LG V30’s Floating Bar to replace the V20’s second screen, other software features detailed


We’ve seen plenty of leaks in recent weeks regarding the upcoming LG V30 but when it comes to specific details about the device, you need not look any further than LG’s own press room. The South Korean manufacturer has been trickling out new information about the V30 leading up to its August 31st reveal in Berlin, all in an effort to drum up some hype (and make sure you’re still holding off on that Galaxy S8+ purchase for now).

Last week, they revealed the phone would be the first smartphone to come equipped with a f/1.6 aperture (glass) lens, and last night they revealed a few new software features arriving in UX 6.0+, the latest version of their custom Android interface. LG has confirmed rumors that they’ll be replacing the V20’s second screen with something they’re calling the Floating Bar.

It’s essentially LG’s version of Samsung’s Floating Toolbox we saw on the Galaxy S5 back in the day. A little tab is always visible on the screen and tapping it will pull up a list of app icons and other shortcuts (we’re guessing this will be customized by the user).

Other small UI tweaks and features include an improved Always On Display (AOD) can now display Quick Tools, Music Player or photo in addition to the clock. The camera app is gaining a new feature called “Graphy” which will let users download different style presets taken by professional photographers and apply them to their own photos.

LG also briefly talked about new security features like Face Recognition. LG says it will work “instantaneously,” even when the phone’s display is off. No need to press the power button to wake the phone, it just works.

There’s also a new Voice Recognition feature that allows you to unlock your device using a combination of your own personal voice signature and “self-generated keywords.” Again — no need to wake the phone or press a single button. LG says the always-on, always-listening features are thanks to Qualcomm Aqstic voice UI technology and promises very little battery drain.

On the hardware side, it looks like the LG V30 will feature some sort of improved haptic feedback as well. LG says the LG V30 will give the user the ability to customize feedback with different vibration combinations (even math the phone’s ringtone). We’re not sure if this means the actual vibration motor will be something tighter like on the iPhone 7, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

We’re sure there’s still plenty more V30 tidbits LG is sitting on and could reveal before the phone is made 100% official. At this rate we could know just about everything there is to know about the phone before then, with LG likely saving pricing and availability for the big event. Anyone excited about this phone?

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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