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New year marks the beginning of loads of improvement and innovation spreading across the world. CES 2017 is an ideal way to showcase products. In many ways it’s a benchmark and its ideally placed just after new years to look forward to innovative products in more than 100+ categories. We at PhoneLane are always excited about Consumer Technology Association or CES as it fondly called. Here are some of the categories that peak our interest and we look forward to your comments about it.

CES 2017: Here is what we Expect

SmartPhones at CES 2017:
CES is not really known for smartphones release that hasn’t stopped from Mobile Companies to release some of their known brands. Come CES 2017 we are expecting few launches

  • LG announced its line up of K-smartphone Series which consist of K10, K8, K4, K3 and Stylus 3. Android Nougat will show up in some of the phones.We are yet not clear on which phones will support them.
  • Sony is expected to announce a 4k versions of their Xperia phone series with more than 3 GB of Ram, it will exciting to see if they have made any changes to Xperia design language which Sony usually refrains from.
  • Big news is Samsung will unveil some Foldable screen phones, rumour mills have been picking on this for quite some time. Samsung hasnt revealed anything as yet on official channels. It’s the next big thing in smartphone world as frankly we feel the current display technologies are run their course of time and fail to excite us anymore. Samsung revealed trailers showcasing a line up of Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) with water-resistant to add extra bit of variation to the successful line of phones.
  • CEO John Legere of T-mobile has already put up an ad, to engage people in asking WHATS NEXT?. Hopefully we do get some really good plans as part of the announcement.
  • Asus Zenfone VR is expected to show up at CES 2017. It support Google Project Tango augmented Reality Platform.It will be interesting to see evolution of Zenfone as brand which caters to almost all smartphone categories now. augmented reality will add another feature to Zenfone series making it comparable to Samsung Galaxy Series. It something that Samsung has done very effectively adding variants to its existing smartphone series.
  • TCL is bring Blackberry smartphones back. TCL will design, manufacture and provide customer support to these new range of phone. We are not sure if customer support will be provided to buyer of Indonesia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Users looking forward from this regions are advised to read up to ensure they have proper support function before purchasing
  • Nokia freshly been rid of the contractually obligation from Microsoft is ready to make a foray back into smartphone business with already many popular sites quoting about the various models to be shown during ces 2017. Nokia also promises some Virtual reality device to be shown. We are excited about Nokia’s return cause frankly no one builds better quality phones like Nokia ( remember 3310 :P).
  • Huaweii last year released Mate 8 which met some relative success in smartphone market. We expect another iteration of Mate series to be launched.
  • Xiaomi the wonder kid of mobile world has stated it too will make an appearance. No product details have been specified.We expect a some path breaking innovation from their end to be showcased.
  •  ZTE is expected to Launch smartphones, one that we are keen to know is Hawkeye which is kickstarter funded, cost as low as 199$
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  • As predicted we have seen launch of Smartphones from Asus smartphone ZenFone AR Tango is launched with some amazing specifications. We have complete breakdown of Specification of Zenfone AR as well Zenfone Zoom 3. Click here
  • ZTe launched two smartphones. Blade V8 pro which houses dual 13-megapixel cameras first for ZTE phones. Second one is a Kickstarter crowdfunded smartphone with eye tracking technology named HawkEye, this phone surely gonna have our attention during the coming weeks. For Complete specification of Blade V8 pro and Hawkeye  Click Here

 

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LG New Fingerprint Sensor

Apple as first to come with Fingerprint sensor with iPhone 5S. After which several Smartphone manufacturing companies introduced fingerprint sensors on their respective Smartphones. Now, its LG who is touting its brand new concept of fingerprint sensor which rests under the display. The new fingerprint sensor offers new technology, when a user places their finger on cover glass it automatically identifies the fingerprint. According to the Innotek CEO Jongseok Park, the fingerprint sensor will not just eliminate the buttons and other elements but will also make the new Smartphone water resistant, as it will also reduce number of openings and buttons. The elimination of certain buttons and reduced in opening might head toward slimmer device in future!

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LG Introduces New Fingerprint Sensor

According to the officials, they have reduced 0.01-inch slot and have installed the new sensor. The device will be blend of supreme technology with great precision. The fingerprint module will come with FAS 0.002 – False acceptance rate. to get on measurements, both the sides of the glass with fingerprint sensor ir approx 0.0098-inch thick, weighing around 130 grams.

Changhwan Kim – the head of Research Development Center also stated that, ‘we are concentrating on different resource with development based on customer values’. LG officials, are yet to reveal the eact date, when they will be introducing this technology.

