LG G2 software features explained: KnockON, Guest Mode, Slide Aside and others

August 7, 2013
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    LG G2

    LG on Wednesday unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the LG G2, which comes with a variety of interesting design elements and specs, and packs its own software features on top of Android.

    From the start, we’ll tell you that the LG G2 will not run Google’s latest Jelly Bean version. Instead, the device comes with Android 4.2.2 pre-installed, but it will most likely be upgraded to Android 4.3 in due time.

    LG says that it studied smartphone users and it knows what they want from their devices. Accordingly, the LG G2’s interface is apparently made to accommodate various needs.

    Here are some of the LG G2’s software features and UI elements explained:

    • KnockON: lets you unlock the display by simply knocking on the display twice instead of using the on/off button on the back. By using the knocking gestures, the screen can be turned off as well.
    • Answer Me: automatically answer the phone by raising it to the ear, while lowering the volume of the ringtone. Pushing a button is not required.
    • Plug & Pop: automatically recommends options that are most likely to be used with a headset, when a headset or USB cable is detected.
    • Text Link: improves text management by letting users select text in an SMS and save it in a memo or calendar, or for Maps and/or Internet searches.
    • Guest Mode: offers customized access to the phone tailored to a specific kind of user (children for example) by simply using a different unlock pattern on the display. The feature seems to build on the existing multi-user support available on Jelly Bean tablets, bringing it to the smartphone.
    • Slide Aside: a new gesture available on the phone (three-finger swipe) that lets users move between apps (multitasking) by sliding
    • Quick Remote: the phone can be used to control home entertainment devices, and “learns” from other remotes around the house “to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.”

    Just like with any other Android smartphone, not all the UI apps that come preloaded with the phone will be appealing to users, but the LG G2 has a few interesting propositions to make. Have you seen anything you like yet?

    Comments

    • Abdullah

      i absolutely love the Slide Aside feature !!! i really wish i have it on my GS4… and LG really need to stop copying Samsung…

      • EvenInTheDarkestHour

        Copying a feature that Samsung doesn’t offer? Was there something in the “…” hat I missed?

      • Amine Elouakil

        to be honest HTC was the first one to use the 3 finger swipe controle (for medialink), and the rest copied them to use for other stuff

      • joser116

        Everyone copies everyone, we just hate it when it’s Apple.

    • Darkmyth CH

      Phone is looking great… my only concern is support

    • Ilija Jovanovic

      i think answer me on the g2 is the same as direct call on s3 and s4

      • Brandon Jiang

        not quite. those allow you to MAKE calls, answer me ANSWERS calls. similar, but not really the same

      • Jeric Garcia

        We can all have those software features as long as there are developers’ porting it. Software features depends on hardware that past devices have so there must be no problem with it on porting (as far as i know)

    • MasterMuffin

      I smell a lawsuit from Apple. Slide Aside is the same as the multitasking feature in iPads but with 3 fingers. I don’t care about these software features, but the phone is AWESOME. No 3Gb of RAM though but it’s okay

    • Tran Nguyen

      I like the KnockOn. How about Volume? I hate to use the volume button. I love MX Player app, turn on/off volume by slide vertical finger on screen.

    • Alu Zeros

      slide aside is a nice feature, something similar should be baked into stock android

    • Ruz

      Does it have IR Blaster? No
      Does it have good speaker? No
      Does it have good UI? No

      • Rhino”

        who was that aimed at? the LG G2??

        If its at the G2 then its yes to all 3 lol..it got dedicated sound chip currently only mobile to have one with studio quaility and yes to ir blaster as well :D maybe you didnt watch the event they played the music through the phone.

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