Leaked screenshots indicate LG G3 will feature revamped UI, Google Now-like ‘concierge’ service

April 23, 2014
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From leaked packaging materials to UA profiles, the upcoming LG G3 has been spotted in tech news quite a bit recently. We believe that the LG G3 will be one of the first major devices to embrace QHD, and we can expect a complete jump forward when it comes to the G3’s spec sheet. But what about the software side of things?

LG has ambitious plans when it comes to revamping its own software

When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was first rumored, we heard all kinds of fanciful rumors about how the GS5 would receive a major overhaul to its Touchwiz-based software. Unfortunately, the actual end product didn’t see all that many changes after all. If a new set of leaked images prove correct, however, it looks like LG has much more ambitious plans when it comes to revamping its own software.

The above images were originally leaked by Digital Trends, via an unnamed “industry insider”. As you can see, the new look takes LG’s custom UI and gives it brighter, flatter icons and a cleaner notification screen. Whether you consider the new look to be an improvement or not, is probably a matter of opinion, though it does fall a bit more in line with the looks of KitKat. It’s also hard to deny that there are at least some similarities between the LG G3 UI and iOS 7.

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LG preparing its own Google Now-like ‘concierge’ service

Aside from the new look, Digital Trends sources indicate that LG is also preparing a new “concierge” feature, though that’s not necessarily the final name of said feature. The concierge service basically collects personalized information from various sources, watches how you use your phone and from there can make smart recommendations and so much more. In short, it’s sort of like LG’s version of Google Now, though reportedly it will go beyond the functionality that Google already offers.

One example of the concierge system at work can be seen in the AccuWeather widget above, in the form of a pop-up notice that says “You may want to take an umbrella, since rain is expected during this afternoon”. If DT’s sources are correct, this is just a basic sample of what the concierge service will be capable of.

Concierge reportedly will go beyond the functionality that Google Now already offers

So how likely is this new UI change and rumored concierge service? Honestly, it’s hard to say. At one point, the rumor mill was fairly confident that the Galaxy S5 would see a massive software refresh, and we all know how that turned out. That said, LG has seen some of the backlash that Samsung received from ‘staying put’ in terms of its hardware/software design language and so this may have motivated the company to do something a bit more drastic with the LG G3’s software.

So how about it, if the above screenshots are legit, what do you think of them? How do they compare to LG’s current UI?

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