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Android N App Drawer will be optional

Every smartphone device has a number of built in apps. The operating system makes a difference in handling them. While iOS have all the apps laid on the screen right in front, and the user has the option to put a few of them in folders and hide from sight. Android on the other hand, allows the users to display on the screen only those which are to be shown, with an option of all other apps being accessed via app drawer.

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Android N App Drawer can be turned off

Both these systems have become popular in their own segment of users. Google has released a new video through Google Maps that show off various Google apps and the services offered for Android, like search, Chrome, Hangouts, Photos and Maps. This video has given speculation that the new Android N will give the users the option of disabling the app drawer. However, many of the viewers think that this is not the app drawer, but it could well be showing how Android N will be like.

However it should well be also known that Samsung and LG, have already done the same thing for their smartphones, as they have already offered an option as to whether or not the user wish to enable app drawer. Thus Google is not the only player in this field it is quite possible that Google removed this feature as it was not necessary, so it was omitted as the video is just a Mockup as compared to the actual smartphone.It would be of interest to know what the general consensus, removing the app drawer is a good idea or bad?

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The latest iteration of Google’s Android is here – called after the famous confectionery Marshmallow. First unveiled at the Google I/O under the codename Android M; the sixth version of Android features a lot of security and bug fixes under the hood, while providing next-gen APIs for wearable devices as well as Google Now. With the latest update, everyone wants to know the handsets that will receive the latest Google OS. Let us take a look at some of the major brands that have announced the Android update this season. We are excluding the Nexus range of devices, since they are the first in line to receive the latest updates.

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Android Marshmallow Updates

Motorola

Most handsets in the Motorola portfolio will be receiving Marshmallow update. However, notable absentees include the low-end Motorola E series 2nd Generation models which were launched in 2015. The full list is given below:

2015

  • Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Motorola Moto X Style (3rd Gen)
  • Motorola Moto X Play
  • Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

2014

  • Motorola Moto X Pure edition (2nd Gen)
  • Motorola DROID Turbo
  • Motorola Moto MAXX
  • Motorola Moto Turbo

       LG

LG has announced a few handsets receiving Android 6.0 updates. The list includes:

2015

  • LG G4
  • LG Flex2

2014

  • LG G3

       Asus

While the Taiwanese electronics giant has not announced any roll-out plans, the company has stated on its support site that the current crop of Zenfone 2 models will receive the Marshmallow update sometime in early 2016. In addition, the new crop of Zenfone handsets are also expected to receive Android 6.0 updates.

2015

  • Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe
  • Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
  • Asus Zenfone Go
  • Asus Zenfone 2 Series

       Xiaomi

The Chinese handset manufacturer will upgrade its 2015 line-up, as well as a few models from 2014. However, the Xiaomi Mi3 will be left out, according to a recent leak. Here is a list of handsets with Marshmallow updates:

2015

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

2014

  • Xiaomi Mi 4
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
  • Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

      Samsung

Samsung has not yet released its official list of handsets to be upgraded to Android 6.0. However, partners have stated that the following handsets are likely to be upgraded in the near future.

2015

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6

2014

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
  • Samsung Galaxy A7

     HTC

HTC announced that it will upgrade a large number of handsets to Marshmallow, including most of the company’s flagship One line-up.

2015

  • HTC One M9 Plus
  • HTC One E9 Plus
  • HTC One M9
  • HTC One E9

2014

  • HTC One (M8)
  • HTC One (E8)

     Sony

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has unveiled that it will upgrade over 13 handsets to Android 6.0, including one released way back in 2013, thereby becoming the second-largest provider to upgrade a large number of handsets to the latest operating system.

2015

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Sony Xperia Z5
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z3+ / Z4
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia C4
  • Sony Xperia M5
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

2014

  • Sony Xperia Z3 / Z3v
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

2013

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE

    Huawei

Huawei tops the chart with over 15 devices being upgraded to Marshmallow, including the MediaPad X2 tablet. Given below are the list of devices:

2015

  • Huawei Ascend P8
  • Huawei Ascend P8max
  • Huawei Honor 6 Plus
  • Huawei Honor 7i
  • Huawei Honor 7
  • Huawei Mate S
  • Huawei MediaPad X2

2014

  • Huawei Mate 7
  • Huawei Honor 6
  • Huawei Mate 7
  • Huawei Honor 4X
  • Huawei Honor 4C
  • Huawei Ascend G7

OnePlus

OnePlus, the latest entrant in to the smartphone bandwagon, has only 2 phones in its kitty, both of them will get Android Marshmallow Update.

