G Flex smartphone boasts healing powersLG compares its curved smartphone to Wolverine, Google may debut a white Nexus 5 this week, and the Nvidia Shield update adds Android games and console mode.
Apparently, LG's latest phone has super powers. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. LG is sharing new images and details of its curved smartphone, the G Flex. This 6-inch 720p display has a slight bend inward from top to bottom. It also has high-end specs with a 2.26 gigaHertz Quad Core processor, 2 gigs of RAM, and a battery with extra juice to power it all. And if the curved screen wasn't enough, LG's press release said the G Flex has, quote, "Wolverine-like healing powers" with a back that can recover from daily wear and tear scratches and nicks. It sounds like it has some sort of special coating on the back. But LG later removed the X-Men character reference from its press release, probably because it will get in trouble with Marvel. But I think if Wolverine had a smartphone, he'd go with the Moto X because, you know, X-Men. Well, for those of you keeping in score of the curved phone market, the arch on the G Flex is on a different axis from the bend in Samsung's Galaxy curve, which has the left and right sides curved inward. But the LG phone that's getting more buzz this week is Google's latest pure Android smartphone, the Nexus 5. It may be revealed in the next few days. The reliable gadget leaker, Twitter account of evleaks, posted this photo of a white model with the date, November 1st-- which could be a hint to the launch day. This model will likely be loaded with the new version of Android 4.4, nicknamed KitKat. People also get interested in the Nexus for its price. Last year's model was $350 unlocked. Samsung's smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, will begin working with other Samsung phones in the coming weeks. The company announced that the Galaxy S4, S3, and the Note 2 can be paired with the Gear smartwatch. The Gear costs $300, and it only worked with the Note 3 when it came out. Those with other Galaxy phones like the S4 Active, S4 Mini, and the Galaxy Mega, you'll need to wait a few months for an update to be able to use the Gear. The portable game console, called the Nvidia Shield, can now play thousands of Android games. The handheld system has a downloadable update to support Android games that were designed for touch screens, including titles like NBA Jam and Angry Birds. The software update also supports PC game streaming for more than 50 games, including Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin's Creed 4. Shield can also be turned into a portable console control for the living room TV by using a Bluetooth controller. That's your tech news update for today. But you can get more details about the Nvidia Shield and other stories on the show blog CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.