LG releases video demo of the G5 running the all-new UX 5.0 software

It's not uncommon for mobile vendors to include their own software touches to Google's Android. Many higher-end Samsung devices, for example, are treated to the firm's TouchWiz overlay, whilst HTC likes to deploy its very own Sense feature set. LG's version is simply called UX, and version 5.0 will be rolled out alongside the firm's forthcoming flagship G5. With the new handset poised to make its market début this coming Friday, LG has offered a short clip of the device and UX 5.0 in action.

The G5, as you'll surely know by now, includes a unique modular aspect. Dubbed 'Friends', the modules are slid in and out of the bottom of the device. LG has prepped a few different modules for the device's launch, including one for high-definition audio and another camera grip for a superior point-and-shoot experience.

There's no question that the company is taking a gamble in hoping this rather unique quirk pays off. The firm has recently held developer conferences in the U.S. and its native Korea in efforts to draft in potential third-party Friends devs. Needless to say, UX 5.0 is focused almost squarely on ensuring that modules function in perfect harmony with the device, as the new three-minute video demonstrates.

The LG Friends Manager touts itself as a seamless hub for syncing Friends devices without effort, while the clip also demos some of the software features accompanying the new-and-improved camera. There's also a peek at the revamped home screen, which retains much of the archetypal LG UX appearance whilst adding a slew of additional functionality. The clip concludes by briefly skimming through the likes of LG Health, Smart Doctor, World Clock and LG Backup.

It's only a very quick overview of what we can expect from the G5 and UX 5.0, though we're very much looking forward to diving into the new device and seeing what it's all about. If you're also interested in what the LG G5 will bring to the table, take a look at the clip below, and for more in-depth analysis, check our LG G5 Preview.

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1. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

it looks good with the screen off.

30. Redmond unregistered

Ha ha!

2. tywinlannister

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Seems like a great phone

3. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

No appdrawer :(

4. DaftPunk

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Did you watch the video ?


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Have you even watched the video?

6. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Even if there is no app draw, worst case just put everything in a folder and call it App Draw. First world problems!

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

That doesn't work. I don't think you can search in an app drawer, or sort like you like. Plus, all the new apps you install will have to be manually moved to the folder. Not to mention you only have like 9 apps per page on app drawer. That being said, it's all useless talk as the phone has an option to enable the real app drawer.

22. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

You can go back to having an app drawer

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just look like another flagship demo, nothing really standout :-/ they should put explore more on their ultra-wide main camera and G5's friends, to make this phone look slightly more interesting

9. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Great Interface LG.

16. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

And the interface is called Optimus UX! Not just UX. Ben got it wrong.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Auto shot automatically detects when you make duck lips and snaps the selfie. And the option to put the app drawer (tray) is only given when you put the phone in 'basic' mode or easy mode. If that doesn't dumb other things down, that's fine, but I have a feeling it does. LG backup can transfer your stuff if your phone can transfer data via nfc ahem apple ahem. Fortunately the UI isn't as feminine as that commercial thank goodness.

11. talraz

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 27, 2016

they changed it. You have 3 modes now. normal without app drawer, normal with appdrawer, easy mode.

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I don't think stock Android on my Nexus is so bum basic that it needs a whole bloody lair upon it to be useable... Stock Android has everything a mortal asks for... And with Android N with is dual screen multitasking and the ability to reply directly from notifications among few others, the need of Touchwiz, UX, MIUI, Emotion and 'depression' etc would prove to be even more unnecessary... Motorola is the first to realize it with its pure edition phones, and I sure hope that others embrace it too...

17. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@GreenMan The fact that Android N will add those features doesn't mean TouchWiz will become unnecessary. TouchWiz also houses Samsung's exclusive features and keeps on adding great capabilities to a Samsung device each year. w***ever invested in Samsung's ecosystem will find TouchWiz necessary. "Motorola is the first to realize with it's pure Android editions" Samsung made a Galaxy S4 Google Play edition too. Heck, not everyone is a fan of stock Android. It's because of OEMs' custom interfaces - mainly TouchWiz - that the Android OS has gotten rich in features. You should thank those OEMs and notably Samsung to have made Android become what it is today, instead of bashing by calling their UIs unnecessary.

18. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Edit: who ever invested... PA changed my "whoever" to "w***ever" as if I was posting something offensive. smh

21. nexusisbest5

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Right on point. While stock android is great, many don't like and thats were other oem skins come in place. Instead of bashing other oem skins, we should appreciate the diversity because that is what makes android so great.

26. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

To what GreenMan said about android N being able to reply directly from notification, if your talking about texting I can do that now on 5.1.1 on my note 5.

13. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Good phones but the UI is hideous :(

14. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Why is LG so cheesy this year?

15. BAYmustafa

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

i would think of buying this if it had not had the worst desing.(not sorry for grammer mistekes)

19. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

BAYmustafa You're welcome in learning English. If you permit me to dish you a correction or two: grammar, not "grammer"; mistakes, not "mistekes". Not offense. You're welcome in expressing yourself in English. :)

20. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

No offense*

28. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

I didn't misspell that. Did I?

29. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Lol. Actually you did.

31. BAYmustafa

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

thank you fortaking your time and trying to help me with my English but as I said I'm not sorry for them.This is internet. the important thing is expressing yourself

23. techman82

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Lg good phones but ui cartoony

24. techman82

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

At least lg take risks and Samsung too

25. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Okay so the appdrawer is back, how about multiwindow feature? i've heard they remove this feature. LG becoming less like themself and more like iPhone, smaller screen, larger bezel, less feature & not to mention new accessories means more money to spend.

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