LG creates a Quad HD smartphone screen, but why?

Unless your eyesight is better than 20/20, it’s not likely you’ll see much benefit from a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 screen. Is LG creating this to improve the mobile experience or simply for bragging rights? To my eyes, it’s the latter.


Flash analysis: smart watches

With the continued miniaturization of technology, the rise of flexible software frameworks, and the growing interest in technologies such as biomonitoring and location-based services, the smart watch is fast becoming technology’s next big thing. We asked GigaOM readers to weigh in on the future of the device. Here are the results.

Without a Galaxy Note, Verizon outs 5-inch Intuition by LG

Having passed on the popular 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, Verizon Wireless will sell the Intuition by LG later this week: A 5-inch Android 4.0 handset that blurs the lines between smartphone and tablet. Will consumers like the 4:3 aspect ratio or will it be a turn-off?

LG set to roll out Google TV models later this month

Hoping to spark both the suddenly sagging U.S. TV market and Google’s struggling Android-based TV platform at the same time, consumer electronics maker LG has confirmed that it will release in the U.S. two new smart TV models based on Google TV software later in May.

Let’s face it: LG never fully backed Windows Phone

LG is reportedly focused on Google Android smartphones and not new Microsoft Windows Phone handsets. LG only built two Windows Phones in 2010 and none in 2011 even though it has kind words for the platform. Unfortunately for Microsoft, actions speak louder than words.

Is Intel working on a major TV initiative?

Intel is reportedly working on a major TV initiative, with the plan to sell subscriptions of TV channel bundles over the Internet. The move would be powered by Intel’s own hardware, and would pit the company against former allies such as Google TV.

Two smartphone screens aren’t yet better than one

T-Mobile announced another new mid-range Android handset on Monday: the LG DoublePlay has a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard that’s split by a second, 2-inch capacitive touchscreen. Good luck with that: second screens use more battery power and so far, have added little extra value to consumers.

Samsung, Apple grow U.S. phone sales as others lag

From May to August of this year, Samsung and Apple continue to grow handset sales in the U.S. while Motorola, Research in Motion and LG are losing ground. Making matters worse for the laggards: the smartphone is becoming central for more activities in our lives.

Android Helping Handset Makers Who Embraced it Early

Android proves that iOS isn’t the only game in town; it’s the common thread among companies such as HTC, Motorola, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. While Android adoption has helped all five companies, those who embraced Android fully and early on have reaped the biggest benefits.

T-Mobile’s G-Slate Tablet Is a 3-D Recorder/Player

T-Mobile’s G-Slate made the briefest of appearances at last months Consumer Electronics Show. Today the carrier provided more details on the new 4G tablet running Honeycomb, the most surprising being the display: it’s smaller than that of an iPad but can show 3D video!

Vendor Earnings Roundup: Moto, Qualcomm, LG

— Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Mobility: In its first results since spinning off from the Solutions part of its business, the mobile device and hom…

LG Launches Smart Appliances, Better Luck This Time

LG entered the smart appliance fray in a big way this week, unveiling its line of Thinq appliances meant to save energy and communicate with owners and utilities via wireless networks. Hopefully, the connected appliances won’t follow the path of LG’s discontinued DIOS Internet fridge.

Google TV To Lay Low At CES

What could have been a big boost for Google (NSDQ: GOOG) TV from the consumer-electronics industry is now looking like a no-confidence vote…

Watch Out Nokia: LG Sells 1M Cheap Androids in 40 Days

Just 40 days after introducing it, LG has sold 1 million Optimus handsets, a relatively low-priced Google Android smartphone targeted for first-time smartphone owners. The Optimus represents a growing challenge for handset companies such as Nokia to transition away from feature phones with value-priced smartphones.

How Apple Cracked the Top 5 in Global Handsets

Just over three years since introducing its first phone, Apple is now among the top five handset vendors on the planet. How did this happen? Apple improves on the product mistakes by competitors and marches in with many of the problems solved at an opportune time.

Ditch Solar Manufacturing, Look to Software, Services

Where can solar startups find opportunities when their playground is increasingly dominated by giants from other industries? That’s a question that some Silicon Valley solar company executives and investors have pondered for some time now. The answers are software and services.

LG CEO Resigns Over Poor Smartphone Performance

The CEO of South Korean consumer electronics giant LG resigned today to take responsibility for the company’s poor performance in the smartphone space. Yong Nam will be replaced by the head of LG International. LG reported a loss of $103 million in the latest quarter.

Google, Apple, Others Sued for Email Patent Infringement

Patent-holding company NTP yesterday filed suit against Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, and Motorola for alleged violation of eight NTP patents for wireless email delivery. NTP previously sued RIM for the same and the BlackBerry-maker settled for $612.5 million. Can NTP win more money?

LG Opens App Store for Feature Phones and Smartphones

LG is not sitting on the sidelines and watching all the app stores whiz by. The company has opened an app store aimed at crossing the divide separating the lowly feature phone from the smartphone. The store opened with 3,000 applications on the shelves.

Verizon Says 4G Phones Are Coming In May 2011

Verizon Wireless is working to quickly build a 4G wireless network, but it can’t beat Sprint (NYSE: S), which is launching its first 4G phon…

Mobile World Congress 2010 In Photos

The biggest news events at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona were Microsoft’s Windows 7 unveiling and Google’s massive prolifer…

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Can Heidi Klum Save MediaFLO?

Today Qualcomm scored a huge coup for its MediaFLO mobile television service by winning the right to broadcast the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and create a 27/7 channel devoted to the event, available on all MediaFLO enabled handsets (of which there are fewer than 10 models in the U.S.).