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LG May Ditch Plans for Rollable Smartphone, Company Says Nothing ‘Finalised’

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South Korean giant LG has also unveiled a number of new products and concepts at the recently-concluded CES 2021. However, the most attention was caught by the product that got the least amount of screen-time. The LG Rollable smartphone (previously called LG Project B) showed up in two clips during LG's CES 2021 press conference. The LG Rollable has a 'unique resizable screen' that transforms the smartphone into a small tablet. While merely a concept as of now, the LG Rollable comes as the second device under the brand's Explorer Project. LG, in a separate press release, said that the LG Rollable is an “exploratory” look at what the future of smartphones may bring.

South Korean giant LG has also unveiled a number of new products and concepts at the recently-concluded CES 2021. However, the most attention was caught by the product that got the least amount of screen-time. The LG Rollable smartphone (previously called LG Project B) showed up in two clips during LG’s CES 2021 press conference. The LG Rollable has a ‘unique resizable screen’ that transforms the smartphone into a small tablet. While merely a concept as of now, the LG Rollable comes as the second device under the brand’s Explorer Project. LG, in a separate press release, said that the LG Rollable is an “exploratory” look at what the future of smartphones may bring.

LG had showcased the LG Rollable smartphone at CES 2021. The device has a ‘unique resizable screen’ that transforms the smartphone into a small tablet.

LG Electronics is reportedly planning to stop the development of the smartphone with a rollable display that the company showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 event. According to leading South Korean news agency Yonhap, LG has told its suppliers, including Chinese display maker BOE, to put the development of the LG Rollable project on hold; however, the exact reason for this remains unclear. The latest development comes amid speculations that LG would likely sell its mobile business due to continuing losses. As per market researcher Counterpoint Research, LG shipped 24.7 million smartphones last year, down 13 percent from a year earlier, and was the ninth-largest smartphone vendor with a global market share of 2 percent.

Meanwhile, LG has also issued an official statement to The Verge, denying the claims made by the Yonhap news report. A spokesperson told the publication, “I can firmly deny that any such decision on future mobile products has been finalised,” indicating faint hope at LG Rollable’s commercial launch. However, another LG spokesperson told Yonhap that nothing can be confirmed at this point regarding the company’s plan for a rollable smartphone – indicating the uncertain future of the device.

As mentioned, the South Korean tech giant’s mobile business has taken a nosedive in the last few years. It also receives stiff competition from domestic rival Samsung and other Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and Oppo. LG’s mobile business has been in the red since the second quarter of 2015, Yonhap adds. Its accumulated operating loss reached nearly 5 trillion won (US$4.5 billion) last year.

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To recall, the LG Rollable shown at CES 2021, has a ‘unique resizable screen’ that transforms the phone into a small tablet. Though it was showcased only as a concept device, the LG Rollable comes as the second device under the brand’s Explorer Project. LG had said that the LG Rollable is an “exploratory” look at what the future of smartphones may bring. LG Wing was the first smartphone in the company’s Explorer Project.

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Twitter Fleets Gets Twemoji Stickers, Some Android Users Can Now Access Twitter Spaces Audio-Chatroom

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Twitter’s version of Snapchat Stories, called Fleets is now getting a new update that brings Twemoji Stickers tray. The latest feature enables users to add emojis or stickers to Fleets for a better visual appeal. Until now, the Fleets feature on the Twitter Android or iOS app only allowed users to add text over photos or videos. Users could still add emojis if the keyboard had in-built emoji options; however, the latest feature gives access to more 3D-enhanced stickers directly. Moreover, Twitter Spaces, a Clubhouse-inspired audio-chat room is reportedly rolling out to select Android customers.

The Twemoji option for Twitter Fleets is now rolling out to users in Japan and will likely reach other markets in the coming months. The Twemoji button sits next to the text button, as per a photo shared by Twitter. Additionally, the Twemoji currently appears to be limited to iOS users while availability details for Android client remain unclear. Though the feature does not seem to be substantial, it is likely that Twitter would soon add more options like AR filters – similar to what Facebook offers with Stories on Instagram. Notably, the micro-blogging company acquired Chroma Labs last year, the team behind Chroma Stories. The app basically allowed users to add a range of colourful frames and filters to their Stories content.

In another Twitter-related news, some Android users are now getting an early preview of Twitter Spaces, a Clubhouse-inspired voice-based conversation room right on the platform. According to Android Police, Android users who have access cannot start Spaces chatroom yet but can join others and react with emojis. The company is expected to roll out the stable version in March, though the availability may vary according to regions. Twitter Spaces has been available to select iOS users since early February. Twitter Product Designer Maya Patterson had previously explained that the Spaces feature is meant to create a safe space for intimate conversations in public. It will essentially allow users to join or start a voice-based chatroom where they can discuss any topic. Admins will have control over who can speak or join.



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