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Vodafone and LG UPlus jointly announced a new Partner Market agreement for South Korea, the first strategic partnership by LG Uplus with a global telecommunications company since the company’s founding in 2010.

Under the new partnership, which commenced on 1 April 2017, Vodafone will draw on its global reach and experience to support the consumer and enterprise operations of LG Uplus.   Vodafone will share best practices with LG Uplus across all areas of their business, including network strategy and development, with LG Uplus benefiting from Vodafone’s knowledge and experience to help improve their customer base management capabilities.

Vodafone and LG Uplus will also cooperate to offer unified communications and enterprise services to multinational companies with a presence in South Korea and internationally.

Vodafone Partner Markets Chief Executive Diego Massidda commented, “Our new partnership will enable LG Uplus to benefit from Vodafone expertise and experience, in addition to access to our global enterprise products and services.  I am delighted that LG Uplus has joined our Partner Market network and I look forward to building on our relationship in the coming years.”

Youngsoo Kwon, Chief Executive for LG Uplus said: “Vodafone is one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies and close cooperation will enable us to streamline and improve our existing business performance and pioneer new areas.  Vodafone is the ideal partner to help our drive to become world-class.”

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LG Electronics (LG) just unveiled its second X series smartphone for 2017 designed for active users who want a smartphone that can keep up with their on-the-go lifestyles.

The LG X venture is the company’s newest mass-tier smartphone designed for users who want a tough adventure companion device that doesn’t sacrifice on features or looks. With IP68 compatibility for water and dust resistance, the LG X venture passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests designed for the U.S. military. In addition to measuring resistance to extreme temperatures, shock and water, the LG X venture was repeatedly immersed in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes and passed with flying colors.

In addition to its resistance against accidental mishaps and extreme elements, the smartphone features Outdoor Essentials, a multi-purpose application designed specifically for the LG X venture with six useful tools in a single application. Bundled in the active lifestyle app is a barometer, compass, activity counter (steps/calories/distance), exercise tracker, weather reporter and flashlight. The phone offers a robust but stylish design with a metal frame and a non-slip back cover and will be available in black and/or brown.

LG understands that not all outdoor activities occur in warm climates so the LG X venture was designed with three physical keys on the front as well as a QuickButton on the side allows for easier interaction with the phone while wearing gloves or in wet or muddy environments. QuickButton works differently depending on how it’s pressed — short press for Outdoor Essentials, long press for settings and double press to toggle Glove Mode to recognize screen taps and swipes with gloved fingers. QuickButton can be customized to launch your favorite application and works even when the screen is off.

The LG X venture carries over a number of popular features from LG’s flagship G and V series smartphones such as the fingerprint sensor and dual cameras. A 5MP 120-degree wide angle front camera is perfect for large group shots while the rear 16MP camera delivers breathtaking shots with incredible sharpness and detail. A heavy-duty, high-capacity 4,100mAh embedded battery lasts for up to 24 hours between charges and with Quick Charge 2.0, the LG X venture charges from empty to 50 percent in only 48 minutes.

“Consumers with active lifestyles want devices that they don’t need to coddle or worry about when they’re on the go,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “But the LG X venture isn’t a ruggedized phone that makes sacrifices. Its long list of features, long battery life and excellent photo capabilities makes it the ideal companion for customers who wants a phone that works anytime, anywhere.”

LG X venture goes live starting today in North America and will be available in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America in the weeks to come. Pricing and exact date of availability will be announced locally in each market.

Key Specifications: 

    • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor
    • Display: 5.2-inch FHD In-Cell Touch (1080 x 1920 / 423ppi)
    • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM / 32GB eMMC ROM / Micro SD Slot (up to 2TB)
    • Camera: Front 5MP Wide Angle / Rear 16MP Standard Angle
    • Battery: 4,100mAh (embedded)
    • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
    • Size: 154.0 x 75.8 x 9.29mm
    • Weight: 166.5g
    • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 / NFC / USB Type-B 2.0
    • Color: Black / Brown
    • Other: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 / QuickButton / Outdoor Essentials / FM Radio / GPS / Accelerometer / Digital Compass / Gyroscope / Barometer
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LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced first-quarter 2017 revenue of KRW 14.66 trillion (USD 12.70 billion), an increase of 9.7 percent from the same period last year. LG nearly doubled its operating income to KRW 921.5 billion (USD 798.3 million) with the Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company posting its highest quarterly operating income in eight years.

