According to a report by CNET, LG’s next flagship device, the G6, will take a leaf from the Pixel and Pixel XL devices and feature Google Assistant. This will make the G6 just the second smartphone release to come with the digital assistant, which has the ability to answer the mobile user’s questions and even provide updates on appointments, reminders, and other useful information.
Interestingly, LG maintains a strong partnership with Amazon, another company that also offers a similar digital assistant service, Alexa. LG had actually planned to feature Alexa into the upcoming G6. But as reported by CNET, the South Korean phone maker just was not ready yet. The company did however hint that for other future LG devices, Amazon’s Alexa will likely be included.
For those not following LG’s partnership with Amazon closely, the latter’s Alexa digital assistant is actually already featured in more than one product from LG, including its flagship refrigerator, which was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada.
Apart from that bit about Alexa, the report from CNET also provided some information on other specifications of LG’s G6. The device is said to sport a sealed battery, and there is talk that the company is opting for a nonremovable battery type in order to make water resistance possible. This should be pretty consistent with the non-modular approach that LG is employing, which should also allow for easier water proofing.
Once an Android phone maker that can hold its own against the best among the competition, LG has seen its market share erode in the last few quarters. With a 3.9 percent share in the global mobile market in the early part of last year, the South Korean tech giant is finding it more and more difficult to try to keep up with Samsung and at the same time, compete with Chinese upstarts such as Huawei and Xiaomi. It did not help that despite the impressive specs of its last couple of high profile smartphone releases -- the G5 and the V20 -- sales never quite met expectations.
By any measure, the G6 is still something that Android mobile users can look forward to this year. But some decisions by LG might raise a few eyebrows here and there. For instance, why select Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chip when all other major 2017 releases are likely going for the newer and mightier Snapdragon 835? Still, LG is not out of the game yet, and this year, perhaps the company can learn from its mistakes last year and come out a winner.
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