Leather smartphone? LG G4 goes for a different luxury lookThe flagship phone for LG comes crafted in several leather styles, while the LG Watch Urbane goes on sale for the same price as an Apple Watch. Also, Facebook takes on Skype with video calling.
Would you like to buy a smart phone that matches your couch? I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your c/net update. [MUSIC] In today's smart phone market all the top companies are trying to lure you with designs crafted from metal and glass, but LG's latest flagship phone is going in a different direction for that luxury look. Its made of leather, the LG G4 has their own movable back panel that comes in six different leather colors Some are smooth, others have a pebbled texture. Makes you feel like you own one of those genuine cowboy smart phones from the wild west. Now, if leather isn't your style, there are some plastic backs, some that look like metal. With a 5.5 inch screen, the G4 has more than just leather to help it. And stand apart from Android competitors. The battery is removable and you can expand the storage with a memory card unlike the Galaxy S6 phone from Samsung. It also boasts some high end specs and sensors. The LCD touch screen has an ultra sharp pixel resolution. It's brighter and more colorful. Inside there's a six core processor. The camera on the back 16 megapixels, and it records in 4K Ultra HD resolution. The camera sensor improvements give you better photos in low light, and better auto focus. The front camera can capture your selfie in eight megapixel. Also, LG's trying to seem more like a pure Android phone, with less bloat-ware in the interface. Its launching in Korea this week and arriving to other countries by late May or June. Both Sprint and US Cellular announced it would carry the G4 in June. You can expect it to be priced. Similar to other phones, $200 with a two year contract. If you want an LG smart watch to go with that phone the new LG watch Urbane is now on sale in the Google Store for consumers in the U.S. and other countries. It's $350 made of Steel with a leather band. It's the first Android powered smartwatch to have the latest software upgrades, like being able to get alerts over wi-fi when your phone isn't near you. In other mobile news, Facebook created it's own version of FaceTime. The social network added video calling to the messenger app Competing with services like Skype, Apple Facetime, and Google Hangouts. You can make real-time video calls to any of your Facebook friends from your phone. Regardless if the person owns an Android or iPhone, they just need the messenger app. When you're inside of a chat, just tap the video icon on the top right corner of the screen to start a video call. It's available in 18 countries to start. Facebook also updated the Instagram app with three new photo filters and a new evolution in the hyperlink, the emoji hashtag. Hashtag sun could bring up some beautiful outdoor photos, but I'd be afraid to search for what photos are listed under hashtag poop. That's your tech new update. You can head over to cnet.com for more. From our studios in New York I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]