LG G5 Stories January 10, 2019

It seems that the LG G5 and LG V20 are no longer in any company plans for support after XDA Developers team and forum members found that both devices are no longer listed on LG’s Security Bulletin webpages. expand full story

LG G5 Stories February 22, 2017


With MWC right around the corner, one of the releases we’re really getting excited about is the LG G6. With waterproofing, Google Assistant, and a new UI in tow, it seems like LG is going to hit a home run. Our sole concern so far has been the size of the phone, with LG confirming a 5.7-inch display on the device. With new leaks, though, those concerns have been put to rest.

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LG G5 Stories February 20, 2017

PSA: AT&T’s LG G5 is now receiving Android 7.0 Nougat

Android Nougat has been creeping its way into a few carrier handsets in the last week, most recently just this morning with the Sprint HTC 10. Now, that trend continues with word (via Android Police) that the AT&T LG G5 is also getting updated to the latest version of Google’s mobile OS…

LG G5 Stories February 16, 2017

Deal: Grab last year’s LG G5 modular flagship for just $300 shipped (Reg. $400)

Qualitycellz (99.4% positive feedback from 120,00 buyers) via eBay offers the LG G5 32GB smartphone unlocked in gold or silver for $299.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the current going price, $350 less than retail, and $50 less than the previous all-time low. It has a 5.3-inch IPS Quantum Quad HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel camera, and a mostly-metal modular design…

LG G5 Stories December 1, 2016

Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance, Verizon LG G5 pick up Android Nougat

A little over 4 months after its release on Nexus devices, Android Nougat is finally starting to pick up steam after some pretty dismal distribution numbers during its first couple of months. Recently we’ve seen the likes of HTC updating unlocked devices, and LG updating international and local G5 units, Samsung pushing out betas, and even Huawei sub-brand Honor working to update devices to Google’s latest OS. Today, even more devices are picking up Android Nougat.

LG G5 Stories November 29, 2016

Android Nougat is rolling out to the LG G5 on T-Mobile

Android Nougat’s rollout has been slow, but this month it’s finally picking up steam. Recently LG released its first device with Nougat, the LG V20, and now the company is bringing its earlier flagship, the LG G5, up to date.

LG G5 Stories November 7, 2016

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Following a preview period for customers earlier this year, LG today has announced that it is now rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to G5 users in South Korea. The company says that South Korea is just the start of the rollout and that the update will expand to additional countries as time progresses.

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LG G5 Stories September 7, 2016


While the modular-focused LG G5 didn’t fare especially well with consumers, the company apparently has no plans on abandoning the modular idea. CNET reports that, despite the company’s more traditional offering with the recent LG V20, LG still wants to explore the modular concept with future G series devices.

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LG G5 Stories August 16, 2016

LG announces Android 7.0 Nougat Preview Program for G5 owners in Korea

Following the fifth and final N Developer Preview, Android 7.0 is scheduled for release to AOSP and the ecosystem for OEMs to start working on updating existing phones. LG has just announced a Preview Program for G5 owners in South Korea to try Nougat now.

LG G5 Stories July 19, 2016


When the latest LG flagship launched, the Korean company also introduced a series of “Friends”, including a 360 cameraa VR headset, a Hi-Fi audio module, a camera grip, and more. Now, LG has announced the latest addition to the lineup: Action Cam LTE…

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LG G5 Stories July 1, 2016


LG announced today (via KoreaTimes) that it has replaced some executives and formed a program management office in its mobile division, in hopes that the restructuring will bring some much-needed “new momentum” to its struggling mobile business…

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LG G5 Stories June 2, 2016

note-5-top-feat-00_01_10_16-still156Among the common trends that seem to be picking up in mobile photography, we can certainly include the adoption of dual cameras: brands like LG and Huawei — with the G5 and P9 respectively — have in fact already brought dual-camera equipped, high-end terminals to the mainstream market.

Now, following numerous reports of Apple allegedly looking forward to entering the game, Samsung seems willing to join the part as well (via Pocket-Lint)…

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LG G5 Stories May 23, 2016

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As it often happens with new technologies — especially the ones that aim to replace fundamental, widely used parts of our digital devices — the early implementations are often challenged by a series of missteps and various other problems.

The latest concrete example of this is the promising-yet-troubled USB-C, which led to a few controversies as of late. However, it seems, with its latest G5 flagship, LG may be one of the few manufacturers that got it right (via gtrusted)…

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LG G5 Stories May 10, 2016

LG reshuffling mobile division to ‘move faster and lighter’

Following a third straight quarterly operating loss in its mobile division, LG’s CEO Cho Juno sent an email out to employees informing them that the company needs “to change the way we work to move faster and lighter”.

