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Infamous LG bootloop glitch also affects V20

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LG is facing a possible nightmare: V20 users are experiencing the same bootloop glitch that’s been affecting LG flagships since the G3 back in 2014.

Bootloops are a serious problem; no matter what you do, the affected smartphone will run the startup animation over and over again until it runs out of battery, so you’ll never even reach your home screen.

The G3 is the first known LG device affected by this, but the issue became more rampant when the G4 came out. And it didn’t end there; last year’s V10 and this year’s G5 are going through the same ailment as well, only to a lesser extend.

While LG has been turning a blind eye for most reported cases, the company did acknowledge the G4 having “a loose contact between components” during the peak of the bad press against its 2015 flagship. That would mean the cause was hardware-related, and not something software-based.

You’d think LG had fixed the problem by now — it’s been over two years, after all — but reports have been surfacing about its latest V20 flagship phone having the exact same issue. Only this time, the smartphone manufacturer is blaming something else for the bootloops.

An LG service center claims the latest culprit is third-party USB Type-C cables, like those cheap knockoffs you’d find on sketchy websites or that mall near your home. While that’s certainly far off from the G4’s initial diagnosis, it would make sense until actual users can prove otherwise.

Still, having yet another high-end LG handset fall victim to such a phone-ruining glitch looks bad on the Korean company’s track record. Yes, bootloops can also happen on laptops or tablets from other brands, but having a specific glitch tied to a single manufacturer is embarrassing.

So far, this hasn’t reached the levels of Apple’s #bendgate or Samsung’s explosive Galaxy Note 7 yet, though we can imagine this becoming bigger if LG manages to go beyond its global market share of about five percent.

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Sources: XDA Developers, Android Authority

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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