Feb 26, 2017

MWC 2017: LG G6 phone offers split-screen use

LG has acknowledged that last year's G5 missed its sales targets. LG's new phone was also distinguished by being the first Android device announced to include Google Assistant - the search giant's voice-controlled rival to Apple's Siri - beyond Google's own Pixel phone. The G6 is thinner and slightly smaller than last year's model thanks to the decision to abandon add-on components - such as a higher quality audio processor - and a return to an irremovable battery. The new phone is designed around Android 7's support for split-screen software, allowing two same-sized square interfaces to be seen either side-by-side or one-above-the-other, depending on how the phone is held. LG acknowledges that the G6 is less radical than last year's offering, but it hopes that means demand will be stronger than it was for the G5. "I'd love to be sat here now saying that the mass market had adopted it and understood it - unfortunately that wasn't the case," Jeremy Daniels, head of sales for LG UK told the BBC. "We proved the concept could be done, but actually we know that [this year] we had to tick a lot of boxes like water resistance and bigger battery."

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