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Liveblog: LG announcing the G2 flagship smartphone

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Liveblog: LG announcing the G2 flagship smartphone
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The LG G2 is already shaping up as a very interesting smartphone, if only for the fact that it's going to have its physical keys placed on the back side, which is... well, very unusual. But will this actually have a positive effect on the user experience with this phone? That remains to be seen, but one thing is certain - LG is going to announce its new flagship smartphone today, and you can follow the introduction as it progresses right here, thanks to our liveblog. Of course, you can also watch the show live here, but if you can't watch a video right now, or simply feel like enjoying a more laid-back live coverage, our liveblog would be everything you need.

Stay tuned, guys and gals - the event is scheduled to begin at 11AM ET | 10AM CT | 9AM MT | 8AM PT | 3PM GMT | 5 PM CET!

Live event tracker

10:49That's obviously a wrap, guys, but don't you leave PhoneArena now, because we have an LG G2 hands-on and a lot more coming up shortly!
10:48"Ooo, la, la, oh, life is good." - Easiest lyrics to remember ever.
10:47"La-la-laa-la, oh, life is good!" That's what they sing.
10:46That's not the full choir.
10:45What follows is a performance by the Vienna Boys' Choir.
10:44"The LG G2's five breakthroughs mean one thing - that life's good!"
10:43The G2 also introduces Guest Mode. You can basically have a guest account for another person.
10:42The G2's Text Link feature can automatically link info contained in texts to apps like the calendar to create appointments easily.
10:41Another feature called Answer Me automatically connects an incoming call by picking up the G2, no need to tap the Answer key.
10:38Similarly to Nokia's double-tap-to-wake option in the upcoming Amber update, LG implements the same feature in the G2.
10:37Finally, LG has once again reworked its user experience.
10:37Audio is also a big deal for LG, and the G2 will be able to reproduce 24bit sound.
10:33We wonder what smartphone is the "Conventional" one in this image...
10:32The LG G2 features an optical image stabilization tech - a first on a 13MP camera, as LG says (though Nokia has one on a 41MP camera).
10:30The display uses Graphic RAM, or GRAM, aimed at reducing the energy consumption of the panel.
10:29"Yes, that two tens of an inch make an important different."
10:29The G2's touchscreen uses two connectors between the screen and inner circuitry, which has allowed LG to make those ultra narrow bezels.
10:28We realized that we need to get as much display as possible, while keeping the phone comfortable.
10:28In the last few years - while the phones were getting bigger - consumers started using their phones longer.
10:26"The rear key is the only physical key on this device."
10:26A new "step" design for the battery has allowed LG to make the battery bigger - 3000mAh - while keeping the thickness in check.
10:24The power and the volume buttons are put on the back of the G2. According to LG, that's exactly what consumers have been asking for.
10:21James Fishler, Senior VP of LGE USA, is on stage to introduce us to the G2 in depth.
10:18In addition to breathtaking speeds, the Snapdragon 800 also packs support for LTE-A, as well as GPS and GLONASS.
10:15President and COO of Qualcomm, Steve Mollenkopf is now on stage to talk up the LG G2 and its Snapdragon 800 chipset.
10:14The G2 will be available via key carriers around the world, including the four major carriers in the US. Yay!
10:14"We learned that a phone with 5.2" display is the largest an average person can comfortably hold."
10:13"The screen - nothing on the side to break the beautiful line... You'll never be able to go back to your old phone."
10:12"Think about it - where's your index finger when you're talking on the phone... exactly right on the back of the device."
10:12"With a rear key being the future everyone is talking about..."
10:11"This is the result of thousands of hours of research and development with you in mind."
10:08And just like that, President Park has officially announced the LG G2. More on it in a moment!
10:07"Technology without empathy can no longer be considered innovation."
10:06"It's time to announce the most exciting and most ambitious smartphone in the mobile industry."
10:05President and CEO of LGE Mobile Communications, Dr. Jong-Seok Park, is now on stage!
10:04LG is starting things off with a bunch of promo videos about the G2.
10:01The announcer promises that the show will start in a minute.
09:59"Good morning everyone, LG G2 day will start soon, so please be seated!"
09:56"Hello everyone and welcome to LG G2 day. The show will start soon so please take your seats!"
08:11Just two hours to go! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy - we're hearing the LG G2 is going to pack some reaaally serious hardware!
05:584 hours to go until the start of the show so we aren't exactly ready to begin. Meanwhile, why don't you tell us what you expect from the G2?
05:56Hey people, get ready to experience yet another geeky liveblog, courtesy of yours truly - Ray S.

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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 06:41 5

1. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

I hope it launches in India. Moto cheated us by not launching Moto X in india.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 07:23 1

7. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Motorola put away the plug (its mobile division that is) from India and several other countries last year.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 07:40 1

9. iyngr (Posts: 72; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)

I hope they Stopped Sales and Support in SEARET and MEARET a long back. At Current Moto Home Solutions sold to Arris is working as usual.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 06:41 1

2. Lyngdoh (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Like I said before, the placement of the physical keys is risky - Unusual and risky. Zooming a video will be difficult without your finger interfering infront of the lens. Did LG even think about this possibility?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 06:58 2

3. SouljaBOY (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

you'll be surprise by a new technology.. just wait see..

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 07:17 1

5. Lyngdoh (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Lets hope so.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 07:08

4. papss (unregistered)

I'm pretty stoked to see what they have in store for this phone

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 07:22

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Lg since you've been sponsoring a lot of articles on pa lately, why not giveaway a g2?:)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 07:27

8. SGSatlantis (Posts: 226; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

If the leaked images are to be believed, the front is almost all screen. The physical keys placement is risky at least, no need to experiment with such essential feature.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 10:48

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

"We learned that a phone with 5.2" display is the largest an average person can comfortably hold."
So next year we will come up with screen sizes people can barely hold.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 12:33

11. SGSatlantis (Posts: 226; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

By next year, the research will show that 5.5" is the perfect size. Good job on the bezels though.

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