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A “More Playful” interface for your LG G5

A More Playful interface for your LG G5

I don’t know about you, but the one thing I want more than anything is a playful interface. I mean, an interface alone is great, but let’s make it a playful one eh? Let’s make it fun. Let’s make it lively, cheerful, impish and a little bit frisky shall we?

Yeah. I want me some of that.

LG are here with “UX 5.0” for their LG G5 and upcoming handsets. The new user interface is will give additional power, convenience and enjoyment to users. It includes the “LG Friends Manager” for detecting, pairing and managing accessories. This will give you a different experience based on the device you’re connected to, so with the 360 CAM it’ll show you photo previews and different shooting modes etc. It’ll also help with the Rolling Bot, which we got to play with in Barcelona…

The user interface for the camera has been improved too, adding a simpler switching system between the regular and wide-angle lens. You now just zoom in and out. There’s also a host of additional features for the 360 CAM and a “pop out picture” system for combining the rear camera lenses on the G5 itself.

A More Playful interface for your LG G5

Other features include a new home screen, health system, updated always-on system and much more. Full details can be found below.

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  • Crank it. LG signs up Jason Statham

    Crank it. LG signs up Jason Statham

    Here’s a British actor with a stack of style and panache. He looks a lot like me too, which is good. Anyhow, I like a lot of his films, including the “Transporter” series. The first one was probably the best, but by “Transporter 3” we were in a world of insanity, where he seemed to have a lot of America trucks driving around “Europe” and started making phone calls underwater. What was that all about? And don’t talk to me about those “Crank” films… insane.

    LG have signed him up to pimp the new G5, and you’ll see him appearing in TV ads very soon. After pocketing a substantial amount of cash in the deal, Jason happily stated…

    I think the concept that LG is putting forward with the G5 and its modular design is going to catch on with consumers. I enjoyed partnering with LG and working on this commercial, so I hope that shows through in the final piece.

    OK, I’m only messing. The phone is really good. We took a look at it in Barcelona here.

    Head to the LG Facebook page to see the full video or just watch it below (this is the Korean version because it’s only 7.50AM here in the UK and this appears to be the only version online as yet, plus we’ve not had any breakfast)..

    I’m not sure what the take-away is from that. Perhaps, by switching and swapping the modules on my LG G5, I can save / attack people randomly .. or something..

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  • New LG series of handsets coming soon

    LG have already announced their new X screen and X cam, but availability is now known and it will only be initially available in South Korea followed by Europe, Latin America and Asia. At this stage we don’t know if they will be available in the UK.

    Additional features that are expected are dual cameras or a second screen (available with the X screen). The X cam inherits a similar 120-degree wide angle lens like the LG-G5 to complement the standard lens.

    New LG series of handsets coming soon

    The X cam offers Pop-out Picture feature which combines the two images taken with the standard and wide angle lenses to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Available only on the X cam version, Animated Photo delivers a hybrid video and still photo, one framed by the other (http://on.fb.me/1pPxEd5). As well as Panorama View which automatically scrolls a wide image instead of a static image and the Signature feature allows users to add a caption or byline after taking a photo.

    New LG series of handsets coming soon

    A bit more about the X screen and its second screen which has been inherited from the LG-V10. The Always-on Display allows users to check basic information such as time, date and notifications without having to wake up the phone.

    “What’s appealing about the X screen and X cam is that each offers one great feature in a complete package that doesn’t break the bank,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Starting with the X series, we’re introducing the best in camera and display technology in a mass-tier device, something that has never been done before.”

    Further details can be found in our earlier article, or you can check the specs here..

    X cam Key Specifications:*

    • Display: 5.2-inch FHD In-cell Touch
    • Chipset: 1.14GHz Octa-Core
    • Camera:
      • Rear) 13MP Standard Lens / 5MP Wide Angle Lens
      • Front) 8MP
    • Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM
    • Battery: 2,520mAh
    • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • Size: 147.5 x 73.6 x 5.2mm~6.9mm
    • Network: LTE
    • Colours: Titan Silver / White / Gold / Pink Gold

     

    X screen Key Specifications:*

    • Display:
      • Main) 4.93-inch HD In-cell Touch
      • Secondary) 1.76-inch LCD (520 x 80)
    • Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
    • Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP
    • Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM
    • Battery: 2,300mAh
    • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • Size: 142.6 x 71.8 x 7.1mm
    • Network: LTE
    • Colours: Black / White / Pink Gold

     

    * Specifications/Features may vary depending on the market.

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  • Get the LG G5 for less than £400

    Newly-released high-end phones are always going to be expensive,  and the LG G5 is no exception. If you look on most online stores and want to get the SIM-free version it’s going to set you back around £529. However, there is a way to get it for £391.99 – albeit locked to O2.

    First you need to head to the O2 website and choose a contract. This in itself probably isn’t what you want, but the people at HotUKDeals have found out that you can cancel O2 airtime contracts and then pay off the remainder on the phone.

    Get the LG G5 for less than £400

    So, head to the O2 site and choose a deal where you pay something upfront, like the 1GB deal for £31 per month. This has a £79.99 upfront fee and is a two year contract. Now, as you can see above, the £31 per month is split up as follows – £13 per month for the phone and £18 per month for the airtime plan. Now, you can either stick with that plan (which actually isn’t too bad) or you can call up O2 after the device arrives, cancel the airtime contract and then just pay off the cost of the device. Those 24 payments of £13 add up to £312, then add on the £79.99 upfront payment and the phone costs you £391.99. Even with a £5 unlock on eBay it’s still cheap.

