LG Unveils UX 4.0 before LG G4 Launch

A few days ago LG announced new 5.5 inch QHD panels for their new flagship phone, most likely to be called the LG G4. LG is holding the launch event for the G4 on April 28, the unveil will take place via simultaneous events in New York, Paris, London, Paris, Istanbul, Singapore, and Seoul. The video shown off by LG details some new features in UX 4.0, most notably a Quick Shot feature for the camera similar to the “double-tap home” feature Samsung unveiled in the S6. With the Quick Shot feature users can double tap the volume button on the G4 to launch the camera and take a picture, even while the phone is locked. In addition to Quick Shot, LG is implementing an Expert Mode for the camera, a mode they hope will appeal to DSLR enthusiasts. Expert Mode will also use geolocation to group multiple photos from a single location into an album.

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Several other features of UX 4.0 are aimed to predict the information that users want to see. HTC already implemented this approach in Sense 7.0 by suggesting the apps you might like to use based on your current location. Smart Alert in UX 4.0 will bring a smarter approach to weather, not only providing the weather but also suggesting what you might like to do given the current weather conditions. The new Smart Board app will gather information from music, calendar, and health apps to put all of this information in one place. We have seen many implementations of information aggregation in flagships, most notably BlinkFeed in the One series from HTC. Calendar and Gallery have been revamped in UX 4.0 as well. Users can now drag events from social media apps to their calendar for easy scheduling. The Gallery app now allows arrangement of photos based on time or location, making it easier to organized your albums.

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"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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