In practice, this means moving people out of its mobile division, and on to other divisions where the company has been more successful. The news comes via The Korea Herald, and comes as no surprise.

LG G5 Stories May 5, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG G5 (unlocked) $575, 23″ Lenovo 1080p Monitor $90, more

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LG G5 Stories May 4, 2016

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LG G5 Stories April 23, 2016


In this week’s top stories, new Android phone leaks, Alphabet announces its Q1 2016 earnings, we go hands-on with the Oppo F1 Plus, LG G5 and much more. Head below for the quick links to all of this week’s top shared posts:

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Earlier this week we brought you news that Google engineer, Benson Leung suggested quite strongly that the LG G5 and HTC 10 (and any other device using Quick-Charge technology and a Type-C connector) was technically not compliant with USB Type-C specification. Because of the way Quick-Charge 2.0 and 3.0 delivers the charge, it restricts some of USB Type-C’s functions by taking up the data lines.

While we’re yet to hear any kind of response from LG or HTC, Qualcomm has (sort of) answered the criticism by half suggesting it’s up to manufacturers to choose how they implement the technology, and that there have been no complaints so far from customers.

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LG G5 Stories April 21, 2016

htc-10 You may remember the name Benson Leung from when the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X launched at the end of 2015. At the time, he set out to review as many Type C chargers and adapters available on Amazon to separate the true Type C compliant accessories from the non-compliant, helping buyers avoid purchasing products that might damage their new Nexus phone (or Pixel C).

Following his most recent review (via AP), the Google engineer has pointed to a previous Type C spec explainer to suggest that both the HTC 10 and LG G5 are out of spec.

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LG G5 SE is real, breaks cover on official Russian site with less RAM, Snapdragon 652 chip

After weeks of rumors, the LG G5 SE is real and — as the recent case leak suggested — it’s virtually identical to the regular LG G5. LG’s official Russian site has published a product information page revealing everything about the LG G5’s slightly underpowered sibling, and there don’t seem to be too many corners cut.

LG G5 Stories April 16, 2016

LG G5 Unboxing First Thoughts

After making a huge splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona, the LG G5 is now available for purchase. Thanks to the handset’s modular design, which nabbed it an award for 2016’s best innovation of MWC, it stands out from the rest of this year’s flagship releases. Is the modular design enough to make the LG G5 a better buy than competing 2016 flagship offerings? expand full story

LG G5 Stories April 12, 2016


After months of leaks, HTC finally announced its latest flagship smartphone this morning, and it’s pretty much exactly what we expected. It’s an all-metal, solid unibody phone with specs that look to match today’s best smartphones. What’s more, it could have the best audio and camera experience available of any phone on the market right now. But, how does it compare to Samsung and LG’s best phones? Let’s find out…

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LG G5 Stories April 11, 2016


As we told you last week, LG recently registered a trademark for “G5 SE,” a decidedly coincidental — or perhaps not-so-coincidental — filing considering the recently-launched iPhone SE. Now, MobileFun has gotten its hands on a shipment of QuickCover cases for the LG G5, which are apparently compatible with the unannounced LG G5 SE as well.

If the cases are compatible with both the SE version and the standard G5, that would throw out the theory that LG is simply planning to call this year’s smaller G5 variant the “SE” version, and would mean that perhaps LG is less guilty of copying the Cupertino company than we thought…

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Bad news audio fans, looks like LG G5’s B&O Hi-Fi Plus module won’t be available in the US

When the LG G5 launched at MWC in February, the Korean tech giant also unveiled a series of ‘friends’, or modules. These clip-on modules were designed to offer a unique experience of one kind or another. Whether you wanted a more traditional camera experience, better audio or VR, LG had the answer. One of the most promising ‘friends’ was the Hi-Fi Plus DAC unit, built through collaboration with B&O. It offered much better quality audio.

If you’re in the US, however, it looks as though you might not even get the opportunity to order one…

LG G5 Stories April 6, 2016


While Samsung continues to make their phones harder to repair, LG’s devices remain relatively easy to fix. Modular internal components play a large part in iFixit giving the LG G5 the same repairability score as the G4 before it.

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LG G5 Stories April 5, 2016

LG G5 Unboxing First Thoughts

The LG G5 just launched and has already been hit with despite its fair share of controversy. Is the controversy warranted? I’ll have more on that in the full review. In the meantime, we’ve unboxed the retail version of the G5 on video. The flagship smartphone, which boasts a new modular “friends” feature, is the follow up to LG’s generally well received LG G4.

