Google’s Android Wear Features and Device Availability

Google made an initial announcement about their Android Wear platform a couple of months back. Well today, they’ve sent a lot more information about the platform our way.

Google Wear Features

Wear will support square and round screens, and will have low power always-on screens which will transform to a full color display when your hand is raised. These devices will have a selection of watch faces which you can select and use – I’m sure we’ll be able to download more watch faces to customize the watch once developers start churning them out.

Google Wear also pulls notifications from the phone and displays it on the watch screen. The UI for these are in line with the Material Design which was also announced today with Android L. You should be able to swipe up and down through notifications and swipe them off screen to dismiss them. What’s great is that dismissing a notification on the watch also dismisses them on your phone. You can also reject calls from the Google Wear Watch with pre-canned messages.

Wear devices will also be able to respond to voice commands to search, set reminders and more. The Google Wear devices come with sensors for activity tracking for your favorite health and activity tracking apps to tap into.

Yet another feature of Google Wear devices is the ability to navigate through Android TV interfaces straight from the watch using swipe gestures. While there are no Android TV devices on sale yet, they’re expected towards the end of the year.

Google Wear Devices

LG G Watch Powered by Android Wear
The LG G watch will come with a 400mAH battery, and like the two other devices announced today, will be dust and waterproof. Not much details have come out regarding the Samsung Gear Live, but it looks like it’ll be a similar spec device like the Samsung Gear 2. The only difference being that the Gear Live should be able to pair with most Android phones (running 4.3 and above), unlike the Gear 2 which works only with a handful of Samsung phones.

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live should go on sale on Google Play Store in the next few hours. The much awaited Moto 360, unfortunately, won’t go on sale today. The wait for this drool worthy device will continue for the next two months.

Lumia 720 vs Nexus 4 [Camera Samples]

Having the Lumia 720 for review for a while, I decided to take the camera features of the phone for a spin. Since I have the Nexus 4 also, I took comparison shots to see how the camera on the 720 holds out.

All the images are unedited and straight from the camera. These are just some ramdon shots taken over two days at various locations, all taken at the default camera settings in each phone. I’ve placed the images side by side with the Nexus 4 first in each set followed by the Lumia 720 on the right, so you can see how each one turns out to be. You can click on each image for a bigger version of the image. I didn’t upload the full resolution photos to this site, but you can take a look at those at this Flickr set.

I’ll be adding more photos to this post as I take them over the next few days.

Overall, in low light snaps, the Lumia 720 seem to do a better job at White Balancing, giving a more natural whiter snap compared to the Nexus 4’s yellowish ones. The opposite happened in the day time backlight photo of the bottles. Both performed equally in the evening snaps.

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LG and Google Launch the Nexus 4 in India @ Rs. 25,999 for 16GB

For the Nexus 4 fans here in India, LG and Google finally launched the Google Nexus 4 here. Even though the phone is not available at the Google Play store for India, the Nexus 4 is available at retail outlets and online retailers.

“LG Electronics is pleased to partner Google on the release of the Nexus 4 in India,” shared Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India. “We added the best of our talent to our strength, and the result is a feature- packed smartphone that packs superb hardware under a slim hood. With LG Nexus 4, consumers would be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of style, function and power. The smartphone encourages consumers to explore a world of possibilities and also helps them balance between business and entertainment”

Quick Specs

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  • 4.7 LCD/True HD IPS+ Screen, WXGA (1280 x 768) pixel resolution (320ppi) with Gorilla Glass 2
  • Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4 Pro CPU 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Powered by Android – Jellybean (4.2.2)
  • 16 GB Storage ( Not expandable)
  •  8 MP Rear Camera with LED Flash and 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera
  • Battery – 2,100mAh/Lipolymer ( Non Removable) with 11.9 hours talk time rating
  • Wireless Charging (works with Nokia Charging Plate as well )

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 Pricing and Availability

The Nexus 4 is available in India at an MRP of Rs. 25,999 for the 16 GB phone. It’s not too bad considering the US Google Play store is selling that at $349 ( approximately Rs. 19,000) add import duties and taxes and 25,999 is not a bad price point, considering the features you’re getting with it.

You should be able to pick it up from any LG brand shops, multi-brand retailers or online stores in the coming weeks. If you just can’t wait you can also preorder the phone online from retailers like Flipkart as well and have it delivered as soon as it’s available.

