Jul 10 AT 1:16 PM Dima Aryeh 7 Comments

AT&T Optimus G Pro get Value Pack update, new features

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The LG Optimus G Pro is a pretty amazing device. It features the same 5.5-inch screen size as the Galaxy Note II, but with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. And with a Snapdragon 600, it’s a pretty darn impressive piece of technology. But unlike the Galaxy Note II, it wasn’t as bloated feature-filled. However, AT&T and LG are adding some new features to the device with the latest update, heralded as the “Value Pack.” And you are getting a good value: new features for the price of free. Can’t argue with that. Here’s the list of new features:

New Tools:

  • Smart Video intelligently recognizes the position of a user’s eyes, automatically pausing the video when the user looks away and then restarting it once they resume active viewing.
  • Dual Camera, an extension of the Dual Recording feature, lets users simultaneously capture photos of the subject and the shooter using both the front and back cameras for a picture-in-picture composition, so both sides of an experience are snapped and saved.
  • Pause & Resume Recording allows user to pause video in record mode and then restart the recording to create one continuous video file.

Enhanced Quick Remote Function:

  • Magic Remote Pad is designed to work with LG Smart TVs released in 2012 and after, allowing for smoother, more intuitive navigation.
  • Text Keypad transforms LG Optimus G Pro into a convenient input device for LG Smart TVs.

New and improved communication and notification functions:

  • The HomeButton LED now also gives users the ability to customize alerts as well as the LED color of notifications from their favorite contacts.
  • Additionally, users can now select from 800 color emoticons when texting or emailing.

The improvements to the home button LED notification light and the Quick Remote function for LG TVs will be appreciated, but the new smart features are a bit familiar, aren’t they? All three functions (Smart Video, Dual Camera and Pause & Resume Recording) have been available on the Galaxy S 4 since launch. Yes, LG’s Smart Video was announced the day before the Galaxy S 4 launched, but that feature had been rumored for a long time. It’s a little bit of a ripoff.

We can’t say that it’s a bad thing, though. The bottom line is that the LG Optimus G Pro will become a bit better of a device, and its owners will get some fancy new features to play with. A bit of imitation won’t hurt. LG Optimus G Pro owners, are you happy with this update? And everyone else, do you think it’s OK for LG to take tips from Samsung?

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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