2015

  • OnePlus 2

2014

  • OnePlus One

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LG has come with a new V10 Phone with its partner trendiest Smartwatch. The Smartwatch dubbed as Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. Like its First model, the Smartwatch has got circular display. The Watch will offer latest Android operating system. This will be the first device to come with Android Wear and also a cellular connection with the data and call connection. So carrying your Smartwatch and leaving your Smartphone at Home won’t create a huge chaos!

LG Urbane 2nd Generation will support LTE

Yes, the idea seems like quite new, which was not even upgraded by Apple Watch yet. Now, LG has come with WebOS, which is powered by Watch Urbane LTE. This can also go alone with Samsung Gear S Tizen. Internet connection for this Smartwatch is essential. It can also be connected to Wi-Fi. It offers 480 X 480 res P-OLED with 570-battery to power whole day with feature of Power Saving Mode. Price and release date for this gadget is yet to be confirmed by the officials, but the device will first launch in Korea and the US.

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After Google, Samsung now LG is racing to protect its Android Smartphones. According to the current report, LG has committed itself to post monthly security updates to protect its Smartphone. As the alarm of hackers is rising alert on all Android Smartphones, the companies are ensuring right protective measures to protect the devices.

LG G4 Stylus or Stylo

LG is yet to confirm the news of the monthly updates for security issues. The updates will take a small amount of time, as it will pass through few quality tests. As per the issue pointed by MIT Technology Review and Motherboard, the issue revolves around Android work. Rather than coming with a product that is tweaked or forked for safety measures, the company is planning to make modification in the Operating System. Instead of going for one version of the software, minor variation or modifications can help to fix the issues. But this results in universal security patches which are difficult to distribute.

Hence, the Straightfit bug is horrid, and threatens 950-million devices with a difficulty in creating a single solution. Hope, LG soon comes with the update for security issues on a monthly basis!
See Also: Samsung to come with monthly updates for their Android Devices

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Undoubtedly Google is a very focused to start the initiative to reach a billion of people with its Android One program. But other players in the race too are giving tough competition by expanding their wings in Indian Market. The Korean Company LG is all set to double its current 4 to 5% of market share in the country this year. LG is all set to roll with its new device called LG G4, which is recently launched. There are huge expectations tied to the release of the Smartphone. LG has set its expectations to sell over 100,000 units of flagship in India by the end of this current year. LG G4 comes with a slight high price tag of INR 51,000 which is approximately $800. The Smartphone comes under category of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge S6.

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LG is also popular with other Smartphone under range of 15000INR which is again pretty close to Android One Phones. The competition between LG G4 and Android One will surely be creating a huge buzz in Indian Market. But LG G4 is focused to target on budget segments and developing huge market. LG has already established two manufacturing plants and have earned valuable clients with its brilliant products.

What is your take on the battle between Android One and LG G4? Will the competition will become pretty ambitious and bold?

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The Chinese Smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi stumbled into a record making sales count in last year with its high configuration Smartphone’s being made available at an unexpectedly lower price points. Xiaomi completely took over most of the mid range market with its high class products and nowadays Xiaomi is eying toward covering up the premium Smartphone market by making Smartphone’s with amazing features available user friendly rate. Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is the latest Smartphone from Xiaomi under their Mi Note tagline expected to be soon released in January 2015.
This Smartphone with its amazing configuration has made it an easy charge to get involved in a head on head comparison with this around 40k priced LG G Flex 2 Smartphone. This LG G Flex 2 is the 2nd variant of the LG’s curved tech Smartphone’s introduced after some tweaks and upgrades. So, let’s explore as well as compare these Smartphone’s on overall basis.

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs LG G Flex 2

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs. LG G Flex 2: Comparison of two classes

1. Design and Display: Talking about Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, it houses a 5.7inches IPS LCD display with pixel resolution of 1440*2560pixels and pixel density of 515ppi, sheltered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Besides this premium configured display, the back panel of this Smartphone is also sheltered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology making this Smartphone anti scratch, anti stain and anti fingerprint from all sides besides furnishing extra smoothness in touch.
LG G Flex 2 flaunts a 5.5inches curved P-OLED display with resolution of 1080*1920pixels and density of 403ppi also sheltered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and like its former variant, the back panel is coated by self healing material. Also a great experimentation has been done to make it much more durable and standing against bend and drops. However in the present case scenario, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has a better display as per its high pixel density, a bit bigger size as well as IPS technology. However fans of curves have the option of LG G Flex 2 whose display is average just like most of the premium devices in the market.

