Netflix finally supports HDR and Dolby Vision on the LG G6

 

Clearly one of the big buzzwords of 2017 in mobile will be HDR. More and more device makers will choose to have their high-end products support HDR video, and they’re obviously hoping to influence your buying decisions by getting to brag about that. The company to start it all was LG back when it announced the G6, which – you guessed it – supports HDR video.

Up until today, however, you haven’t been able to take advantage of that in perhaps the most fitting app for the purpose: Netflix. Good news, though, for the streaming giant is now in the process of releasing a new version of its Android app, namely 5.0.1.Netflix finally supports HDR and Dolby Vision on the LG G6

And this one, as you might have realized, will bring HDR video and Dolby Vision support to the LG G6 at last. So if you have LG’s latest flagship smartphone, and pay for the most expensive Netflix subscription (the one which also includes 4K streaming), and have the latest version of the Netflix app – then and only then will you be able to enjoy the benefits of HDR video on your handset. Suffice to say that this technology still has quite a ways to go before it truly becomes mainstream.

 

LG X power2 With 4500mAh Battery Starts Shipping Across the Globe

LG launched its mid-range smartphone X power2 ahead of MWC 2017, and at that point revealed it will start becoming available in March, which did not happen. Now, the South Korean company has made an announcement that the LG X power2 has started shipping this month, beginning in North America followed by Asia, Europe, Latin America and other regions. However, there is no exact date and the price of the smartphone has also not been revealed by the company.

The LG X power2 is a mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The LG X power2 features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) In-cell Touch Display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor. It offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded further via microSD card (up to 2TB).LG X power2 With 4500mAh Battery Starts Shipping Across the Globe
For optics, LG X power2 sports a 13-megapixel rear sensor with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with soft-light LED flash for better selfies. The front camera is incorporated with LG’s smart UX that includes Auto Shot and Gesture Interval Shot, which simplify taking selfies by triggering the shutter as soon as a face or hand gesture is detected.

The most highlighted feature of the LG X power2 is the 4500mAh battery packed inside it. The company claims that the battery in the smartphone can last an entire weekend before requiring further recharging. At full charge, it is rated to deliver 26 hours of talk time, 18 hours of video viewing or 19 hours of web browsing. For connectivity, the LG X power2 has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0, USB OTG. It weighs 164 grams, and measures 154.7×78.1×8.4mm. The smartphone will be available in Black Titan, Shiny Titan, Shiny Gold, and Shiny Blue colour variants.

 

LG’s T-Mobile G6 BOGO deal has its end date moved up

 

Over the weekend, there was some confusion regarding the BOGO deal that LG was offering on the T-Mobile G6. Now that Monday is here, though, some new info has surfaced.

LG today updated its T-Mobile G6 BOGO offer to end today, May 15. The offer was previously scheduled to be available until June 8.

A T-Mobile memo leaked out yesterday that said that this LG offer had been pulled. Today T-Mo is telling customers that the deal is on, but is also saying that anyone with questions needs to contact LG, which makes sense because this is an LG offer, not a T-Mobile one. tmolgg6blackHowever, for reasons unknown (and unlikely to be officially announced), LG has moved up the offer’s end date by several weeks.

With LG’s deal, you can buy two T-Mobile LG G6 phones and get a $500 electronic rebate check to cover the cost of the second device after you submit your contact info, a photo of the receipt, and a photo of your IMEI. The G6 is a highly-specced flagship that’s only a little more than a month old, so this was a pretty good deal for those folks that’ve been able to take advantage of it.

Have you taken LG up on its T-Mobile G6 BOGO deal?

 

Air purifiers among over 10 new products for India this year: LG

 

The air purifiers are among over 10 products that the company has lined up for India this year. Photo: AFP

Seoul: As metropolitan cities continue to grapple with pollution in India, South Korean consumer electronics major LG sees an opportunity to foray into air purifiers along with a range of products developed on its global concept for India.

The air purifiers, fitted with specialised filters to clean emission from vehicles and fossil fuels, are among over 10 products that the company has lined up for India this year.

LG is looking to take on established players like Eureka Forbes, Kent RO, Panasonic, Sharp and Godrej in the fast growing air purifiers market in India that is estimated to be at around Rs150 crore. The market grew around 30% in the last two years. LG Electronics President and CTO Skott Ahn told PTI in an interview here that the company’s strategy is to introduce new technologies in all the products that it planned to launch in India.The air purifiers are among over 10 products that the company has lined up for India this year. Photo: AFP

“We will be launching more than 10 products in India in 2017. These will be new types of refrigerators, air purifiers, water purifiers and new types of OLED televisions, including the Signature brand,” he said. LG has taken into account causes of air pollution while developing special filters for its products, Ahn said. Characteristic of air pollution varies from region to region. In urban cities, including India, a lot of emission comes from vehicles and fossil fuels, he added.

“Filters in our air purifiers will focus on addressing such specific components rather than general filters,” Ahn said. The company has recently unveiled its ‘LG Signature’ premium brand of products which it plans to launch in India in July.

Ahn said that going forward, the nature of competition will no longer be restricted to conventional rivals, as startups or IT companies

LG X venture is now available for purchase in US

As scheduled, the LG X venture is now available for purchase in US. It’s listed on AT&T’s website for $11/month on a 30-month agreement. Alternatively, you can also grab a unit for $330 outright.

To refresh, here are the device’s key specifications: Snapdragon 435 SoC, 5.2-inch 1080p display, 2GB/32GB memory configuration, 16MP/5MP camera combo, and Android Nougat.

The X venture packs in a large 4,100mAh battery, and features IP68 water and dust protection. It is also 14 MIL-STD 810G certified for extreme temperatures.

LG G6 Now Available With a Rs. 10,000 Discount in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The phone was launched in April in India
  • LG G6 sports 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) FullVision display
  • The phone was launched at Rs. 51,990 in India

LG India is now offering its latest flagship G6 smartphone in India with Rs. 10,000 discount as part of its 20th anniversary in the country. While the smartphone was launched at a price of Rs. 51,990 in India, currently it is available at Rs. 41,999 on Amazon. The company announced the limited period discount on the flagship smartphone through its Twitter account.

To recall, the LG G6 smartphone was initially launched by the company at MWC 2017 in February and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The highlight feature on the smartphone is its 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) FullVision display with an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio instead of industry standard (16:9). The phone was launched with the new UX 6.0 that company said has been optimised for the 18:9 aspect ratio.LG G6 Now Available With a Rs. 10,000 Discount in India

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The LG G6 was launched in the 64GB storage variant. The storage on the LG G6 is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
In terms of optics, the new LG flagship smartphone comes with a dual-camera setup at rear end with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for wide-angle shots with 125-degree lens and f/2.4 aperture, and the other for regular shots with 71-degree lens and OIS 2.0. At front, the G6 features a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree lens.

The LG G6 houses a non-removable 3300mAh battery. This is a departure from the company’s earlier devices that usually featured removable batteries. It measures 148.9×71.9×7.9mm and weighs in at 163 grams. LG G6 supports LTE-A 3 Band CA network and in terms of connectivity options, it includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0 connectivity options. It is available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White colour options.

Notably, the phone was touted to be the “first smartphone with supports Dolby Vision” at the time of its launch by LG. It features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback as well. The phone packs a fingerprint scanner at the back as well. Another distinction is that it has passed the MIL-STD 810G military standard certification for durability.

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LG will reveal the V30 on August 31st

 

LG just dropped a big hint as to what’s next for its smartphone roster. The company has sent out a “save the date” teaser that hints at a V30 launch in Berlin on August 31st, right before the start of the IFA technology trade show. The image doesn’t give too much away, but there are a couple of conspicuous clues. The “V” is the dead giveaway as to what to expect, of course, but the image itself is a 2:1 aspect ratio. In other words, you can expect the G6’s extra-tall display concept (including the minimal bezel) to carry over.

That might be reflected in leaks. If you believe renders put out by OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, the V30 will look like a larger, curvier G6 with a different take on the dual rear camera layout. That’s good news if you like the basic concept behind the G6, but it also suggests that the V-series’signature secondary display (and the removable battery) is going away. Sorry, folks.

It’s safe to say that the V30 will carry a speedier Snapdragon 835 processor, so this might allay complaints that the G6 was saddled with last year’s 821 (reportedly to avoid delays while Samsung snapped up early 835 chips). And historically, V-series phones have been big on features that appeal to mobile enthusiasts, such as high-quality audio DACs and manual camera controls. The V30 might not be particularly exciting, then, but a souped-up G6 wouldn’t be that bad in our books. The G6 was a back-to-basics phone that nailed fundamentals LG had been ignoring for too long — the V30 would be a refinement of that formula.

 

Google Pixel XL 2 to be manufactured by LG

 

HTC is the company that made the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones from last year. And up until now we thought it would also be behind their followups from 2017. But it turns out that’s only going to be half-true. While HTC is still probably making the successor to the original Pixel, the new Pixel XL 2 will be manufactured by LG.

This has been revealed through a bug report inside the Android Issue Tracker. There’s a bug entry in there regarding a problem with USB Power Delivery, made by an LG employee. A Googler replied to that by asking that the bug be closed and moved under Android > Partner > External > LGE > Taimen > Power.

Original Google Pixel XL from 2016Image result for Google Pixel XL 2 to be manufactured by LG

Taimen is the codename for one of three smartphones that have been in development at Google this year. In fact, just yesterday we heard that one of those three, codenamed Muskie, has been canceled. Muskie was the direct successor for the Pixel XL, while Taimen is a larger device. But according to that report, Google will only launch two Pixels in 2017 – this Taimen and the smaller Walleye.

Taimen being manufactured by LG has also been confirmed by unnamed sources talking to Android Police editor David Ruddock. So that’s settled then.

This creates an interesting situation – if HTC is making Walleye and LG is producing the Taimen, then this year’s Pixels will be manufactured by different companies. That’s unprecedented in the very short history of the Pixel line, and it remains to be seen whether or not it shall result in design differences between the two. The original Pixels from 2016 basically looked identical, save for the size change.

 

LG to launch G6 Pro and Plus on June 27: report

 

 LG G6 smartphone

LG will unveil the two models on June 27 in its home market and could later announce them for International markets.

LG will launch two new G6 variants—a G6 Pro and a G6 Plus model by the end of this month, reported a South Korean news website etnews.com. According to the report, LG will unveil the two models on June 27 in its home market and could later announce them for International markets.LG G6 smartphone

The two variants—G6 Pro and G6 Plus would mainly differ in their storage capacities. The G6 Plus model is said to offer 128GB of internal storage and feature wireless charging capabilities under a price tag of 1,000,000 Won (approx. Rs 57,000), while the G6 Pro model would feature less storage space at 32GB at a price of 790,000 Won (approx. Rs 45,000).

Additionally, the report says similar to the standard G6 model, the two will features a 5.7-inch Quad HD + full vision display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, coupled with 4GB RAM.

However, an official announcement on the launch of two G6 variants is yet to be made by the company.

 

LG’s latest 34-inch ultrawide monitor features a 144Hz refresh rate

 

Photo: LG

LG’s latest ultrawide monitor has been designed with gamers in mind. The new 34-inch monitor (34UC89G) features a 2560 x 1080 display with NVIDIA G-Sync and a 144Hz refresh rate.

 

The 21:9 monitor is a successor to the 34UC79G from LG, which also ran at 144Hz, but supported FreeSync instead of G-Sync. The 34UC89G features a widened color gamut, unique display modes including black stabilizer and dynamic action sync, and the refresh rate can be overclocked to 166Hz.

The 34UC89G comes in at $999, and will be available at retailers including Amazon, Newegg, and B&H later today.