IFA 2012

Although very little has been officially announced, with less than two weeks to go until the official IFA kick-off we have a good idea of what to expect from pretty much all of today’s Android “stars”. Here’s a quick rundown of what we suspect to see on show over in Berlin, Germany.

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LG manages to sell 5 million LTE devices in total and it’s seeing accelerated growth with 1 million being sold in the month of July. That doesn’t help them surpass their arch-rival, Samsung, though, and they need to work a lot harder to do that.

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In a perfect world, every Android handset that meets the specs requirement should always receive the latest flavor of the mobile OS. But the harsh reality is even some high-end models get shunned from the software update that will help prolong their life span. It’s probably why carriers aren’t exactly jumping for joy when handing out the update. One phone that is spared from the disappointment of not receiving the Android 4.0 ICS update is the LG Optimus LTE on Bell Canada.

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Phablet enthusiasts may have quite a bit to be excited about this year. Samsung officially has announced an August 29th release date for its Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and now it seems that LG’s own phablet may be heading to the U.S. Market. The Optimus Vu has already sold over 500,000 units since it’s launch in March of 2012, so it’s not surprising to hear that the company now officially has plans for the States.

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Just when we thought it was all over and done, another tweet, this time coming from LG Korea, contradicts the “official announcement” from July. After many delays and cancellations, the Android 4.0 upgrade seems to be back on the table for the LG Optimus 2X. At least in Korea.

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Having a smartphone not only removes the need to wear a wristwatch, but it is also quite handy to quickly jot down some information when a piece of paper and pen... are out of grasp. LG gets the frustration that some have over the issue, an hence, alongside the new Optimus 3.0 UI overlay, they introduced the note-taking application QuickMemo.

The QuickMem...

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WSJ reported yesterday that Kodak’s upcoming patent auction already has 2 bidders: Google and Apple, and each has bids between $150 million and $250 million... so far. Kodak, however, is expecting up to $2.6 billion for its 1,100 digital patents to pay off its creditors.

This may be wishful thinking for Kodak, but who knows how fast the bids will esca...

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To get an idea of how the smartphone business is these days, consider that Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that had positive figures to show to shareholders in the second quarter of... 2012. Sony yesterday announced losses, in spite of growing revenues in the mobile business, while LG slipped backed in the red, after the good performance from the first quarter of 2012. Even Apple s...