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LG G2 Google Play Edition Is Not Part of LG’s Plans

LG announced yesterday the smartphone that received a lot of teasers and leaks over the past couple of weeks, the LG G2. The new flagship smartphone of the South Korean company will soon bee launched at over 130 carriers, the new handset being a bit different than the smartphone’s we’ve seen before.

The LG G2 launch event took place in New York and more than 700 guests from over 30 countries attended it. With the LG G2, the South Korean phone maker has managed to change the design of the modern smartphone, by placing its Volume and Power buttons on the back, below the camera sensor. The new design is the result of a study that indicates that the side buttons are more difficult to press on the smartphones that come with bigger displays.

You might also want to know that by long pressing the volume buttons placed on the back of the LG G2 will allow you to start the QuickMemo or the camera app. Just like the rumor mill anticipated, the new smartphone comes with an almost edge-to-edge 5.2-inch display with full HD resolution that has a bezel that is only 2.65 mm thin around it. The panel used for the LG G2 is an IPS unit that comes with amazing brightness and very realistic colors.

LG G2 comes with Graphic RAM (GRAM) which was employed to make the smartphone more battery friendly, LG saying that the new system reduces the battery consumption with up to 26%. In fact, the LG representatives said that the new flagship smartphone is capable of surviving through 27 hours of moderate usage on a single charge.

The new handset also comes with a 13 megapixel camera sensor mounted on the back which has optical image stabilization and support for recording 1080p@30fps videos. LG G2 comes with 24 bit/192 KHz audio decoding which promises great audio fidelity.

The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean-powered smartphone is underpinned by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 800 SoC with quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, plus 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage (microSD cards are not supported). The smartphone features a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,000 mAh battery, is 8.9 mm thick, weighs 143 grams and it will be available in white and black body colors.

You probably are aware of the fact that both Samsung and HTC have launched Google Play Editions of the Galaxy S4 and One, respectively, which are borrowing the hardware platform of the standard flagships but run stock Android. There were even some rumours saying that Sony will launch an Xperia Z Google Play Edition, as well.

Given Google’s collaboration with LG for the development of the Nexus 4, everybody wondered whether the new LG G2 flagship will also receive a Google Play Edition that strips off LG’s customized user interface. The guys at Android Community have asked LG PR Ken Hong about the company’s plans regarding an LG G2 Google Play Edition and he replied that “As of right now, LG doesn’t have any plans for a Google Play Edition. The focus for the G2 is penetration through carriers. That however could change down the road.”

It’s a bit strange that of all the flagship smartphones of the big players of the Android smartphone market LG’s G2 will be denied the Google Play Edition treatment, given the company’s tight affairs with the search engine giant. Or maybe this is just a sign that LG and Google will team-up again and launch a Nexus 5 that will be underpinned by G2’s hardware platform. Any thoughts?

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