LG launches G2 smartphone, makes Samsung Galaxy S4 look old

The LG G2 smart phone is on display during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in New York.

NEW DELHI: LG on Wednesday announced G2, its new flagship Android phone. The device, which will be available gradually introduced in various markets worldwide in the coming months, will compete withSamsung Galaxy S4 as well as the upcomingSamsung Galaxy Note III and the nextiPhone.

The key feature of G2 is its placement of power and volume buttons. Unlike the traditional smartphones, G2 has these buttons under the main camera module on the back cover.

According to LG, the “rear key” concept was implemented because it found that users feel uncomfortable in reaching out to side buttons while using big phones. “Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gives users more control since this place is where individuals’ index fingers are naturally (placed),” the company said in a press note.

To make sure that G2 has enough horsepower to stay in the market, LG has equipped it with top of the line hardware, which includes a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor. On paper this is even more powerful than the octa-core processor found in Galaxy S4 sold in India.

LG said that based on its research of consumer lifestyles and behaviors, G2 offers users more real-life benefits such as ergonomic design, practical functions and an intuitive user experience.

“Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers,” said Dr Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications, “We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.”

According to LG, its new phone also uses dedicated graphics RAM, which should help it get better battery life compared to the phones sold by its competitors achieve.

Though LG has fallen behind in the smartphone race compared to its Korean neighbour Samsung, it is picking up the pace. Helped by its association with Google for the Nexus 4 phone, the company has managed to create a buzz around its smartphones again. Nexus 4, Optimus G Pro and Optimus G have done well in the market. LG is hoping that with G2 it can accelerate the recovery.

Key specs 

Processor: 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm S800 Display: 5.2-inch FullHD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels/423 ppi) Memory: 32GB/16GB RAM: 2GB DDR3 Camera: Rear 13MP with OIS/Front 2.1MP Battery: 3,000mAh Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm Colors: Black/White

LG unveils new device in smartphone war

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone LG G2, the first smartphone introduced under LG’s new “G” Series for premium devices, exemplifying LG’s aim to bring forth more customer-centric innovations.

 

Nearly 700 guests from over 30 countries converged at the renowned Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Centerin New York for the global introduction of the device. Based on LG’s research of consumer lifestyles and behaviors, the smartphone offers users more real-life benefits such as ergonomic design, practical functions and an intuitive user experience.

 

“Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of  the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, who welcomed the guests to the event. “We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.”

 

New Perspective in Smartphone Design

The LG G2 brings everything together in a device with comfortable, functional, convenient and beautiful design. The LG G2 shifts the paradigm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device, making this the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons. The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization when studying users that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side keys. Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gave users more control since this place was where individuals’ index fingers are naturally located. Researchers found that moving the buttons also resulted in fewer dropped phones when adjusting the volume while talking.

 

Long-pressing on the rear-mounted volume keys allows users to launch QuickMemoTM and the camera, making note taking and photo capturing even easier than before. And if the LG G2 is lying on a surface face up, there’s no need to lift the phone to access the power button on the back. With KnockON, the LG G2 can be powered on simply by tapping twice on the display.

 

Edge-to-Edge Display and Best-In-Class Power Capacity

LG upped the ante by incorporating a 5.2-inch Full HD display in the LG G2, the largest display designed for one-handed operation in today’s popular 2.7-inch width smartphone category. In addition to the expansive viewing experience, LG’s innovative Dual Routing technology reduced the phone’s bezel to a mere 2.65mm on the side edge. And with proven IPS technology, the LG G2 offers superior graphics, accurate colors and clear images without any distortion.

 

For more efficient energy usage, the LG G2 employs Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology. GRAM reduces the display’s energy use by up to 26 percent on a still frame and increases overall usage time on the device by approximately 10 percent. And with a generous 3,000mAh battery that is thoughtfully designed to take maximum advantage of the interior space, the LG G2 is more than ready for a full day’s work or play.

 

OIS and High Resolution for Great Pictures

The LG G2’s high-resolution camera comes equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology to prevent blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environments. Most current smartphone cameras with OIS tend to offer resolution in the 4MP to 8MP range. The G2 is unique in that it offers 13MP and OIS technology in a slim design without a protruding lens. And features such as Super Resolution and Multi-point AF help keep everything in focus, just like a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.

 

Studio Quality Hi-Fi Sound

In recent years, there has been an increase in consumer demand for superior sound in smartphones as high-quality multimedia content becomes more ubiquitous. Smartphones have become hubs for entertainment of all kind — TV shows, movies, games — and consumers expect the sound to be just as good as the image. The LG G2 is the first smartphone on the market today to feature 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound, far superior to a CD. Now consumers can hear a level of audio realism that hasn’t been possible before in a smartphone.

