LG has a history of putting the horses before the cart when it comes to product announcements, and the latest example is a smart cover for the G3 that LG introduced today, days ahead of the G3’s May 27 debut.
The QuickCircle for the G3 leaked a while ago, but now we have the full rundown straight from LG. The company’s taking the smart cover concept to a new level by creating an interface and a small ecosystem of apps that take advantage of the circular opening in the QuickCircle.
The idea is simple and somehow similar to what HTC is doing with the perforated Dot View for the M8 – you can answer calls, navigate through your playlist, reply to messages, or even fire up the camera, all through the cover’s window. This feature will make the G3 “infinitely more useful,” though we’ll have to take LG’s word for it, at least until next week.
While LG doesn’t specify it, users will likely have to double tap on the screen to light up the QuickCircle interface.
The QuickCircle smart cover will be available in Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Aqua Mint, and Indian Pink. Starting next month, LG will release an SDK to allow developers to create apps that take advantage of the QuickCircle window.
WITH QUICKCIRCLE CASE, LG PROVIDES A PREVIEW OF G3 ECOSYSTEM
SEOUL, May 22, 2014 — When LG Electronics (LG) officially unveils the long awaited LG G3 next week, it will also introduce another product which was designed to make the G3 infinitely more useful, the QuickCircleTM Case. The folder-style case lets users enjoy various features of their G3 without ever having to open the cover. Users can check the time, place calls, send text messages, take photos, listen to music or get an update of their health directly from the circular window.
More stylish than traditional rectangular-windowed smartphone cases, LG’s QuickCircleTM Case comes in five eye-catching colors: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Aqua Mint, Indian Pink. The case is designed to protect the side edges of the G3 and provide the best “grip-ability” while maintaining the G3’s original sleek lines. To accentuate the beauty of its circular design language, Smart Lighting emits a soft, white, circular glow inside the window whenever the case is opened/closed or a call/text message is received.
Wireless charging compatible with the Qi interface standard is also possible with the QuickCircleTM Case, adding more convenience and portability. A software development kit (SDK) will be available next month to allow developers to customize their LG G3 smartphones to perform customized functions with the QuickCircleTM Case.
“The smartphone ecosystem is constantly evolving — no longer are cases just for protection from the elements and bumps and drops,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “They’re the perfect accessory to build in extra features that add more value to a mobile device. With QuickCircle Case, we’ve exceeded the baseline by making it customizable to better fit users’ needs.”