LG working on Windows Phone 8 handsets

LG is apparently back in the mix after calling it quits 9 months ago. The Korean manufacturer who finally having some relative success with its latest line of Android Optimus handsets and the Nexus 4 is currently working on several Windows Phone 8 devices according to a senior executive from one of LG’s local partners. As you may recall the LG Fantasy E740 never saw the light of the day as a commercial device and LG essentially stopped to support its Windows Phone 7 handset just a few months after the OS’s launch in 2010 even-though the company was the premier OEM partner for Windows Phone 7 during OS’s development.

Having LG back on board can only be seen a a good thing for the platform but won’t fix the may problem which is Microsoft’s current attitude towards its on product.

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LG Optimus Pad preview: Hands on video

The LG Optimus Pad is planned to be the second Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to hit the market later this year after the Motorola Xoom finally launchs at the end of this month in the US. What sets the Optimus Pad apart from its direct competition is its physical size and smaller 8.9 inch screen (15:9 aspect ratio) which was specifically designed to be easily portable with one hand. The device also packs two 5 Mpix cameras to shoot 720P 3D Stereoscopic content which can then be viewed on a 3D enabled TV through the device’s HDMI port, directly on the device screen in red/blue anaglyph mode or uploaded to YouTube’s 3D channel. Out of all of the Honeycomb tablet’s I’ve played with the LG Optimus Pad was surprisingly the snappiest and smoothest even though they were all powered by the same nVidia Tegra 2 chipset. But I’ will obviously reserve my final judgment until the final retail products are released. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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LG Optimus 3D and LG G-Slate Optimus Pad in video

Here are two short videos of LG’s upcoming Android devices scheduled to be officially unveiled at MWC next week. The first one is a hands-on video of the LG G-Slate aka LG Optimus Pad and its 3D screen & Cameras combo. The second is the teaser video of the LG Optimus 3D which packs a glasses free 3D screen and 2 camera to shoot 3D footage. Check them out after the break:

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LG announces the LG Optimus 3D with Glasses free 3D screen and 3D camera

LG has just announced that the LG Optimus 3D will officially be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 14th just like we all guessed after receiving the events invitation. the big news here is that in addition to the glasses free 3D screen the LG Optimus 3D will also pack a 3D camera (2 lenses)! Check out the press release after the break:

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LG Optimus 3D pictured in the wild

The LG Optimus 3D Android smartphone which is set to be unveiled on February 14th at MWC just got shot in the wild for the first time by mister blurry-cam. The device sport a 4.3inch LCD 3D and what looks like the same hardware specifications as the LG Optimus 2X (Tegra 2 SoC etc). I’m going to get my hands-on with the device at MWC and make sure to shoot some nice videos of it in action (even though the 3D effect won’t really show up in videos..)

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LG announcing Optimus Smartphone with 3D screen at MWC

You’ve probably already heard about this so I won’t go into details (mainly because there isn’t any details at al…): LG is apparently going to  unveil a new LG Optimus handset featuring a 3D screen in on February 14th during MWC. I just received my invite to the event which is probably going to be packed. I’ll make sure to get some hands-on action with it and with all the other Tegra 2 powered devices they are going to showcase like the G-Slate tablet which is also rumored to have a 3D screen. Nothing on the Windows Phone 7 front though. So don’t be surprised if we don’t see any new WP7 devices from LG or any other OEM during the event next month.

LG Star Android smatphone with Tegra 2 chipset in the wild

The Tegra 2 powered Android device that LG talked about a few months ago is now in the wild and is named the LG Star. That thing supposedly has a 4inch screen (and a gigantic bezel..), 8Mpix camera with LED flash capable of shooting 1080P videos, micro-sd slot, it’s running a version onf Android and has a 1500Mha battery. I’m not realy sure that the Tegra 2  is the best solution for a smartphone but it will definitely be interesting to see how it stacks up against the competition from Qualcomm, TI and Samsung. More pictures after the break:

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LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic Android phones announced…again

I guess that LG was stuck between a rock (today’s Nokia World) and a hard place (Tomorrow’s HTC Announcement) and had no choice but to re-announce 2 of its new mid-range Android handsets this morning (they’ve already been announced back in July…). The LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic are both mid-range Android devices that obviously won’t light the world on fire given their relatively “slow” 600Mhz CPU but should help the Korean company compete against HTC and Samsung’s similar models. Strangely both Android 2.2 devices look relatively similar in design to 2 well known HTC devices released this year. The Optimus One kinda looks like an HTC Desire (with a hint of HTC Touch) and the Optimus Chic could be mistaken for and HTC HD Mini. The fact that LG only announced Android handsets today makes believe that HTC will do something similar tomorrow and that their Windows Phone 7 devices will only be unveiled once the Microsoft finally launches / Announces the OS in a few weeks. Anyway, check out the full press release after the break:

