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LG G3 vs LG G2 user interfaces compared: what has changed?

LG G3 vs LG G2 user interfaces compared: what has changed?
You've probably heard the news: LG has a brand new flagship smartphone. It is called the LG G3 and it brings along a plethora of minor and major hardware improvements over its predecessor, including a screen with a jaw-dropping resolution, a super-fast SoC, and an improved main camera. 

But that's not all – LG's latest high-end ships with a fresh, new user interface. Gone is the sparkly, cartoonish UI that the LG G2 came with. In its place we find an experience that's a lot more toned down, more consistent, and more mature. 

How do the old and the new LG interfaces look side by side, however? What's so new about the latter anyway? Well, to help answer these questions, we've put together a brief visual comparison between the two. As you can see, the G3's UI has been polished well. Clutter has been minimized, and the flat overall look brings a welcome modern feel. Many of the boxy icons have been replaced with circular ones, drawing inspiration from the company's logo. Plus, the camera menus now don't hide the viewfinder when opened, and the on-screen menu key has been removed in favor of one for our recent apps. 

How do you find the new UI experience on the LG G3 so far? Let us know in the comments!

Note: The LG G3 UI is on the left/top, and the LG G2 interface is on the right/bottom.

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posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:28 1

1. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 137; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Both LG and Samsung started to use white for WiFi and data on the notification bar which looks much better in my opinion.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:48 1

22. VyktorJonas (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Google obligated them to

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 10:10

29. Cicero (Posts: 200; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


In my opinion G2 is a copy of Galaxy S4 (icons, camera interface) and G3 is looking like Tizen with iOS.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:29 1

2. 3rdDegree (Posts: 170; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


The LG G2 used for comparison is still on 4.2.2! Why haven't they updated yet? Maybe these are old screenshots?

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:30 1

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


They sure cleaned it up a lot! But it's still a bit too full of everything for my taste.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:32 3

4. T.Law (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Still looks like TW.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:33 1

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Definitely an improvement, but still needs some refining.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:39 2

6. Reeyawn (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I do hope that the G2 gets updated with the same UI. LG phones with kitkat should be updated with that UI.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:39 2

7. HTCOE (Posts: 406; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


what if apple never would have went with a flat ui

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:46 2

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Well Microsoft already had it.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:50 2

12. HTCOE (Posts: 406; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


yea but microsoft didn't spark LG and others to reinvent their interface around the live tiles...they did it bc of apple

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:54 6

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


How do you know Apple didn't do it because of Microsoft?

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:59 1

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


And BTW Magazine UX and Blink feed for example are quite close to the look of live tiles. But not even close to iOS icons.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:03 1

16. 3rdDegree (Posts: 170; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


Don't you guys understand??
Google is forcing OEMS to implement project moonshine in their new UI. (A new flat design with shadows)
And also they are bringing back that "Powered By Android" bs from 2.2
And there's the recent apps button that Google have made mandatory, replacing the old menu key.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 09:00

23. HTCOE (Posts: 406; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


that has nothing to do with app icons and entire UI the maazine and blinkfeed are completely different from this convo. and apple didnt copy tiles dude

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 09:54

28. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Well if you're just talking about flat design...it is because the new kitkat is flat and manufacturers are following the trend...but I've to accept it the overall look resembles ios 7 and little new TW here and there...
if samsung would've done this haters would have gone out of mind...we would be seeing samsung copycat, samesung comments everywhere....
It is trend to hate samsung now...

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:39 3

8. Jason2k13 (Posts: 626; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


umm i almost thought the new LG Ui was touchwiz.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:46 4

9. asingha94 (Posts: 286; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


get over it dude!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 13:58

32. Jason2k13 (Posts: 626; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Oh sorry did I hurt your feelings?

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 23:11

34. asingha94 (Posts: 286; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


yes.u did hurt my feelings..

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:49 5

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2606; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Looks alot better than G2 garbage... but still a lot more room for improvement. Currently Sense 6 and stock Android are the benchmarks for UI design.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:00 1

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2073; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I don't get this flat style.
Myself I like the older keyboard and stuff like that, that actually looks like it's meant to be touched.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 10:52

30. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Completely agree. Metro flatness is horrid, UI's that have texture are more natural looking. The world is full of texture, why everything is shifting to a flat interface is beyond me. Metro should be left for transportation terminals, hence the name.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:14

17. koko1 (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


ugliest ui in 2014
congrats LG :)

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:20 12

18. a961009 (Posts: 113; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Best UI in 2014
congrats LG :)

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:41 2

20. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


bestest!!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 09:23

26. UglyFrank (Posts: 329; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


It doesn't really count when you are last to release your phone and you can see what everyone else has already done.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 14:15

33. Izoe (Posts: 103; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


tell that to apple

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:38 1

19. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Sense 6 is still better ...

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:44

21. VLaRueC (Posts: 106; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Much better improvement over the previous version. Still, no .com button on the keyboard?

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 09:18 1

24. minnonoman (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


I don't see the reason behind arguing about which ui is the best. Just change launcher if you're not happy with the stock ui. I'm not really a fan of the G2 ui myself, but nova launcher with a icon pack solved my problem.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 09:18 1

25. lallolu (Posts: 226; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


I like LG G2 UI as it is. People just get tired of having same UI and then they complain about LG's UI. Just change you launcher or theme if you are tired of having the same UI for long.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 09:43

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2606; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Duh, most users change launchers, but the problem is not homescreen, the problem is the ugliness in notif. Drawer or settings, which cannot be changed without ROMs or xposed tweaking.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 11:14

31. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Major improvements.. And in G3 they have used up the screen space a lot better.. Excellent job. I feel its better to buy LG G3 or G2 instead of Samsing Galaxy S5 or S4...

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 03:08

35. droidmanX (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)


G3 looks awesome. 5.5 inch screen size fitted into a phone which has similar dimensions as HTC ONE M8 is really wonderful. Battery seems to be good, there is micro SD slot unlike KG G2. So build quality, hardware, performance, should be really really good. And they need to price this phone properly.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 03:48 1

36. LikeMyself (Posts: 189; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Inspired a little from iOS right? But it's prettier though! Hope the G Pad gets this update!

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 06:14 1

37. MobileGuru (Posts: 74; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


LG Optimus UI> HTC Sense> Samsung TouchWiz > Sony Timescape

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 09:55

38. a961009 (Posts: 113; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


I really agree with you! I really hate Sony UI!!!!!

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