Smartphone design just isn't as interesting as it used to be; top phones are all basically beautiful slabs of glass and metal with glimmering displays that make you go "ahhhhh." Last year, in an effort to combat the boredom, LG launched the G5, an ambitious disaster of an Android phone, which was most notable for its central gimmick, a "magic slot" which allowed you to plug-in modular accessories, like cameras and speakers. At its core, the tech was poorly designed, but worse was the fact that nobody cared about being able to trick out a phone with modules.
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It might look the same, but it's not the same. Last year's LG G5 tried — unsuccessfully — to get the world interested in modular smartphones, and this year LG's aim is at the same time a little more restrained and a little more bold. Built around a 18:9 ratio display, the G6's form factor is completely different to the phones we're all already using.
It's almost the eve of LG's big announcement at Mobile World Congress, where Samsung's perpetual rival will unveil the G6: a phone that will be a lot more conventional than the modular G5 in a lot of ways, but that will have a few major departures in form and function. Before its official announcement, here's what we already know.
Some of the biggest names in the smartphone business — including Apple, LG and Huawei — now make phones with dual-lens cameras installed, and other manufacturers are tipped to follow suit soon. Not all phone makers use two lenses in the same way: on the Huawei P9 one takes shots in black and white to tease out more information about light, whereas on the iPhone 7 Plus you get the advantage of 2x optical zoom for a closer look at your subjects (one lens is wide-angle, and one is telephoto).
LG has sent out save-the-dates for its next smartphone unveiling, and it looks to be an interesting one. The new LG G6 will be launched on February 26th in Barcelona, the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off. This is traditionally "Samsung day," and there's already a Huawei launch in for the same date.
Are you going to splash out and spoil yourself with a new smartphone this year? We'd say Google's Pixel is the Android phone to buy right now, but if you're planning on holding off for a couple of months, it's going to have some tough competition. With Mobile World Congress 2017 just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to remind you of all the good stuff we know (and think) is on the way.
The smartwatch market might be in the dumps, but that hasn't stopped Google pushing Android Wear, or LG from manufacturing compliant gadgets. Images of the latter company's "Watch Style" line were recently leaked by VentureBeat's Evan Blass and now, thanks to Android Police, we have some indication of pricing.
Combining Dolby Vision pictures and Dolby Atmos high-end audio in LG's new range of top-shelf televisions, Dolby is on a push to bring its cinema technologies to the lounge room.
The biggest names in home entertainment all had their wares on show at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas, but one name that kept cropping up was Dolby. While Australia might still be waiting for its first Dolby Vision-enabled digital cinemas, the entertainment giant is pushing ahead on televisions, disc players and audio gear.