LG Home Appliance & Air Solution Company reported a 10 percent increase in first-quarter sales from the same period a year earlier and 15 percent higher than the previous quarter. Revenues of KRW 4.64 trillion (USD 4.02 billion) reflected strong performance in Asia and Latin America.

Domestic sales were 33 percent higher year-over-year due to strong performance by TWINWash washing machines, air conditioners and some refrigerators, as well as the company’s newest premium LG Styler clothes management system and air purifiers. As LG enters the peak season, the company foresees an improvement in the business environment across much of Asia and Latin America, two key growth markets.

LG Home Entertainment Company recorded its highest first-quarter operating margin of 8.8 percent on sales of KRW 4.33 trillion (USD 3.75 billion), largely due to expanding sales of premium products, improved cost structure and a more flexible strategy to deal with the increase in panel prices. The company expects TV demand in the next quarter to remain positive due to opportunities in North America, Latin America and Asia, led by the growing popularity of premium LG OLED and Ultra HD TV products and the rollout of the new LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W.

LG Mobile Communications Company reported revenues of KRW 3.01 trillion (USD 2.61 billion), an increase of 4 percent quarter-over-quarter and 2 percent year-over-year, driven by the launch of the flagship LG G6 smartphone and new mass-tier models. The company reported smartphone shipments of 14.8 million units this quarter, up 10 percent from the first quarter of last year in large part due to the Americas. While effects of last year’s reorganization are beginning to bear fruit, price competition in the mass-tier segment and competition from other flagship models are expected to increase this year.

LG Vehicle Components Company reported strong sales of KRW 876.4 billion (USD 759.2 million), a 48 percent increase from the first quarter of 2016 thanks in large part to the successful collaboration with General Motors on the popular Bolt electronic vehicle. Continued investments in R&D and growth are expected to continue to affect profitability this year.

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Qualcomm Technologies and LG Electronics announced coordinated efforts to facilitate testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles. Qualcomm Technologies and LG expect to showcase these next-generation wireless technologies through trials during the first half of 2018. This work builds on the long-established relationship between Qualcomm Technologies and LG since the two companies delivered their first telematics system in 2004.

On the path to 5G, LG is developing advanced automotive connectivity solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies' connected car platform, which features support for Gigabit LTE speeds using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, and is complemented by the QCA65x4 Wi-Fi 802.11ac solution. The connected car platform also supports 802.11p/DSRC and C-V2X, based upon 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications.

"The advanced wireless capabilities of 5G and C-V2X will usher in new use cases necessary to fulfil our vision for increasingly connected and autonomous vehicles," said Kim Jin-yong, executive vice president, VC Smart Business Unit, LG Electronics. "As a leading inventor of 5G technologies and our key modem provider for telematics, Qualcomm Technologies is the company of choice for bringing the next-generation wireless solutions that leading automakers need and expect."

With a strong evolution path to 5G, C-V2X technology is a key feature for safety conscious and autonomous driving solutions. C-V2X complements other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information about the vehicle's surroundings, even in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios.

In addition to allowing for 360 degree NLOS, C-V2X is also designed to allow for enhanced situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using direct communications in the 5.9GHz ITS band with other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians' devices, as well as network-based communications to cloud services using commercial cellular bands.

Compared to current technologies, C-V2X is designed to deliver enhanced V2X direct communication range, reliability, latency and superior NLOS performance. The technology is supported by a broad ecosystem based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications, with trials expected to begin later this year.

