LG G7 UI comparison vs LG G6: A walkthrough of the interface

LG G7 UI comparison vs LG G6: A walkthrough of the interface
So, the LG G7 ThinQ is now official and it arrives with all the required bells and whistles to make for a noteworthy flagship device. Aside from donning commendable specs and unique features that make the phone a worthy pick for Android fans, the G7 ThinQ also introduces a trove of notable interface touch-ups that we should talk upon.

How does the interface of the new device stack up against its predecessor, the LG G6? Well, there's only one way to showcase all the improvements, and it's none other than a succinct visual comparison. 

Have in mind that in all the images below, the LG G7 ThinQ screenshots are on the left, while the right ones are taken straight from our resident LG G6.

Homescreen & customization 


Subtle but important changes lie here. Firstly, notice the improved, flatter, and further simplified iconography that builds upon the G6's enhanced aesthetics from last year. Less skeuomorphic and slightly flatter than before, at first sight the appearance of the G7 ThinQ leaves a pleasing impression that feels so 2018. Secondly, one of the homescreen aspects that feels especially a head of the time is the clock, which is now situated in the upper left side of the screen. That's just in line with the migration of the clock to the left side of the screen in the upcoming Android P, clearly telling that LG wants to remain relevant and up-to-date with the recent developings on the stock Android scene. 

Thirdly, lack of any sharp angles on the homescreen also eludes a more modern feel, which is in stark contrast with the LG G6 which had an edgier stock interface. What's more, the positioning of the Google search widget on the G7 ThinQ can't help but remind us of Samsung's flagships, which also boast a rather similar setup - five icons in the dock, no app drawer button, the Google search widget right above, and a clock/weather widget a bit higher up. 

If we didn't know any better, we'd probably think that LG is straight up copying Samsung here.


Notifications and quick settings




Now, in the notifications and quick settings shade, a ton of visual differences can be spotted. For one, text is bolder and leaves a longer-lasting impression; activated quick settings toggles now appear teal and feature revamped icons that are a tad more descriptive than their simpler counterparts found on the G6. 

When expanded, the notification shows the icons for all the various radio and main phone functions to the right of the device, right beneath the settings cog, whereas the clock and date try to balance the layout by comfortably sitting on the left side. 

Overall, the notification shade has received some subtle touch-ups, but we are not exactly sure if the new notification shade tickles our fancy better than the older one. As all things in life, it always falls down to personal preference.



New Second Screen a.k.a. notch customization


Now, this menu right here hasn't been around on the LG G6 due to obvious reasons. The first thing you should know is that LG is calling the unorthodox display area surrounding the notch "New Second Screen", which is a glorified homage to the ticker displays found on the LG V10 and V20

Second, LG has decided it's imperative that users can "hide" the notch by applying a darker background surrounding the controversial screen feature. Yay!

And no, you can't customize this one in the same veins of its similarly-named predecessors which were a tad more functional, but hey, at least you get to choose your own background for the display area surrounding the notch. While we are hard-pressed to think of a valid reason why would anyone want to choose anything aside from black, but whatever floats your boat - you can have the New Second Screen in grey, a black-to-grey or black-to-red gradient, and finally, a multi-color gradient that feels a bit out of place. Note that the color changes will be applied to the home screen and all stock LG aps, but may not show up in Instagram, Facebook, or whatever gacha game is popular right now. Aside from colors, you can also customize the corners of your apps, with the choices being curved and less curved. More power to the users!


App switcher and stock apps


Not much differences in the stockish app switcher menu, which is as functional as it has been ever since the Android Lollipop days. 

When it comes to stock apps, all of them share the same recurring theme - bolder text, cleaner icons, and much more modern visuals overall. The attention to detail of almost all interface aspects feel like LG has spent a lot of time into perfecting the looks while still retaining its core LG design language, which is no longer "in your face" but is still there. We dig that, we dig that a lot.



Camera 


The same overall leitmotif applies to the camera app itself as well. The camera app is cleaner, features improved iconography, and a cleaner interface that reminds of the Galaxy S9/S9+ interface a bit. Sorry, LG, but facts are facts.



Related phones

G7 ThinQ
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h talk time)
G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am wondering how this new fast MLCD+ display looks for VR/AR apps. Especially when you can hide the notch in the system.

2. Farcaster

Posts: 157; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Wow. I was going to give LG the benefit of the doubt, but this is just a straight out shameless copy of Samsung's Experience UI. I would argue too about the hardware as well. Once upon a time LG used to be an innovator in the business.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I’m gonna vomit. Look at how garbage that UX is; maybe even more bloated than Samsung’s! LG deserves this L.

4. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Exactly my thoughts, how blatantly LG is copying Samsung’s UI......

5. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

And kiko plzzz keep your thoughts upto you, no need to vomit here for android device

6. Diego!

Posts: 863; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Samsung and Huawei had a baby in LG G7's UI.... What is going on at LG?

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Looks good a tad better than Samsung experience with its own unique characteristics.

8. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It looks more like S8/Note8's UI

9. TechNeck

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You guys act like you can't change launchers on Android phones...

10. Rager722 unregistered

It may look like a knock off Samsung UI but altleast LG FINALLY updated their UI to look 2018 with the flat design and all around better looking UI rather than before it looked like LG was stuck in 2013..

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I biggest concern with the latest LG UX and EMUI was that they ditched their own browser and messaging apps for Google one. Now don't get me wrong, both of them are great, but the UI was just so inconsistent with the LG UX and EMUI. Look at Samsung Experience and MIUI, their whole OS are look really consistent because every single apps are created by them.

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