LG talks about some of the UI features you can expect from the V30
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LG's latest newsroom post has unveiled what we can expect from the V30's user interface, named UX 6.0+. The latest handset in the company's premium V series is replacing one of its most recognizable physical features with a virtual equivalent and is doubling down on its photo-taking capabilities, among other additions.
Let's start with the the biggest visible change: the secondary screen (or lack thereof). The ticker-like display that gave you access to your notifications and app shortcuts on the LG V10 and V20 is gone. In its place is a new "Floating Bar", a transparent widget of sorts that rests on the edge of your screen and can be pulled out at anytime to let you access your most used apps and functions. If you don't want to see it all, you can simply flick it off the screen at will. Is the Floating Bar a more convenient and useful feature than the secondary display? We'll have to reserve judgement on it until we can see it in action.
News of a different sort on the picture-taking front. Graphy is the V30 camera's new attraction, and it promises to make taking great-looking photos a snap. Basically, it's a collection of different camera presets that any user can apply while in Manual mode to achieve a particular style or look with their photos. It should be especially useful for budding photographers who want to take professional-looking pics but aren't exactly sure of how to fiddle with the different camera settings, such as exposure, white balance, or shutter speed. The V30's camera also makes it easier to create GIFs, and the new Quick Video Editor lets you make movies from the videos and photos saved in your gallery.
The V30's Always-On Display is similar to that on the Galaxy S8. It can show you the time, the music you're playing, a photo, or handy shortcuts even while off. Thank the new OLED display for that one.
A pair of new gimmicks form part of the phone's security features. Face Recognition lets you unlock your phone by looking at, even when the screen is off. The front-facing camera is responsible for this ability, as it seems to track your face when you're in close proximity to your device. Voice Recognition uses Qualcomm Aqstic (pronounced "Acoustic") technology in conjunction with your voice pattern and a set phrase to unlock your phone. As with Face Recognition, this feature is also always on. LG claims that power consumption is not a worry. Concerns about privacy might be, though.
Finally, haptic feedback, or vibration, can be customized to "match to the phone's ringtone," so you always know who's calling or texting you even without looking at your phone.