LG G5 vs LG G4 UI comparison: same old, same old... or not?


LG's new G5 is here, and apart from the head-turning specs, the phone also brings some changes in the UI department. Indeed, the software of the new flagship has been tweaked, just as it's fitting for such a high-tier smartphone. So, in case you're eager to see what has changed and what hasn't, worry not, we got you covered! Head to the gallery below and see for yourself how LG has spiced things up!

First of all, there is no app drawer on the G5, which is a feature that is rumored to become a standard this year with the arrival of Android N. Well, LG seems to be ahead of the curve this time around! Another thing that's notable here is that LG now puts it faith into iconography with slightly curved edges, which is a stark departure from last year's 90-degree angles that could be spotted on all G4 stock icons. Additionally, the color scheme has been changed from pastely hues to predominantly white ones. 

Yes, white is now the dominant color in the quick settings/notification tray and the stock menus of the phone, which might not float just everyone's boat. True, the G5's UI looks nicer and more toned-down than before, but if you've been a sucker for the the darker and colorful backgrounds of the G4, then you're in for some bad time with the G5.

Without much ado, here's what we're talking about. You can check out the LG G5's UI to the right, while the brief comparison with the G4 is right below!

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32 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Wait, they got rid of app drawer. WTF!

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yep. And UI seems even more ugly and cluttered.

30. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Good job for get rid of bloat drawer, no one likes it

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Really? Documentation to back that up? I use it, so that means your claim of 'no one' is flawed. An app drawer is great. And Nova Launcher makes much more use of it.

20. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

As a phone retail worker I can tell you confidently that no one likes it, especially to smartphone newbie. they always come back and ask me to rearrange the apps all over again to the homescreen. they also complain that you cant customise well the apps on apps drawer. A is always on top and Z is always in the end. this will get even worse when you are chinese writter & reader (as well as korean hangul writter/reader) That's why i recommend Huawei or Xiaomi or any that does not offer app drawer, problem solved. LG will soon on my recommend list.

24. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Maybe you need to learn about launchers, then learn how to show customers how much better it can make their experience. There are always options. Being like iOS shouldn't have to be one of them. Not using an app drawer just makes for a cluttered experience. If you want to be like iOS, just grab an iPhone. Don't ruin it for the rest of Android users.

29. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

The Galaxy S7 now has the option to remove the app drawer as well. At least Samsung is giving users a choice if they want it or not.

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

No App drawer????

33. Dudes

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

It has app drawer. ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWM7TieWpY8

3. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Omg, they even copy and use a similar theme colour samsung is using - turquoise.

15. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

It's just a colour man!!

5. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I like the new one...

7. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Looks decent,i hope GF2 get that UI too. The best thing is that settings finally have Search button

8. pecapello

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Hahaha this new UI is a mess

9. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

wtf!! why every ome are removing app drawer

10. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

You may be able to add an app drawer with the Nova Launcher. I have used it on a number of Chinese phones without app drawers and Nova adds one as soon as you install it - or it brings the one supplied by android to the surface.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yup! They removed the app drawer. But rumor has it that Google is also removing the app drawer in Android N. Doesn't bother me none. Those who like the app drawer can simply throw a launcher on. UI looks more streamlined. I like the brighter colors.

12. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I have to confess myself disappointed

13. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

BEAUTIFUL !!!

14. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

the pull down notifications looks like a mess, but i dont mind the new icons.

16. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I like everything except the UI. I want my appdrawer. Please dont do this LG.

17. techietech

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 24, 2016

Damn LG. Your phones are good, but damn your UI. Fix it please

23. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Damn techietech! Your nickname is good, but damn your eyes. Fix them, please.

19. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not sure why LG keeps copying Touchwiz UI

21. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Where's the appdrawer vomparison, oh wait....

22. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Never liked the app drawer. Outside of the western counties and some European ones, Oems get rid of the app drawer as most Android phones sold worldwide are to new smartphone owners, those people get confused and it makes more sense for them.

25. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That's because everyone in those places want to be like Apple. And as a Westerner, I could care less what they are doing over there.

26. AZNHA unregistered

can i have black or darker UI ? :/

27. shaq1907

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

G5 is ugly, I don't care about phone design but removing appdrawer and worse screen-to-body ratio are enough reasons to choose another Android flagship for me.

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