[collapse title=”Click For Full Press Release” collapseid=”UniqueID”]LG AND GOOGLE LAUNCH NEXUS 4 IN INDIA
Sleek, New Smartphone Combines LG’s Best in Class Hardware with the Best of Google

New Delhi, 16th May, 2013:– Designed collaboratively by LG and Google, Nexus 4, the newest smartphone in the Nexus line-up from Google, was announced today for availability in India. With a sophisticated hardware design from LG, your favourite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android™, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.

“LG Electronics is pleased to partner Google on the release of the Nexus 4 in India,” shared Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India. “We added the best of our talent to our strength, and the result is a feature- packed smartphone that packs superb hardware under a slim hood. With LG Nexus 4, consumers would be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of style, function and power. The smartphone encourages consumers to explore a world of possibilities and also helps them balance between business and entertainment”

Built for speed
Nexus 4 comes with a cutting edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, so you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is the snappiest Nexus smartphone yet.

Capture and share your world
Nexus 4 comes with a high performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen; with Nexus 4, you can snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive Photo Spheres that put you right inside the scene. Plus, photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot.
All of this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 1280by768 4.7inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, while cutting edge display technology means you feel like you’re touching every pixel, protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.

Information at your fingertips
Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps, putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. The latest version of Google Now is built in, which keeps you even more organized – get reminders about upcoming flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and even nearby photo opportunities – when and where you need them. Get to the places you care about quickly and easily with Google Maps™ for Android. With turn by turn GPS navigation, live traffic info, and integrated driving, walking and public transit directions, getting from A to B has never been easier. 3D Maps and rich satellite imagery give you a more realistic sense of what’s around you while features like Street View and Indoor Maps make sure you always know what’s in front of you.

With this and a host of other new features, LG Nexus 4 is bound to transform and elevate a consumer’s smartphone experience. LG’s Nexus 4 is priced at Rs 25, 999 and will be available at selected LG exclusive brand shops, Multi brand outlets and speciality stores ( modern trade ) across India.

Specification:
CPU Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4 Pro CPU 1.5 GHz Krait
Network Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
HSPA+ 42
Dimension 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
Operating System Android 4.2 .2
Weight 139g

Display
Type LCD/True HD IPS+
Size 4.7” diagonal
Resolution WXGA (1280 x 768) pixel resolution (320ppi)
Etc Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2

Touch
Type/Handwriting Zerogap/Yes

Camera
Main Camera 8MP
Flash LED 1EA
Front Camera 1.3MP HD

Battery
Capacity/Type 2,100mAh/Lipolymer
(Embedded)
Talk Time 11.9 hours (Tx power 10dm)
Standby Time 564.5 hours (DRX 8)

Audio/Video
Audio Codec MP3/AAC/AA+/eAAC+/AMR NB/ WAV/WMA/MIDI
Video Codec MPEG4/H.263/H.264
Audio Jack 3.5mm
2nd Microphone Yes

Data Connectivity
Bluetooth/USB/WiFI
3.0/2.0HS/802.11 a/b/g/n (Dual Band)
GPS/HDMI/NFC Yes with GLONASS Support / Yes (Slimport)/ Yes (Android Beam)

Memory
Internal RAM/ROM 2GB/16GB

Processor
Quad Core 1.5GHz

Advance Features
Wireless Charging Yes
Wireless Display Yes

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Android Releases at MWC 2012

As is usually the case at Major Tech Trade Shows, there was a huge number of Android Devices announced or showcased at Mobile World Congress 2012. There were a few interesting ones showcased though, and we’ll try to cover that in this post.

Image Via: Official Google Mobile Blog

HTC

HTC hasn’t really been able to hold onto their top position as an Android Device manufacturer (Android was launched on a HTC Device, the G1, as was the Nexus Program, with the Nexus One). Part of this was attributed to the number of devices they launched, the other part being attributed to HTC Sense. Sense was a big add on initially when Android as such wasn’t fully featured, but later versions were clunky and slowed down the phones. HTC has acknowledged both these issues and their response at MWC was the HTC One series, with Sense 4. There’ll be fewer devices released with the focus being on Quality. Thus far, the One series consists of just 3 devices, the One X, One S, One V. Thankfully, all of them run Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

One X

 

The One X is the flagship device. It’s a unibody Polycarbonate device (like the Lumia 800/900), has a 1.5 GHz Quad Core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7″ Super LCD2 720p Display and a 8MP f2.0 Camera. HTC’s trying really hard to sell the cameras on the One series; the camera starts up in 0.7s and A/F takes 0.2s. To do all this, the phone has a separate image processor. You can record video at upto 1080p at 30FPS, and take photos while recording videos. Oh, and there’s Beats by Dr. Dre audio. The LTE version (US only) will be sold with a Dual Core Snapdragon S4 Processor.

