Optimus UI 3-4[20120516094957574]

LG just officially announced version 3.0 of its custom interface, which it is now calling 'Optimus UI'. The updated skin aims to be "unobtrusive and simple" according the LG, as well as bring a handful of new features to LG's handsets:

  • The ability to unlock the phone by dragging anywhere on the screen
  • A new Pattern Lock that allows users to preset the most frequently used function, such as the camera, which automatically opens once the phone is unlocked
  • A simpler version of Optimus UI 3.0 for new smartphone users which organizes the main applications so that they are the easiest to access
  • A new Voice Shutter that allows users to capture photos using only voice commands
  • A special camera feature that enables users to pick up the best shot among multiple images including the moment just before the shutter button is depressed
  • An Icon Customizer that provides an additional level of personalization by allowing users to set their own photos as icons and shortcut images
  • The addition of a Download category to the menu for easier organization

Optimus UI 3-1[20120516094957552] Optimus UI 3-2[20120516094957565]

Hey, look! An Asian girl holding phones!

According to LG Mobile CEO Jong-seok Park, the updated UI is a push to set LG apart from other manufacturers, as "both carriers and customers tell [us] that they want LG phones to look and feel unique and the UI plays a big part in that" (even though it still look remarkably like Samsung's TouchWiz UI).

The first smartphones to see this updated version of Optimus UI are the Optimus LTE II, which comes out this week in Korea, followed but the Optimus 4X HD, which should be available in June.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    "We made our crappy custom UI that nobody wants even more craptastic! Buy it because we have no idea about a nice UI, so we have to look at companies like Samsung to find out what and how we can copy from Samsung!"

  • http://twitter.com/set_iroN SetiroN

    Fuck you LG. Learn to keep your devices up to date before ruining more with your shitty customisations.

  • Nick

    LG, maker of all things crap. 

  • Tyler Chappell

    ugh, hopefully they bring this to the Lucid so I can replace all of those ugly cartoony icons on my mom's phone.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    I just don't understand, how can a quality manufacturer (in other products) like LG get it so... wrong... with phones.  And for the love of all that is good, why copy Touchwiz?

  • Zerounodos

    Oh, Lg... love your TV's, hate your phones.

    • Atermoon

      As an LG tv owner I completely agree.

  • Nick Wells

    Ah, LG. There are 2 kinds of people in this world. Those who -had- LG's and those who haven't. Because no one owns an LG twice willingly. 

    "Wow, this LG phone is badass!" - No one ever.

    • Juan Villanelo

      Had an optimus one, root + CWM + custom rom = awesome phone, after a year sold it and bought a 2X, same dance and installed miui. In my opinion the default LG software is crappy and they do take a lot of time to upgrade (ICS for O2X has taken a long time) but the hardware is not bad, I'm quite happy with my phone.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison


  • insidious

    hmm... I love my optimus 2x ...
    ouch! stop hitting me! ahh no, not the stone! ouch!
    No, srlsy, i like this phone, it works fine, it's cheap and good looking.

  • mduran1023

    I hate LG as much as the next former-G2x owner, but I've always wanted icon changing/themeing to be built into stock Android.

  • typicalAsianGuy

    change your stupid logo first LG.. - former Optimus Black owner (never again)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshcwh Joshua Chan Wei Han

    Wrong focus on the first photo!

    • ChumbleSpuzz

       They made up for it in the last one.

  • Hal Motley

    Am I tripping? I swear the phone on the right is using TouchWiz which is made by Samsung.

  • Pumpkin King

    Look...It's LG's Touchwiz