIG certification and making its first benchmark rounds. The former is the piece of info that confirms the phone is real and quickly closing in on its official launch, but the latter part is the juicier story, as it provides some insight on the monster’s specs.

Apparently, the Optimus G2 will be packing a 2 GHz processor, most likely a quad-core Snapdragon 800 unit, at least in the F320L variation headed to Korea’s LG U+. Oddly, the F320K (aka KT’s version) is to be powered by a slower 1.5 GHz CPU. Even more bizarre is the F320K actually scores higher in AnTuTu than the F320L – 18,930 points vs. just 17,188.

And to wrap it all up with a neat, crazy bow, an LG F340L has also been allegedly benchmarked, scoring a higher 21,416 points while packing a 2 GHz processor. Out of the three devices, only the F320K runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, whereas the others come with 4.2 JB.

Usually, when something smells fishy in relation to benchmarks, it’s because the tests are big, fat fakes, so my guess is at least one of the “leaked” AnTuTu listings is a hoax. Maybe even two, as there appears to be something off about both the F320K and F340L.

Regardless, the Bluetooth SIG certification is enough to support Optimus G2’s existence and to make us assume the thing will be official by the end of Q3, meaning in August or September.

Other rumored specs besides the Snapdragon 800 chip include a Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution display (likely at least 5.5 inches in size), 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear-facing camera and a whopping battery of at least 3,200 mAh. Pretty cool, right?

Via [Ameblo] and [Mobile Geeks]