LG reveals its updated Android skin, named Optimus UI 3.0

LG Optimus UI 3.0Following on from yesterday’s announcement that the Optimus 4X HD would be released in June, LG has issued a press release covering the latest version of its Android user interface, named Optimus UI 3.0.

Most manufacturers who make Android phones place their own user interface, or “skin,” over the top of Google’s operating system, primarily to set their phone apart from the competition. HTC has HTC Sense, Samsung uses TouchWiz and Motorola has MotoBlur.

LG’s UI has always been one of the more subtle skins, and version 3.0 promises to be equally as simple, whilst remaining as unobtrusive as possible. This is very important, as not everyone likes an Android phone with a manufacturer skin all over the top, hence the popularity of Google’s own Nexus devices, which run a “clean” version of Android.

So what can we expect from Optimus UI 3.0? New features include an easier unlock method, where a swipe across the screen is all it will take, or the option to use Pattern Lock, where using a preset gesture unlocks the phone and instantly opens an app of your choice.

The camera will gain voice activation and a burst mode, just like the new Galaxy S III, and owners will be able to customize the look of icons and shortcuts by using images of their choice.

To make the transition over to a smartphone easier for those coming from a feature phone, the Optimus UI 3.0 will have a special mode where the most important, everyday apps will be gathered together in one place. This should make the pages of apps an Android phone can often have a bit less daunting.

Finally, a feature seen on the Optimus Vu tablet/smartphone hybrid called Quick Memo has been built into the Optimus UI, and it allows notes and messages to be jotted on the screen, then saved or shared through email or a social network.

Lucky Koreans will see Optimus UI 3.0 first on the Optimus LTE 2, set for release this week, while the new UI will make its European debut on the Optimus 4X HD next month.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars