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LG V30 Review: More exciting than iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Google Pixel 2 XL?

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The LG V30 is a bezel-free device with numerous clever additions. The focus is on audio and videography, but LG isn’t forgetting about smartphone basics. This is a gorgeous, powerful phone that could well be one of the year’s best.
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LG V30 – Design

The LG V30 is the brand’s slickest phone to date and there won’t be many who question that. If the G6 showed that LG had started to care about how its phones look, then the V30 takes that to the next level.

Yes, it does have a whiff – and a strong one, at that – of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, but I feel this is simply the direction in which phone design is headed. Like the S8, the LG V30 says ‘bye-bye’ to bezels and ‘hello’ to a screen that makes up much of the front of the phone.

The sides of the screen curve ever so slightly and so does the rear, making it super-comfortable to hold. Considering the V30 has a 6-inch display, it feels almost unbelievably compact – and ever so light at just 158g. There’s so little wasted space; it’s a complete contrast to Sony’s hulking XZ Premium, which has a healthy chin above and below the display.
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Gorilla Glass 5 covers both the front and back, which in turn makes the shiny rear a magnet for grimy smudges and grease. Moments after unboxing the V30 will be covered in fingerprints, so it’s handy that LG pops a little cleaning cloth in the box. A fingerprint sensor sits on the back of the device – typical for LG – and this acts as a lock button too.

The V30 will be available in a few colours: a shiny black, blue-tinged silver, a much darker blue, and an odd but lovely deep purple. Thankfully, all have a black front.

LG V30 – Screen

LG introduced us to the 18:9 extra-wide smartphone display on the G6, but the panel on the V30 isn’t just a simple rehash of that screen. While we’re looking at another screen with a pixel-dense 2880 x 1440 resolution, instead of an LCD like on the G6, the V30 goes with a low-latency OLED display. Beyond spelling support for Google Daydream, that means the promise of super-saturated, extra-bold colors.
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Even though the company builds some of the finest OLED televisions on the market, LG has stuck to LCD panels for its flagships phones recently. That all changes with the V30, which features an OLED display instead.
OLED panels offer more vivid colours, deep blacks and in general display more punch than the LCD counterparts. The 6-inch 2880 x 1440 ‘Full Vision’ HDR 10 panel here looks immediately better than the one on the G6. It boasts the same 18:9 aspect ratio and QHD+ resolution, but visually it appears much more colourful.

Previous entries in the ‘V’ series paired a smaller display with the main one, which acted almost like a shortcuts bar. I’m sure it had its fans, but I’m glad it’s gone here. It always felt like wasted space; besides, it really wouldn’t have worked with the new design. 
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LG V30 – Performance, software and audio

By trying to get the phone onto shelves before Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8, LG had to forego including the latest components inside the LG G6. There have been no such compromises here. The V30 features the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB internal storage.
I will save my full performance impressions for the final review – but predictably, the V30 feels quick.
LG’s downfall has often been software. Too many times it’s layered Android with an ugly skin that not only looked odd, but slowed down the handset in question. I don’t think LG has done a complete about-turn in this area, but there has been plenty of improvement.

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LG’s skin is built over Android 7.1.2 and it retains many typical Android features. There are a couple of additions to stretch apps to fit the long display and a better battery saver mode, but most of LG’s work has resulted in altering the icons, native apps and the notification panel. None of the changes are overly offensive, but it isn’t as good-looking as vanilla Android on a Google Pixel, for example.
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During the phone briefing, LG distanced itself from confirming when Android 8.0 Oreo would hit the V30. The company seemed to suggest it would be within six months; hopefully, before the end of the year. Neither is too positive, and considering Oreo is out already, I’d like to see it much sooner.
While the iPhone 7 and Moto Z2 Force are ditching the headphone jack, LG is actively improving and championing the port. Not only do you get a nice pair of B&O earbuds in the box in certain markets, but there’s a quad-DAC inside the phone that seriously improves sound quality.

