AT&T has officially launched its Wi-Fi Calling feature to LG’s 2015 flagship device, the G4. This marks the first time that the Wi-Fi Calling feature has been made available to subscribers of the major US wireless carrier who own Android powered mobile devices. AT&T has promised to extend this feature to other Android handsets as well in the weeks or months to come.
There is still so little love for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, even after four months since it officially rolled out. Indeed, Marshmallow is now still on only 1.2 percent of all Android powered mobile devices in the whole world, according to the latest information provided by Google’s Android Developer Dashboard. Still, 1.2 percent is a welcome improvement over the 0.7 percent Marshmallow managed only a month ago. Google came up with the market share percentages by checking all the smartphones and tablet devices that paid a visit to the Google Play Store during the week long period spanning January 25th to February 1st of this year.
After revealing that it is updating its Simply Prepaid plans by providing more fast data every month for its prepaid customers, T-Mobile now unveils a special offer for its postpaid subscribers. This time around, the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States presents its Half-Off Smartphone Event, wherein mobile users can purchase a handset and then get a second device with a 50 percent discount.
Just like other phone makers out there, LG too is feeling the effects of the global smartphone slump. As a matter of fact, the South Korean mobile giant has revealed that it has lost about $36.4 million in its mobile phone business during the last quarter of last year. Now compare that to the previous year’s numbers, wherein LG managed to post a profit in the amount of $56 million in the same period. Tough times for the company indeed, even if it did register a total shipment volume of $59.7 million units of mobile devices, a slight improvement from the 59.1 million units it shipped in 2014.
This year’s Mobile World Congress happens on the latter part of February in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. Various phone makers are widely expected to unveil their newest smartphone offerings during this major mobile technology related event. One of them is LG, who many predict will announce its new flagship device, the G5 smartphone, which will most likely compete for attention against fellow South Korean phone maker Samsung’s own flagship device the Galaxy S7.
In light of the slowing down of sales of smartphones around the world during the last several quarters, various phone makers have taken to launching new handsets that come with cheaper prices but actually are feature heavy enough to compete with some if not most of the current flagship devices out in the market today. A perfect example of this is Motorola’s Moto G (3rd generation) device -- its price may be below two hundred bucks, but if one looks closely, the handset actually comes with nifty features and functionalities.
Now that the holiday season is fully underway, it is no surprise that various wireless carriers are introducing specials offers here and there designed to attract new subscribers. Sprint is certainly no exception to this, but this time around, the wireless carrier has decided to to launch a week long holiday deal for its current customers.
LG is officially the first smartphone maker (not counting Google, of course) to start updating its flagship device with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. Just this week, the South Korean mobile manufacturer revealed that its flagship phone, the G4, especially those owned by mobile users based in Poland, will be the first to get Android Marshmallow starting next week. As for owners of the LG G4 devices based in the North and South American regions, as well as those in Europe and Asia, they will get their Marshmallow updates soon after.
In the second quarter of last year, LG had shipped a then record volume of 14.5 million smartphones across the globe. But fast forwarding a year later, it appears that the South Korean phone maker did not fare as well.
LG has just unveiled the G4 Beat, a new and more affordable version of its latest flagship device, the LG G4. Positioned as a new midrange alternative to the G4, the LG G4 Beat continues the South Korean phone maker’s recent initiative to introduce brand new variants to its flagship smartphone. Some may remember that in May earlier this year, the company also announced two new variants to the LG G4 -- the G4 Stylus phablet and the budget friendly G4c.
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