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LG UX vs. Stock Android – A Visual Comparison «Android :: Gadget Hacks



On the Internet, the mood is growing that stocks are the best on Android. Many people prefer the clean look of Google's vision for Android, but manufacturers like LG will add features and themes to stand out from the crowd. But these OEM skins, as they are called, are not always as presumptuous as you might think.

The skin used by LG devices is known as LG UX, and it made its debut on the LG G4. Previously it was known as Optimus UI, so it had plenty of time to grow – now it's actually a pretty polished surface.

We will take you on a visual tour of LG UX and compare it to the "stock Android" UI from the Google Pixel. While it's by no means Android, it's not as far as people would believe, and the changes are not all terrible. The screenshots are from the new LG G7 ThinQ, which ships with LG UX 6.0, the latest version of LG's skin based on Android 8.0 Oreo.

Lock Screen

Let's start with the menu that welcomes you every time wake up your phone. With LG UX 6.0, LG has made the background of notifications on the lock screen semi-transparent. You can still see the white background, but the lock screen wallpaper is also visible. Stock Android uses a solid white background that is not transparent at all.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

LG also changed the left quick launch app. While the lower right corner still shows the camera, the left side of Google Assistant changes to LG's LG app.

Home Screen

The default home screen for the LG G7 ThinQ has some notable changes on Android. Initially, LG decided not to adopt Pixel Launcher's new extended dock, which adds the Google search widget below the app's ranks. Instead, the search widget is separate from the docking station and is located directly above the app's row.

LG does not include Android "At a Glance" which displays the current date along with other relevant information such as the next calendar events, flight information and traffic information. Instead, LG opted for a weather widget from a weather app developed by them.

The default home screen has no app drawer. Instead, LG Home Launcher places all apps on the right. Each new app is also added on the home screen like on iOS. This change is far removed from Android stock, which allows all applications to access an app drawer that you saved with a swipe gesture.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

Located on the leftmost home AppFlash, a Google Now inspired app that displays a list of articles that you might be interested in. Popular Stock Android has the Google Now page, which not only has a list of articles, but also several tabs with other information contains. For example, Upcoming displays personal information such as reminders, flight information, and shuttle information. You can also hide items in your feed, unlike LG's AppFlash.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

If you want you can Swap AppFlash for a feature called Smart Bulletin. Smart Bulletin is a set of widgets that provide access to apps developed by LG, such as LG Health, Calendar and Music.

App Drawer

If you enable it, the app drawer in LG UX is still different than the stock. First, his apps are organized horizontally, so you have to swipe left to see more pages. Stock Android uses a vertical arrangement that requires a swipe up to reveal other applications.

The background on LG UX is much more transparent than the stock and shows the entire background image of the home screen. Stock Android uses either a white or black background, depending on the wallpaper (black wallpaper changes the background to black).

Notifications

Notifications are handled equally on both Android and LG UX – no changes reported here.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

Quick Settings

LG arranged the Quick Settings (QS) tiles in four columns compared to three App drawer adapts the background for the quick settings of the stick to the background image of the Startup screen. The background is also semitransparent (like the app drawer). LG uses a solid white background that is completely opaque.

The brightness control is also different. For LG UX, the slider is available only when QS first flips (if only the top six boxes are displayed), while the stick after the second swipe shows the slider. In addition, the slider is blue in stock Android, while LG uses a turquoise color.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

The tiles are with LG UX a slight shade of gray, and when activated, they switch to turquoise. Stock's tiles turn black with a white background when activated (or white with a black if a dark background image is selected.)

The gear icon in the LG Quick Settings (which starts settings) is in the top right corner instead of bottom right. In addition, the stock pen icon (which allows you to manipulate tiles) will be replaced by an "EDIT" button in the lower right corner of LG UX.

Multitasking User Interface and Split Screen

Unlike Android, LG has three ways to start the split screen. The first method long presses the Recent Apps button. Second, press the app in the multitasking view and drag it to the specified area to start the process. However, the third way (which the Android article does not have) is to press the icon to the left of the "X" on the last apps screen. If you select this button, the corresponding app will be moved to one side of the screen and you can select the second one in the multitasking view from the other apps.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

Share Menu

With LG G7 ThinQ Skin you will find four changes in the Share menu , The first is the background is now gray compared to Android's white background. Second, the symbols are rounded squares compared to the circles of the stock. Third, the stock menu itself is rounded at the corners, while stocks use sharp edges. After all, the direct sharing targets at the top of the menu are not subdivided into their own section – they're just additional options under your regular sharing targets.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

Settings

Settings is another area where LG made many changes Has. In particular, LG UX uses colors for the icons, while the stock uses gray for all icons. In addition, the text has the same gray color, while LG has decided on a black.

LG changed the name of options like "Security & Location" to "Lock Screen & Security". The order of the arrangement is also different. For example, "Sound" is the sixth option in stock, while LG made it third.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

The arrangement is also in each submenu differently, with network and Internet makes "Wi-Fi" the second option, while stock it has first.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

You will find too new options in both the primary settings menu and submenus. For the G7 ThinQ, there's a new option called "Extensions" that includes many of LG's new features like Floating Bar (a small set of apps that you can access from any screen) and KnockON (double-click to wake or sleep) managed.

LG UX 6.0

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(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo

With the three Finally, the tab view is an alternate set of preferences, with tabbed options organized in. This layout reduces LG's number of submenus so you can see them at first glance find what you need.

LG UX 6.0

Systemanimat

The only noticeable difference between system animations is the animation to close an app. Closing an app on LG UX 6.0 zooms in the middle, compared to stock slide-down animation.

(1) LG UX 6.0, (2) Stock Android 8.1 Oreo [19659055] Phone App

LG's Phone App uses a green and black color scheme with a white background , As with the Google Dialer app, the app is split using tabs, with the dialer as the first tab. LG includes adding a fourth tab, Groups . Stock App Android App uses a blue and white color scheme. The default rider is your favorite and is often referred to as a contact.

(1) LG Phone, (2) Google Phone [19659055] Messaging App

LG has also replaced Android news with its own messaging app. The most important visual difference is the color scheme in the main menu. Android news choose blue and white, while LG has chosen orange and white. While you're in a news thread, Android messages will change colors according to the image of that contact.

(1) LG Messaging, (2) Android News

What do you think of LG UX 6.0? Is it close enough to store Android for you, or is it too far away? Let us know in the comments below and tell us which skins to compare next.

Cover Picture and Screenshots by Jon Knight / Gadget Hacks

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