LG V30 – Camera

The camera on the LG V30 is absolutely stacked with features, making it an exciting prospect.
Like the LG G6, there are two cameras on the rear. The ‘main’ camera is 16 megapixels with OIS and a wide f/1.6 aperture that should help low-light photography. Next to that sits a wide-angle camera that captures pictures with a 120-degree field of view. This secondary camera lacks optical image stabilisation, but it still has a wide f/1.9 lens.
Personally, this is my favourite combination of cameras. You might not get the ability to losslessly zoom or enter a bokeh enhancing ‘Portrait Mode’ – a feature LG simple calls gimmicky and would be reserved for cheaper devices – but the variation of shots achievable with that wide camera is far more useful in my opinion.
I took some sample shots in a dark hotel and the results were good, but I’ll need to use it at greater length to really get an idea of just how good this camera is.
LG’s second big push is in the area of video, with the V30 boasting a number of recording options that I haven’t seen before. The biggest of these is a new file format called LG Cine Log, which essentially allows you to colour grade your footage with a number of pre-made filters. These range from ‘Blockbuster’ to ‘Noir’; and in my short time with the phone, they look good. LG will ship 15 filters with the V30, and I’m sure there will be scope to add more.
Another new feature is ‘Point Zoom’, which lets you lock onto a target when you’re filming and softly zoom directly on the subject.
The only part of the camera that hasn’t been updated is the front-facing sensor. It remains a 5-megapixel unit, with LG basically admitting that it’s sacrificed the selfie-taking skills of this phone to rid the bezel.

LG V30 – Battery life

There’s a 3300mAh battery to keep the LG V30 going, which is the same size unit included in the smaller LG G6. It’s far too early to judge the battery capabilities of this phone, but hopefully the more efficient CPU will help it perform better than its sibling. It charges via USB-C and supports fast as well as wireless charging.

Verdict

I don’t say this often, but I’m excited by the LG V30.
It looks gorgeous and focuses on areas that other phones just don’t. The quad-DAC sounds exceptional and the included B&O earbuds are better than any other boxed headphones I’ve experienced to date. As someone who listens to a lot of music via my handset, I appreciate a good audio setup.
The camera, with its f/1.6 aperture, sounds great too. I’m slightly more interested in its photographic capabilities than video, but the new Cine Log recording and colour-grading feature that go along with it do sound interesting.
Depending on how much it eventually costs, the LG V30 could be an Android smartphone that ticks all the boxes – and one that really takes on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

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16 Lightweight Launcher Apps to Make Life Easier

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One of the interesting features of the Android OS is that users can choose the interface design according to their wishes. This can be done by using a light launcher application that you can find on the internet.

The launcher itself is software that serves to change and beautify the home screen appearance of your Android phone. There are lots of themes to choose from for a launcher.

Lightweight Launcher Apps

Interested in using the launcher application? Check out the information that will be explained as follows. We have provided the 16 best lightweight launcher apps to make your home screen looks better.

Lightweight Launcher App

Usually using a launcher will make the battery run out faster. This is because of the many features provided. But don’t worry, there are several lightweight launcher applications that you can make as an alternative. For that, here are some launchers that you can try.

1. Action Launcher

Action Launcher

In its development, the developer of Action Launcher also presented many invasions in this launcher. Examples include application shortcuts, widgets at a glance, and adaptive icons that allow you to choose an icon style as you wish.

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The two things that best describe this launcher are sharp and intuitive. Perhaps, one drawback it has is that it is quite slow to run on lower-middle-class Android devices. But for the upper middle class, there is almost no problem at all.

2. Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft Launcher

Even though the Windows Phone platform is long gone, you can still enjoy some Windows experiences on mobile devices by using Microsoft Launcher. Don’t worry, because the application can be downloaded and used for free.

3. Power+ Launcher – Battery Saver

Power+ Launcher – Battery Saver

As the name implies, this one application is the most popular and efficient thanks to the battery saver feature. The advantage of this launcher is that it is able to actively analyze and detect applications running in the background and then close unnecessary applications.

So when an application is running in the background for too long, this launcher will immediately stop the process. This will reduce the overall battery consumption. There is also an instant feature that works to quickly find the application you are looking for.

4. Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher is a launcher application that is relatively light and can be used smoothly on various versions of Android. This launcher is able to offer the best balance of features and performance. Apart from that, Nova Launcher has customizability, and precision for its users.

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5. Evie Launcher

Evie Launcher

Applications made by Evie Labs Inc. This one, was designed with performance over display in mind. So this launcher application is not only able to run with minimal power, aka battery saving.

Not only that, this launcher also makes your Android performance faster and easier to use because of its simple interface. There is also a feature that allows you to find apps with just one touch.

6. Smart Launcher Pro 3

Smart Launcher Pro 3

Smart Launcher Pro 3 is a launcher application that was launched in 2016. This application carries a minimalist design and is certainly energy efficient. This launcher will help you to organize your apps on your Android screen so that they look neater and cleaner.

7. Kiss Launcher

Kiss Launcher

Kiss Launcher comes with a light size without annoying ads when used. This is what makes the large number of users of this one launcher application. This application, able to adapt to the way you use it.

The interface that is owned by Kiss Launcher looks very simple and intuitive, because it doesn’t have any application groups. However, it displays applications in rows that look neat, easy to rearrange, and delete.

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8. ap15 ​​Launcher

ap15 ​​Launcher

When compared to several previous launcher applications, you can say that this ap15 ​​Launcher is the lightest. This app will give you experience to use Android to a higher level with unusual features.

9. Niagara Launcher

Niagara Launcher

It can be said that Niagara Launcher is very light and ergonomic. In addition, this launcher can also help you to get a minimalist but functional homescreen. Niagara Launcher uses a model of arranging app icons in a vertical row.

The interesting thing about this launcher is that you can customize the color and type of font used, the appearance of the application icon, and the color theme according to the wallpaper. This application is quite stable, saves battery, and is also light in size.

10. Lawnchair 2

Lawnchair 2

Lawnchair 2 is an example of a lightweight yet stable launcher application. This launcher, is really easy to navigate and also has easy access to Google. You can use this application for free, without paying anything.

11. Google Now Launcher

Google Now Launcher

Google Now Launcher is a launcher application launched directly by Google Inc. the application is present for free and without ads for all Android smartphone users. So just try this one launcher.

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This Google Now Launcher comes with a pure vanilla Android look, and also direct integration with Google Now. Of course you already know, if Google Now is able to provide various kinds of the latest information from all countries in the world.

12. Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher

Maybe you are already familiar with Apex Launcher. Yes, this launcher is an amazing launcher application, especially in the visual aspect. This has also been proven by the large number of downloads on the Google Play Store.

This lightweight launcher, has been optimized for both smartphone and tablet users. You can find thousands of themes and icon packs that can be downloaded again on the Play Store. Although it is free, it is guaranteed that its features are no less cool than paid launchers.

13. Slim Launcher

Slim Launcher

As the name implies, Slim Launcher is a launcher that has a clean look. Launcher created by Beautus S. Gumede prioritizes reducing accessibility to applications on your smartphone. So battery usage can still be maintained.

14. ADW 2 Launcher

ADW 2 Launcher

ADW 2 Launcher is a user-friendly launcher app, doesn’t slow down your phone, is stable, and provides lots of personalization features. The uniqueness of this application, which allows you to make the color of the interface to match the wallpaper.

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15. AIO Launcher

AIO Launcher

You’ll find hundreds of launcher apps on the Google Play Store, and each one offers something different or a special feature. But not with AIO Launcher, which prioritizes the use of screen space just to display important information.

16. Hyperion Launcher

Hyperion Launcher

If you’re looking for a lightweight launcher with impressive visuals and performance, then you can try this launcher. Yes, Hyperion Launcher will change the interface of your smartphone almost completely, but still, save battery.

In addition to the several launcher applications above, there are still lots of launchers that you can find on the internet. However, some of the applications above are lightweight launcher applications that are guaranteed not to drain too much battery power and are certainly smooth.

Conclusion

Getting the lightweight launchers on your phone gets it easier & simpler. We hope we have provided the top 16 best launchers apps for android phones which are trending in the present market. Make sure to check all the launchers and pick the best one for you. Feel free to ask your questions in the comment section below. Stay tuned to techrulz for more informative guides.