One S

The One S is the Midrange Device here, which should work well for people who don’t want a massive screen. It’s got a 4.3″ qHD  display, the same BSI 8MP camera as the One X, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor, and has a Ceramic Metal outer shell that’s made using a process called Microarc Oxidation. And Beats by Dr. Dre Audio.

One V

 The One V is the “Low End” device. It’s based on the design of the HTC Legend (which a lot of people loved). There’s a 3.7″ WVGA display, a 1GHz single core CPU, a 5MP BSI f2.0 Camera. Yes, it has Beats by Dr. Dre Audio.

All the HTC phones should be available worldwide by April this year.

LG

LG hasn’t been doing well either (by any stretch of the imagination). They were the first to launch a Dual Core Device, the Optimus 2x (G2x in the US), but that didn’t do too well. Their UI was cartoonish and their update schedules were way off. They showcased a whole bunch of devices at MWC, but there’re two that kinda stood out (for better and for worse).

Optimus 4X HD

Image Via: Clove.co.uk

The Optimus 4X HD is the sequel to the Optimus 2x (obviously), and as the name implies, has a 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor and a 4.7″ 720p IPS display. It has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. Thankfully, it’s running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and an updated UI which doesn’t look all that cartoonish. Clove reports that it’ll be out by June.

Optimus Vu

 The Optimus Vu was the other LG phone that stood out, though not necessarily in a very good manner. It’s another Phablet, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note. However, the 5″ display 1024 x 768 display has a weird 4:3 aspect ratio, making it wider and shorter than the Note. It has a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Processor, an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera and 32GB of storage. It also has a stylus, but unlike the note and it’s Wacom digitizer, the Optimus Vu just utilizes a standard capacitive stylus. Oh, and it’s running Android 2.3.

Asus

Padfone

The Asus Padfone has been in the works for over a year now. It’s been showcased before, and people thought it would turn out to be just vapour-ware. Well, it’s finally out, and this is the wackiest device there ever has been (and in a very good way). What it is, is a phone that goes into a dock that becomes a tablet that goes into a dock that becomes a netbook like the Transformer.  It’s got a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3″ qHD Super Amoled Display and an 8MP f2.2 Camera. As you can see in the Image Above (and the video below), it goes into what they call a “Padfone Station”, and that turns it into a 10.1″ 1280×800 display Tablet, which also has a battery. The Station is just a tablet shell. The Transformer bit doesn’t end there either; there’s a keyboard dock, just like the Transformer, which the Station goes into. And now you have a netbook. With even more battery (gotta have more battery). Oh, that’s not all either. There’s a stylus (just another normal capacitive stylus) that doubles as as bluetooth headset when the phone is in the station! Now that’s a true transformer. It’s running ICS, but there’s no mention of availability or cost.

Samsung

Samsung’s been going strong of late, and while they had previously launched both the Galaxy S and the SII at MWC, they didn’t have a massive presence this year. The rumoured Galaxy SIII wasn’t announced there, but they did showcase a few tablets and phones. Two stood out though.

Galaxy Beam

By itself, the Beam is a standard mid-range device (oh how the mid-range definition has changed over the years). It’s got a 4″ WVGA screen, a 1GHz dual core processor, 5MP camera and runs Android 2.3. But it does have an LED Pico Projector built into the phone. It isn’t the first phone with a Pico Projector that Samsung has released; the original Beam was launched in 2010 and ran Eclair (Android 2.1).

Galaxy Note 10.1

The Note 10.1 has a 1.4 Ghz Dual Core Exynos Processor, a 1280×800 screen, and a Wacom Digitizer. It’s basically, the Galaxy Note with a larger screen. And it’s definitely a Tablet. Again, thankfully, it runs Android 4.0 (but has TouchWiz). It’s also got a HSPA Radio (3G), upto 64 GB of storage with Micro SD expansion, and has  Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas optimized for use with the S-Pen, bundled in.

