The LG G3 is upon us. And like any smartphone not named iPhone or Galaxy S, it’s sort of swimming upstream. That is, it’s got to fight against huge marketing budgets, cults of personality, and out-and-out fanboyism.

But as we’ve been saying for years now, LG’s long made excellent smartphones. And in the past year they’ve truly come into their own right, with features that are now being aped by other manufactures.

We’re still in the early stages of working with the LG G3, and we’ve got a little time before it’s going to hit store shelves. But here are the top 10 things you need to know about LG G3 as we see them so far.






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Review is like app or game coverage but for movie series, television shows, comic books, and other geeky entertainment. It’s great stuff you can watch and enjoy on your Android phone, tablet, or Chromecast! On this week’s episode Don, Matt, Guy, and Rene talk The Terminator. It’s a post-apocalyptic trip through the original and T2, with a dash of T3, T4, and Sarah Connor Chronicles thrown in for good measure. So how does James Cameron’s genre-defining 80s flick hold up today? We absolutely, positively will not stop until we’ve talked it to death!






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The LG G3 is fresh off of its announcement but already it’s been torn apart and its insides splayed across a table for all to see courtesy of uBreakiFix. The main goal of tear downs of course is to see what the LG G3 is entirely made of and to help determine the level of repairability. In this case, uBreakiFix took the time to highlight what makes it all tick and gave the LG G3 an 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale.






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Well, well, well. It’s another edition of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. And once again we’ve got some new toys. Alex has the LG G3 and is bringing it for show and tell. Plus Android has the latest (and last before release) software for the OnePlus One.


Thing 1: The LG G3 is official

Thing 2: The Samsung Chromebook 2

Other stuff

Q&A

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Google’s Motorola handset unit will apparently soon be closing down their factory in Fort Worth Texas. The factory has only been open since May of 2013 and currently employs around 700 workers. At its high, the factory employed around 3,800, mostly through contract manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd. The factory is expected to close by the end of this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.






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The Galaxy S5 Mini has yet to be announced, however it still received a quick mention in today’s update of NNL Fingerprint Passport in the Samsung Apps store. As noted within the “What’s new”, the app Added support for screen rotation and S5 mini.






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In most cases, product promotions or giveaways start after said product is announced. But that’s not what HTC has decided to do with the HTC One Vogue Edition. HTC China has posted a promotion on its website, giving 100 lucky people the opportunity to win the new HTC One Vogue …


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Soak test invites are rolling out to T-Mobile Moto X owners who are part of the Motorola Feedback Network, indicating that a new software build is on its way in short order. There’s no clear indication of what the software update will bring, but based on the timeframe from previous soak tests the update will be hitting devices soon and we’ll have a better idea at that time.






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Use BBM regularly? Then you’re going to be pretty stoked to know that version 2.2 of BBM is coming soon to Android and iOS. This release will focus on streamlining the BBM experience. The goal of the update is to make it easier for new users to join the BBM community and make it faster and easter to add contacts. Details and more after the break.






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Reports are flying in today that U.S. Cellular is finally rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S3. It looks like the update may have started last night, so if you’re rocking an S3 on US Cellular, you should have been able to grab the OTA update by now.






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