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Get ready! Dynasty Warriors: Overlords is now Available on Smartphones

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VNG Philippines prepares a hack and slash RPG game, Dynasty Warriors: Overlords!

Report! Dynasty Warriors: Overlords has been released by VNG Philippines. To download it you can visit the following link https://dynastywarriorssea.onelink.me/moho/prph

Get ready! Dynasty Warriors: Overlords is now Available on Smartphones

Finally, the long-awaited game is out. Dynasty Warriors: Overlords, the latest incarnation from the legendary Dynasty Warriors series, is now available on smartphones. Imagine, legendary games that used to only be played via expensive consoles or PCs, can now be enjoyed anywhere and anytime using smartphones

 

This game features hack and slash gameplay adapted from Dynasty Warrior 7 and Dynasty Warrior 7: Extreme Legends. The seventh series is very famous because it has the most balanced gameplay with the most complete lineup of Generals.

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Get ready! Dynasty Warriors: Overlords is now Available on Smartphones

Dynasty Warriors: Overlords will present various systems that were first introduced into the Dynasty Warriors series. The system is Synergy Musou Skill and various upgrades and customizations that will strengthen and glamorize the appearance of your heroic Generals in battle.

 

It’s even more exciting with the PVE feature in Dynasty Warriors: Overlords which has a variety of interesting modes. Currently there are 8 PVE modes that can be played in Dynasty Warriors: Overlords, namely: Blossom, Storm, Lightning, Combined War, BOSS War – Beast, Army Advisor Activities, Fighter Skills, and Great Competition.

 

Get ready! Dynasty Warriors: Overlords is now Available on Smartphones

In order to welcome the launch of Dynasty Warriors: Overlords, VNG Philippines also held various in-game events. You can follow the Extraordinary SR Diao Chan by doing the first top-up, the Legendary SSR Guan Yu by logging in every day and also the 50x General Recruit Prize which you can get on the first day of server opening, Daily Sign-In, Special Prizes and many more.

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Make sure you download Dynasty Warriors: Overlords right now and take part in all the events held by VNG Philippines.

 

To download, please visit the following link https://dynastywarriorssea.onelink.me/moho/prph

The latest information about Dynasty Warriors: Overlords can be found at:

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What are the Best TV Remote Control Apps?

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The best and latest solution if you lose your TV remote control is to turn your Android phone into a versatile TV remote controller.

This solution can be a surefire solution if you can’t find your lost remote or can’t find a replacement at the nearest electronics store. Converting an Android cellphone into a TV remote can be done by downloading an application that provides an Android to TV remote conversion feature.

10 TV Remote Control Apps

Currently, many of these applications have been widely circulated. We have listed the 10 best tv remote control apps for android. Let’s check them now.

Best TV Remote Control Apps All Series

The TV remote control application can be downloaded via Google Play or a site that provides an application (apk) for Android. The majority of these apps are 100% free. Before downloading, make sure you first check the availability of infrared, Bluetooth connection, and Android wifi.

The majority of applications can react and become versatile TV remote controllers because it supports IR Blaster technology. If the technology does not exist then you can use Bluetooth and a wifi connection as a signal sender. Here are 10 apps that can turn your Android phone into a TV remote.

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1. SURE

SURE or Smart Home and TV Universal Remote have been downloaded more than 10 million times. A large number of downloads certainly indicates that this application is true of high quality and can be trusted. SURE can be used on almost all TV sets in various models.

Sure Remote App

This application already supports IR Blaster and wifi. There is also an intelligent assistant feature that will help you operate the remote with more intelligence. The size of this application is light (63 MB) with the minimum operating system to run it is Android 5.0 and above.

2. Mi Remote Controller

If you have a Xiaomi cellphone, this application must be included in the list of mandatory applications. Mi Remote Controller was indeed developed to maximize the IR Blaster technology in Xiaomi cellphones. It’s a shame if you don’t take advantage of this versatile application. This application is developed directly by Xiaomi.

