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Oh, LG. Sometimes I really do wonder if you come up with the good ideas first, or if it really is like everyone else sort of thinks it is. Korea's #2 smartphone producer just sent out a press release announcing LG Smart Video, a new feature in the Optimus G Pro. So, if you've heard about the Smart Pause feature that was recently discovered in some screenshots from a Galaxy S III Android 4.2 ROM, it's that. Literally, exactly that.

The feature is pretty simple in concept - if you're playing a video on your phone (unknown if it supports 3rd party video players), the front-facing camera tracks your eyes. If your eyes stray significantly away from the screen, the video pauses. Samsung's Smart Pause feature is described in terms of your head moving, but it too likely uses your eyes as the reference point for movement. It's not clear if either solution goes so far as to track your pupils (eg, if you glance up), but I'm guessing the answer there is "probably not." That'd have to be one high-res front camera. Probably with a zoom lens.

Either way, it's a bit funny that LG's announced this on the eve of Samsung's Galaxy S IV event. We don't know for certain that the Smart Pause feature will make it into the Galaxy S IV (it sounds like Smart Scrolling won't), but it seems like a pretty reasonably easy feature to implement given Smart Stay already exists.

LG also took the chance to announce a larger Value Pack (*cough* Premium Suite *cough*) software upgrade for the Optimus G Pro:

Other features in the Value Pack upgrade include:
• Magic Remote Pad and Text Keypad via the QRemote function. These new options for QRemote work specifically with LG
Smart TVs to enhance convenience when using Optimus G Pro as a remote control for LG Smart TVs.
• The Smart LED Lighting outlining the home button of the Optimus G Pro will be upgraded so users can customize the colors
to correspond to their favorite contacts. The flashing of the LED in different colors will allow users to identify the source of
incoming calls, missed calls, unread messages and emails.
• Video Pause/Resume allows the user to stop and start in record mode for one continuous video file.
• The first Color Emoticons in an Android smartphone for more personalized text messages.

LG has said some of these features will be available for other phones in the future, and that the Korean Optimus G Pro should see the update in April.

EYE RECOGNITION TO BRING NEW LEVEL OF ENTERTAINMENT CONVENIENCE TO LG SMARTPHONE
Technology to Debut in Smart Video Feature in Optimus G Pro

SEOUL, Mar. 14, 2013 — Smart Video, a new multimedia UX feature from LG Electronics (LG), will be unveiled for the first time in the Optimus G Pro. Smart Video takes viewing videos on mobile devices to a whole new level of convenience with eye recognition that eliminates the need to manually control playback during the viewing experience.

Through the implementation of advanced eye recognition technology, Smart Video recognizes the position of the viewer’s eyes and automatically plays or stops the video without any manual input from the user. When the viewer’s eyes are no longer focused on the smartphone display, the front camera recognizes this and immediately pauses the video automatically. Once the user’s gaze returns to the smartphone, the video resumes playback from the point last viewed.

In addition to the Smart Video feature, Optimus G Pro will also be equipped with the world’s first Dual Camera function. The Dual Camera feature is an extension of the Dual Recording feature which debuted on the Optimus G Pro introduced in the Korean market last month. Dual Camera simultaneously captures photographs using both the front and back cameras for a picture-in-picture composition. Users can now be a part of the story, not just observers.

“LG is continuously innovating to offer creative ways to offer a user experience that adds value to our customers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Elec-tronics Mobile Communications Company. “It’s the positive UX that will differentiate smartphones in 2013 and beyond, not only cutting-edge hardware specs.”

The Smart Video and Dual Camera features will be introduced as a part of the Value Pack upgrade which will be offered for the Optimus G Pro in the Korean market next month. These features will also be made available for some LG premium smartphones in the future.

Other features in the Value Pack upgrade include:

• Magic Remote Pad and Text Keypad via the QRemote function. These new options for QRemote work specifically with LG
Smart TVs to enhance convenience when using Optimus G Pro as a remote control for LG Smart TVs.

• The Smart LED Lighting outlining the home button of the Optimus G Pro will be upgraded so users can customize the colors
to correspond to their favorite contacts. The flashing of the LED in different colors will allow users to identify the source of
incoming calls, missed calls, unread messages and emails.

• Video Pause/Resume allows the user to stop and start in record mode for one continuous video file.

• The first Color Emoticons in an Android smartphone for more personalized text messages.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • anon

    a few weeks and some clone app could be downloaded from the store, too.

  • HellG

    LG copies :
    -TV designs from samsung
    -AMOLED technology stolen from samsung
    -Note Design in Optimus G Pro
    -Ad ideas in their Optimus G advertisement that was just full of ideas in other ads
    And they say samsung is the copy cat? lol

    • Victor Andrade

      So True! This is just amusing. :-D

    • Doot doot

      TV designs? That's funny, because what do most Samsung TV's have? LG screens.

      • PhilNelwyn

        What?

  • Ulisse

    That's good, everyone should copy.
    LG users now have a cool feature too, what's the problem?
    Geez

  • http://twitter.com/apa1102 Apa Chen

    Clone? That's interesting. What Galaxy S IV will have is a rumor.

    • acer1096xxx

      Except the fact that there have been leaks of the international galaxy s3 having those features in the 4.2.1 update...

  • TY

    Samsung and LG's products start giving me the impression that Korea companies are (mostly) copy cats. Samsung's phones are heavily influenced by the iPhone (looking at you, physical home button and S voice), LG on the other hand...G Pro. Menu button. Do I even need to explain?

    • http://twitter.com/apa1102 Apa Chen

      I agree with this.

  • mauric

    As long as Samsung manages to see my face in a building.... i'm not so sure if this will work out that well....

    • Keneda

      You are beautiful on this pic! :D

  • Hugo Pinto

    You people sound retarded calling companies copycats because of features like this.
    Is eye tracking technology really that new?

    • nsnsmj

      Seriously, this. Eye tracking has been around for years. It can be done on a PC with a crappy webcam. Samsung's just adding it to their phones.

    • Matthew Fry

      It's not that it's new. It's that they are announced/leaked within days of each other. What are the odds?

      • firethorn

        You mean major competitor paying close attention to each other's product development and announcements? Yeah, what are the odds of that?

        • Matthew Fry

          Kind of like copying, huh?

          • firethorn

            More like corporate best practices, really. If you are in a highly competitive market, you absolutely make sure to know what your competition is up to. Also, it's not like any of these ideas are revolutionary at this point.

  • Freak4Dell

    Ha...LG made it official first. Suck on that, Samsung.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001157582796 Chris Ward

    How is that a clone if they had it out first? lol clearly its not an idea they say online last month like all of us, cus i think it would take some time to do all the programming to that or it would of been out awhile ago. Get a grip guys, Samsung isn't the god of Android.

  • Al

    Headline is pretty lame, how can it be a clone if it's unconfirmed and not even announced. This is just click bait, up your game AP, I expect quality, not junk articles lime this

  • Sootie

    I'm not sure I have the attention span to make use of the video feature, I usually half watch something on my phone while I'm watching tv or doing something else so it would just be paused forever

  • Alan

    I gacve up hope on LG when they bungled up the ICS updates.

    Now i just "meh" whenever i see LG try to sell me their crappy show ponies.

  • yankeesusa

    Does it really matter in the end? It just means more competition and hopefully better prices for the consumer. As long as its not blatantly copying identical features, features like eye scroll are just software features that any phone can have. Unless you know for a fact that samsung patented this on mobile phones? Either way who cares.

  • Davy Jones

    "The first Color Emoticons in an Android smartphone for more personalized text messages."

    What the hell are they talking about?

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