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LG G2 Allows for Customizing the Notification Toggles and Navigation Button Layout


In our hands-on video with the new G2, you might have seen LG’s take on a notification pulldown. Needless to say, it’s a bit cluttered. Luckily for potential buyers, you can highly customize the system toggles and shortcuts that are featured, so at least we know that apps you don’t even use won’t be taking up valuable display real estate on a daily basis. 

In the video below, an LG rep goes over how you can customize not only the pulldown notification bar, but the actual system navigation button setup that comes on the G2. You can choose different layouts for your Home and Back buttons, as well as add a button for Quick Memo and other apps. Smooth move, LG.

  • Steve Bush

    I have this thing, and it might be TOO MUCH customization for most. Question. CAn I customize the back buttons. Can’t find where to do that?

  • NemaCystX

    The hardware is gorgeous but the software is atrocious…

    Root that baby and get some custom ROM goodness on there with useful soft keys

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    This is one of the sexiest phones I have ever seen and that screen was beautiful I’m just waiting to see how the note 3 comes out and if its not better than this I’m going with lg this time around everybody deserves a chance and this phones look alone might just earn it one from me.


    tisk tisk, why you no video face

  • TheWenger

    But you still can’t add a “recents” button like on stock from what I’ve seen.

    • BobbyG

      Unlock, Root, Rom..Done

      • geedee82

        Is the bootloader unlockable?

      • TheWenger

        Well yes obviously. Dev support would make me interested in this device.

  • shelderman

    LG’s ui is butt ugly

  • pookietookie

    So…bootloader status? Let’s throw some custom ROMS on this badass hardware and ditch LG software nastiness. AOKP ftw.

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmmm. Cool. Doesn’t save the otherwise terrible UI. Good to see OEMs taking a hint from the dev community though.

  • rfranken

    wow. I want this phone.

    • hkklife

      Same here. I am not a fan of the UI BUT these are genuinely useful tweaks. And last I checked (Optimus G Pro), LG’s skin wasn’t QUITE as resource-heavy as Sense or Touchwiz.

  • Chris King

    Ui is ugly but with those specs you could throw a 3rd party launcher on it with an aosp theme and not slow down a bit.

  • EatUrCrap

    I seriously hate LG’s UI. My main reasons for liking the Moto X is that it’s almost completely stock, and everything Motorola changed is an improvement. Also the G2 is just too damn big.

  • LGG2

    Tim: Can I ask you a couple of questions?
    LG Rep: Go for it.
    Tim: Can you customize the notification toogles and nav bar?
    LG Rep: Yes, just like so….
    Tim: Awesome! Question 2: What are you doing later tonight? 😉 I’m from Droid-Life. We’re kinda like a big deal.

    • Ha! Good one.

      • michael arazan

        This is a Job For Tim’s Hansom Alter Ego Rim!!

    • onlygoodtime88

      i love it

    • sirosteen

      $85 an hour!
      Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts,
      2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And whats awesome is Im working from
      home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went, http://www.bar28.ℂom

  • I don’t want to customize the notification shades settings – I want to get rid of them.

    • Weber

      I wonder what happens if you uncheck all of them?

      • I would laugh so hard if it kept the edit icon there and it wouldn’t collapse that space to make room for actual notifications

        • JasonIvers

          I would be somewhat surprised if that DIDN’T happen.

      • FBI knocks down your door, and you get sent overseas to put together iPhones.

        • NIGHTSCOUT


  • Back2Back

    Unless stock google I always throw nova launcher on my phones

    • Cory_S

      Nova can’t fix that nav bar and notification pull down

      • Back2Back

        Tru!! That’s where I go with the root method

        • Cory_S

          Root probably can’t fix the notification pull down without some heavy customization. More than likely you’d need to ROM it, and that is a whole new can of worms. Some people love to ROM. I can’t stand it, things get way too buggy.

  • DoShe

    Do. Not. Want. This phone is over 42 years old.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Wow, do the quick settings really take up 1/2 the notification shade??