 

Practical UX Connected to Everyday Life

Research shows that the most frequently used smartphone features are the most basic ones that users often take for granted such as SMS, social networking, directions and of course, making phone calls. The LG G2 comes with a number of compelling user experience (UX) features that provide the most practical value by focusing on a smartphone’s most popular tasks:

 

– Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.

– Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.

– Text Link —Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.

– QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.

– Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.

– Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.

 

Unmatched Performance with Next Generation LTE

The LG G2 runs on the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor and redefines the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Through a long-term partnership collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, LG was able to deploy the chipset integrated perfectly with the LG G2 hardware to offer powerful and yet stable performance.

 

Following the global launch event in New York City on August 7, the LG G2 will be rolled out in over 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. Specific dates for market availability will vary by region and carrier.

 

Key Specifications:

  • – Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
  • – Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
  • – Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • – RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
  • – Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
  • – Battery: 3,000mAh
  • – Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • – Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • – Colors: Black / White

India is now the world’s third-largest smartphone market: Report

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India has now become the third-largest smartphone market after China and the United States in terms of smartphone shipments, according to the latest report by Canalys.The report states that in Q2 2013, the global smartphone shipments were at 238.1 million, an year-on-year growth of 50 percent, while smartphone shipments in India grew by 129 percent to hit 9 million, making it the world’s third-largest smartphone market.

The Canalys report mentions that the top five smartphone vendors in India include Samsung, Micromax, Karbonn, Sony and Nokia.

Jessica Kwee, Canalys Analyst on Indian smartphone market said, “Samsung has invested heavily in its brand and channel relationships over a number of years, which has given it a big advantage over many of its international competitors. Samsung took over a third of the Indian market this quarter, followed by local vendor Micromax at 22 percent. Karbonn, Sony and Nokia made up the top five.”

The report also suggests that the dynamics of the market make it challenging for international vendors, besides Samsung, to succeed.

“India is a market in transition, moving from feature phones to smart phones, and is a market that offers huge potential as hundreds of millions of users have yet to upgrade their feature phones. Domestic vendors, such as Micromax and Karbonn, are capitalizing on the popularity of their feature phones and are quicker to respond to local market demands, hence their current success,” added Kwee.

The report notes that smartphone shipments in China grew 108 percent year-on-year, which is the second highest growth rate, taking the total shipments to the market to 88.1 million. This represented over a third of all worldwide shipments. Lenovo took second place in China this quarter, where it shipped 10.8 million smart phones.

The report also takes note of platform-wise growth and suggests that Android grew the fastest during the quarter, by 79 percent year-on-year. Android now powers 190 million, or 80 percent, of the smartphones shipped in Q2. While the share of Apple’s iOS fell to 13 percent as the Cupertino based company is gearing up to unveil new products in the second half of 2013.

It’s worth pointing out that Canalys, an independent analyst firm compiled the shipments data for vendors in around 50 countries that it tracks, so the findings might be different from actual sales data.

 

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Meet Videocon A24 – The Budget Android

Videocon A24

Looks like this is the week for budget smartphone launches. Videocon is the latest to launch their entry-level Android smartphone in the sub-5k segment. With the launch of Videocon A24, the smartphone maker has intensified the entry-level smartphone war in India.

Videocon A24 is a dual-SIM device which comes with Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.2. For a device in the sub Rs 5000 segment, Videocon has definitely managed to win us over by providing the latest (Jelly Bean 4.3 is still not in vogue) OS for the entry-level phone. Although we are doubtful of the phone getting any more upgrades, getting Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box compensates for it all!

On the specifications front, Videocon A24 comes with a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touch-screen. The display is basic as the phone is a budget offering. Once again, by offering a 4-inch device, Videocon has managed to provide a decent screen-size in a budget price. The display and the OS are definitely not a disappointment when it comes to Videocon A24.

Under the hood runs a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Another surprise as most entry-level Androids stick to single core processors. The dual-core offering is definitely the icing on the cake.

Videocon A24

However, it is not all roses and peaches. There definitely is a catch and as you might have guessed, the catch is the internal memory and RAM. Videocon A24 comes with 512 MB internal memory and 256 MB RAM. Wave goodbye to anything other than basic app downloads. The entire purpose of a dual-core processor is lost thanks to the low RAM and internal memory. The memory can be increased to an additional 32 GB but the RAM still stays the same.

The phone comes with a decent 3.2 MP rear end camera and also a front camera for video-calling. Videocon A24 comes with the usual connectivity options and 1450 mAh battery.

Talking at the launch of Videocon A24, Mr. Khalid Zamir, Head Product Planning and Development, Videocon Mobile Phones Division said, “The Videocon A24 brings in an easy to use yet efficient smartphone experience to consumers who might be looking for their first smartphone. A simple and intuitive layout engages the consumers with the device and brings to them various vistas which help them to make the most of their Android smartphone experience.”

Priced at Rs 4699, the phone is definitely a show-stealer in the sub Rs 5k segment.