LG Bakes Up New Optimus UI 3.0 For Ice Cream Sandwich Devices

When it comes to Android, it's all about skinning for partner OEMs. For Samsung, there's TouchWiz. For HTC, there's Sense. And for LG, there's an all new Optimus UI 3.0. The company is introducing its latest UI overhaul, which applies to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) devices. Among the new features is Quick Memo and "unique unlock features." The former enables users to jot notes on the screen using a finger, share their thoughts via social networks and keep tabs on life without having to turn to a PC or tablet.

Other new features include:

-- the ability to unlock the phone by dragging anywhere on the screen;
-- a new Pattern Lock that allows users to preset the most frequently used function, such as the camera, which automatically opens once the phone is unlocked;
-- a simpler version of Optimus UI 3.0 for new smartphone users which organizes the main applications so that they are the easiest to access;
-- a new Voice Shutter that allows users to capture photos using only voice commands;
-- a special camera feature that enables users to pick up the best shot among multiple images including the moment just before the shutter button is depressed;
-- an Icon Customizer that provides an additional level of personalization by allowing users to set their own photos as icons and shortcut images;
-- the addition of a Download category to the menu for easier organization.

Optimus UI 3.0 will debut on the LG Optimus LTE II launching this week in Korea, followed by LG Optimus 4X HD in June. Of course, with Android 5.0 to come shortly after, hopefully there's a followup build in the works as well.