New “Bump!” software tool makes custom ROMs a cinch for LG G3 owners

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One of Android’s biggest selling points is the ability to customize your device as you see fit, but sadly several wireless carriers engage in the practice of shipping handsets with locked bootloaders. For example, the LG G3 is a fine device out of the box, but one of its disadvantages is that most carriers sell it locked down. Aware of this and the device’s popularity, the folks at Team Codefire have created “Bump!,” an easy to use software tool that lets you boot into a custom recovery setup.

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Google apparently aiming for tight control of Android Wear as crowdfunding campaign closed down

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Google appears to be aiming for tight control over its Android Wear smartwatch platform as it asked crowdfunding site IndieGoGo to take down a campaign for a budget smartwatch, Com1, reports Android Police.

Com1 used stock images of Android Wear and the Android Wear trademark in its campaign page, which was taken down by IGG under the premise of an intellectual property infringement complaint by Google shortly after the campaign launched.

Since Google is known to have a relaxed attitude to use of its imagery, the motivation here appears to be control which companies are able to launch Android Wear devices …  Read more

LG-made 3G smartwatch passes through the FCC

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LG appears to be working on a new smartwatch, according to a set of recently discovered FCC documents. While it’s unclear if this device will run Google’s Android Wear operating system, the filing revealed that it will feature support for CMDA 3G network connectivity, meaning that it won’t necessarily need to be tethered to a smartphone for a data connection, however 3G isn’t exactly blazing fast.

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LG G3 Vigor coming to AT&T on September 26th for $50 with a two year service agreement

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From flip phones to flagships, LG makes a lot of handsets, so how about another device from the South Korean electronics manufacturer? The company’s mid-range Vigor is on its way to AT&T and will be available to purchase on Friday, September 26th for $50 with a new two year service agreement, or for $13.96 or $16.75 per month under the carrier’s Next program. However, if you’re not interested in re-upping or making payments, you can buy the device outright for $350.

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LG announces the Wine Smart, an Android-powered flip phone that ships with KitKat

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Long before the smartphone became commonplace, flip phones reigned supreme. Now almost extinct, every so often a prominent electronics maker quietly releases one in select markets. Keeping this tradition going, LG recently announced a blast from the past, a brand new flip phone called the Wine Smart, which surprisingly runs Android 4.4. KitKat.

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Moto 360 review: The best Android Wear smartwatch currently available

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What can I say about the Moto 360 that hasn’t already been said about every other Android Wear smartwatch on the market? Luckily, there’s quite a bit. First off, if you’re not familiar with Android Wear, this brief review may not make a lot of sense to you, so I’d recommend reading our Android Wear review to get caught up on things.

The Moto 360 is the smartwatch we’ve all been waiting for this year. I wear this thing everywhere. I suppose Android Wear’s functionality has a lot to do with my love for it, but the Moto 360 packs charm all on its own. Enough with the small talk, let’s get into the review…

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LG offering a free extra battery and charging cradle with the purchase of a new G3

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Today, LG launched a promo that gives new G3 customers an extra battery and a battery-charging cradle with the purchase of the company’s latest flagship smartphone. People who pick up a G3 in the US between now and September 22nd can register at a special website to receive these accessories by submitting their phone’s IEMI number, along with proof of purchase.

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Upcoming Android Wear-powered LG G Watch R to launch October 14th

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The LG G Watch R has been surrounded by a flurry of excitement, even in lieu of the fact that the much-hyped Moto 360 is supposed to be launching soon. And the timing is likely no coincidence, as following its official announcement last week, LG has come out today at IFA 2014 in Berlin with an official release date for its own upcoming round smartwatch (via The Wall Street Journal).

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IFA 2014 Preview: Here’s what you can expect from Samsung, Sony, ASUS, LG, and more (Video)

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IFA 2014 is almost here and we’ll be out in Berlin bringing you full coverage of the show. If you’ve never heard of IFA, it’s a Berlin based trade show that’s similar to CES. IFA is up there as one of the largest trade shows of the year which normally brings a handful of exciting announcements in all areas of technology. While September may be a fruit company’s only time to shine, the rest of the major tech giants are busy finishing out the year with a bang…

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LG’s Bello and Fino will start taking on emerging markets later this month

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LG Announced today that it will showcase a pair of new smartphones next month at IFA in Berlin. Like some of the company’s other recently announced handsets, the L Fino and L Bello are entry-level devices that will borrow design elements from high-end gadgets like the LG G3. Targeting emerging markets and first-time smartphone buyers, both handsets are equipped with modest hardware.

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