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Liveblog: LG G2 Launch Event

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Aug 7, 2013, 9:35 AM   by Rich Brome

We're live from LG's international launch event for their G2 flagship phone. Much has leaked, but not everything. Get the details here first, straight from the source.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:47 AM: And the show is over! That's all, folks.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:44 AM: And now... singing choirboys.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:44 AM: "Slide Aside" is a new multi-tasking interface. (Not much info about that yet.)

Aug 7, 2013, 10:43 AM: "Plug & Pop" is a special pop-up interface that activates automatically when you plug in a headset. It lets you quickly jump to music, videos, and other things you probably want to do when you plug in headphones.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:42 AM: "Guest Mode" lets you hand your phone to a friend or child. They can use it, but your private info stays private. Activated by differing lock patterns: one for you and one for guest. Custom settings.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:41 AM: "QuickRemote" is their universal home AV remote control app. Yes, it has IR, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:40 AM: "TextLink" lets you tap on appointment details anywhere (in an email, etc.) and create a calendar entry, etc. in one step.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:39 AM: "AnswerME" lets you answer the phone just by putting the phone to your ear. (Sounds like a Samsung Galaxy S III feature....)

Aug 7, 2013, 10:38 AM: "KnockON" feature lets you wake up the phone with two quick taps on the screen. "Knock, knock". Har, har.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:35 AM: Now on to user interface...

Aug 7, 2013, 10:35 AM: G2 has Hi-Fi sound and HD voice: 24-bit and 192 KHz, which they claim is a first in a phone. Comes with ringtones from Vienna Boy's Choir.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:33 AM: OIS for good camera stabilization in motion and low light. That's a first for a 13-megapixel sensor.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:33 AM: The camera has a sapphire lens that's supposed to be fingerprint-proof.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:32 AM: The LCD panel has full sub-pixels, not PenTile. It also have specially-designed wiring to make the side bezels super thin: just 0.1-inches.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:31 AM: Pressing up launches QuickMemo. Pressing down launches camera.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:31 AM: LG is excited about design of the phone. It thinks moving the button to the back of the phone will help prevent phone drops. It put the buttons on the back after studying human behavior over time. This multifunction button also can be used to take selfies and do other things.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:31 AM: The rear button is better for lefties.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:26 AM: LG is excited about design of the phone. It thinks moving the button to the back of the phone will help prevent phone drops. It put the buttons on the back after studying human behavior over time. This multifunction button also can be used to take selfies and do other things.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:20 AM: LG is re-unveiling the G2 again on stage. Uh. OK.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:17 AM: The Snapdragon 800 is built to support LTE Advanced with carrier aggregation for future high-speed networks. It also helps improve battery life and deliver other features, such as GPS and GLONASS.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:16 AM: He's talking about how long the two companies have worked together to make devices. Mollenkopf says that half the US population uses smartphones and believes the processor is one of the most important aspects of the device. (Duh, he works for Qualcomm).

Aug 7, 2013, 10:14 AM: Park is done speaking and President and OO of Qualcomm Steve Mollenkopf is now speaking. This is the first smartphone to launch with the Snapdragon 800 proceossor.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:13 AM: The device has a 5.2-inch screen with 1080p HD resolution. It has a practically bezel free design.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:12 AM: THe G2 has moved the screen lokc and volume toggle buttons to the back of the device, leaving the sides free of buttons.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:10 AM: The G2 is the result of thousands of hours of reserach and development with "us" in mind.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:07 AM: LG jyst officially re-announced the LG G2, which it has been announcing in dribs and drabs over the last few weeks.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:06 AM: "We are armed with ability to enrich our lives." In this regard, LG believes today's innovation must resonate with consumers. Our newest smartphone makes an effort to learn, understand, and perfect human behavior.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:05 AM: Park is talking about innovation and what it really means to be innovative. Apparently we're all imperfect and amazingly perfect at the same time.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:04 AM: Dr. John-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications, has taken the stage and begun speaking.

Aug 7, 2013, 10:04 AM: LG kicked things off with a lengthy video montage.

Aug 7, 2013, 9:47 AM: The venue is slowly filling up. 15 minutes to go!

Aug 7, 2013, 9:35 AM: Things should get started in about 30 minutes.

Aug 7, 2013, 9:33 AM: We're in and seated right up front.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.


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