    Looking into this, on O2 Refresh you can pay off the device at any point, so you can maybe run the contracts for a few months if you can’t afford to pay the lot right now.

    Thanks to Nigel Hoar for the tip on this one.

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  • Is stock Android still the best? LG tries to convince you otherwise in new LG G5 video

    LG G5 Review
    Most hardcore Android fans will argue up and down that stock Android is the only version of Android people should ever use. There is little question that devices running an unaltered Android build offer some advantages over other Android handsets. Namely, they have access to new versions of the Android operating system months or even years before other models. That's right, years — the latest publicly available version of Android is currently in use on about 2% of all Android devices. Of course, the issue of untimely updates is far more serious on low-end and mid-range phones than it is on high-end models. And as far as user experience goes, customized builds might offer a number of benefits over Google's stock Android — at least, that's what a new video from LG will attempt to convince you of.

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    Shots fired — Struggling Apple rival slams the new iPhone SE

    iPhone SE Review
    Ahead of its iPhone SE introduction earlier this week, the last time Apple had released a new smartphone with a 4-inch screen was all the way back in September of 2013. The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c were the last high-profile smartphones to launch with such small screens, and the following year's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus releases would finally bring Apple up to speed with rivals in terms of display size. And yet two years later in 2015, Apple still managed to sell more than 30 million older iPhone handsets with 4-inch screens. These weren't brand new iPhones with cutting-edge technology. They were older models with older components and lower price tags. With that in mind, most industry watchers seemed to agree that refreshing the iPhone 5s with the new iPhone SE was a good idea. But Cho Ju-no, CEO of LG Mobile, doesn't share their opinion. In fact, he recently slammed Apple's new iPhone while speaking with the press in South Korea.

    (more…)

    Netflix picks this year’s best smart TVs

    Netflix Recommended TVs 2016
    If you'd rather do your binge watching on a big screen than a laptop or a tablet display, Netflix wants to help you find the right TV. Last year, the company started a new program granting select smart TVs "Netflix Recommended TV" seals of approval. The program will continue in 2016, with LG and Sony being the first to live up to the lofty standards set by the streaming company. (more…)

    Vodafone start G5 pre-orders

    Vodafone start G5 pre orders
    Yesterday we let you know about some of the pre-order deals available on the LG G5. Now it’s available to pre-order from Vodafone too. They’ll be doing the same deal on the Bang & Olufsen H3 in-ear headphones as Clove. If you put your name down now you’ll get the headphones (worth £199) if you’re one of the first 2,000 customers.

    Right, deals and pricing then. The G5 is on the Vodafone Red 2GB Bundle for £34 per month. That needs a tiny £9 upfront cost, but you get unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 2GB of data. Enough for most people that one, but if you want a bit more then the Vodafone Red Value 4GB Bundle is £39 per month with the same £9 upfront cost. This gives 4GB of data with unlimited texts and minutes. As is usual with Vodafone, you get a choice of 6 months free access to Netflix (available until 31 March 2016), Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

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  • Pre-orders start on the LG G5

    Pre orders start on the LG G5
    Stop right there. Before you go any further, head to our LG G5 hands-on for the low-down on this new handset. It’s got a range of additional gadgets, an always-on screen and that trick rear camera assembly that’ll combine normal and wide-angle photos.

    First, the bad news, and Three have decided not to range it. You’ll have to buy it from elsewhere and slot your Three SIM in. One of those places is Mobiles.co.uk. They’ve started ore-orders today and you can also get it for free from £31 per month. That’ll get you 3GB of data.

    Abby Francis, from Mobiles.co.uk, tells us..

    LG has been clear about its intention to rival fellow Korean brand Samsung, and stands to with this big step up from the G4. Not only have LG developers added an all-metal body like the iPhone and HTC, but they have provided a completely new offer with modular components and full buy-in from third party developers.

    Meanwhile EE have started pre-orders and they’ll be offering free B&O PLAY headphones and a speaker set worth over £400. If you buy from EE direct you’ll get WiFi Calling and 4G Calling too.

    Clove are offering B&O (Bang and Olufson) headphones too – this time they’re the in-ear H3 ones worth £149 and a £30 discount off the G5 “Friends”. The phone itself is £529.

    All these incentives are great, but I’d perhaps appreciate £149 (for the headphones) or £299 (for the speaker) deducted off the price of the phone..

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  • FM radio on your smartphone? How’s about some DAB?

    FM radio on your smartphone? Hows about some DAB?
    Many of you might not have it in your car just yet, but you can now get DAB in a phone if you buy the new LG Stylus 2 with DAB+.

    Many smartphones already have FM radio capability and, whilst it’s easy to plug your headphones in and listen to music and live radio stations without using your data, it’s debatable just how much it’s used. Now, with DAB+ inside, the newly-announced Stylus 2 variant will be available in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. The phone will feature an app to let you easily switch around the various stations easily.

    A new digital multiplex recently went live here in the UK, which will give you an even wider choice of stations including Kisstory, Planet Rock, Absolute 80s, Sunrise Radio, Jazz FM, Awesome Radio, TalkSport 2 and Virgin Radio.

    You can get more information on the LG Stylus 2 here and the full press release on the DAB+ version is below.

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