LG G3 Tip: Changing the Look of the App Switcher

The LG G3 has on-screen navigation buttons in a traditional Android layout, but that doesn’t mean that LG still didn’t find a way to make things their own. I’m talking about the app switcher, which LG customized in the most awkward of fashions. Fortunately for all, it can be adjusted in ways that make it much more useful.

When tapped out of the box, the LG G3 app switcher displays up to nine recently used apps in a layout similar to what you would find on the HTC One (M8). These are full previews of the previously used apps laid out in a grid, though LG went ahead and put the most recently used one in the top left corner, which would be furthest away from your thumb should you be using your right hand. If you ask me, the most recently used app should always be at the bottom or in the bottom right corner, depending on the layout.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Using One Handed Operation

Following our tip on how to customize the navigation button setup on the LG G3, we wanted to make sure you all knew that you could set your new phone up for one handed operation as well. For me, this is an option that will always be enabled.

Setting your phone up for one handed operation allows you to still use the oversized G3 in one hand, meaning the keyboard can be pulled to one side or the other to make for quick typing, the dialer can jump from side-to-side depending on the hand you are using, and even your lock screen can be adjusted so that you won’t need two hands to enter your PIN.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Customizing Navigation Buttons

Even though we have had a Korean version of the LG G3 for a number of weeks, we held off on fully diving into the device because well, it was the Korean variant. Those models tend to be quite different than the versions released in the US. Features will change (or be omitted), plus wireless connectivity is never great when running international models on our networks, so reviewing them is absolutely silly. Thankfully, AT&T released their variant last week and the rest of the major US carriers plan to have the phone available by this Friday. That means, in case you didn’t guess, that it is time for us to show you all of the tips and tricks to make your experience the best, should you happen to buy one.

The first thing we are going to look at is the navigation button setup. This time around, LG gave us a traditional button layout of Back-Home-Recent Apps, but you can tweak the layout of it or add new buttons to quickly complete other tasks. You can add buttons for accessing the notification shade, QuickMemo, QSlide, and even Dual Window. You can change the color of the navigation area, decide if you want it to be transparent on the home screen, and even have it hide while in specific apps unless called upon.  (more…)

Yes, Verizon’s LG G3 has a Removable Battery

Shortly after Verizon’s variant of the LG G3 went up for pre-order last Thursday, just as we said it would, potential owners of the device grew concerned over the idea that it may not feature a removable battery. I’m not actually sure where this got started, but I can confirm for you today that the device does indeed have a removable battery. When asked by us, Verizon’s media contact for devices, Albert Aydin, sent over the picture below along with a note mentioning that it is “100%, definitely removable.”

He also Tweeted it, in case you don’t believe us.

Feel better?  (more…)

AT&T LG G3 Unboxing and Hands-on

The LG G3 might seem like old news, but for American buyers, it is anything but old. The device is finally available through AT&T and Sprint, with in-store availability on T-Mobile and Verizon beginning next week. We decided to pop over to an AT&T retail store to pick one up, considering that the G3 model we previously had was a Korean unit.

The specifications are the exact same as the Korean model, with the device featuring a glorious 5.5″ QHD display (2560 x 1440), Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a massive 13MP rear-facing camera with laser auto-focus, Bluetooth 4.0, 3,000mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box. To sum up the G3 in one word – beast(more…)

Sprint LG G3 Now Up for Pre-order, $199 on Two-year Agreement (Updated)

While pre-orders have been up through Verizon for the LG G3 since yesterday, and the device is now officially available at AT&T, Sprint’s own G3 is now up for pre-order. Priced at the same point as the AT&T model, customers can opt for either a $199, two-year agreement or the carriers’ Easy Pay plan of $0 down and 24 months of $25 equal payments.  (more…)

LG Smart Keyboard Update Rolling Out to G3 Owners Later This Month

The keyboard that you use with a device may not get a lot of attention, but is still a very important part of your overall user experience. LG is looking to greatly improve experiences of using the keyboard on their already well-designed G3, with a new update that is set to roll out later this month.

This update features a long list of upgrades and enhancements, some of which we have seen on other keyboards, but a few that LG will be proud to offer on their devices.  (more…)