2. Performance: Xiaomi Mi Note Pro ships with Android v5.0.1 Lollipop OS operating on Snapdragon 810 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz accompanied by 4GB RAM and Adreno 430 processor. Surprising but true, LG G Flex 2 also ships with same version of Android OS along with chipset of same speed and GPU. However the difference lies in the fact that Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has got 4GB Ram where as LG G Flex 2 ships with 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variant. In this case also Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is showing the peak in the graph with an extra gigabyte of RAM enveloped for smoothest and broadest compatibility performance.

3. Camera: Briefing the scenario, both Smartphone are present with 13MP rare camera along with dual LED Flash and all the other important aspects being identical. However Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has got a 4MP front shooter unlike LG G Flex 2 housing 2.1MP front camera. It’s evident from the observations that Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has been machined taking care of selfie revolution as well as increasing video calling network. Thus, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is a better configuration Smartphone so far with great camera combo.

3. Storage: Being devoid of SD card compatibility, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has been provided with whooping 64GB internal storage. In case of LG G Flex 2, two different variants will be flaunting 16GB and 32GB internal storage with SD card storage expandable up to 128GB. Despite without SD card compatibility, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has got nothing to regret for because its internal storage is bigger and better without any need of expandability. In this case LG G Flex 2 is also in the game with expandable option present but less internal storage on the board.

4. Network and Connectivity: Both the Smartphone’s are compatible with GSM / HSDPA / LTE networks along with the identical connectivity modes which include, Wi Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. However NFC is present in Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and to be confirmed soon in case of LG G Flex 2. Also LG G Flex 2 has got a bit higher version of Bluetooth v4.1 unlike Xiaomi Mi Note Pro with Bluetooth v4.0 but this doesn’t effect on overall configuration map.

5. Battery Endurance: Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is packed with non removable 3090mAh Li-Po battery and LG G Flex 2 also has got non removable Li-Po 3000mAh battery however the backup of these Smartphone’s is yet to be confirmed. But the values suggest that battery backup will be up to the mark in both the cases being provided with good battery power

After grinding out both these Smartphone’s, it’s clearly visible that Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is much bitterly configured in case of display, performance as well as camera which count as main aspects for being a perfect Smartphone. Our curvy contender also has got premium configuration though not as good as Xiaomi Mi Note Pro but can also give a great experience since display as well as performance is good also curves being the sources of attraction. However, our senses vote for Xiaomi Mi Note Pro with every feature put forth at the maximum elastic limit.

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Snapdragon earned quality of name with its ace processors sporting on different Smartphone. Snapdragon created its image with delivering quality of output. Recently, Snapdragon was in news but with controversial headlines. The controversy in Smartphone world seem to be endless. But Snapdragon was in news due to overheating issues. The matter gathered heat with the news that Samsung will be abandoning the problematic piece for their smartphone, with Qualcomm responding with modified version for the use of Samsung smartphones.

LG G Flex 2

LG denies issues with Qualcomm

This further gave rise to the new crop of rumors that the company LG is contemplating to file against Qualcomm and will sue them. Though almost immediately and instantly the company LG was quick to deny the reports to rule out the rumors.
The Korean giant LG also released statement to this effect clarifying that the rumors regarding LG taking any legal action against Qualcomm is totally baseless and fabricated, and the same should not be taken seriously by anyone.
Few report suggests, Samsung had issued complaints of heating issues, but LG denies facing such issues. Recently, LG has announced to come with curved Phablet named ‘LG Flex2’. This LG Flex2 will offer Qualcomm chipset. The company says it has good equations with Qualcomm and faces no heating issues.

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You heard it right, Audi and LG have collaborated to produce a timeless beauty which is most desirable wearable of 2015 CES. The device gives glimpse of future LG wearable’s, while the car makers say’s it’s just a prototype.
Official name for this Smart-watch is yet to be revealed, but the exclusive appearance in Las Vegas today enthralled people. It was exclusively revealed that the LG/Audi Smart-watch will not be having Android OS, in fact it is believed the device will have different operating system. The packing of the device makes the device unique and hence it is established on different software based LG Open WebOS.

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WebOS is an operating system developed by now-defunct Palm. The OS was first released in year 2009 with Pre-Smartphone. Palm was then bought by the HP in year 2010, then was introduced as open-source in 2012. LG have decided to work on this OS and implement more and more functionality in this wearable’s.

To make the device more wonderful, Audi app allows to control your paired vehicle. The other apps in this device are Voice Memo, Find my Phone, Remote Shutter, and Q Voice. These are few apps to name, also you can adjust settings of sound, unlike under Android wear. The LG/Audi Smart-watch proves to function as standalone cellular device as well. The Smartphone is yet to step in public market. The officials haven’t disclosed when a consumer version will be available, but we can hope to get Smart-watch as beautiful as the prototype model displayed.
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