LG Launching G4 Flagship Phone and One for Doodling

LG G4 Stylus G4c

LG’s leather clad flagship smartphone, the G4, will begin rolling out to key markets this week.

On the heels of this announcement, LG has also revealed two additional members of the G4 family, the G4 Stylus and the G4c. Both are scheduled to launch in the weeks to come.

These two new additions will unfortunately not be sporting the G4’s signature leather back. However they will be offering differing size options for customers who like the specs of the G4 but wish it was bigger or smaller.

The LG G4 Stylus, available as G Stylo in North America and Korea, boasts a 5.7-inch display. This is slightly larger than the G4’s 5.5 inches. As you have probably guessed by the name, the phone comes with a LG Rubberdium Stylus to make note taking and drawing easier.

Those looking for a smaller option can consider the G4c, coming in at a petite, by comparison, 5 inches. LG claims the G4c, “offers many of the G4’s premium features and styling but in a more compact form factor.”

Customers will have the option to buy the G4 Stylus in either an LTE or 3G configuration. No such option is being offered for the G4c, which is LTE only.

While both phones sport similarities with the G4, they are nonetheless a downgrade from the flagship. Unlike the G4’s 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, the LG G4 Stylus and G4c will only offer 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. They will offer micro SD for added storage, but it’s still a far cry from the G4.

The LTE version of the LG G4 Stylus and G4c both have a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor. Oddly enough, the 3G version comes with a 1.4 GHz Octa-Core processor, so it looks like customers will have to choose between a faster phone or better Internet.

Both phones will run Android 5.0 Lollipop, another downgrade from G4’s Android 5.1 operating system.

Shipping for the LG G4 will begin in Hong Kong followed by Turkey, Russia and Singapore. LG says shipping will continue throughout the month of June eventually reaching most of Europe, North America, CIS, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South Central America.

Pricing and additional purchasing information for all three of LG’s new phones will be announced locally at the time of availability. This information may vary depending on carrier and market.

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Windows 10 Preview, LG G4 Phone Both Unveiled

New technology ruled the news this week. And that technology might be of interest to small business owners too as they build stronger companies through better operating systems and mobile technology.

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Windows 10 Preview, LG G4 Phone Both Unveiled

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There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the new Apple Watch. This anticipated wearable device has been in high demand and companies are already jumping on the Apple Watch bandwagon. MiTagg is one such company that is looking to not only cash in on the Apple Watch hype but also solve a possible frustration Apple’s new product presents.

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For a small business, it can be intimidating trying to compete with larger companies. Since your brand isn’t as recognizable as others, it can be easy to get lost. That’s why Google is furthering its efforts to help small businesses attract new customers online with the launch of Google for Retail.

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So you’ve expanded your small business, you’ve hired a few people and are generating an inkling of revenue. You need to put a payroll system in place, whether you have one employee or 50. Amazingly, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that about three-quarters of all U.S. business firms have no payroll. And most of these are small business owners like yourself.

Image: Microsoft

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New LG G4 Smartphone Upgrades Camera and Adds Luxury

LG has just unveiled its newest smartphone, the LG G4.

The successor of the G3 is boasting some nice upgrades from it’s predecessor. A beefed up camera and real leather back are some of the changes customers can expect to see.

In fact, one of the biggest upgrades on the LG G4 from the previous model is the phone’s 16MP camera. LG claims the G4’s camera has a Color Spectrum Sensor (CSS) to improve color accuracy, shoots pictures in RAW (an alternative to JPEG), and has a F1.8 aperture lens to allow 80 percent more light to hit the image sensor.

To top it off, the LG G4 camera has manual control so more advanced photographers can control features such as shutter speed.

And, yes, the G4 will be featuring a genuine leather back that comes in six colors. LG says the leather exterior is hand-crafted and vegetable tanned to be environmentally friendly and easily recycled. If leather is not up your alley, there will also be three plastic options in Ceramic White, Metallic Grey, or Shiny Gold.

It is disappointing that these other options are not actually metal, though.

For “fashionable elegance,” as LG puts it, the G4 also features a subtle curvature for comfort and strength. LG claims the curved body offers 20 percent better durability from a face down drop than a flat smartphone. The curve is said to also offer a more comfortable hold.

The LG G4 has a 5.5 inch IPS Quantum display that LG claims is the first Quad HD display to employ Advanced In-Cell Touch technology. It also offers better color reproduction and touch sensitivity, the company says.

The LG G4 uses Android 5.1 OS, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with X10 LTE, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory. The G4 will also sport an expandable microSD slot for added storage. Google Office comes pre-installed and customers will receive an additional 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years with purchase of the phone.

LG is rolling out its new smartphone today April 29, starting in Korea. However, the company has provided no pricing details for release in the west. Carrier availability and pricing is to be announced locally in each market. Rumor has it the LG G4 should be arriving in the U.S. sometime at the end of May or beginning of June.

Image: LG Electronics

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