The long awaited Marshmallow update is finally on its way to the LG G3 smartphones that are under T-Mobile and AT&T contracts. This news was confirmed after several reports from users on the two networks started to come in. While this is indeed good news for T-Mobile users, the catch is that it cannot be downloaded over-the-air at this moment. In order to run Android M on T-Mobile's version of the LG G3, you will first need to connect it to a computer where LG's desktop client for smartphones is pre-installed. The entire upgrade process from there onwards must also be completed with the help of the desktop client.
AT&T's version of the G3 does not have any such bindings as users can download and install the update via OTA, which will change the software version to D85030k. Unfortunately, there is no telling when the update will arrive for your particular handset on either network. One detail that is curious about the package is that it updates the base OS to Android 6.0 instead of 6.0.1, which has been out since November, 2015. Security patches till March are included in the upgrade package, but it making you wonder about what happened to the security patch for April?
It is a bit disappointing to see leading companies still in the process of updating their high-end smartphones to Marshmallow, when Android N (Beta) is already being tested by Google. Then again, it's better late than never.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
You are probably familiar with the newly introduced Always On displays already, so let's get into the battle of the flagships right away. However, keep in mind that the LG G5 used while comparing the two was a pre-production unit.
Visibility or clarity
If you are outdoors and the weather isn't too sunny then you would be hard pressed to see a difference between the two Always On displays as they are both perfectly visible, even from a distance. If however, the condition outside is quite sunny and you are trying to check out the time, date and notifications, the LG G5 loses by a huge margin to the S7. The S7's AMOLED display is simply brighter, more defined and clear compared to the IPS-LCD screen of the G5. In fact, you will need to look at the G5 at almost a 90-degree angle under bright conditions to even make out what's on the secondary display, while the S7 offers much better viewing angles.
Samsung has added a lot more customizability to its secondary screen when compared to its South Korean competitor. The S7's Always On display supports stock pictures and skins for clocks as well as the calendar. The notifications change their place of appearance on their own as well to prevent screen burn-ins (a result of static images being shown on a particular space for too long a time at a single stretch). The only significant customization that LG offers is the ability to add a personal signature that can replace the traditional time display.
Although we love LG's equal treatment of all apps installed on it, credit must be given to Samsung for making better hardware and adding more customization. The S7 would win this hands down if only it supported third party apps like the G5, but as it stands now, the better Always On display among the two must be decided by the user and his/her priorities. So, which of these features are more important to you?
The LG G5 is made out of metal and it has some of the most perfect lines we have seen yet. The only seam on the entire body of the G5 is the one which separates from the bottom. This part is what all the hype is about as the modular component will not only allow for removal of the battery and placement of SIM cards and micro-SD cards, but a whole lot more. It can at this moment support a camera module or a speaker component only, but in time, there will be several others that will enhance the capabilities of the G5 far beyond its initial endowments.
The first of the modules is the LG Cam Plus, which is a camera grip that will add an extra 1,100 mAh battery, a shutter button, a video button, and a dial to zoom in and out. This will make the excellent dual cameras on the back of the G5 even more functional and useful. The speaker unit is a Bang & Olufsen DAC which will allow the LG G5 to provide louder and better sound quality while playing games or consuming media.
The G5 has a camera setup like no other, thanks to its dual camera sensors that's more than just a gimmick. The primary 16 megapixel camera has a 75° field of view while the 8 megapixel secondary camera offers a wider FOV at 135°. The results from both the cameras are merged to create the best possible picture and the user can actually see a real time preview of how things will look after the click while attempting the shoot. We are thoroughly impressed and the crown for the best smartphone camera of the year might already be heading towards the G5's metallic head!
Other specifications of the LG G5 include a 5.3" LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution powered by SD 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery. There is support for expandable memory via SD card, along with 32GB of in-built storage. All the regular sensors are there in addition to an ultrafast fingerprint scanner at the back. The G5 with its impressive modular design has already got us excited, but in order to get your hands on it, you will need to wait till April approximately.
Two of the biggest Android flagships of 2016 are going to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2016 on February 21 and rumors regarding the two have reached an all time high now. As you probably know already, we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy S7 series and the LG G5. After being treated to a host of leaked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge pictures on the web, we have finally been shown what the LG G5 will look like.
This is the most revealing leak yet as we can clearly see both the back and the front of the LG flagship, which removes any doubt regarding its design elements at least. As seen in the picture, there is indeed a dual camera setup on the back, complete with a dual tone flash and possibly even laser autofocus. A circular fingerprint scanner can be seen right below the rear cameras with volume buttons on the side. If we were to make a guess, we would say that this time around, the fingerprint scanner will function as the power button as well.
The body of the G5 is probably made up of metal, but it is hard to tell until we get a closer look at it. The internal specs of the G5 cannot exactly be seen in this picture, but after months of speculations, leaks and rumors we have a pretty good idea about them. Expect the LG G5 to be powered by a SD 820 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and a powerful battery. The 5.6" 1440p display will sport Android M 6.0 out of the box and will possibly be updated to the latest firmware soon after.
Lenevo has made a swift move - within a few weeks after releasing the K4 Note, they have announced the next official variant - the K5 Note. This smartphone features an all-metal body and is backed by a Mediatek Helio P10 SoC along with 64-bit octa-core processor and Mali-T860 GPU.
The handset also boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS display, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory. When it comes to the camera, the rear unit is 13 MP and snapper at the front is of 8 MP. The battery supplies 3,500mAh charge with support for fast charging, and the device operates with Vibe UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Dimension of the device is: 152 x 75.7 x 8.49mm and the K5 Note has some nice features like dual-SIM support, 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity options. There is an implementation of a fingerprint sensor technology at the back, which also finds its usage in making payments as well as capturing photos.
Apart from this the device sports a 1.5W speaker on the back armed with Dolby Atmos surround sound effect. From pricing point, it will cost around RMB 1,099 (close to $167) in China, where it will be made available to the market via flash sale model. The very first sale is scheduled for this week with gold and silver as the two color options.