"Wireless communications provide the vehicle with data that truly complements what other sensors deliver. For instance, C-V2X and its evolution to 5G can help the car discover what is around corners, detecting a pedestrian's smartphone or a car approaching an intersection even when the object is obstructed by buildings or other large vehicles," said Patrick Little, senior vice president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

"Building on our successful collaboration on telematics and infotainment systems, which have resulted in more than 25 million cumulative units shipped to date for carmakers throughout all key automotive regions, we are pleased to expand our relationship with LG in ushering in both C-V2X and 5G technologies in future vehicles."

C-V2X evolution to 5G offers more wireless communication capabilities for autonomous vehicles, supporting advanced use cases such as high-throughput sensor data/map sharing among vehicles, see-through capabilities streaming camera information from one car to another, and wideband ranging for improved positioning - all while maintaining backward compatibility with 3GPP Rel. 14 C-V2X.

With the ability to support multi-Gigabit speeds, mission-critical services with ultra-reliable low latency communication and massive number of nodes, 5G will support a unified connectivity platform to the always connected, autonomous vehicle of the future.

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Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE and also Samsung's LG were among the firms that unveiled new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2017, perhaps in an attempt to capitalize on Samsung's withdrawal from the event where it was supposed to release its flagship but decided to delay to take extra precautions to avoid another exploding battery disaster.

The annual Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain, usually hosts Samsung's new smartphone releases. But this year, the world's largest mobile phone maker had no such device to unveil of its own at the show.

Samsung is taking its time to release its new handset to avoid making another massive mistake – the company has to discontinue its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last year in October after several reports of exploding batteries in the devices. What's more, Samsung's parent company, Samsung Group, is caught up in a corruption scandal that saw its chief arrested recently.

In its usual fashion, Apple, the world's second largest smartphone marker, did not show up at MWC. The Californian company's absence leaves other smaller smartphone makers a rare opportunity to grab people's attention at the event.

China's Huawei, which aims to overtake Apple and Samsung in the high end smartphone market, unveiled its new flagship model, the P10 and the larger P10 Plus on Sunday 26 Feb, the eve of the official start of the MWC event. The device features dual Leica camera lenses, a longer-lasting battery and a fingerprint sensor system.

Huawei has been making gains on its top rivals, but not enough to close the gap, according to Forrester Research analyst Thomas Husson. He says, "Huawei is a brand that lacks a strong personality, especially in the United States and in Western Europe."

The company managed to gain some ground on Samsung and Apple in 2016, increasing its share of the smartphone sector to 8.9 percent in 2016 from 7.3 percent a year earlier, according to the Gartner consultancy group. Samsung on the other hand saw its market share shrink over the same period by two full percentage points to 20.5 percent and Apple contracted to 14.4 percent from 15.9 percent.

Huawei chief executive, Richard Yu, remains confident about the company's ambitions to become the world's number one smartphone distributor "maybe in five years," he said. "We are focused on the goal of becoming the market leader, we hope to get there."

Other releases at MWC included South Korea-based LG's new flagship smartphone designed for split-screen use so that it can show two apps at the same time. The device also features dual rear cameras. In addition, China's ZTE unveiled the world's first smartphone compatible with super fast 5G mobile internet service that networks expect to have up and running by 2020.

Nokia and BlackBerry, two former mobile phone leaders, made a comeback at the event, releasing their own new devices. Nokia unveiled three new Android smartphones and showcased a revamped version of its iconic 3310 device after more than a decade since it was phased out.

BlackBerry debuted a new high-end device, the KEYone that brings back the brand's signature physical keyboard and has a larger screen than previous models. Like Nokia, its new phones will be made under license by a Chinese manufacturer.

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LG had big plans for CES 2017 and didn’t disappoint the crowds. The South Korean tech giant unveiled its latest innovative robotic helpers that go far beyond your average kitchen appliances. LG’s Hub Robot, for example, was revealed as well as its Mini-sized counterpart. The robots can control smart home devices, play music, offer advice on commuting times, and overall make life a bit easier. LG appears to be competing with the Amazon Echo, by also revealing its Airbot assistant.

