LG isn’t set to officially debut the G4 until April 28th, but the company can’t seem to contain its excitement. After unveiling the QHD display that the device will feature last week, the company has this evening announced LG UX 4.0, the interface that will appear on the G4. LG says the focus of its UX 4.0 interface is to provide a simple and easy to use interface that’s also highly customizable.
With UX 4.0, LG has added a couple of new photography features. First there’s Quick Shot, which allows you to double-click the volume button on the back of your phone to launch the camera app. Expert Camera Mode is also new in LG UX 4.0. LG says that this feature will allow the Gallery app to automatically understand where you took photos and group them into a single album.
Other new features include Smart Board, which gathers information from apps like calendar, music, and health and combines it into a single widget. Smart Alert promises to learn about your lifestyle and provide you with customized notifications. For instance, if the phone learns that you like to play basketball, it will send a notification if the weather is good enough that day to go play.
Visually, LG UX 4.0 looks similar to that of the interface on last year’s G3. LG has focused this time around on improving features rather than design, which we can respect. LG is set to debut the G4 on April 28th at press events around the world.
LG UNVEILS MORE HUMAN-CENTRIC LG UX 4.0
Simpler, More Intuitive and Smarter Mobile Interface Understands Users Better
SEOUL, Apr. 7, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) today announced that its newest mobile user interface, LG UX 4.0, will be featured on the upcoming LG G4 to be unveiled at the end of the month. The upgraded user experience promises to be simpler and more intuitive and will better understand and respond to the needs of each user.
Since Quick Memo and QSlide were first introduced on the Optimus G in 2012, LG has introduced major UX enhancements every year with each G Series flagship smartphone:
- Camera Manual Mode, Smart Notice
- Personalized user experience
Up until now, UX enhancements have generally focused on delivering greater convenience to all users. With the new LG UX 4.0, the focus shifts toward providing more optimized and intuitive convenience to each individual at every user level for optimal enjoyment of their LG device.
Simpler and More Intuitive to Use First of all, LG has created a smoother user experience by simplifying the design of the user interface and making features simpler to use by eliminating many redundant configuration steps. For example, Quick Shot is a new feature that allows users to take pictures quickly by double-tapping the phone’s Rear Key even while the display is off. And the improved Smart Bulletin automatically aggregates vital information from multiple apps on the same page for maximum convenience.
A Wider Range of Specialized Choices UX 4.0 also gives users a wider range of options based on their own preferences and interests. The new camera offers three user modes ― Simple, Basic and Manual ― to meet the needs of all types of photographers, from amateurs to expert shutterbugs. Simple Mode does all the hard work automatically and still delivers great photos. Manual Mode features a suite of modules and options for full creative control that would impress even the most experienced photographer.
The improved calendar also offers more choices by giving users the ability to select and organize individual events posted in social media accounts by simply dragging and dropping appointments. The new calendar allows you to get more done with less typing by simply touching and gesturing.
Smarter UX That Understands You The improved Smart Notice on LG UX 4.0 promises to provide more personalized notifications for weather, travel and more by analyzing a user’s daily routine and travel schedule and combining this information with the user’s lifestyle habits. A user who enjoys a game of hoops may receive a notification that says, “The weather will be mostly sunny today. It’s the perfect weather to get out and play basketball.”
Another example of greater customization in LG UX 4.0 can be seen in the Gallery, which can create event-specific albums based on the location and time each photo was taken. This intelligent customization goes even further with the Ringtone ID, which automatically composes a unique ringtone for every caller in the user’s favorite contact list.
“LG UX 4.0 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use the G4 with both new and improved features that intelligently accommodate each individual user,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We will continue to better understand our customers so we can continue delivering innovations for a better life through our human-centric approach.”
To see the simpler, more intuitive LG UX 4.0 in action and to better understand how this smarter human-centric mobile interface understands users better, view the video now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ5rniR8aaY&feature=youtu.be
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