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Liveblog: LG Press Conference

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Jan 6, 2014, 10:00 AM   by Rich Brome

LG is a dominant force at every CES, and frequently they use their press conference to announce new phones, such as the Spectrum in 2012. LG has yet to make a serious play in wearables, and rumors are swirling about a possible CES unveiling of LG's answer to Samsung's Galaxy Gear. There are also rumors of the curved G Flex phone coming to the U.S. Tune in to our liveblog right here for the news as it happens.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:50 AM: That's a wrap!

Jan 6, 2014, 11:50 AM: Recap: LG G Flex for three US carriers is the big news for us. The LifeBand Touch fitness wrist band is also interesting.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:49 AM: Wrapping up...

Jan 6, 2014, 11:48 AM: David Owens from Sprint on stage. The G Flex will support Sprint Spark tri-band LTE (naturally.)

Jan 6, 2014, 11:47 AM: Here we go. It's coming to the U.S. in the 1st quarter, with THREE major US carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:47 AM: So far, he's just recapping the G Flex features. Curved, flexible, 6" OLED screen with true RGB strip layout. Curved design is more ergonomic… they claim.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:44 AM: Mr. Lee is smiling so hard I'm surprised he can speak clearly.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:41 AM: Now more about the G Flex! Frank Lee on stage, head of mobile communications USA.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:39 AM: Nate Berkus on stage to talk about LG Studio kitchen appliances.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:36 AM: For example, you can text your fridge from the store, to ask it what you need to buy. Or ask your washing machine "what's up?" (seriously). Or schedule your robotic vacuum cleaner.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:32 AM: More about HomeChat: It's part of "LG Link" which connects all LG products. Again, HomeChat uses natural language. Just ask your house a question or tell it what to do, via text message.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:29 AM: (Appliance time...)

Jan 6, 2014, 11:24 AM: The LifeBand Touch syncs with RunKeeper and other fitness tracking services.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:23 AM: (NOW for the TV part of the presentation...)

Jan 6, 2014, 11:21 AM: LG will also offer a headset with heart rate monitor, that links with the LifeBand Touch, for more accurate fitness tracking.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:20 AM: The LifeBand Touch has an OLED touch screen, Bluetooth, and works with Android and iOS phones. It can control music and track fitness. Coming to the U.S. in spring.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:18 AM: Or... the announcer lied! Now we're going to talk about LifeBand Touch, LG's FitBit competitor!

Jan 6, 2014, 11:17 AM: (Now on to Ultra HD TVs, with Time Alessi on stage.)

Jan 6, 2014, 11:13 AM: (Reed Hastings, NetFlix CEO, is on stage.)

Jan 6, 2014, 11:12 AM: Now they're demo-ing webOS for LG TVs. It looks neat, but completely unrecognizable from the webOS we last saw on Palm phones.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:09 AM: HomeChat will work with all LG appliances "in the near future."

Jan 6, 2014, 11:09 AM: (Brief mention of LG's G Flex phone... nothing new about that.)

Jan 6, 2014, 11:07 AM: LG is showing a video of "HomeChat", a service that lets you text your house using natural language. You can ask your house how many beers are in the fridge, or MMS a photo of your dog to your house, which will send it to your home TV and photo printer.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:05 AM: Now Dr. Scott Ahn has taken the stage.

Jan 6, 2014, 11:03 AM: (generic welcome message...)

Jan 6, 2014, 11:00 AM: William Cho, President of LG Electronics USA, has taken the stage.

Jan 6, 2014, 10:57 AM: LG kicked off with some horrible-looking, pixelated feel-good generic video about life moments.

Jan 6, 2014, 10:55 AM: Lights are down. Starting five minutes early! Here we go...

Jan 6, 2014, 10:52 AM: Or... are they really starting five minutes early, as the announcer just suggested?

Jan 6, 2014, 10:51 AM: We're seated and ready to bring you the news in ten minutes!

Jan 6, 2014, 10:18 AM: We're in line and ready to go!

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