LG G3

LG plans to bring across UX features found on its high-end G3 flagship smartphone to both entry and mid-range hardware. The company today announced that proprietary UX features will be standardized across the majority of products to be released later this year. It's a bid to make its more affordable hardware feel more premium and unique when compared against competing smartphones.

The camera app will be revamped to include Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot and Clean View features from the LG G3, while Smart Keyboard will help to reduce input error by up to 75 percent by analyzing and adapting to typing habits. If you're a fan of the user experience on the LG G3 and would like to see said features make their way to other Android products from the company, the wait will soon be over.

LG G3 UX Expansion

See the below press release for more details and check out our LG G3 review for our thoughts on the UX.

SEOUL, Aug. 19, 2014 ― From entry-level to premium, LG has been actively working to provide a consistent and uniform user experience (UX) across its entire mobile product lineup. Toward that end, LG Electronics (LG) will begin standardizing its proprietary UX features, first introduced in the new LG G3, across most of the company's mid- to entry-level smartphones and tablets launched in the second half of this year.

Since its worldwide unveiling in May, the LG G3's UX features have been positively received by both customers and industry experts with many bestowing high praise for its user-friendly enhancements. The 2014 Red Dot Communication Design Award judges also applauded the LG G3, with a total of three "Best of the Best" awards for its intuitive UX features.

"With the basic principles of the G3's UX features rooted in making complex technologies simple and convenient, our goal was to provide consumers with a user experience they genuinely need and want," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "Standardizing these features across our entry- and mid-tier mobile products is just a natural extension of our desire to make every LG device feel premium and unique."

A simplified camera displaying only the most frequently used menus is one of the UX features that will be standardized across mid- and entry-level LG smartphones. One of the key camera features is Touch & Shoot, which helps capture special moments quickly and intuitively by letting users tap anywhere on the display to focus and trigger the shutter in one single step, eliminating a time-consuming two-step process. Gesture Shot makes taking selfies simple and fun. Opening and closing one's hand in front of the lens starts a three-second countdown before triggering the shutter for brilliant, blur-free selfies. Clean View offers a full, clutter-free preview interface by removing all camera menu icons from the screen.

Another UX feature to be standardized is Smart Keyboard, which reduces input error by up to 75 percent by tracking and analyzing typing habits and intuitively "knowing" what words the user intended to type. The keyboard can be re-sized to better fit the user's hands and thumbs. Suggested words, which appear above the keyboard, can be entered with just an upward flick of the thumb. Individual keys can be customized with frequently used symbols for even faster input. Long-pressing the space bar and sliding the thumb or finger left and right repositions the cursor for faster editing.

 

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LG to standardize G3 UX features across future smartphones and tablets

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And I don't see anything about the G2 getting the same treatment. Great. Its not even a year old and LG is already telling me I need a new phone to get the new features

Spoke with LG 1week ago about that. At that time they said: We have the infos about the new ux will come to G2 ALSO. Today they released a statement. Thats it.

Cs reps are notoriously under informed and the statement here doesn't mention the G2.

You absolutely could be correct I was just looking for a source

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Already doing that, but I would like an official version so I know LG actually cares about past customers

I hope this means LG will start/continue to regularly update their phones and tablets.

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They've had a terrible history of just releasing a new 'flagship' and completely ignoring the previous one existed. The Optimus G to G2 was possibly one of the best examples.

That was my fear when I read this. With the G2 being only 10 months old, it would be a pretty bad slap in the face to not get the new software update like LG has done with previous phones. But with their track record, I'm 90% sure they'll continue not caring about their old products.

Well with this new ui maybe they'll have a change of heart and do some justice for the g2. It's still a strong phone in the market. But I think optimus is done with

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I did read the LG said they were going to bump the OS on the G, nothing about the UI though

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Are we looking at the same thing that Samsung does here with a semi-stripped down version or is it full blown?

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Just phoned LG UK regarding if the new UI will come to the LG G2, and they said no, because the new UI will not work due to the GPU? and no new apps or features. Only 4.4.3 and he does not know when it will come out.

I have to agree with some of the others here. The G2 is what brought attention, and sales, to LG and helped make the G3 possible. To abandon the one that brought you to the dance not even a year later is deplorable.
It's not like G2 users are asking for all the same features as G3, just the same interface.

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Hope it comes to the G2 but looking unlikely. Easy enough to bring to the phone if rooted but as said above it would be nice to know whether they plan to support the G2. That makes a big difference for me on future purchases. And the GPU can handle it just fine. The G3 mini/beat has a lesser quality GPU and also as said above the G3A is basically a G2.

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It's never what you did for me yesterday it is what have you done for me today

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What's funny about this is that the UX isn't even standard across all G3s. Case in point: US carriers have their G3's brightness/volume slides locked down in the notification window.

It is locked down for certain US carriers. My Sprint G3 does not allow volume slider removal and there's no option to activate brightness slider.

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That's a pretty cool move by them. Now if they can roll out that bootloader unlock tool and communicate more about software updates I'd be on board

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Would definitely be upset if this doesn't come to the G2.
Getting dumped into abandonware 10 months after release is a surefire way to keep me away from LG devices.