This time around, LG has hit us with several new features, headlined by a detachable bottom lip that lets you add peripherals like a camera grip, additional batteries, and more. The modular design is unique, and serves as the major differentiator between the G5 and the competition. Have a look at our unboxing for a quick first glance at the retail G5. expand full story


As many of you will undoubtedly know, Apple recently unveiled and launched the iPhone SE. Essentially, it’s an iPhone 6s inside the iPhone 5’s body with a few exceptions. But it turns out an Android OEM may be planning an ‘SE’ version of its own phones. Trademarks filed by LG suggest the company has been planning a G5 SE since as long ago as December.

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LG G5 Stories April 4, 2016


Following a teardown video which seemed to show a generous layer of gray plastic on the LG G5‘s supposed all-metal uni-body build, the Korean manufacturer has hit back, stating that it’s not plastic at all. According to LG, the gray substance is just ‘primer’ used to insulate the metal and act as a base for applying the final finish.

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LG G5 Stories April 1, 2016


While I don’t necessarily commend the liberal use of plastic on the supposed ‘all metal’ LG G5, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed its launch and marketing strategy. This year, the Korean tech giant decided to have fun at the product unveiling, and now with one of the wackiest all-action product ads we’ve ever seen.

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LG G5 proudly unveiled its newest flagship at an event in Barcelona last month and didn’t hold back lauding its ‘metal build’. We didn’t see anything at the time to question those claims. It seems, however, that those early claims of a metal build are — at best — a twist on the truth and — at worst — deliberately misleading…

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LG G5 Stories March 28, 2016

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When LG launched the G5 at its event in Barcelona last month, it took us a little by surprise that the company was following the trend of Chinese OEMs and ditching the Android app drawer. With the device’s official retail launch just a few days away, it seems the manufacturer has changed its mind.

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LG G5 Stories March 25, 2016

LG G5 ‘Lite’ passes China’s TENAA w/ Snapdragon 652, same modular design & dual camera

Before MWC, some sketchy benchmarks purportedly belonging to an LG G5 ‘Lite” surfaced. While a lesser variant of LG’s flagship has yet to be announced, such a device seems to have passed through China’s TENAA regulatory agency…

LG G5 Stories March 23, 2016

PSA: You can now pre-order LG’s CAM 360-degree camera and 360 VR headset

LG announced its new G5 flagship late last month, and now a couple of the “friends” that the Korean company announced alongside the device are now available for pre-order. Specifically, you can now slap down a full $200 for either the LG 360 CAM spherical camera or the LG 360 VR headset…

LG G5 Stories March 18, 2016


We know that T-Mobile likes to distinguish itself from other US carriers, and that usually results in some bizarre stunts. Last month, to emphasize the return of water resistance in the Galaxy S7, the company set up a completely underwater-shot video unboxing of the device, and now that the LG G5 is about to reach stores across the country, T-Mobile is back at it again…

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The LG G5 is a weird phone, but that’s not a bad thing. If you only look at the spec sheet, there’s not much about LG’s latest G series handset that sets it apart from the other Snapdragon 820-powered competition. On paper, it might as well just be another option available for those perusing the shelves at their local carrier store. It has USB Type-C, a fingerprint sensor on the back, a nice camera set up, and a decent build. All of these things are expected of a 2016 flagship.

But the weirdness of the LG G5 is what makes it intriguing to me. Samsung ditched its plastic in favor of a premium metal and glass build with last year’s handset, and this year LG is following in step with an obvious evolution in the design of the phone. The all-metal beast now just has a single lock button around the back, the volume rockers have been moved to the sides, there’s a dual-camera set up, and most of all, this phone is modular…

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LG G5 pink

Earlier this morning, various US carriers announced pre-orders for next month’s launch of the LG G5. The success of the device’s marquee modular feature, however, may end up being heavily dependent on third-parties releasing useful modules. To spur development and announce details, LG hosted a developer conference yesterday according to Korean news site Etnews.

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LG G5 pre-orders go live at Best Buy as ‘Friends’ modules get priced in Korea [Update]

Update: T-Mobile has just announced that customers will be able to order the LG G5 from its online store from March 29th. Anyone who orders before April 5th will be able to claim a free LG 360 CAM, and those who buy before April 17th can get a the free battery bundle mentioned below.

Following the recent announcement that the LG G5 would be available from major US retailers in early April, Best Buy has launched pre-orders through its online store for the all-metal modular flagship.

Both AT&T and Sprint versions are available in gold, silver and titanium, but if you want pink, you’ll need to go with Sprint. And while Verizon models aren’t available to pre-order yet, Best Buy will be accepting orders for those on Thursday, March 24th.

