We're currently in a down period for consumer tech announcements – a Bermuda triangle, if you will, between January's CES and the Mobile World Congress that kicks off in a couple of weeks. Sounds like a good time to catch up on some of the mobile and VR products (both confirmed and rumored) that we may be seeing in the next few months.
If the launch of its Internet Refrigerator more than a decade ago didn't get the point across, then its steady stream of other smart fridges, washers and other appliances since certainly did. LG is a big believer in the connected home, and at CES next week it will showcase a new device targeted at those of a similar faith. Its SmartThinQ Hub is designed as a communication center for a home's smart appliances, while serving as a speaker and notification system at the same time.
LG's latest robot vacuum, known as the Hom-Bot Turbo+, will have an impressive set of features, including remote camera capabilities and the ability to use your smartphone to select areas most in need of a clean. The device will be on show at CES 2016 next month.
A new Nexus phone used to be something to get excited about for Android devotees; it represented what Google thought could be an ideal mobile experience for others to build off of. The Nexus 5X doesn't quite engender that same mystique, but after spending over a week with one, we can still recommend it as one of the best overall value smartphones around.
After our first full day with the new Nexus 5X from Google and LG, we're tentatively satisfied that a Nexus is again one of the better phones out there, and among the best values in flagship phones (or near-flagship, if you prefer) this year.
The current batch of Android Wear smartwatches may pack their share of smarts, but they all rely on a paired smartphone or Wi-Fi for connectivity. LG is breaking the tether with its LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which is set to be the first Android Wear device to boast in-built cellular connectivity for a data connection or taking calls without a smartphone.
LG has unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, a dual-screen device dubbed the V10. Along with a pair of front-facing cameras and a discreet second display, the phone offers manual control over video recording and high-end materials for a more durable build.
Google has unveiled its latest flagship Android phones at a special media event in San Francisco. The Nexus 5X (made by LG) and the Nexus 6P (made by Huawei) carry the brand new Android Marshmallow OS and are intended to take on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus recently launched by Apple.
With a fairly large footprint, the LG Watch Urbane doesn't exact fly under the radar, but the new model – the Watch Urbane Luxe – makes it look understated. Made in collaboration with Reeds Jewelers, the limited edition version of the wearable ups the ante when it comes to build materials, with a 23-karat gold case.
Touchscreens may be extremely versatile and a good fit for mobile devices, but one thing they don't lend themselves to well is extended typing sessions. As a result, we've seen numerous portable keyboards designed to easily fit in a pocket alongside your smartphone. Now LG is getting in on the act with its Rolly Keyboard, which it calls the industry's first solid rollable wireless portable keyboard.