Mi Remote Controller

Android 4.4 and above is required to use this app. Besides being able to remotely control various types of TV. This application can also be used as a remote control for various other household devices, for example, air conditioners, DVD players, and up-to-projectors.

3. Universal TV Remote

Universal TV Remote is arguably the most widely used TV remote app. The main reason why this application is widely used is that it looks simple, supports infrared, and can be used for almost all types of TV. The number of downloads of this application reaches more than 1 million.

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Universal TV Remote

Not only the latest LCD and LED TVs, but this application can also be used as an old tube TV remote. A capability that makes it widely used. Its appearance is very similar to a TV remote. Also gives a positive impression and adds to the selling point of this application.

4. ASmart Remote IR

The next versatile TV remote controller is the ASmart Remote IR. NXRsoft as the developer created this application with the aim of providing an application that can control various electronic devices in the entertainment sector, including TVs, DVD players, DSLR cameras, to projectors.

ASmart Remote IR

To use this application, you only need an Android phone that already uses IR Blaster technology. ASmart Remote IR has been downloaded more than 5 million times. Android requirements to be able to use this application are already using Android version 6.0 and above.

5. Peel Universal Smart TV Remote Control

This application that is considered in terms of remote control for Smart TVs has been downloaded more than 10 million times. This application is equipped with various features that are guaranteed to make users satisfied. Its control functions and support for various smart TV models are also commendable.

Peel Universal Smart TV Remote Control

Another thing that has earned this app such a good rating is the extra features that give you knowledge and recommendations for quality television series currently available. Because its features focus on viewing pleasure, this application is suitable for lovers of foreign films and television series.

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6. Unified Remote

As the name implies, this application is trying to unify all devices into one remote. The goal, of course, is to make the user’s Android phone a central control device. This application is also able to connect the television with the laptop and computer that you are using.

Unified Remote

Unified Remote already supports Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. By connecting your TV, and apps, to your computer, you can even control your TV via a laptop or computer keyboard. This feature is unique and worth a try if you are someone who finds it difficult to leave your laptop and still wants to watch TV.

7. AnyMote Universal Remote

While most universal remote applications use infrared as the command link, AnyMote Universal uses the wifi network as the command medium. This certainly indicates that this application is more easily accepted by Android HP users from a higher class.

AnyMote Universal Remote

Supports more than 90,000 devices, you can control devices from just 1 phone. Unfortunately, AnyMOte Universal Remote is not suitable for users of mobile phones from Huawei, Sony, LG, Vizio, etc. due to the reason that infrared technology is not used in this application.

8. TeamViewer

The main concept of this versatile TV remote control application is that it can control various things in busy situations and busy schedules. It is hoped that by using 1 centralized remote control, you can find out the condition of your computer, laptop, television, and other devices easily and quickly.

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TeamViewer Remote

TeamViewer is indeed more suitable for those of you who are workers and must always control every device. TeamViewer is suitable for a professional multi-tasker. Control with an internet connection can even let you control the device remotely.

9. TV Remote Control for Samsung

The owners and users of televisions from Samsung can use this application if the TV remote used is lost or damaged. Instead of looking for a replacement in the market, it’s better to make an Android phone as a replacement. This application uses infrared technology to connect to the TV.

TV Remote Control for Samsung

The control distance is even up to 15 feet. For business support, this application can be used as a Samsung TV remote from 2007 to the latest. Almost all Samsung Android phones also support the use of this application.

10. ZaZa Remote

Not much different from other applications, ZaZa Remote can be relied on as a TV remote to replace a lost or damaged TV remote. This application can already be used for various types of TV remotes. Almost all types of cellphones, from Huawei, Oppo, and HTC, to Samsung, are compatible with this application.

ZaZa Remote

The minimum Android operating system to be able to operate ZaZa Remote is Android version 4.4. This application, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times, can also be used as a remote for air conditioners, DVD players, DSLR cameras, and smart lights.

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Conclusion

The 10 versatile TV remote control applications have recommended status. Always pay attention to the brand and type of TV used to then match its availability to the application used. Now, you will no longer be angry and upset if the TV remote is out of reach. Stay tuned to Techrulz for more informative guides.

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