LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

While we still have a few more hours until 2016 reaches its end, LG has decided to go ahead and post the patch numbers on Google’s January 2017 security updates for Android. LG’s website also has information on some patches that are specifically for the company’s handsets.

The website says there will be a total of 73 security patches on the Android side in January, with seven of those updates labeled as “critical”. In addition there will be eight more updates that are just for LG’s smartphones like the LG V20. While there’s no specific info for the Google security updates, other than their identification numbers, there are more details on the eight LG patches. One of them is labeled as “critical” and specifically affects devices that use chips from MediaTek. LG says the patch is to get rid of the MTKLogger application which can log “personal information to storage without user consent” and  “can be started by third-party application without user consent.”

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LG is launching five new phones at CES

LG is launching five new phones at CES

LG is launching five new phones at CES

LG will expand its K Series smartphone lineup at CES with four new devices, and the debut of its LG Stylo 3, which features a new stylus. The phones really aren’t all that exciting, although some of the models do launch with Android Nougat, so that’s appreciated. The K Series phones’ displays range from 4.5 inches to 5.3 inches. The smallest device, while probably adorable, is lacking specs-wise: it has a two-megapixel front-facing camera, a five-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2,100mAh removable battery, and runs Android Marshmallow.

The largest of the series, the K10, has a five-megapixel front-facing camera, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2,800mAh removable battery, and runs Android Nougat. It runs on a MediaTek processor.

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LG combines webOS, lasers, and lumens into another reason to replace your TV

LG combines webOS, lasers, and lumens into another reason to replace your TV

LG combines webOS, lasers, and lumens into another reason to replace your TV

Today LG launched another salvo in the war against giant ugly televisions with the announcement of the ProBeam laser projector. It’s rare to find a projector this bright that’s small enough to hold in one hand — and this one runs webOS. Unlike most projectors, LG’s ProBeam HF80J is long-and-tall instead of short-and-wide, and looks like it stepped off an art deco boardwalk. Better yet, it’s rated at 2,000 lumens which is bright enough to be used during the day in most living room setups. But at just 2.1kg (4.6 pounds), it’s small enough to take anywhere.

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LG V20 officially launches in India

LG V20 officially launches in India

LG V20 officially launches in India

LG has finally launched their flagship smartphone, the LG V20, in India. Unveiled in September this year, the LG V20 was the first smartphone with Android Nougat out-of-the-box.

The USP of the V20 is the small, secondary ticker display (160 x 1040 pixels) on top of the primary 5.7-inch quad-HD display. The secondary display allows you to view notifications and alerts at a glance, and gives you access to recent apps and quick tools.

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LG promotes home appliances boss to CEO

LG promotes home appliances boss to CEO

LG promotes home appliances boss to CEO

LG Electronics has a new CEO: Jo Seong-jin, formerly head of the home appliances division and a 40-year veteran of the company. The move comes just a year after LG appointed three “representative directors,” including Jo, to run the company at the executive level. The shakeup removed the position of CEO, but Jo has now been further promoted to that role, giving him additional authority over LG’s operations in mobile and home entertainment.

Before becoming head of the overall home appliances business, Jo ran LG’s washing machine division and was part of the team that developed the first LG automatic washing machine in 1980. In a statement, LG says that Jo was more recently “instrumental in LG’s move into premium appliances with the introduction of the LG Signature brand and built-in Signature Kitchen Suite as well as building the foundation for future businesses in the areas of IoT and smart homes.”

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Android OEM death watch: Sony, HTC, and LG edition

Android OEM death watch: Sony, HTC, and LG edition

Android OEM death watch: Sony, HTC, and LG edition

If Android OEMs were just that, original equipment manufacturers, their jobs would be much simpler and easier. But in the modern smartphone world, it’s not enough to just design and build new gadgets to a high spec; you have to power them with your own tailored software, you have to support them with updates and security patches, and you have to price them enticingly, too. Not everyone has been doing a particularly good job of this, and as the ranks of Android OEMs continue to swell, escalating competition might push some familiar names out of the game altogether.

Let’s start with Sony, the most endangered species in the Android realm. Sony only really knows how to make premium devices. Over the course of the past three years, its Xperia Z series has evolved at a breakneck pace, going from Z1 to Z5 to the present XZ, but it’s never changed in character. The typical Xperia flagship phone costs a lot and has the latest specs and an eye-catching design, but it also tends to launch without the latest Android on board, and its great camera is usually hamstrung by bad software. That’s exactly what I experienced with the Xperia XZ at IFA this year: beautiful on the outside, high engineering on the inside, but outdated Android and unconvincing camera software.

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LG goes on an Edge trademark frenzy: G Edge, Double Edge, and more

LG goes on an Edge trademark frenzy: G Edge, Double Edge, and more

LG goes on an Edge trademark frenzy: G Edge, Double Edge, and more

While the Note Edge may not have been a critical success when it debuted last year, the Galaxy S6 Edge proved to be quite the looker and many consumers considered it the preferred choice over the standard GS6. Last week, Samsung continued its quest to expand the Edge series with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Without a doubt, Samsung is all in with its Edge series.

All this Edge business has apparently put LG’s lawyers in motion as well, with the company trademarking a number of Edge-related naming conventions and terms of its own. In total, eight terms were trademarked:

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LG rumored to be readying Vu 3, with Snapdragon 800 and 5.2 inch display

LG rumored to be readying Vu 3, with Snapdragon 800 and 5.2 inch display

LG rumored to be readying Vu 3, with Snapdragon 800 and 5.2 inch display

LG’s Optimus Vu series has always been a bit of an enigma, the original 4:3 aspect ratio smartphone was announced in February 2012, shipped one month later in Korea and reached the U.S. some six months later. Then LG released the next version the Optimus Vu 2 in September 2012 and besides a few changes to the specs, it was difficult to tell the difference between the two. It is now rumored that LG is preparing to launch the Vu 3 (sans the Optimus tag) and this one looks like quite a different beast.

While keeping the 4:3 aspect ratio of its predecessors the LG Vu 3 will use a 5.2 inch 1280 x 960 display up from the original 5 inch 1024 x 768 display. The processor will get an upgrade from a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 to a quad core Snapdragon 800, currently the leading mobile processor. The LG Optimus Vu 2 featured 2GB of RAM and it is likely that the LG Vu 3 will offer the same amount.

The expected model numbers are F-300K, F-300L and F-300S but there is no information yet on how these will differ, but they probably signify different region variations. Also anticipated is a 13MP rear camera and it is assumed that the device will include a stylus like the previous Vu devices. There is no word on which version of Android will ship by default with the device.

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