Verizon Calls New LG Phone Perfect for Content Creators, But Why?

Verizon Calls New LG V20 Phone Perfect for Content Creators, But Why?

The V20 from LG (KRX:066570) was announced in August, and it is now available online from Verizon (NYSE:VZ) targeting content creators.

Today’s smartphones are more than just phones, and manufacturers are addressing different segments with a range of models. With the V20, LG has designed a device with quality audio/video capture technology, and a removable battery to ensure you always have power with extra batteries.

The V20 has two rear cameras, a 16MP standard lens and an 8MP wide-angle camera along with a front 5MP wide-angle lens. The hybrid autofocus can track and focus with more clarity while creating different video film effects. The software also includes the LG Steady Record 2.0, which lets you capture better still and video images whether you are running or standing still.

When it comes to the audio, LG has integrated Hi-Fi Quad DAC playback and the ability to record sound using a 24-bit / 48 kHz LPCM format, which is used by professional movie producers. The audio features let you record over a separate audio track using three sensitive AOP mics for Hi-Fi Recording.

Being able to capture high-quality audio and video is great, but if you run out of juice, it can put a halt to the creative process. The V20 has a removable 3200mAh battery. This means you can have one or two extra batteries and not worry about charging.

At $648 retail, the LG V20 is not cheap, but it has some premium hardware. This includes a 5.7 inch quad-HD display; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB of memory (expandable to 2TB with MicroSD), 4GB of RAM, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

Manufacturers are now aware there is not a device that can address the needs of all users. The LG V20 is going after content creators by giving them the hardware and software they need to capture high quality audio and video.

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Verizon Says Unsure About Yahoo Deal

Verizon Says Unsure About Yahoo Deal
Yahoo came under renewed scrutiny after disclosing data breach
Verizon demanded better terms for its planned purchase
AOL CEO expects the Verizon-Yahoo deal to go through
A senior Verizon Communications Inc executive said on Thursday that the company was unsure about its planned acquisition of Yahoo Inc’s Internet business.

Yahoo came under renewed scrutiny by federal investigators and lawmakers last month after disclosing the largest known data breach in history, prompting Verizon to demand better terms for its planned purchase.

“I can’t sit here today and say with confidence one way or another because we still don’t know,” Marni Walden, president of product innovation and new businesses at Verizon, said at the Citi 2017 Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas.

Walden added that the merits of the deal still made sense and that there were certain aspects of the investigation that had yet to be completed.

(Also see: Yahoo Hack: Disclosure Lag Could Be a Simple Lack of Knowledge)
She did not provide a time-frame for the completion of the deal.

“We think it will take weeks at least, we don’t have a desire to have it drag on forever, that’s not our intent,” Walden said.

However, AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong told CNBC that he expected the Verizon-Yahoo deal would likely go through. AOL was acquired by Verizon in 2015 for $4.4 billion.

Yahoo’s shares were up 3.09 percent at $41.30, while Verizon’s shares were relatively unchanged in late afternoon trading.

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Verizon and Vice Media Inc. Announce a New Content Partnership

A recently announced partnership between a telecom giant and an independent mobile video content creator is drawing attention. It points to the opportunities available to even startups in the growing mobile video market.

Verizon, headquartered in New York City, New York, is joining forces with Vice Media, Inc. The Brooklyn company will provide a large catalog of digital content including programming produced exclusively for Verizon.

The new content will be featured on a new Verizon mobile video platform launching later this year.

Vice began as an independent punk magazine called “Voice of Montreal” in 1994 by Shane Smith, Gavin McInnes and Suroosh Alvi. The company would eventually drop the “o” from its name becoming Vice, moved to New York City and drastically expanded its products.

Today Vice operates a network of digital channels, film and TV production facilities, a record label, book publishing and a creative services agency.  The company originally targeted generation X-ers. But it is now known for connection with a large millennial audience.

In an official release announcing the deal, vice president of content strategy and acquisition at Verizon, Terry Denson stated:

“The media landscape is experiencing a seismic shift in storytelling, audience, immediacy and platforms. Vice is connecting with an entire generation in a way that no else is and Verizon will connect consumers to Vice in a way that no one else does by combining Vice’s storytelling with the most compelling mobile video platform.”

Vice’s co-president, James Schwab agreed:

“Partnering with Verizon allows us to bring some of the best new Vice video to millions of new mobile viewers across America. It’s part of our commitment to push the boundaries of video distribution across all platforms; mobile is key to the emerging brave new world of video distribution, and with deals like this we are making sure we are staying at the bleeding edge of innovation in that space.”

The company’s advertisers include companies like Levi’s, Intel, and Google. All have also created branded content with the network.

Previous to the deal with Verizon, Vice’s advertizing content had run on a variety of platforms including YouTube, reports AdWeek.

Verizon Wireless Store Photo via Shutterstock


Google Pixel, Pixel XL Leaked on Verizon Ahead of October 4 Event; Google Magic and Blue Colour Variant Revealed

Google Pixel, Pixel XL Leaked on Verizon Ahead of October 4 Event; Google Magic and Blue Colour Variant Revealed

Google Pixel, Pixel XL Leaked on Verizon Ahead of October 4 Event; Google Magic and Blue Colour Variant Revealed
Site suggests the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be offered in Blue
Verizon also mentions ‘Google Magic’ as one of the highlights
The phones will be offered in 32GB and 128GB storage options
We’re just a few hours away from the launch of Google’s Pixel smartphones and the leaks continue to pour in. After pretty much revealing all there is to know about the devices on UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, we now have a little more from Verizon. The listing on Verizon’s site unofficially confirms a Blue model along with Black and White options that was previously leaked by Canadian carriers Bell and Telus.

(Also see: Everything You Can Expect From the Google Pixel Event Today)

The listing, spotted by Gizmodo, also shows some highlights about the devices, which includes what Verizon is calling ‘Google Magic’, which could just be the site’s own marketing ploy, but could also refer to a new, unknown feature. The site further reveals that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be offered in 32GB and 128GB storage options. Lastly and unsurprisingly, the devices come with 4G LTE support.

A separate reveal by TheTrademarkNinja shows an EU trademark application filed by the company with an official logo that reads “G Pixel Phone by Google”, which confirms that the devices are in fact going to be ‘Pixel’ smartphones.

Based on the Carphone Warehouse leak, the Google Pixel is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The device is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel XL is listed with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display sporting a pixel density of 534ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. Other than the size and resolution of the display, the rest of the features are similar to the smaller Pixel. Both the devices also feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front.
The Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat with Pixel Launcher. The listings also mention both 32GB and 128GB inbuilt storage variants. Storage expansion via microSD card is also listed, but this seems unlikely considering Google’s entire previous Nexus lineup. The Pixel is listed to sport a 2770mAh battery, and the Pixel XL is listed with a bigger 3450mAh battery, both with fast charging capability.

On the software front, the Pixels is likely to come with Google’s latest Allo and Duo applications preloaded. Carphone Warehouse also revealed the two devices will offer unlimited storage for photos and videos at full resolution with Google Photos.

Along with the unveiling of the Pixel smartphones, the event on Tuesday is also expected to see the launch of the Google Home smart speaker, alongside other rumoured products like the Google Chromecast Ultra, and Google Wi-Fi smart router. The Daydream VR headset unveiled at at Google I/O this year is also expected to make an appearance.

Google’s event is set to start at 9:00am PT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday, and Gadgets 360 will be covering the event live from San Francisco – so stay tuned.