LG G3 - KitKat vs Lollipop UI Comparison

LG G3 - KitKat vs Lollipop UI Comparison
By now, most of you in America should be enjoying Android 5.0 Lollipop on their LG G3s. The update was seeded by AT&T recently, and should be beaming to Sprint handsets as we speak! We already got this bad boy on our handsets so we decided to compare its visuals with the older Android 4.4.2/4.4.4-based firmware. As you can see for yourselves, not much has changed at all, which is actually a good thing. Our impression of the LG G3's stock interface is that LG adopted a Material Design-esque aesthetic before we even knew of Material Design's existence. Remember the white spaces, bold colors and translucent status bar? All of that was there before Android 5.0 was announced, and there wasn't that much to update at all. 

However, those updating to Lollipop will experience Google's lively new menu animations, some new fonts in places, a revamped notifications system (cards & lock screen notifications), the card-like multitasking menu, and other Material essentials. The software nav keys design stays, though, which will be good news for those of you that considered Google's new design too minimal.

UI aside, the Lollipop update is behaving very well. We haven't noticed anything exceptionally good or bad about its stability and speed, but it's safe to say LG delivered a finished, polished Lollipop build to the LG G3. Your mileage may vary, of course. Some users have reported crashes, others batteries have been quicker to drain. But in Android land, it's mostly up to each individial user and their device - the apps they install, the maintenance they do, the activities they do on their smartphones, and other factors that make it difficult to point the operating system as the culprit.

Without further ado, here's our little UI comparison of the LG G3 before and after Lollipop. Can you guess which is which without looking at the pointers?



1. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

There are no left or right images at camera comparison, only upper and and lower.

3. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

The bottom one is KitKat and the top one is Lollipop

4. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

And it looks washed out. Is there a fog there? Half images show some change but not too much. Trying to keep the good you have LG?

6. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014


7. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Does it show?

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Not much has changed.

9. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I see that as mostly a good thing.

13. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

and no manufacturer for now has included cameraApi2 which is a shame

28. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

GS6 is confirmed to have it

17. zcsprint

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

They can do so much more! Make it less laggy for one

8. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I personly don't like LG's UI I thinks its clunky and ugly....my personal favorite would have to go to AOSP, then Sony timescape, HTC sense 5+, Samsung Touchwiz, and finnaly LG

12. zcsprint

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

That's the word I'm looking for... Clunky The redraws and slowdowns should be non existent in such a phone but there it is.

43. timuralaskara

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2015

yeah your right. but i think that note 4's touchwiz is good improved and better than sense and sonys UI

10. Freelist86

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

updated icons i.imgur.com/5iAFzzG.png

11. zcsprint

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

I have a G3 16GB D855 International model and ever since lollipop, all I've got were slowdowns. One problem, for example, is when I bring down the notification panel on top. Almost every time, the animation is not smooth whatsoever and it would stutter when I bring it down. Sure it's no big deal but the lag in such an expensive phone can get frustrating over time. Also, after running intensive apps, when I press home, it almost always redraws the widgets on the home screen and the wallpaper has to reload. The experience I've had is anything but buttery smooth and I really hope LG can get it right with a future update. Who knows? Maybe this doesn't happen on the 32gb model but it happens on mine, that's for sure. Really hoping someone official sees this and can address it soon Thanks.

33. C4-1996

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

I have the 32gb model but I'm on Verizon, but I think I know the problem. I have kitkat but I think its the runtime under developer settings, because I researched and heard that a New runtime was going to be on lollipop however kit Kat had it just not on by default... But I tried it and I have a lot of the same probs you're having... In other words, go to dev settings and if you see runtime is set to art, change it to dalvik, the one that kit Kat uses, if you don't see dev settings goto about phone and tap on version like 8 times and it'll say you're a dev and it'll be there... The reason I post this is because I tried art on kitkat but art became default on lollipop and was buggy on mine, kitkat uses dalvik so give that a try...

38. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Dalvik is completely gone in Lollipop. You cannot change it. It was only changeable in KitKat because it was not finished yet and they were giving app developers a chance to use it and test their apps on the new runtime. I doubt it's the runtime that's causing the issue though. It's probably the animations. LG UI is clunky. Pulling down the notifications in my Nexus 6 with Lollipop is smooth and fluid.

40. C4-1996

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Yea good point, I pointed this out cause changing the runtime made my phone slow and clunky but mine runs smooth... I seriously think its that but who knows... That could just be because it was in development, so I don't know then, you may want to try reducing your startup apps and reboot, cause the New software may be using more ram with the new ui and all... Otherwise I don't know, sorry but at least I tried...

42. zcsprint

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Mine is actually on lollipop at the moment and it is using ART runtime. The lag is still there and as ever persistent as it was on kitkat. Dunno, I just think it's up to lg to improve their ui is all because on other launchers it works perfectly fluid. They just need to stabilize their own LG Gui and I think this would be the difference. Because the phone has enough power imo

14. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Does anyone who has the update have anything to say about the battery life? On stock KitKat I had usually under a day of battery, with aosp lollipop I've gotten a little better battery but I haven't gotten the stock update yet (Verizon)

16. zcsprint

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

I usually get a little under a day with my usage

19. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

So not really any improvement from KitKat?

21. zcsprint

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Not really, everything kinda remained the same for the most

41. C4-1996

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Well I think it's more under the hood than anything... Like they switched runtime environments which is a big change but not really any New features... I bet devs love it tho cause of the new under the hood functionality, like I found a nice dslr camera app that can shoot raw (the best quality and the most editable files ever...) but I can't use it til I get android 5... Says it's required but I can use the rest of the app just fine... Lol.

18. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

They is basically no changes at all.

20. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

At least I'll be seeing a DRASTIC improvement once I switch from my current G2's UI to lollipop. Those of you who have seen the G2 would know that this is the UI it's always deserved.

22. valneja

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

i have lg g3 and the only big change is in performance :) much better after last update :)

23. Fletch87

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 07, 2015


24. M.O.A.B

Posts: 323; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

it is almost the same UI

26. Simona unregistered

NO difference AT ALL btway why still old nav buttons ? there HOULD be triangle circle and square as far as I know!

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