Every time LG’s newest G series flagship comes out, the user interface gets a bit of an enhancement along with improved bug fixes and some new features. This updated LG UX 5.0 looks much nicer than previous versions and a bit more user friendly, so even your grandmother should understand what’s going on. Some of these new features are pretty cool such as “Multi View” and “Auto Selfie” in the camera app. Even the LG Friends Manager app looks pretty neat. LG posted a video on their YouTube channel showing off the new LG UX 5.0 which you can view below.
Starting off with the LG Friends Manager app, this app will connect all your LG G5 accessories including the LG Tone Platinum Bluetooth headset, the LG CAM Plus, LG 360, LG 360 VR, and more. As for the Friends Manager, it’ll automatically install the correct applications you need to operate the different accessories you have. Once the G5 and accessories are by each other, the G5 will notify you and ask which ones to pair to.
Other than LG adding in a few new features to the camera app, the user interface looks like it got a little make over from the LG V10. One new feature in the camera app is called Multi View which will give you the ability to take three different photos at once. I questioned how that works too, but after seeing the video I understood it. Since there are three different cameras on the phone (front facing and two rear facing), it takes a photo from each one. Front facing camera for selfies, the standard rear facing camera and then the wide angle rear facing camera to show off a little more of what’s going on in the scene. The LG 360 Cam can also be used with this feature to show off 360 degree photos at the same time. Another feature in the camera app is Auto Selfie. Easiest way to explain this is, the front facing camera recognizes facial expressions and takes a photo without you needing to. A basic example is just smiling and the photo is taken. Pop out Picture allows two photos to be taken with the rear facing camera and overlap them into one photo. Zoom In and Out lets the user switch between the standard rear facing camera and the wide angle lens, and Film Effect will change the picture to as if it was and older camera from back in the day.
In a way, LG has gone away from multiple home screens and turned the UI into what the iPhone uses. Just one home screen until more applications are installed. LG wanted to make it easier to have all your apps in one place to easily uninstall them when needed and then reinstall them later on. If you don’t want to use the single layered home, you don’t have to. You will have the option of going back to using the multiple home screen set up, which is what most of us are used to on Android.
LG Health is nothing new to those that use LG devices, but it still comes pre-installed for those that like tracking their health and fitness. There’s two modes to choose from, either Beginner or Advanced. Everyone starts out at Beginner and works their way to Advanced.
Last on the list is the LG Backup. This is another one of those apps that come installed on the phone automatically, but LG has taken an extra step to get data on one device transferred to the G5 through NFC. Much easier than using the old LG Backup app.
Me personally, I think the LG UX 5.0 is neat and much better than last years version, the UX 4.0 that came with the G4. As to how many of these features I’ll use, I’m not sure until I get the G5. Regardless of what I think, what do you guys think about the new UX? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: ZDNet