Ahead of MWC 2019, LG revealed that they would be bringing sound-on display tech to its smartphones like the LG G8 ThinQ. Now in a recently discovered patent filed by LG in the EU, it seems that the company could be considering expanding its technology where it could eventually find its way to its smartwatches as well.
According to the patent filing, it is for a “Display Speaker” and amongst the devices that are covered by the patent, there is a mention for wristwatches. This means that in theory, future LG smartwatches could share a similar sound-on display to the LG G8. It could also potentially make the smartwatches less bulky and also lighter.
Of course, whether LG does go through with this idea and create a smartwatch with a sound-on display remains to be seen. For all we know, LG could simply be covering all their bases with this patent and might never have any intention of creating such a device, but one can always hope.
In case you’re not familiar with the technology, basically, with the LG G8, the company transformed the display of the smartphone into a speaker diaphragm, giving it the ability to produce sound without needing your typical speaker components. This could be especially useful for smartwatches where it could eliminate the need for speaker grills.
This means that in terms of water-resistance, there will be fewer points of ingress which should help improve the overall durability of the device. That being said, it is unclear if LG is capable of shrinking the tech small enough to fit into a smartwatch display, so maybe don’t expect to see it anytime soon, if at all.
It’s getting on toward the end of the year, and you know what that means. Yes, it’s time for LG’s semi-annual executive shakeup. As usual, LG’s management isn’t happy with how the mobile division has done over the last year, so it’s putting someone new in charge. That person is Brian Kwon, the current head of LG’s home entertainment group.
LG is an overall profitable company, but the mobile communications division has been bleeding cash for years. Read MoreLG reshuffling puts home entertainment president Brian Kwon in charge of mobile division was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s definitely hard to keep up with all the different quick charging technologies. Most flagships use Qualcomm Quick Charge, some (like the Pixels) use USB-PD, and a few others use custom tech like OnePlus Dash Charge. Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 is over a year old at this point, but for one reason or another, most devices have stuck with QC 3.0.
Without further ado, here is the list of all the hardware that uses QC 4/4+:
Razer Phone (4+)
ZTE Nubia Z17 (4+)
BQ Aquaris X2 (4+)
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro (4+)
Smartisan R1 (4+)
HTC U12 Plus (4+)
LG G7 ThinQ (4)
CAT S61 (4)
Xiaomi Mi 8 (4+)
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition (4+)
Xiaomi Mi A2 (4+)
Pocophone F1 (4+)
LG V40 (4)
Razer Phone 2 (4+)
ZTE Axon Pro 9 (4+)
AGM X3 (4+)
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (4+)
Qiku N7 Pro (4+)
With our latest update, we see more phones from familiar names: LG’s V40, the Razer Phone 2, ZTE’s new Axon Pro 9, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Mi A2, and the Pocophone F1. Read MoreHere are all the devices that support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4/4+ [Continuously Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/10/29 8:28am PDT
Just a few days after last updating its HDR support list, Netflix has one more new device to add, with the LG V40 joining the G7 One (as well as
Netflix HDR support kicked off with the LG G6 back in May 2017, but quite a few devices have been added since then. Most recently, the Sony Xperia XZ2, the Huawei Mate 10, and the Huawei P20 were added. Read More[Update: LG V40] Netflix HDR support added for LG G7 One, Sony Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 Premium was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
LG first launched its mobile payments platform in June 2017, but only in South Korea. Since then, the company accidentally published a broken payments app with muddled branding in early 2018, and later confirmed LG Pay would arrive in the US at some point that year. But the most recent step toward mobile payments from the company is something a bit different: LG Pay Quick. LG has recently applied to trademark the name in Europe, the US, and South Korea. Read More’LG Pay Quick’ trademark application pops up in US and Europe was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Augmented Reality may not yet be the game-changer some of its proponents would hope it to be, but little by little it’s been coming into its own. AR’s been in the spotlight this month thanks to the launch of the Pixel 3 and Google’s re-branding of its AR Stickers app as Playground, but that’s just the half of it — we’ve also seen a number of new devices join the list of official AR Core-supporting hardware. Read MoreGoogle’s ARCore additions for October include the Pixel 3, LG V40, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A few days ago, we shared quite a few sample photos that we’d captured with the Pixel 3. The images showed off what the cameras on the phone are capable of, but it’s hard to know how good something is without a bit of context.
Today, we’re sharing images and video from the Pixel 3 and comparing them to what you’d get with the LG G7. The Pixel 3 and LG G7 both have unique hardware – an ultra-wide selfie camera on the Pixel 3 and an ultra-wide main camera on the LG G7. As you’ll see in the samples and videos below, having an ultra-wide lens does make a big difference when framing your shots.
Let us know what your take is on the Pixel 3 versus LG G7 photo and video comparison. For reference, the images on the left are captures with the Pixel 3 and those on the right are taken with the LG G7. And if you’re into Pixel peeping, you can also download the full-resolution images captured by the LG G7 and Pixel 3.
Android Oreo continues to make its way to lower-end devices. This time, it’s the $120 LG K20 on AT&T. The carrier posted a support update that noted Android 8.1 is available for the phone last week. While it’s not the latest and greatest, Oreo carries with it some significant upgrades, like picture-in-picture support for certain video sources — and any news is good news for budget phones.
If you’ve got a K20 that’s not yet on 8.1, head to Settings > General > About phone > Software update to get you some of that Oreo action. Read MoreAndroid 8.1 Oreo is now available for the LG K20 on AT&T was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s not unusual for kernel source codes to be published before phones/updates even debut, but just two days after LG took the wraps off of the V40, the kernel source code for various models has already been published.
Five variants of the V40 (LMV405) are listed on LG’s OpenSource Code Distribution site: TA, TAB, TM, TMB, and TS. The file names remind us that this brand-new $1,000 flagship ships with Oreo, which is a shame. Read MoreLG V40’s kernel source code is already available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The official launch of the LG V40 has come and gone. The phone is definitely a step up over last year’s LG V30, but it’s main specs are pretty much in line with all other 2018 flagship smartphones – save for its 5-camera setup. Since the introduction of the HTC One M8 in 2014, smartphone manufacturers have been adding more and more cameras to their devices in an effort to offer a better-rounded photography experience. When HTC first did it, the secondary sensor on the back of the phone was a basic 2MP sensor which was simply used to capture depth information. Since then, other manufacturers have used a second sensor on the back of the phone to capture more light (that’s the monochrome sensor Huawei has been using), add 2X optical zoom (the setup that Apple has popularized) or give users a wider field of view (the ultra-wide angle lens setup LG has been using for the past two years).
This year, a few manufacturers have taken things to the next level by cramming in three camera sensors on the back of the hone or adding a secondary selfie camera. But the crown goes to the LG V40 which comes with three camera sensors on the back and two on the front. This may sound a bit gimmicky or like overkill for a smartphone, but having five cameras on the LG V40 gives the user the flexibility that point and shoot cameras have offered for years.
The three sensors on the back of the LG V40 offer unique focal lengths. The main 12MP sensor is paired with a 27mm lens which is pretty much the standard for smartphones. The second 12MP sensor on the back of the phone has a 52mm lens which provides 2x optical zoom and the third sensor has a resolution of 16MP and 16mm wide-angle lens. With the three sensors and different focal length lenses, the LG V40 effectively provides a 16-52mm zoom lens.
This gives the phone the flexibility to capture amazing wide-angle shots which are perfect for landscapes or fit tight spaces. The 2X zoom lens gives you the ability to get closer to your subject without having to physically move in closer and the standard lens is there to capture everything in between.
LG could have stopped there and called it a day, but it decided to give the V40 two sensors up front to improve the selfie experience as well. In addition to the standard 8MP sensor which is paired with a 26mm lens, LG added a second 5MP sensor which uses a 21mm lens. This lens setup isn’t as wide as the 18.6mm wide-angle lens HTC used for a few years on its front-facing cameras, but it still allows you to squeeze in an extra friend or two into your selfie or capture more of the background in the shot without having to rely on a selfie stick.
As you might expect, having 5 camera sensor built into a smartphone means there’s less room for other components. In the case of the LG V40, the internal battery was limited to 3,300mAh to make room for the extra sensors. While there are few people who would be willing to sacrifice battery life for extra camera sensors, there’s little doubt that most people would appreciate the added flexibility offered by the LG V40’s 5-camera setup.
We doubt that the LG V40 will be a huge success, but we can guarantee that we’ll see a lot more smartphone with 5 or more cameras in 2018.