LG has announced that the UX and software features of the flagship LG G3 will become the standard on all LG devices. LG has had several unsuccessful attempts at software in the past, but the new software on the G3 was well received. Now, features like Smart Keyboard and the G3′s revamped camera will come to all future LG devices, along with most of the user interface from the G3. The move should help to add some flair to otherwise basic phones on the market. LG hopes that this will give it a leg up on the competition in the crowded mid-range market.
Too often, entry-level and mid-range devices are plagued with old, outdated software. While a new UX from LG won’t entirely solve this problem, it’s a step in the right direction and should offer a substantial improvement to customers looking for a decent mid-range phone. Check out the full press release below for more details.Show Press Release
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.