The newly announced LG G2 won’t just rely on cutting-edge advanced in technology in its fight with the Samsung Galaxy S4 for supremacy. LG has also gone to great lengths to create a smartphone that also attempts to anticipate the needs of its user with custom software, though how revolutionary any of it really is remains unclear.
According to the company’s press release, its internal research has shown that the tasks most commonly used on smartphones are the ones users “take for granted.” So instead of shipping basic versions of the messaging, social network, phone calling and GPS functions of Android 4.2, LG added some software features to enhance the user interface of the LG G2.
Answer Me allows users to automatically answer their phone by simply picking it up and holding it to their ear. In theory, that means users missing calls because they couldn’t find the right on-screen button is a thing of the past.
Users of the LG G2 will actually get automatic recommendations on what to do after they’ve plugged in a USB cable or earphones.
Information embedded in text-messages, like addresses, will have on-screen cues for saving them to the device’s calendar, getting directions and performing searches, without having to leave the application first.
Guest Mode will enable parents to create a sort-of adjacent profile on their LG G2 for their children. This profile will come complete with its own lock screen pattern. Parents will be able to pick what applications are available to users of Guest Mode.
LG has even rethought the way users close applications in Android. With the G2, users will be able to simply slide their applications off to the side of the screen using three fingers. According to LG, users should find this version of multitasking more intuitive than what is possible on other smartphones today.
Finally, just like flagship smartphones from other Android manufacturers like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the LG G2 will be able to act as a remote control to a television using its built-in infrared sensor.
Although LG seems to be pushing the idea that it alone has managed to revolutionize smartphone interaction with these features, that could be up for debate. Many, if not all, of these customization are already available on other devices.
As mentioned, remote control functionality first arrived to Android with the introduction of the HTC One, and the idea of child accounts is already available on the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and built into every smartphone running Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 also includes the auto-linking text functionality as well, though it’s limited to just phone numbers and addresses.
With that in mind, it’s likely that LG will still be counting on the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 5.2-inch display to attract users when it arrives on American shores over the next few months.