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LG reveals details about new smartphones, meets with senior Google officials ahead of MWC 2014

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Consumer electronics giant LG has revealed new details about its forthcoming smartphones and met with officials from Google ahead of the 2014 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next week.

Coming hot off the heels of the announcement of its flagship LG G Pro 2 phablet, which will go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, the company has also announced it will unveil its “L Series 3” range of low- to mid-range smartphones.

The range includes the low-end L40, which includes a 3.5-inch screen and 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, the L70 with a 4.5-inch screen, and the L90 with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 4.7-inch screen.

All three of the devices will run Android 4.4 KitKat, which is the most recent version of Google’s mobile operating system.

In a statement, Jong-seok Park says the devices are expected to “continue the momentum with its handsome design and practical user benefits inspired by LG’s more premium G Series”.

“From the design to the OS to the UX, the L Series 3 exemplifies LG’s commitment to bringing the best smartphone experience to as many consumers as possible. We’re confident that the L Series 3 will be a strong volume driver in 3G markets.”

The new smartphones and the LG G Pro 2 phablet come on top of a range of products announced by the company during January at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including its LG Lifeband Touch activity tracking bracelet, LG Heart Rate headphones, and webOS-powered smart TVs.

Meanwhile ahead of the MWC, senior executives from a number of companies in the LG Group, including LG Electronics, LG Display, LG Chem and LG Innotek, visited Google’s headquarters in Mountain View California for a “technology road show”.

The meeting between the two companies, which collaborate on the Nexus 5 smartphone, come after LG was excluded from a series of patent cross-licensing agreements between Samsung, Cisco and Ericsson.

LG Group affiliates are reportedly keen to help supply Google with components for its Google Glass series of augmented reality glasses.

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Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.