Huawei

Huawei is currently in the position HTC was in a few years ago; Moving from an ODM to a Brand. As such, they’re pushing really hard with their new Android 4.0 Devices. They’ve also worked on their own processor, just like Samsung, and they say it’s the fastest Quad-Core device around.

Ascend D Quad

The Ascend D Quad (and the XL) is their brand new Flagship device. It’s got a 4.5″ 720P screen, Huawei’s own Quad Core Processor at 1.2/1.5GHz, 8MP BSI camera and runs Android 4.0. The D Quad has a 1850 mAh battery (the XL has a 2500 mAh battery), but Huawei says their proprietary power management system increases battery life by upto 30% compared to industry average by adjusting power consumption according to usage needs. That’s something that needs to be tested in real life use. There’s no mention of shipping, availability or pricing as of now, but it does look like a good device.

 

So that’s it for now. We’ll have more MWC posts once we get our photos and videos up. Meanwhile, check out our other posts from MWC 2012, here, here and here.

 

Can LG beat iPhones and Galaxies?

LG Electronics belongs to one of the world’s largest electronic multinational firm, LG Group. The Seoul based LG Electronics operates its electronic business through five divisions. They are mobile communications, entertainment, appliance, air-conditioning and business solutions. LG electronics takes 2nd place in the world in production and distribution of television sets. The company established in the year 1958, has spread over many countries with its subsidiaries present in more than 75 countries. LG Electronics has won many awards and achievements over the years and is one of the forerunners in technology front.

Pic - LG Optimus vs Sasung Galaxy vs. Apple iPhone

LG’s new Optimus mobile competes with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. The new phone sports sharper display than Apple and Samsung range of mobile phones. The Seoul based company is slow to take advantage of the booming smartphone market which is much dominated by Samusung, Apple and HTC. LG needs a push to start afresh from the loss making status to break even status. It needs to build its own identity in terms of appearance and features. Other big brands are able to march ahead by delivering attractive and timely features which lead to shape their own identity. LG launched their first smartphone in 2010 whereas Apple launched its first smartphone in the year 2008.

As per the latest reports of Q2 of 2011, Apple is leading the smartphone market capturing 18.5% of the global market. The next place goes to Samsung and Nokia was pushed to third position. Finland based Nokia has a great setback dropping to 15.2% from 38.1%. Nokia still leads the world market (in terms of all kinds of mobile phones including basic models) by capturing 24.5% of the global mobile handset market. Samsung takes second place with 20.5% and LG being consolidated at 3rd place with 6.9% share of the market. As per financial analysts, LG has to work hard to come out from the current ‘negative’ status to ‘stable’ status. The company needs fresh and regular stimulants by presenting innovative, user friendly and state of the art mobile phones.

LG has released more than 12 smartphone models under the brand, Optimus. Optimus LTE sports 329 pixel screen compared to 326 pixel by Apple’s iPhone 4S. Optimus LTE comes with 1.5 GHz processor which is similar to Samsung’s Galaxy model. LG claims that new model based on LTE technology is capable of working on high speed networks. LG is also eying on handsets based on 3D technology. LG had already launched a 3D phone this year which has an edge over Apple and Samsung. LG is trying its level best to come out with many number of models supposing that any one of them may become a super hit. While the strategy looks good, as per the financials analysts, the pace LG is diving in is too slow. Until LG will be able to convince the customers with a handset that performs and can be a best bet against Samsung or Apple, most of the customers may stay away from LG. The coming months are crucial for LG to come out from the debt trap and march ahead with flying colors.

Nokia Ovi Store apps downloaded 160% more than iOS apps

Research2Guidance  released some very interesting stats yesterday regarding application downloads from the various app stores/markets/marketplaces/app worlds and all the other names that have to be used because the term App Store is apparently not generic. Anyways, the data was really interesting because of this:

Yup. That’s right. Nokia’s Ovi Store generates more downloads per app than any other Application Delivery Platform (I guess one can use that term, unless some other company has started using it as a Store name). 160% more than iOS in fact. In fact, it shows that the Windows Phone Marketplace and the Blackberry App World have 80% and 43% more app downloads than iOS. Guess having ten times the number of apps as Windows Phone hasn’t helped iOS (or Android), probably because app discovery is an issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the Press Release:

“Apps On Nokia’s OVI Store Had 2.5 Times Higher Download Numbers In Q2 2011 Compared To Apps on Apple App Store

The “average app” has a better chance to generate downloads on “non-hyped” platforms.

