Believe it our not, government bureaucracy can be exciting. If you don't believe me, then look at the Federal Communications Commission over the last few days. Most of the time the cell phones passing through the agency's gates aren't terribly exciting, but you can have periods where some highly-anticipated models get the FCC's approval. And this week was one of those periods.
We've already told you that LG is releasing a new Chocolate phone in Europe under the BL40 moniker, and on Thursday LG decided to make it official.
Indeed, the LG BL40 is skinny and long, much like a universal remote, and it has a stunning 4-inch display with the 21:9 wide-screen ratio we'd heard rumors about. The high-definition "Real VGA" LCD supports a 800x345 pixel resolution and boasts a cinema-like experience in your hand. LG also says that it has a dual-screen UI that can display two different types of content at the same time. The screen is made out of a curved, tempered glass.
Of course, this is strictly a Europe/Asia product (LG has yet to release a GSM Chocolate to a U.S. carrier), but perhaps we can get a slightly different version of it here courtesy of Verizon. We'll see. In the meantime, you can drool over these official pictures of the LG BL40. It'll be out by the third quarter of this year. More photos after the break.… Read more
Vudu's Internet video-on-demand service will be coming to select LG TVs in August. The service will effectively embed the functionality of the Vudu BX100 set-top box into the televisions, obviating the need for connecting an external box to access the Vudu's lineup of movies and TV shows, hundreds of which are available in HD video and 5.1 Dolby surround sound.
Vudu had previously announced a deal with Entone earlier this year, but the LG deal offers a more mainstream and widely available avenue for the company as it shifts from a standalone hardware maker to a video … Read more
If the Internet is the future of television, then LG's LH50 series hails from the day after tomorrow. This flat-panel LCD is the first to offer Netflix streaming, which allows instant, free-to-subscribers access to an all-you-can watch menu of thousands of movies and TV shows without having to connect another box. Sure, Sony has already announced the service for its own compatible TVs later this fall, and we expect Netflix to make its way to Yahoo widget-equipped TVs from Samsung (and perhaps others) sometime later this year, but for now the LH50 holds exclusive claim to Netflix. Speaking of … Read more
Look, LG, Samsung just totally pwned you with the S9110--supposedly the world's slimmest watch phone at 11.98 millimeters--by announcing that the wristwatch will be out this month in France for about $640. The LG GD910 which measures 13.9 millimeters, on the other hand, is due out in the U.K. only in August.
We're sure Samsung doesn't want us to miss out on the dual-band (900/1800MHz) wristwatch with a 1.76-inch 176x220-pixel touch screen and wireless e-mail syncing capability via Microsoft Outlook.
The S9110 also supports Bluetooth 2.1 and will have 40MB of … Read more
The LG LG50 series of LCD HDTVs was introduced in 2008. It consists of the 32-inch 32LG50, the 37-inch 37LG50, the 42-inch 42LG50, 47-inch 47LG50, and the 52-inch 52LG50.
CNET did not review any of these models, but we did review a related, more expensive model, the LG 47LG60, that may give you an idea of how the LG50 series will perform. Both share the same contrast ratio, and so should have similar black-level performance, but the LG60 has different styling and includes 120Hz processing. For more information, refer to the review of the LG 47LG60.
In the midst of the global recession, at least one company's business is booming.
LG Electronics reported on Wednesday record-high quarterly earnings of $1.15 trillion Korean won ($920 million), a leap of 62 percent over the year-ago quarter.
Global sales for the quarter that ended June 30 shot up 13.8 percent to 14.5 trillion won ($11.63 billion).
The net profit surpassed expectations of analysts polled by Dow Jones, who had forecast around 743 billion won. Earnings also enjoyed a strong rebound from the first quarter when LG took a loss of 197.6 billion won.… Read more
We've seen quite a few rumors of a new touch-screen version of the LG Chocolate floating around the Internet, and most of them have to do with the Black Label version of the phone, the LG BL40, that's slated to come out for Europe and Asia only. We've even seen spy shots of the BL40, and it looks quite long, especially with its supposed 21:9 aspect ratio and 4-inch display. Apparently it'll rock 335MB of internal memory plus a microSD card slot, but we really know little about it.
As Netflix and other broadband media content integration has become the new "it" thing for TVs, it was time to revisit Yahoo TV Widgets. Since we last reviewed the platform's offerings, Yahoo has rolled out a number of new widgets and promises even more to come, including widgets for Netflix, Showtime, and other video services. For now, however, the official Twitter client is one of the most compelling widgets, so it will be the first we review as part of an ongoing series.
Overall we found the Twitter widget well-designed and we appreciated that, unlike Verizon's upcoming Twitter application for Fios, it actually lets you post tweets from your TV. Next time your Twitter craving kicks in right in the middle of "30 Rock" and you're too glued to the TV to search for your phone or laptop, this widget can save you the trip. You can now proudly tap out those 140 characters that will display on your feed above a timestamp that reads "from Yahoo! TV Widgets."
Anytime you load Yahoo Widgets with Twitter enabled, the Twitter "snippet" in the dock along the bottom of the screen displays the most recent tweet, whether it's from you or someone you follow. These are updated in nearly real time without having to hit a refresh button or take any other actions. It's unfortunate, though, that you're limited to just the most recent update in the snippet. The Samsung and LG TVs organize some other snippets, namely Yahoo Weather and Finance, into scrollable tabs that show multiple weather or finance updates right in the dock, without having to expand the widget.
When expanded, the clearly laid out and clean-looking main window presents three tabs that will take you to a stream of tweets, messages, or replies. There's also an option to post a new tweet.
Using the TV remote to tweet can be a frustrating experience since you have to use the directional pad to select letters on a virtual keyboard.… Read more
If you're following the fortunes of OLED, this little tidbit from LG CEO Kwon Young Soo that appeared on OLED-Display.net should be of interest.
"We plan to produce 32-inch OLED panels for TVs in 2012," he said, adding: "The commercial success of OLEDs hinges on how it shows its superiority compared to LCD technologies."
Both Samsung and Sony suggested they'd be selling a 32-inch OLED sets by the end of this year or by mid 2010 at the latest. And that may still happen, but the sets would be so prohibitively expensive that … Read more