Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors are abounding right now, but we must not forget other OEMs launching devices next year – LG will soon make announcements regarding LG G5, its G4 follow-up. According to recent reports, the new device will bring some features from G4 and some from LG V10 as well, in the hopes of creating a perfect flagship.
Rumors and ideas
LG G5 is rumored to have a full metal body – an improvement from the usual plastic-based devices it has been rolling out so far. The smartphone is said to have a secondary ticker display to go with the primary 5.3-inch display, kinda like the one you can find on the V10. The second display can be used for quick access to some settings, apps and notifications without having to turn your primary display on.
LG G5 is rumored to run on the latest form of Android on a Snapdragon 820 plus 3GB of RAM. No news on possible expandable storage or on primary storage options yet.
The most curious mention is that of a Magic Slot – feature which allows the device to add more hardware modules. This could be useful with a detachable keyboard, a VR headset or other accessories.
We are close to a new LG launch and a new LG flagship. Would you like a G5 dressed in metal? Let us know in the comments below!
LG Gate is the newest service that the South-Korean conglomerate has launched, and what it actually is is an enterprise smartphone security suite. This solution is aimed at safeguarding private and business data as they can coexist on smartphones. They allow outfits to use bring your own device (BOYD) setups.
When you use LG Gate, you can encrypt hardware data, use VPN and use the mobile device management features given to you. It is yet unclear if the software will be available for free or purchased, but everything will be clear in a few weeks, when LG G2 finally reaches the US. Below you can read the press release that makes things clearer for us:
[box type=”shadow”]LG Introduces Secure, Enterprise-Ready Mobile Platform For Business Sector
Launching on Popular New LG G2 Smartphone, Comprehensive BYOD Solution Boasts Enhanced Features, Superior Security
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics today announced the release of “LG GATE,” an enterprise-grade technologies package that simplifies access to and enhances the security of mobile enterprise solutions.
With LG GATE, on-the-go employees can conveniently utilize work resources from any location, while companies can better manage IT security and privacy. Designed to meet the demands of the fast-growing “bring your own device (BYOD) to the workplace” market, this innovative platform will launch first in the United States on the LG G2.
The ultimate BYOD solution, LG GATE leverages the power of the LG G2 to provide a seamless Private & Business Virtualization experience. Users can simultaneously run two operating systems on a single smartphone, enabling them to keep personal and business information completely separate.
In addition to Private & Business Virtualization, LG GATE supports a range of top-notch software and features including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM). LG has collaborated with major VPN and MDM providers to ensure an optimal mobile environment for business users, anywhere, anytime.
LG GATE also incorporates powerful encryption technology, meaning companies can feel confident that their digitally stored and transmitted resources are protected by the highest level of security.
“With the increasing popularity of BYOD, employees and IT managers alike are demanding improved work solutions for mobile devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG GATE satisfies the need for both company security and individual privacy, while delivering exceptional business and personal user experiences.”
About LG Electronics USA LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative mobile phones, home entertainment products, home appliances, and air conditioning systems and energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.[/box]
LG G2from Sprint is getting an update to Android Lollipop 5.0 starting today. In order to get it, you have to check the Settings menu for a manual software refresh or you can look for a side-loaded update file on a very good user forum.
This build for the G2 is codenamed ZVG and one of its most important improvements is the update to FM Radio software. Everything Android related will be tucked underneath the same LG skin you already now. Bear in mind that if your device has been modified in any way when it comes to software, issues and fails may ensue. If you were hoping for a 5.1 Android update, you will have to wait for a possibly long time.
If LG G2 from T Mobile got an update a day ago, now it’s time for AT&T’s version to get in on the Lollipop exclusive club too! In order to get this update you will need a Wi-Fi connection and it’s useful to know the OTA is 721MB in size.
The best news you could hear about is the fact that your phone will have less bloatware than it does now. Among the apps you will never see again are AT&T’s Famingo, Browser Bar, Beats Music and Code Scanner. Some of the phone’s pre-installed software should be gone as well, but most will remain. Still, your phone should work much better than before.
T Mobile’s own LG G2 is getting an update to Android 5.0 starting today. Sadly, you won’t be able to force the update, meaning you have to wait until your device gets the notice.
Considering some carriers don’t even take into consideration flagships older than a year old, T Mobile is doing a much better job at keeping its devices as updated as possible. This time the update will roll out in waves until May 22nd, so you may have to wait for a while.
The update itself is 617MB and it gets LG G2 to the build number D80130b. The most important updates are the smart lock, the new lock screen and the UI tweaks. You may be able to sideload LG’s mobile support tool.
If you have an LG G2 on Verizon Wireless, hit that Update button now just in case you didn’t receive the update notice yet. Your device is getting Lollipop today. This is the best part when you buy a flagship, you’re bound to get updates for at least two years.
This update brings LG G2 to software version VS98039A. As with most updates of this type, Lollipop functionality is the same, but it will look rather different thanks to LG’s alterations. Below you can see just how different and colorful LG’s Lollipop looks.