September 12, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
While most devices look pretty much the same, the curvaceous LG G Flex can surely be considered to be one of the most interesting phones ever released. The OEM behind the last two Nexus phones wanted to conquer the Android world and set a new trend with the Flex, but its high price and large size were barriers that regular users weren’t able to stomach.
Now it appears that the
force stubbornness is strong with LG, as the company will be announcing a second generation of LG G Flex later this year. Such information comes from an anonymous high-profile executive over at LG India. According to the source, the forthcoming G Flex 2 will be smaller compared than its predecessor. The exact screen size still remains a mystery. The new smaller device should be released with a display “Better than Full HD.” Perhaps another Quad HD phone will hit the market?
The first-gen LG G Flex wasn’t too popular among XDA’s users. Owners of this phone haven’t yet had a chance to taste stable source-built Android builds that we’ve seen on most other devices. This is mainly due to the device’s low consumer interest due to its relatively high price. Hopefully LG will not make the same mistake again and will sell its new toy cheaper than the initial ~$700. We will let you know as soon as some details will start to pop up.
We’re all waiting for Google to deliver Android L and its source. It was announced just a few days ago, and as we already saw in the recently released Developer Preview, it’ll bring quite a few interesting goodies. But until then, most devices are running KitKat or earlier, and now one more device has received its first source-built KitKat port.
The device in question is none other than LG’s curvaceous phablet, the G Flex. It was released early November, and since then, developers haven’t had luck bringing up the device tree. Now after much effort, an alpha build is available. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer PlayfulGod, who was involved in fixing KitKat on Galaxy Nexus, users have a chance to test out CyanogenMod on their devices.
This release is far from stable. It’s at a very early stage, and only a few things work. However, it’s a good first step, and hopefully the G Flex’s users will see more source-built ROMs soon.
If you own this curvy, self-healing phablet, make your way to the development thread to see the progress and try it on your own device.
May 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over the course of the last month, several carrier-branded variants of the LG G Flex have received their official updates to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Here in the US, this started with the AT&T variant, and later continued with the Sprint model.
About one week after Sprint’s update and three weeks after AT&T’s update, T-Mobile updated its software update support page for the G Flex to state that its variant will finally begin receiving its official KitKat update. But then as quickly as update first hit T-Mobile Update Support Page, information regarding the new build was replaced with the text shown in the screenshot to your right.
First noticed by the kind folks over at AndroidPolice, the incoming software update was set to come in at software version D95920d. Not only was it going to bring an update to KitKat, but it was also slated to bring the updated Knock Code functionality that we saw in the other two G Flex KitKat updates.
Given the prompt removal from the support pages, it’s highly likely that T-Mobile caught a last minute bug as it was getting ready for widespread release. Because of this, it’s now unfortunately unclear as to whether this particular D95920d build will ever end up rolling out, or if we will be waiting for another build.
Share your conspiracy theories down in the comments below, and then keep F5ing both the T-Mobile Update Support Page and the KitKat update discussion thread to keep up to date on the update’s status. Hopefully good news will soon come to T-Mobile G Flex users.
May 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat for the Sprint LG G Flex and the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is rolling out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the Sprint Galaxy S III receiving KitKat and the OTA update for the Oppo Find 7a! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for SideControl. Then, Jordan shows you what’s new on the Nvidia SHIELD. Later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Rheti. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Now that we’re a half year past the official release of Android 4.4, many devices have already received or are just now receiving Google’s latest and greatest. What’s more, various carrier variants of devices that have already received the update are now receiving KitKat as well. You may recall that eleven days ago, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and the AT&T LG G Flex received their Android 4.4 updates. Now just under two weeks later, two more variants of the above devices are receiving their updates.
First up, we have the Sprint variant of the LG G Flex. Today’s update comes in at software version LS995ZV6, as opposed to the V3 release firmware. According to Sprint, the update brings an “OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat).” Aside from this, it’s safe to assume that the same features that made their way into the AT&T update will also be found in the Sprint update. These include Knock Code, which can be viewed as an upgrade or extension to the previous KnockOn double tap to wake feature. With Knock Code, users can tap a predefined pattern to unlock their devices. In addition to Knock Code, the update will likely also bring the same refined UI, improved speed and efficiency, and cloud printing that we’ve seen in the KitKat updates for other devices.
Next, we have the Verizon variant of Samsung’s latest flagship tablet. Today’s update brings up the Verizon Note 10.1 (2014) to software version P605VVRUCNC2. As a result of the KitKat upgrade, the Note 10.1 (2014) now gains immersive mode for full screen viewing, faster multi-tasking, print services, and multi-user mode. And according to Verizon, it also brings improved S Note performance, fixes for graphical glitches in Chrome, a fixed Google account sign in wizard, and more.
