If you’re lucky, you could test out the upcoming LG G4 before anyone else

LG G3 bottom logo
LG has clearly been having a long hard think about how to get its much anticipated G4 smartphone off to the best possible start, and has come up with a rather intriguing marketing initiative.

In an effort to get regular folk talking about its new flagship phone prior to its official launch, which is expected to be toward the end of this month, LG says it’s going to hand out 4,000 G4 devices to consumers in 15 countries so they can “test drive” its latest handset.

The scheme kicked off in LG’s home country of South Korea on Wednesday, and will be coming in the next few days to lucky LG fans in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the U.K., and Turkey.

Details on how to apply for a chance to put the new G4 smartphone through its paces will be posted shortly on local LG sites, the company said. Participants will be selected based on “application responses,” and, perhaps not surprisingly, you can increase your chances of being chosen by sharing your “application experience” on sites like Facebook and Twitter. So you’ll probably have to be very nice about it.

If selected, you’ll be able to try out the LG G4 for up to 30 days, though you won’t be able to have it all your own way, as LG will be giving participants “various assignments to carry out over the course of their experience, with prizes awarded.”

Risky move?

It’s clear that LG is taking something of a risk by placing its faith in consumers and social media in an effort to generate further buzz for its phone. Should the handset turn out to be in any way underwhelming, 4,000 less-than-enthusiastic users making their feelings known on Facebook and Twitter could soon turn the whole effort into a messy damage limitation exercise for the Seoul-based tech maker. On the other hand, if they select the participants carefully, and the device impresses, the LG G4 could get just the start it needs as it goes up against high-end rivals such as Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6.

[Source: LG]

Mobile

You can now use the innovative Red Hydrogen One on Google Fi

The Red Hydrogen One was first announced in 2017 and has been delayed a few times since then. Now, the Red Hydrogen One is finally available, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
Gaming

Reach the platinum plateau by learning all there is to know about PS4 trophies

The PlayStation 4 rewards you with trophies for your achievements in various games. Here's what you need to know about PS4 trophies, including how to earn them and the different trophy levels.
Mobile

5G is going to cost you a few bucks more, at least on Verizon

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it will also begin deploying mobile 5G in the coming months. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network and when it will be in your town.
Computing

The Edge browser is dying. Here's what we know about its replacement

There's a new Microsoft Chromium browser coming, and it looks like it will be replacing Edge for most people. Here's everything you need to know about this new browser, how you can use it, and when it's expected to come out.
Deals

Here are 20 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded up 20 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.
Mobile

The latest Google Doodle lets you create Bach-like music of your own

Google is celebrating the life of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and to that end the company has released a new Google Doodle that allows you to create Bach-like melodies and harmonies of your own.
Product Review

With the S10e and S10 Plus, do we really need the Samsung Galaxy S10?

The Galaxy S10 is the middle child in this year’s Galaxy S10 range, between the Galaxy S10e, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. There’s no striking reason to buy it, but it’s still an excellent phone you’ll be happy with.
Mobile

Amazon’s new Kindle has an adjustable light and costs less than $100

Amazon has taken the wraps off of a new Kindle model, which boasts a number of great features and comes at a very affordable price. Perhaps the best thing about the new Kindle is that the device has an adjustable.
Mobile

Apple iPad Air vs. iPad (2018): Which Apple tablet is right for you?

The new iPad Air replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but it doesn't pack quite the same punch. It is a fair bit cheaper, starting at $500, but it's a lot more expensive than Apple's 9.7-inch iPad which starts at $330. If you're shopping for…
Social Media

Facebook Messenger adds quoted replies to better organize group chats

Facebook is rolling out a feature that should help make group chats a whole lot more organized. The feature allows you to reply to specific messages within a group chat, so others will be able to tell what you're replying to.
Mobile

The 2018 iPad is often the best iPad for most people — and now it’s only $250

Apple may have recently taken the wraps off of a new iPad Air and iPad Mini, but it's still the standard iPad that is best for most people. Now, the standard iPad has gotten a pretty significant discount -- it's down from $330 to $250.
Photography

Looking to keep prying eyes at bay? Here's how to hide photos on your iPhone

People take tons of photos using their smartphones, but not all are meant to be shared or seen. Luckily, hiding photos on your iOS device is easy, whether you want to use built-in utilities or apps with added security.
Wearables

Fitbit Versa Lite tips and tricks to get started with your new smartwatch

Got your hands on a Fitbit Versa Lite? The smartwatch may be the pared down version of the more expensive Fitbit Versa, but there's still plenty for you to tweak in the settings. Here are our Fitbit Versa Lite tips and tricks.
Smart Home

Postmates now offers a way to get free delivery on meal orders

Postmates is offering customers the chance to order meals with free delivery. But you'll have to be cool with the idea of waiting a little longer, as the delivery driver will be carrying other meals for different customers.