The rumors of a new LG enV3 and a LG enV Touch are becoming hot and heavy now, especially with these new leaked pictures on Phone Arena. The LG enV3 is, as expected, the successor to the LG enV2 messaging phone from Verizon Wireless. The enV3 will have a 3.0-megapixel camera, an LED flash, a QWERTY keyboard, a larger external display, stereo speakers, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot.
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Everywhere I turn, someone is talking about the death of plasma technology in HDTVs. They contend that since Pioneer dropped out of the plasma production market, it's only a matter of time before the few companies left in the plasma business admit defeat and stick to liquid crystal displays (LCDs).
South Korea's LG disagrees. Speaking in an interview with HDguru.com published this week, LG Electronics USA's director of product development, Tim Alessi, told the publication that assertions that the plasma TV market is almost dead are, well, dead wrong.
"Plasma will continue to be a viable technology for flat-panel displays in the near- to midterm future," Alessi told HD Guru. "Plasma continues to be the technology of choice for home theater enthusiasts, sports fans, and consumers desiring a larger screen size. In 2009, we estimate that plasma will account for more than 40 percent of the 50-inch and larger-screen-size sales. That unit volume will probably continue for at least the next three to four years."
Correction 5/18: Gracenote was incorrectly listed as a partner of Shazam.
Earlier this week, a company called Tune Hunter accused music-finding service Shazam as well as a host of consumer electronics makers, wireless service operators, and digital music retailers of infringing on its patent on a music identification system.
Shazam is named along with Samsung, Apple, Amazon.com, Napster, Motorola, Gracenote, Verizon Wireless, LG Electronics, AT&T Mobility, and Pantech Wireless in a suit filed Tuesday over U.S. Patent No. 6,941,275, which was issued to Remi Swierczek/Tune Hunter in September 2005. The suit accuses … Read more
Europeans, rejoice! LG has confirmed that it will be shipping the highly anticipated successor to the LG Viewty (Which we took a closer look at last year's CES), the LG Viewty Smart, later this month. It sports an even better camera than before, with up to ISO 1,600, an "intelligent shot mode" that will automatically adjust camera settings depending on the scene. It retains the same settings as on the original Viewty, like face detection, panorama shot, beauty shot, and so on.
Even more interesting is that LG has announced plans for a 12-megapixel camera phone … Read more
We won't see any variety of this phone stateside, but the LG Cookie has recently released a CDMA version specifically for the Asia-Pacific region.
Dubbed the KX500, it's quite similar to the KP500 Cookie, which is its GSM cousin. Both versions have a 3-inch touch-screen display, a 3-megapixel camera, motion sensor, handwriting recognition, a microSD card slot, and a 3D user interface that looks a lot like HTC's TouchFLO. It has three physical keys underneath the display plus an optional stylus.
While the LG KX500 Cookie is brand new and Asia-only, the LG KP500 Cookie has been … Read more
Like most CNET editors, I get plenty of reader mail asking what products I'm reviewing next, so here's a list of HDTVs I have in-house or, according to the manufacturers, are scheduled for imminent arrival at CNET Labs East. Each list is arranged in general order of priority for review, although that order is by no means set in stone.HDTVs in-house Sony KDL-52XBR9 Toshiba 47ZV650U Sony KDL-52V5100 Panasonic TC-L32X1 HDTVs arriving soon Samsung LN52B750 Samsung LN46B650 Samsung PN50B650 JVC LT-46P300 Samsung UN46B8000
You'll notice a lot of Samsungs on that list. One reason is that Samsung … Read more
LG has finally released a second module for the LG Versa, in the form of a game pad module made for, well, playing games.
As you might recall, the Versa is a unique touch-screen phone with the option of attaching external modules. Previously, the Versa only came with a QWERTY keyboard module, which is handy for messaging and surfing the Web. Now it has this game pad controller, which you can slide on the back of the phone's body for storage when not in use.
Like you would expect, the game pad controller has an eight-way directional pad and … Read more
It has the same textured design as the purple version, and features include a 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, EV-DO, a music player, and more. And yes, instead of $100, the Lotus is now available for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement. So now it's even more affordable for you messaging fanatics out there.