LG G5 Stories March 10, 2016

LG G5 launching in early April at major US retailers, along with free spare battery and cradle offer

LG has announced today that its latest flagship smartphone, the G5, will go on sale at the beginning of April through major carrier and retail partners in the US. Customers looking to snag an LG G5 will be able to buy one from AT&T, Best Buy, B&H, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular or Verizon.


LG unveiled its next flagship smartphone on the same say Samsung took the wraps off its Galaxy S7 and S7. Thankfully, it did so at a different time and in a completely different manner. The theme of its launch was ‘fun’, and the device itself looks like it could be a lot of fun if the modular system pays off.

At the time of its announcement, we didn’t know exactly when LG would be making the device available to buyers. But as it turns out, UK consumers can be among the first to place their orders, with Amazon offering pre-orders from today.

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LG G5 Stories March 1, 2016

PSA: Unlike LG’s G5, the Galaxy S7 doesn’t have support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0

Battery life is undoubtedly one of the major pain points most consumers have with their smartphones. Because of technological limitations, OEMs often have to find workarounds for squeezing out as much screen on (and off) time as possible, often working on software optimizations or simply trying to fit a larger unit inside the body of the device – at times making it removable.

Another way of circumventing such limitation took form in the way of making batteries recharge much faster, thanks to technologies such as Qualcomm‘s ‘Quick Charge’, which has now arrived at its v3.0. Expected to hit the majority of 2016 flagships, – like the LG G5, which does indeed support it – the latest iteration didn’t however make it to the Samsung Galaxy S7 (and S7 edge), which stuck with last year’s 2.0

LG G5 Stories February 26, 2016


As conferences go, MWC felt relatively subdued this year, at least from an Android perspective. Huawei decided to sit this year out and launch a Windows tablet, Sony had a quiet event and HTC just sent out a press release for its new Desire series. While press events weren’t jam-packed in to a crazy schedule, there was still some exciting and fun stuff happening in Barcelona this week.

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LG G5 Stories February 24, 2016


Android Marshmallow didn’t come with many obvious user interface changes when it launched last year, but it did come with several baked-in core features. One of them was the ability to adopt a MicroSD card as internal storage. This lets you use an external card to store apps and app data. In my opinion, it’s one of the best features of Marshmallow, especially if you have a low to mid-range phone with limited storage, like the Moto X Play.

Samsung and LG, however, have decided it’s in everyone’s best interests if it isn’t in their latest flagships, the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, which both launched this week at MWC 2016

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LG G5 Stories February 22, 2016


The LG G5 is a huge departure from the company’s usual all-plastic affairs. And it’s finally here. What I love about this phone on first impressions is the way it feels in hand. The smooth metal finish combined with the rounded corners and edges help create a phone that looks and feels fantastic.

Compare that to last year’s G-series flagship’s right-angled corners and sharp design, and you’ll notice a stark contrast in approach…

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LG G5 Stories February 21, 2016

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It goes without saying that the Samsung Galaxy S7 (and the S7 edge) and the LG G5 were the two big announcements today at Mobile World Congress 2016 press day, showcasing the best that these two Android OEMs have to offer. Both of these devices were horribly-kept secrets in their own ways, but now that they’re here, which one are you planning to get?

Let us know which one is your pick in the poll below, but first let’s take a look at a few of their differences…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be hitting US carriers much sooner than the LG G5. While AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have all announced they will carry the LG G5 and its accompanying accessories, there is not a set availability or pre-order date among the carriers. The best hint of when LG’s latest flagship device will be available comes from Best Buy.

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For most people, Google Map Street Views are their first interaction with 360 degree images. As people have begun to associate other 360 degree content as Street Views, Google will be taking advantage of the recognition. At today’s LG G5 event, Google announced that from now on shared Street Views will be stored in high quality for free.

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LG has officially unveiled its latest G-series flagship device, and at long last, has taken a completely different approach to design. There’s no more plastic flimsy shell, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost any versatility. Thanks to an unusual, detachable metal bottom edge, you can still remove and replace the battery on the LG G5.

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LG G5 Stories February 19, 2016

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First details about LG’s upcoming G5 smartphone first showed up 2 months ago, and the first sketchy renders followed shortly after, but it wasn’t until just recently that the phone first appeared in the flesh on the Dubai equivalent of Craigslist. Now, after seeing the phone in a dummy shell, its Quick Cover case officially unveiled by LG, and benchmarks revealing its performance, Evan Blass has come out just days before the phone’s announcement to all but confirm everything we’ve seen thus far…

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