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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G2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)
G3
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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39 Comments

1. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

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

22. VyktorJonas

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Google obligated them to

29. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

2. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

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

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

4. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Still looks like TW.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Definitely an improvement, but still needs some refining.

6. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

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

7. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

what if apple never would have went with a flat ui

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well Microsoft already had it.

12. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

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

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

16. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

23. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 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

28. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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...

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

umm i almost thought the new LG Ui was touchwiz.

9. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

get over it dude!

32. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Oh sorry did I hurt your feelings?

34. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

yes.u did hurt my feelings..

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

30. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

17. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

ugliest ui in 2014 congrats LG :)

18. a961009

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Best UI in 2014 congrats LG :)

20. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

bestest!!

26. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

33. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

tell that to apple

19. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Sense 6 is still better ...

21. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

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

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