Despite all the hype around the major platforms Android and iOS, publishers are still overlooking the hidden potentials of the niche players. The Q2 2011 results of our smartphone application monitoring report indicate that those applications published on the less popular platforms, such as WP7 marketplace or Blackberry’s AppWorld, generate significantly more downloads compared to the Apple App Store.

Significantly lower competition, yet a sufficiently large user base that desires apps, are the major reasons for this.  Symbian still retains, by far, the highest potential user base. Even though its users are incomparably less active than iOS’s heavy downloaders, it still generates significant download volumes to Symbian publishers.  This is largely because whilst Apple boasts of its 400,000 apps, the OVI store contains less than a tenth of that number.

Looking into average numbers, the Android Market stands not far behind the Apple App Store.  This quarter, the average Android App attracted just 5% less users than iOS.  Competition is harsh.

However, going in for very small niche platforms may not be the best idea either. LG World! and Samsung’s App Store are struggling to generate user attention.  Although LG has less than 3,000 apps and as a result it is much easier to be discovered there, its user base is just too low.

Although the Symbian platform is seen by some developers to be clumsy and outdated, as well as Nokia’s transition to WP7 which has fuelled discussions as to when Nokia will give up its platform completely, the current status seems to be promising.  Recently, Nokia reported the launch of three new Symbian Smartphones and confirmed that these will not be the last of the products, nor updates, to be delivered on Symbian.

Find other important Q2 2011 market developments in the new volume of the research2guidance Smartphone App Market Monitor. The third volume of the report includes a special interest chapter on mobile retail market.”

 

Source: BGR

World’s first Dual-Core Mobile: LG Optimus 2x

LG launched the Optimus 2x yesterday, and it’s a beast! It’s the first phone to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 Processor, making it the first phone to use a Dual-Core Processor.

The phone has a 4″ WVGA (800×480) screen, a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, HDMI out, and 8GB on board storage, expandable through Micro SD.

Here’s the really good stuff (and where the HDMI port will actually be usable), the 8MP camera is capable of shooting videos at full HD (1080p)!

Unfortunately, it’ll launch with Android 2.2 (FroYo), but should get Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) soon.

Here’s the press release :

LG LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST AND FASTEST DUAL-CORE SMARTPHONE

LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience

SEOUL, Dec. 16, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus 2X, the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X’s high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.

“Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011.”

Developed by graphics processor powerhouse NVIDIA?, the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Users will experience faster web browsing and smoother gameplay compared with single-core processors running at the same speed as well as instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications.

The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience taking full advantage of the phone’s HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor. The smartphone also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a hefty 1500mAh battery.

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.

Key specifications:

– 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
– 4-inch WVGA screen
– 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
– 1,500 mAh battery
– 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
– HDMI mirroring
– 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

I can’t wait for more dual-core phones to launch!

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LG announces Optimus One and Optimus Chic

LG Announced in a press event today that they would be launching two new phones, the Optimus One and the Optimus Chic.. Both will be running Android 2.2 (FroYo) and the custom LG skin.

They come with all the standard Google Mobile services, like Google Voice Search, Google Voice Actions, Google Goggles, Google Shopper and Google Maps with navigation.

Here are some specs for you guys.

Optimus One:

  • HVGA (320×480) Capacitive screen
  • WiFi b/g, HSDPA
  • 3 MP camera with AF (No flash)
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 170 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot (expandable upto 32 GB)
  • 1500 MAh Battery

It’s obviously not a high-end phone and neither is the Chic!

Optimus Chic Specs: All specs are the same, apart from

  • 5 MP camera with AF (No Flash)
  • 1250 MAh Battery
  • 150 MB internal memory

Apart from that the Chic also has LG Air Sync and DLNA.. LG says “it keeps users up-to-date with its ability to wirelessly sync contacts, photos and other vital information with computer and cloud database. Compatible with DLNA™ (Digital Living Network Alliance), multimedia content can easily be shared with other DLNA certified devices such as TVs, AV systems and laptop computers.”