The updates for both devices have not yet been captured or mirrored. However, be sure to mash that update button, as the updates are now rolling out. Also, make sure to visit the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and LG G Flex forums to get in on the discussion and sideload the update once it has been captured and mirrored.
April 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s always nice when a large OEM graces one of its devices with official firmware updates. Today, we see not one, but two relatively high profile devices receive the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat goods. These are, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and the LG G Flex.
Let’s start with the Note. Samsung’s latest full-size tablet actually started receiving the official update to firmware build P600UBUCND1 early yesterday morning. Along with an update to Android 4.4.2, this update also brings a new task switching interface (seen in the screenshot to your right), as well as a different multi-window bar. According to users on the forums, the update also appears to bring vastly reduced UI lag, as well as improved battery life. Not everyone’s a fan of the new multitasking UI, but luckily rooted users who aren’t a fan of the new task switching look can easily switch back with a simple build.prop modification to make the device act like the Note Pro 12.2.
You can learn more about the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) upgrade in XDA Senior Member BarryH_GEG‘s update changes discussion thread. Those wanting to get in on the update action a bit early should check out Senior Member 22sl22‘s mirrored update thread. And rooted users who aren’t a fan of the new multitasking interface should head over here to get back the old look.
Next up, we have AT&T’s variant of the curvaceous LG G Flex. The device started receiving its taste of Android 4.4.2 KitKat early this morning. According to the AT&T Release Notes, today’s update to software version D95020b (screenshot to your right) brings several new features along with its upgrade to Google’s latest and greatest. This includes a Knock Code, which can be viewed as an upgrade or extension to the previous KnockOn double tap to wake feature. Now, users can tap a predefined pattern to unlock their devices. In addition to Knock Code, the update brings the same refined UI, improved speed and efficiency, and cloud printing that we’ve seen in the KitKat updates for other devices.
You can learn more about the update by visiting the AT&T release notes above, as well as the yuckycool‘s update discussion thread. Unfortunately though, there’s not yet a captured OTA update available for the G Flex, but it seems as if most users are receiving the OTA simply by checking manually through the settings menu.
The US carrier-branded versions of the curved LG G Flex have been given a release date at this year’s CES 2014. Since LG had the G Flex on display, we took a moment to see what the big deal was all about. Does the curved display add anything to the device, or is it just a LG G2 doing crunches?
XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to get his hands on the LG G Flex and the wearable LG LifeBand Touch (which you can find a video on on his channel). Jordan sat down and talked with the folks at LG. In this video, he shares what he learned and shows off the curvalicious G Flex. Check out this video to see what the curved G Flex looks like.
We all should be pretty familiar with split screen functionality on our mobile devices. We’ve seen it become a defining feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series with “Multi-Window,” and Microsoft has integrated the same function into their desktop/tablet operating systems Windows RT and 8/8.1. In fact, quite recently, we saw the LG G Flex join the list with their “Split View” feature. And as expected of the XDA community, it’s been ported to the LG G2.
Ported by XDA Recognized Developer bigfau, Split View on the LG G2 seems to be stable and running without any major issues that interfere with the functionality. There are however, a few compatibility problems with certain apps such as Tapatalk and Hangouts. But unless you absolutely have to use those apps concurrently with one another, you’ll be fine.
Installation is very straightforward, simply consisting of downloading the provided zip file and flashing it through a custom recovery. Bigfau also provided a convenient flashable zip file to remove Split View if you would not like to continue using it. The port has been confirmed to work with multiple LG G2 variants, including the D800, D802, VS980, LS980, D805D801V11B Videotron, and the D802.
If you would like to find out more, visit the original thread for more details and download.
Just like the flagship G2, the G Flex is powered by a quad-core 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The speedy processor is backed by 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. And providing the juice, you have a non-removable 3500 mAh Lithium Polymer battery.
Then things start to get a little funny. Rather than the G2’s 5.2″ 1080p IPS display, the G Flex features a 6″ curved OLED panel running at 720p resolution. While the G Flex takes a noticeable hit in resolution and PPI (down to 245 from 424), the screen has been shown to survive being flattened out of its original curved shape. And finally, the G Flex also features a unique self-healing back that is able to recuperate from minor scratches.
Are you excited about the G Flex? Will the device’s self healing back win you over or is that screen simply too large for its given resolution? Will it blend? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created LG G Flex Forum to get in on the discussion