LG V10's ticker display: Gimmick or useful?

LG V10's ticker display: Gimmick or useful?
According to stats analyzed by Google itself, the average smartphone user unlocks their smartphone 100 times a day. That's a lot of disruption to its rest time, and has a negative impact on battery life — even if you just take a quick peek. 

In that context, the secondary, 'ticker' display of the new LG V10 makes some sense. The 2.1-incher (160 x 1040 pixels, or 513 ppi in case you care) will push notifications (icon only, though) and show the time or weather when the primary, 5.7-inch panel is off, potentially saving you some battery — despite the 5% battery overhead it adds, according to LG. It'll automatically shut down when the phone is in your pants, too. The screen will also serve as a questionably handy shortcut base for quick (?) access to your favorite apps or contacts. Obviously, its position at the very top of what is a very tall device is less than ideal for that latter use case. 

In all, the secondary display of the V10 is of questionable utility, and it won't be until we get our hands on it that we'll know for sure which one it is. Still, based on the preliminary information already available, would you say it's more of a gimmick? Or do you think it sounds more like a useful new feature?

LG V10's ticker display: Gimmick or useful?


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1. iMichael unregistered

GIMMICK! At least 3D Touch is useful...

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

the only thing apple has done for the industry in YEARS

5. marbog

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

You and Apple go to sleep. Respect LG

8. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i find 3d touch to be very confusing Apple product used to be simple a straightforward and now the 3d touch is even messier than what samsung has done with the Touchwiz UI years ago yes, people will get use to how to use the feature but i think Apple's now burying its legacy with the iPhones


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple is Crap!

12. Leo99

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Your picture really says it all.. Apple Fanboy. Apple phones are good as they are simple, but for productivity like android(HTC and LG, ETC.) Apple is nothing compared to them.

20. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

3D touch is nowhere near useful fanboy.

23. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

I mistakenly thumbed you up :( when trying to replay, anyway since when Apfle invented force touch ?! It was there in the Huawei Mate s before it..

31. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

You can remove the thumbs up. Do it now!

37. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The Apple Watch had it... Anyways, yeah the Mate S was technically the first phone to utilize it, but you're naive to think that Huawei did it for any other reason than to pre-empt Apple.

32. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

love your nickname and picture, you dont need to go to every android post and be first with you brainwashed opinion. this LG will be years ahed of iphone 6s plus in terms of every single specs starting from screen finishing with battery life plus things like sd card and i believe fast charging will b there as well. you could explain to every1 how is it to live and die for brand

34. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

iPhone is gimmick.

43. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

3D touch in a phone is a gimmick. It will be useful only in girls. Different type of touch, different type of response. Hard press, slap on your face :D

2. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

having access to my shortcuts anywhere is very useful

17. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

I have access to all my short cuts and then some by using Pie Control on my Note 3....But I do like what LG has done with the secondary display on this device. They just threw a wrench at my decision for upgrading my Note 3. I had settled on the MXPE after Samsung messed up on the Note 5 with the lack of a microSD slot.

44. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I dont think it is gimmick. It will not be much useful but it is not a gimmick. Having icons, music play back, watch and other stuff availabe on the top of a phone is ok. It is just a different placement of some quick stuff, which cannot be considered as gimmick. But I have a question about the placement. It will be always on the top. I cannot reach it one handed despite having gorilla size hands. Bottom placement of ticker display, might be more easy to access. Anyway, it is ok and acceptable. V10 is the perfect and one of the most practical choice available at the moment.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Gimmick but can be useful in some way. to quickly get to things faster.

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

The concept is pretty great. The location, not. The top of the screen on a humongous phone is simply too much. I would have preferred Sony like approach. If you have used a Sony phone, you must know that those small app shortcuts appear whenever you press multitasking button. LG could have placed the shortcut there.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Agree on this one.

9. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

too bad sony's small apps dock can only store widgets, not shortcuts and it still require a lot more swiping and tapping to get to what you want it's been years since sony last improved the feature and i hope they will do that again in the future so we can put shortcuts and even "real" mini-apps, not just widgets

39. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I partially agree with you... I wish Sony updates the small apps to be able to make real mini-apps, even some widgets do not work as they should (Google Keep for instance, when you have more than 1 google account)... But the accessibility is great at least for the first 5 Small apps in portrait mode. For me the most useful have been: Browser, Calc, Whatsapp, Music, Photos... And by the way you can install "Shortcut Small App" which can open 1 or many apps when launched... so there you go.

42. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

oh great thanks for the info ;)

47. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually besides widgets you can also install third party specific apps and I have one called "Small Shortcuts" that you can use just like what Galaxy Note provides or LG... If you set just 1 app for the Shortcut it will open inmediately, but if you place more than one it will open a floating window with many icons.... Also "Fast App Switcher" from hansip (the best small app developer IMO) also offers a similar floating shortcuts.

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

However this may allow the phone to remain in deep sleep for longer periods

35. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Yes the placement makes it gimmick. It is useful if it is placed on the bottom.

40. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree, the location should be at the bottom... but I still consider this to be a gimmick... A phone with an AMOLED screen, and an app such as NoLED is able to display notifications with minimal battery usage and if you configure it properly, you can also launch them directly. Now, comparing it to a regular LCD, yes this might be a bit useful... but with the (slowly) increasing popularity of smartwatch this might be irrelevant in the future.

45. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I agree with you, the concept is pretty nice but the placement is little far to access. It will not be convinient to always move your hand to reach the top.

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

One screen is enough.

13. banglazbless

Posts: 140; Member since: Feb 05, 2014


14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if its just for notification, music control, and showing time+weather, my smartwatch can do that.. but maybe it can do alot more than that :-/

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