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LG Officially Announces Tegra 2 powered Optimus line of Smartphones

 

LG is definitely going all out at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin this year. After showcasing a couple of new HDTV’s, OLED TV,Android Tablets and yesterday’s DLNA on Windows Phone 7 feature they are now officially announcing the launch of a couple of Tegra 2 powered Smartphones this fall under the Optimus brand. Keep in mind this probably only applies to Android based devices given that only Qualcomm’s SnapDragon line of chipsets are certified to work on Windows Phone 7 right now (this will change in the future). The Tegra 2 SoC is made of a Dual Core CortexA9 CPU@ 1ghz each, a higher-clocked Tegra 1 GPU and has the ability to encode/decode 1080P videos (H.264/VC-1) without breaking a swea (you can see the block-diagram above) t. Interestingly Samsung’s Hummingbird Chipset still sports the fastest mobile GPU (PowerVR SGX540) but all this power doesn’t mean anything to the end user when it barely used by the OS and aplpications. Unlike Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Android’s GUI isn’t GPU accelerated yet and one has to wonder what is exactly the point of having Dual-Core A9 CPU in a smartphone this fall. Things should be more interesting on this front one year from now when the software platform finally catches up and start to benefit from all this power. Full Press Release after the break:

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LG Optimus 7 DLNA Windows Phone 7 feature announced

LG has just made official the DLNA feature of the LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone we saw demonstrated at the Berlin IFA trade-show (on an LG Panther, not E900 which is going to be called the Optimus 7 AFAIK). We first saw this Media Share application appear in the blurry LG E900 a couple of days ago but this particular device hasn’t been made official yet (it looks really nice in real life, trust me..) so LG is demonstrating the feature on the LG GW910 / Panther. Interestingly the press release claims that users will be able to playback wirelessly on their DLNA enabled TV 720P videos stored on the phones, but I guess that this only applies to videos shot with the device’s camera unless Microsoft and LG made last minute changes to the Zune desktop software. Press Release after the break:

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LG Windows Phone 7 DLNA Media Sharing in action

As we have seen before in the blurry shots of the LG E900 the Korean company has developed a DLNA enabled media sharing service on its Windows Phone 7 handset similar to Samsung’s Allshare app that comes pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S (and other high-end devices). The media service was demonstrated this week during the IFA tradeshow in Germany and looks exactly like you would have expected it to work. Video after the break:

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ScanSearch Augmented Reality Application coming to Windows Phone 7

Remember a few days ago I posted about the possibility of seeing Augmented Reality applications on Windows Phone 7 before the end of the year. If you have taken a close attention at all the LG E900media you may have noticed that a particular application seems to be pre-installed on LG’s WP7 handset. The first video was super blurry but the ones posted today reveal that the name of this application is actually ScanSearch:

ScanSearch is an augmented reality application developed by Korean Software Company OlaWorks (whos CEO was previously Managing Director, Online Services Group and GM, Consumer and Online Business at Microsoft) and currently available on the iPhone. I’m guessing that LG has some sort of partnership with Olaworks to develop the Windows Phone 7 version (Olaworks already supplies LG with a Face detection Suite ). As you probably already know there’s no digital Compass API currently available for third-party developers in the SDK but it apparently isn’t the case for OEMs. Check out a video of the iPhone after the break:

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LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic Android 2.2 smartphones announced


It is no secret than LG is focusing its mobile effort on Android and Windows Phone 7 and today the company has announced the launch of its Optimus line of handheld products (which has already launched in South Korea a little while ago..) running on a range of operating systems (Android Tablet included). With WP7 still being finalised LG could only announce Android based phones today and that’s exactly what they did with the LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic. Both devices will ship with Android 2.2 on board later this year and a yet un-announced Android based Tablet is scheduled to hit retail before the end of the year. Now I guess that the LG Panther aka LG GW910 (and maybe the LG C900?) will also be a member of the Optimus line once Microsoft officially ships the RTM version of WP7 to OEMs in the coming weeks. Full press release after the break:

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LG Optimus (LU2300) Android smartphone released in Korea

Looks like the LG-LU2300 now known as the LG Optimus is finally available in South Korea. Unfortunately I can’t read Korean but from what I gathered the Optimus is currently shipping with Android 1.6 and features a custom Augmented Reality application. The specs are the following:

- SnapDragon SoC
- Android 2.1
- 3.5? AMOLED touch screen
- WVGA (800X480) resolution
- Sliding-QWERTY keypad
- See the track, spin the pad mounted
- 5Mp camera equipped with 720p Geo-tagging video capture
- Divx HD-class video playback
- GPS
- Wi-fi
- DMB-TV tuner
- Built-in Augmented reality app

Check out the video presentation after the break:

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