    I think I just threw up a little….

    • panicswhenubered

      I wonder if you can remove the Qslide Apps bar from notifications. That would help a little.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        A little, but with the volume buttons on the back, they really need to have the volume slider, thought I think the brightness bar is a bit more than necessary.

      • ranjitbhaskar

        I was wondering about exactly the same thing. What if I don’t want to have the Qslide apps section displayed in the notification screen at all to reduce clutter? Is this possible? Does someone know?

  • Tyler Durden

    On screen button and beast specs…..and people still complain. Good ol Merica

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      There will always be something that people don’t like. And I swear, if the UI is at all janky with those beast specs, there should be hell to pay for LG.

      However, since it probably won’t be released for another 2 months, no need to worry for now.

      • Justin Barrett

        The S4 still lags with beast specs. That’s what happens when you focus too much on hardware: can’t implement the software correctly.

        • Cory_S

          Samsung focused a ton on software…just look at all their benchmark optimizations 🙂

          • Justin Barrett

            Please tell me that’s sarcasm. If so, good one!

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          They really talked up working with Qualcomm and optimization, so I’m hoping. Though, given their track record, I’m not expecting much.

    • Cory_S

      On screen buttons that use a menu button. I mean, it’s like they’re trolling us.

      • C-Law

        I like the way cyanogenmod has implemented these features to customize either the nav keys or notification menu. Sure would be nice if a phone company would just release a phone with cm on board already

      • ramifications

        In the video you can see that you can customize the on-screen nav buttons to add or remove the menu button or even rearrange the order of (back, home, menu or multi) etc.

        • Greyhame

          I don’t think removing the menu button is an option. You can add/remove buttons for a notification toggle or quick memo, and reverse the order. That’s all I’m seeing. Well, besides some lag on LG’s skin. How is that even possible with these specs?!?

          • ssj4Gogeta

            They must have worked really hard to ensure the lag.

        • ceejw

          There is no option to add a multitasking button.

      • Techy

        The talked about how they wanted to make things easier in terms of multi- tasking and they put “menu” instead of multi tasking button on the bottom

  • kelly

    Looking at that atrocious UI gives me the shivers.

    • Scott Huddleston

      Your holding it wrong, that’s the front facing camera.

  • tyguy829

    How is a recent apps button not in any of those layouts? wtf LG

    • Cory_S

      When I saw this I thought for sure there would be a recents option…and ideally a AOSP like setup with Back, Home, Recents, and only menu if needed (The whole point of a soft nav bar…its dynamic) But…this is crap.

    • Techy

      I agree, that may not be a big deal for many, but it killed it for me. I mean they talked about how they wanted to make multi-tasking easier, but no multi-tasking button.

    • MSmith79

      It’s mind boggling. It’s literally killed the phone for me. And it seems like every manufacturer is following suit for flagship phones.

      • Tyler

        While i agree with that point, LG is the only one at this point that could fix it later if they wanted to. Onscreen buttons FTW!

  • Chris

    Does one of the options include the multitasking icon?

    • Justin W

      Based on the what I saw, no 🙁

  • dtraini30

    Does it allow you to remove LG’s UI? 😉

    I mean at least can you de-clutter the notification bar? Or, I don’t know, add the freaking task switcher!? Cmon LG.

  • stacey

    Price. Price. Price…Now

    • cmonnats23

      Can’t imagine it being more than 300 on contract. To compete with the S4 and HTC One it can’t be over 300.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Hah, when is Google going to put in customization of the navigation bar? It should have been standard from day one, but I guess with Google we can never expect things to be standard from day one. Maybe in Key Lime Pie? :/

    • dtraini30

      I mean what would you add? I think the stock Android layout is fine as it is.

      • Justin W

        Well, I would change it so we have control over what apps show in that menu, and I’d also make it uniform (tap to toggle, hold to settings instead of randomly doing whatever Google thought necessary).

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Yeah, it sure is, but still, being able to add more or change the position of those default buttons etc would be great. They’re really missing out by not allowing customization on it, though yeah, I don’t count it as a majorly lacking feature. Would be good to have though.

        • dtraini30

          Understandable! Google could market such optional features as being another way to make it your device, not LG’s, Apple’s, Samsung’s, etc.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        torch and rotation lock

        • dtraini30

          Well rotation lock is in the quick settings in the notification bar, so maybe they just add a torch toggle in there. I would LOVE that.

          • Abhijeet Mishra

            Rotation lock isn’t there in stock Android. That and ability to slide the status bar to change brightness are two features I miss from custom ROMs, hehe.

          • evltwn

            Rotation lock has been in stock Android since 4.2.2. Same with auto brightness.

          • Abhijeet Mishra

            No rotation lock. Auto brightness is, but not the option to slide status bar.

          • evltwn

            did you look at the pic? Stock N7. Rotation Locked.

          • Abhijeet Mishra

            Well, then it seems it’s not there on phones? That’s taken on stock 4.3 on a Nexus 4, no rotation lock button is available.

          • evltwn

            Hard to believe that it would only be available on the tablets, but if that’s the case, I stand corrected.

          • ToddAwesome

            I bet you’re sitting though.

          • Adrynalyne

            Rotation lock is tablet only unless modified in the code.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            oh excuse me, that must be a tablet only thing.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Apple nailed it with the command center. I think Google will redesign quick settings simply because adjusting the brightness is still too many steps.
            I mean we need a calculator and torch quick launch thing.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Apple essentially copied Android with this but ok

          • Chippah

            thanks RON!

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            yeah i know, i’m not an apple fan, but they did this much right. I just wanna see a redesign for android.

          • feres13

            He’s right, LG’s notification shade is cluttered, why is half the space wasted? Shouldn’t QSlide apps be in recent apps? And why is there a volume slider? because LG realised that back buttons are stupid? And the brightness slider and toggles should be implemented like stock android. Would there be room for 2 notifications if the 1st was expanded? Apple’s was smart to seperate data and controls. I wake up sometimes in the morning with like 10-15 notifications and this would simply be unusable.

          • Higher_Ground

            I agree. ASUS had a custom skin (minimal) for their transformer tablets on ICS that included a slider in the notification panel for brightness. When they updated to JB you had the option of keeping the old notifications or moving to the new tablet style. I kept the old one because I liked the brightness slider among other things. Would be nice to see it standard.

      • Sirx

        I’ll take “When will Google learn the difference between Quick TOGGLES and Quick Shortcuts to Settings in their notification panels?” for $1000.

    • mustbepbs

      Nexus devices are all about the stock Android experience.

      Yes, it’s plain and boring. Yes, you do miss out on the cool customization that OEMs bring to the table. Yes, a lot of these tweaks add really useful stuff.

      Wait..what were we talking about? Stock Android ain’t as cool as it used to be.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        It’s still extremely cool for how quick and smooth it is, how updates come instantly, but yeah, it’s not the best thing to have anymore.

      • I think Nexus devices are awesome because they are so easy to flash ROMS on. They always have great dev support for this reason as well.

        Plus, you’ve always got stock android to fall back on if you get tired of ROMs.

        • mustbepbs

          Custom ROMs have all their own issues though. And a lot of them get worse when updates are released. I was excited at the idea of them when I first got my few Android phones, but now they are way more hassle than they’re worth. So many issues will be “fixed in the next build”.

          No thanks. My HTC DNA works like a charm and is super fast right out of the box with tons of features that aren’t on stock.

      • Justin Barrett

        All stock Android really needs is the ability to add/edit status bar toggles and power menu options. Other than that it’s great as is. Most ROMs have this anyway (AOKP M2 implements this perfectly).

  • RoadsterHD1

    Now that is really something. I like that

  • RoadsterHD1

    Hey Tim, get us a AnTuTu or Quadrant score on that puppy