By Lisa Johnston
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Seoul – LG Electronics will expand its Knock feature to more mobile devices and, at International CES, will display the latest version of a compact Bluetooth printer for printing pictures stored on mobile devices, the company announced.
The Knock features, formerly called KnockON, appeared first in the LG G2 flagship smartphone earlier this year, then in the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet and in the G Flex curved smartphone, which hasn’t turned up yet in the U.S. Knock enables users to tap twice on a mobile device’s display to turn the device on and off. The feature comes in particularly handy with the G2 and G Flex smartphones, which lack side buttons and use back buttons to power the device on and off with one hand and adjust volume more easily while in a conversation.
Knock will be included as a standard feature in LG’s key mobile devices in the future, and the L Series II smartphones will receive Knock through a global Maintenance Release upgrade starting in January 2014. Specific availability dates and specific models getting the upgrade will vary by region and carrier, the company said.
As an accessory to these and other mobile devices, LG will show the new Pocket Photo 2.0 (PD239) smart mobile printer at CES. It uses NFC and Bluetooth to connect to mobile devices to print 2x3-inch pictures from mobile devices. It’s compatible with Android and iOS,
The new version is 4mm thinner than its predecessor but prints more pictures (30) on a single charge. Print resolution is 313dpi. It must be used with a free Pocket Photo editing app.
New editing features in the app include more customization options, including a new set of filter effects. The updated app still offers the ability to embed QR codes in photos to link a physical photo with an online photo.
The Pocket Photo 2.0 uses ZINK technology, which eliminates ink cartridges, ribbons or toner by using heat to activate the color chemical embedded in each sheet of paper.
Pocket Photo is available in China and will roll out globally in 2014.
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