The LG Hub Robot features a circular "face" with a screen displaying what looks like eyes perched atop a white body. The robot can re-orient itself to face the user and move along to music that it’s playing. The screen can also display images and videos, although how exactly it accesses these wasn’t disclosed by LG.

LG’s Airbot is able to guide wayward travelers through busy airports. It can also provide useful travel information on its large display, and talk you through steps to get through an airport when you get lost – perfect for traveling children. The Airbot is already being used by travelers at South Korea’s Incheon airport, according to reports, so it seems likely that we could see it in action in other airports around the world in the future.

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee of when that will happen, or how much the robots will cost. LG hasn’t revealed such details yet. LG has teased the Hub Robot before, and also announced other home appliances at the press conference, including a smart fridge featuring Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, and a robot lawnmower.

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LG leverages display expertise, enters medical imaging market

Written on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 06:14

LG Electronics (LG) is entering the growing medical imaging devices market with the introduction of clinical and surgical monitors designed to empower health care professionals to make accurate and informed life-saving decisions. The new monitors and an advanced new radiography devices have been previewed at RSNA 2016, the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

LG 8MP Clinical Review Monitor

The LG 8MP Clinical Review Monitor is a 27-inch IPS monitor driving 3840 x 2160 pixels specifically designed to increase hospital staff efficiency by enabling streamlined work flows and multitasking. In addition to enhanced brightness levels, this monitor provides healthcare professionals with wide viewing angles, minimal color shift and accurate images. The monitor is Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) compliant, which means that grayscale tones are corrected to maintain image accuracy.

Finely calibrated to ensure consistency across multiple devices, the monitor is equipped with backlight stabilization technology to guarantee stable luminance levels. Dynamic Sync Mode reduces input lag, while Flicker Safe and Reader Mode settings help reduce eye strain experienced by doctors and nurses working long shifts.

LG 8MP Surgical Monitor

The 27-inch LG 8MP Surgical Monitor was developed for a wide range of uses in the operating theater. In particular, surgeons who favor minimally invasive surgical techniques will benefit greatly as they make precise observations while viewing LG’s wide and highly accurate monitor. The unparalleled clarity of LG’s 8MP UHD panel helps doctors perform technically complex procedures and the monitor’s IPS technology enables multiple medical professionals to view the monitor from different angles with minimal color shift.

Boasting brightness levels of up to 800 nits, LG’s surgical monitor is ideally suited for bright operating rooms. This monitor covers over 99 percent of the sRGB color space with additional space dedicated to the deep red spectrum, enabling doctors to more easily distinguish different types of tissue and blood vessels.

LG Digitalized X-Ray Detector for Radiography

In today’s hospitals, medical technology that is portable, lightweight and durable is key to providing outstanding patient care. Previewed at RSNA 2016, the LG DXD (digitalized X-ray detector) produces high quality radiography images within seconds using its 16-bit image processing capabilities and a pixel pitch range as small as 127 micrometers, producing super-high-resolution images for radiographers and radiologists to quickly and accurately identify health issues. A magnesium and carbon fiber body make the LG DXD well-suited to serve patients in a range of medical settings and the IP41 rating for water and dust resistance helps assure optimal performance even when this DXD comes in contact with powders or liquids.

“LG’s entry into the medical imaging device market represents a bold new step in our strategy to expand LG’s position in the B2B market,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company. “As a worldwide leader in the premium display industry, we are confident that LG technology will make a significant contribution to hospitals and medical facilities as they seek to improve the accuracy, quality and efficiency of their diagnostic procedures.”

The RSNA is an association of more than 54,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists, promoting excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation (RSNA.org). LG’s new medical imaging devices are being demonstrated for the first time at RSNA 2016. The clinical and surgical monitors will roll out in key markets soon thereafter. The LG DXD will be available in 2017.

