LG announced today that their range of LG Music Flow audio speakers and sound bars would now offer Google Cast. This brings more listening options to LG Music Flow, and the LG-Google collaboration makes accessing music more convenient. Google Cast is the tech behemoth’s response to Apple’s Air Play, which will allow anyone to send their favorite music from their Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows laptop or Chromebook to their Google Cast-enabled speakers.
The LG G Pro 2 Lollipop update is rumored to arrive around March 2015 but for those who can’t wait, there are a number of ROMs available based on the leaked beta versions that you can try.
I haven’t written much about my G Pro 2 but it’s a phone I have enjoyed using. It was released around March last year but has held up pretty well, with the reasonably powerful internals but the best part of the phone has to be the 5.9″ screen. It is similar to the Nexus 6, but is in fact slimmer and lighter, and also, cheaper.
LG would be demonstrating some of the latest television technology at CES 2015 – the latest upgrade to their WebOS technology as well as quantum dot technology in some of LG higher end LED models.
In terms of smart TV system, one of the better implementations besides an additional set top box like the Google Nexus Player or Apple TV or an XBOX One, is actually LG. Having acquired the previously Palm OS webOS technology, LG TV has undoubtedly one of the most modern smart TV interfaces and LG will be building on that success with the unveiling of their latest webOS 2.0 Smart TV platform at the 2015 International CES show early Jan 2015.
Most tech websites have raved about the LG G Watch R, AndroidPolice calls it “The Best Android Wear Has To Offer Right Now”. AndroidAuthority gives it a 9/10 and says that the “LG G Watch R offers nearly everything a potential smartwatch owner could want.”
Latest Update: 31 October 2014 – G Watch R Singapore Price
For the Stylish Multi-Tasking Techies, LG Singapore has announced that the LG G Watch R would be in time for Christmas present gifting. If you’ve got your hands full this Christmas, the LG G Watch R will be a godsend! Featuring voice control capabilities, just say the words “Ok Google” to ask for things such as party details or even to send text messages on your behalf. With its stylish looks and smooth, speedy performance, the G Watch R is the world’s first watch-style wearable to feature a fully circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display.
With personalization in mind, this smartwatch comes with a removable black leather strap that can be replaced with any 22mm wide watch strap.
Singapore Official RRP for the LG G Watch R : S$398
Availability in Singapore for the LG G Watch R: 15 November 2014 from major retailers and telcos (i.e. Challenger, Singtel, Starhub, M1)
It’s pretty obvious too. Design-wise, there isn’t much to compare against. The Moto 360 is the only other round watch, and the G Watch R bests it with a full round screen. The surrounding bezel is a typical sporty watch addition and it is not out of place on the watch design. One issue perhaps could be that such a watch design is more masculine and may not look too nice on ladies.
The G Watch R pushes the compelling argument further by using LG propreitary P-OLED display, for enhanced brightness and more importantly, great battery life. The system specifications is also better than the Moto 360. The Moto 360 uses the Ti OMAP 3 processor which can be a little slow. There’s very little bad points on the G Watch R. Perhaps, it is missing an inbuilt GPS sensor, which Sony Smartwatch 3 is equipped with, but the G Watch R is not so much a fitness band for the enthusiasts. For basic tracking and navigating purposes, it can use the phone GPS just as well. Lastly, the price, the official US or Singapore RRP has not been announced yet. However, it is now retailing at 323,000 KRW, which is around 306 USD or 392 SGD.
For those desperately eager to get your hands on a G Watch R in Singapore, you can now order from Qoo10 for Korea domestic sets. You can easily change the language to English. There’s an early bird special price of SGD 369, which is reasonable compared to the Korea RRP. Shipping is at $12, and from the reviews and comments, seem to be pretty fast at around a week. It is also cheaper than ordering the G Watch R from eBay. One thing to take note of is that warranty is limited to Korea only. Best that you consider it as a no warranty set. Suggest you wait for two more weeks and get it at the Singapore retail shops instead.
Today LG announced the LG G3, the successor to their 2013 flagship smartphone the LG G2. LG key message is that the phone design is based on simplicity. It seems to be a general trend by phone manufacturers especially since specs like processor speed, amount of ram are no longer the main focal point. In fact, I don’t recall LG actually mentioning those specs at all during the presentation. “Simple is the New Smart” and the phone is about the better / simpler user interface and this was further emphasized by how short the product demo videos are.
LG has continued the great tradition of maximising screen space, and has now squeezed a QuadHD 5.5″ screen into a phone dimensions that is rather comparable to the S5 and HTC One M8. In fact, I think it could be a little smaller than the Sony Xperia Z2. The QuadHD screen is definitely impressive. Overkill? Probably too, and good luck finding QuadHD content for playback :). Heck, my 42″ LG TV in my bedroom has lower resolution that the LG G3.
Highlights of the new G3 include:
- 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi
- 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras
- Polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight, fingerprint-proof
- Floating Arc form factor that feels incredibly comfortable in one hand and incorporates the innovative design heritage of the Rear Key
- Redesigned graphic user interface (GUI) consistent with the Simple is the New Smart concept of the G3
LG Electronics Singapore announced on Thursday that the G Pro 2 will be available in end March for a retail price of S$828 (inclusive of GST and without line contract). Consumers can purchase the phablet with a two-year contract at all three telcos (Singtel, Starhub, M1).
The G Pro 2 was officially announced on February 13 and made its global debut at Mobile World Congress 2014 two weeks ago. The G Pro 2 is equipped with a 5.9-inch Full-HD IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a microSD memory card slot, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a removable 3,200mAh battery. It will also be running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.
It will come in three colors: titan, white and red (red would be available at a later date).
I don’t know about you, but when I think using technology at home, I imagine a few things. Using hand gestures and voice commands to control the home entertainment centre. No more searching for the missing remote. Using my phone to control every appliance at home, so that I don’t have to get up from the bed to switch off the lights. Everything pre-programmed, making me the ultimate couch potato.
LG wants to make that happen with its Smart Control.