The Optimus One will be available in Europe in October, following which it will be made available in Asia. The Optimus Chic will be available in November in Europe, which will be followed by the Asia launch. No word on pricing yet.

They also had Award-winning Hollywood motion graphics designer Garson Yu design an opening video for the Launch, check it out below!

Press Release:

LG LAUNCHES NEW OPTIMUS SMARTPHONES WITH LATEST ANDROID PLATFORM FOR UNIVERSAL APPEAL

LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic Deliver Winning Blend of Optimal Performance, Latest in Google Mobile Technology and Stylish Design

SEOUL, Sep. 14, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) today launched LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic, two smartphones from the company’s Optimus series of smart devices. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and optimized for Google Mobile Services, the handsets will deliver the ultimate smartphone experience while offering easier accessibility for the growing number of consumers looking to purchase their first smartphone.

LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic are among the earliest smartphones to launch with Android 2.2, Froyo, the latest version of the Android platform, which allows for two to three times faster and smoother internet browsing, web-page loading, application pop-ups and multi-tasking.

The devices also enable professionals to easily sync with Outlook Calendar for improved productivity, while offering portable Wi-Fi hotspots to easily share a single 3G connection. The devices are optimized for popular Google Mobile Services including Google Voice Search™, Google Voice Actions™, Google Goggles™, Google Shopper™ and Google Maps™ with Navigation, and also offer access to Android Market with more than 80,000 applications.

LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic are developed based on consumer insight that first-time smartphone users have strong needs for obtaining information and handy application services. As a result, these two devices focused on offering instant information search and versatile application packages including Google Mobile Service and even quality application advising functions.

“LG is offering the gateway into the smartphone world with the LG Optimus One and the LG Optimus Chic that offer the distinctive benefits of smartphones, in intuitive, approachable packages,” said Skott Ahn, CEO and president of LG Mobile Communications Company. “LG has a vision of helping people access information fast and easily, no matter where they are. We believe the Optimus series will play a significant role in accomplishing our vision.”

LG Optimus One: Building a Newer, Better Smartphone Experience

In creating the LG Optimus One “with Google™”, a team of R&D experts at LG incorporated and optimized the device for the Froyo platform and Google Mobile Services. What transpired is a smartphone that blends superb design and with ease of use, making it the perfect entry point for prospective smartphone owners.

Featuring a fun, user-friendly user interface, LG Optimus One also includes the exclusive LG App Advisor, which recommends 10 highly rated applications every two weeks. The uniquely designed LG UI (user interface) and sleek new accessories such as carkit cradle offer users easier and more intuitive ways to enjoy all the benefits of the brand-new Froyo.

The phone also features a camera with face tracking and smile shot, a 3.2” wide HVGA screen and a long-lasting 1500mAh capacity battery.

LG Optimus Chic: Best Smartphone for Style-Conscious Buyers

LG Optimus Chic’s, curved lines provide a solid grip and the two-color variants make the smartphone as stylish as the person carrying it. LG Optimus Chic’s touch-sensitive buttons complete the device’s sleek and minimalist look.

LG Optimus Chic also offers a unique on-screen phone feature which allows users to remotely control the device from their PCs. Plus, via LG Air Sync, it keeps users up-to-date with its ability to wirelessly sync contacts, photos and other vital information with computer and cloud database. Compatible with DLNA™ (Digital Living Network Alliance), multimedia content can easily be shared with other DLNA certified devices such as TVs, AV systems and laptop computers.

To announce the launch of LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic, LG hosted a unique interactive virtual news conference from Seoul. The video of the event can be viewed at both the LG Mobile Global Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/LGMobileHQ) LG Mobile Global YouTube Page (http://www.youtube.com/LGMobileHQ).

LG Optimus One will be available in over 90 countries via 120 partners. It will arrive in most of Europe in October followed by other EMEA and Asia-Pacific countries. LG Optimus Chic will be available in Europe starting in November with other markets in Asia-Pacific to follow soon after.

LG to launch Android Tablet in Q4

Engadget has news that LG will be launching an Android tablet in Q4 this year!

There are no specifications out yet, but hopefully it’ll be running Android 2.2 (FroYo) and might have an LG customized UI. Anyone excited about this??  Let us know by commenting below, or you could get in touch with us on twitter – we’re @myportableworld or on Facebook by commenting on our Page.

Source: Engadget