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LG launches V20 flagship with Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat

Written on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:53

LG revealed its latest flagship smartphone on September 6 which features Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat. The V20 is the successor to LG’s flagship V10 in 2015, which also features a dual-camera system and a second display located at the top of the phone. However, these features have been upgraded in the V20, such as the display which features a much brighter font.

Interestingly, the V20 retains the headphone jack which many phone-makers are trying to phase out, and also has some audiophile-grade features for music enthusiasts who like lossless file formats and premium headphones.

The V20 is a handsome, professional device with a fingerprint scanner and camera on the back and also a front-facing camera. It features a 5.7-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and a removable battery. As far as price goes, LG is said to be leaving it up to the major carriers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint, so the price won’t be revealed for a while.

It comes with a 32-bit hi-fi quad DAC, containing four ESS digital-to-analog convertors, which is a first for smartphones according to LG. Audiophiles that may rejoice at the rattling off of these technical components, The Verge reports. But for an ordinary user, there’s a noticeable increase in audio quality from sound pumped through the device.

What’s more, it supports various lossless audio formats such as FLAC, DSD, AIFF, and ALAC. That means premium music can take advantage of the converters, while three of the four converters will automatically shut off with lower-quality music to conserve battery.

The V20 also highlights Google’s new In Apps search feature which was announced recently, where you can search for contacts, photos, and videos across both Google apps such as YouTube and self-installed apps like Spotify. The device is also the first Android phone to feature a shortcut to In Apps search on its home screen. According to The Verge, LG says it will use the second screen on the V20 to put another shortcut button to the Apps feature.

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LG has made it easier for people to switch between online streaming and traditional TV when using its LG Smart TVs, by means of a new feature called Channel Plus which allows for seamless integration between internet content and broadcast TV.  Users can choose between over-that-air (OTA) channels and streaming content without having to launch a separate app to view a specific provider’s programming.

“Channel Plus is a huge step forward in the evolution of Smart TV – and only LG offers it,” said LG Electronics USA Vice President of Marketing, David VanderWaal in a statement. “Users can enjoy nearly 50 quality content choices free of charge on their LG Smart TV, and with webOS 3.0, accessing them has never been simpler or faster. By delivering premium internet content seamlessly with broadcast channels together in the same channel lineup, LG aims to make it easier than ever for consumers to find and enjoy the content they want in one centralized place – whether it’s streaming or broadcast.”

Since Channel Plus is still a new service, the list of streaming partners is currently limited. Big names like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon aren’t available in the TV channels, so users have to download their respective apps for LG’s Smart TVs for that. Instead, users can access free content from companies including Time, PBS, Digital Studios, Wired, Saveur, Cooking Light, GQ and Sports Illustrated, as well as multichannel content from BuzzFeed, Mashable, Reuters, FailArmy, and Funny or Die, Digital Trends reports.

The new service is powered by Xumo, a company that specializes in offering streaming content on connected devices. Prior to LG, the company made similar functionality available on TVs from Vizio, Panasonic and more, but they weren’t as “tightly integrated” as with LG’s Channel Plus service. Channel Plus is available on LG Smart TV’s running the company’s webOS 3.0 platform, which includes its 2016 OLED and Super UHD models.

“It has been truly exciting partnering with LG in developing Channel Plus,” said Xumo CEO Colin Petrie-Norris. “This new service represents an important step forward for the OTT space by streamlining the viewing experience for the Smart TV user through seamless, native content integration. The Channel Plus service aligns perfectly with our DNA at Xumo as it delivers free premium programming in an organic and accessible way. With Channel Plus, all the cool content we used to have to search the web for high and low is now aggregated and attractively organized in one innovative solution on LG Smart TVs.”

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The premium LG V10 is the ultimate selfie handset

Written on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 12:26

Powered by Android, the LG V10 is the inaugural device leading the new line of premium handsets by South Korean company LG. It's a step up from the V4 model which also sports a removable battery, but has a smaller 5.5-inch screen compared with 5.7-inch.

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