The first numbers for 2008 are out and it appears that LG had a very good year. According to the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily, LG sold 100 million handsets last year, boosting it to third place worldwide and barely bumping Motorola to fourth place.
Nokia, of course, was the top dog. Preliminary numbers show that the Finnish giant sold 470 million handsets in 2008, putting it far ahead of Samsung, which claimed the number two spot with 200 million handset sold. Nokia shows no sign of losing its No. 1 status, even though Samsung pumps phones out nonstop.
Motorola, … Read more
U.S. Cellular has just announced the LG Wine, a simple mid-tier handset with features like a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a one-touch speakerphone, and voice command. Appropriately, it's available in red and white versions.
You can get it for $179.95 without a contract or $29.95 after a two-year agreement and a mail-in rebate of $50.
Three-dimensional TV is coming to a living room near you. But will the technology spur a consumer spending spree like digital and high-definition TV did before it? Or will 3D end up being the next big flop?
One thing is clear, TV manufacturers need something new to get people buying TVs. Over the last couple of years, TV manufacturers have experienced a sales boom as consumers upgrade to digital TVs in anticipation of the government's mandated switch to digital TV broadcasts in February 2009. Eager shoppers have also been upgrading to high-definition TVs as movie studios, cable and satellite … Read more
The LG VX8360, if you recall, is a mid-tier flip phone with EV-DO, a 1.3-megapixel camera, external music player controls, stereo Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, and of course access to Verizon's V Cast services. And for $50 with a two-year contract, the VX8360 certainly fits the bill as an affordable 3G handset.
P.S. We just tried to click on the link to see if we could buy the phone, and it seems it's … Read more
It looks like the LG CF750 Secret may be coming over to AT&T, according to this listing on LG's U.S. site. Hopefully it'll have many of the features found on its Asian/European counterpart, like the 5-megapixel camera, 3G, a touch-sensitive display, support for shooting video at 120fps into DivX format, Bluetooth, a music player, and also access to Google products like GMail and Google Maps.
No word on pricing or availability of course, but if it's already showing up on LG's site, we could see it soon.
(Via Engadget Mobile)
Apple has signed a five-year deal with LG Electronics to secure a supply of LCD displays.
Reuters reports that LG has received $500 million as a down payment on the deal, which LG disclosed in a filing to the Korea Exchange. The two companies are not exactly strangers; one analyst in South Korea estimated that LG already provides around 70 percent of Apple's flat-panel displays.
The deal appears to be somewhat similar to long-term supply deals that Apple has cut with flash-memory companies like Samsung, Micron, and Toshiba. Apple agreed to pay $1.25 billion in 2005 to five … Read more
General Motors has decided to manufacture its own battery packs for its new electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt.
"GM is getting back in the battery business," CEO Rick Wagoner announced Monday.
The company also announced Monday that it has chosen LG Chem to provide the lithium-ion cells for the battery packs GM plans to manufacture.
GM announced in September that it had chosen a battery supplier, but would not reveal which company that was. LG Chem and A123Systems have long been involved in the development of the lithium-ion cells for the Volt's E-Flex electric drive train. While … Read more
LAS VEGAS--The undeniable winner coming out of CES 2009 is Palm. The smartphone maker took a giant step toward a much-needed comeback by announcing the Pre and accompanying mobile operating system, WebOS.
The Pre announcement garnered a ton of pre-show buzz, and dominated news coverage on the opening day of the event. But the Pre wasn't the only thing noteworthy about this year's gadget extravaganza here. High-definition televisions got Internet access and lost their wires, Netbooks and notebooks became harder to tell apart, and wireless products came in some surprising packages.
As the show comes to a close Saturday, here's a look back at some of the most important themes that emerged.
High-definition television makers are getting real CES is usually a competition among TV makers to see who can make the largest screen or thinnest set. While there was still an element of that here, the top-tier television manufacturers also competed another way: to find who could make the new HDTV most accessible to the mainstream consumer in a down economy.
Toshiba's Scott Ramirez put it best: Sure we could make a 150-inch TV. "But nobody buys those."… Read more
We didn't see too many new U.S. devices from LG this year at CES 2009, but we did get a good look at some of the company's handsets that are only available in Europe or Asia. Of course, the LG Watch Phone stole the show earlier in the week, and that's slated for a Europe-only release date. We also got a hands-on with the LG Renoir, the 8-megapixel wonder with camera features we only wish we could have in our standalone point-and-shoots. And finally, we take a brief look at the LG Prada II and its … Read more