LG V30 Gains UX 6.0+ With Floating Bar And Always-On Face Detection

LG is really hyping up the release of its upcoming V30 Android flagship. Rather than save all of the details surrounding the smartphone for its official unveil, LG has been dropping little nuggets of information here and there to satiate our short attention spans.

Today, LG announced that the UX 6.0+ interface will debut on the LG V30. UX 6.0+ is an overlay for the Android operating system and includes LG’s “special sauce”, so to speak, allowing the V30 to stand out from its peers. In this case, UX 6.0+ brings new features, including what’s called a Floating Bar.

LG V30 Floating Bar

The Floating Bar takes the place of the secondary screen that was found on the V20, and appears as an always-available, translucent bar that holds shortcuts to apps, actions, or system toggles. In essence, LG is using software to replicate some of the complexities and added hardware (and expense) of a secondary display.

UX 6.0+ also sees the arrival of Graphy, which is accessible through the camera’s Manual Mode. Users will be able to download a professionally-taken picture and apply its “style and mood” to your photos. In the case, you can apply settings like shutter speed, white balance, ISO and aperture to enhance your image (we’re assuming after it has already been taken).


LG has also made it easier to access different shooting modes with a “Create Movie” option that has been added to the Quick Video Editor. And since we live in a gif-o-rific society, you can quickly create GIFs from the Gallery menu.

Other features on tap for the V30 include always-on face detection, which can unlock your smartphone with your gorgeous mug even if the display is off. LG says that it doesn’t require you to press the power button to access the feature, and we’d assume that there’s is a negligible hit on battery life. You can also unlock your V30 using the sound of your voice and “self-generated keywords”, which give you yet another option to interact with your smartphone. This is powered by Qualcomm Aqstic voice UI technology.

Previous features that LG has announced for the V30 include a 6-inch P-OLED FullVision display (2880x1440) and the world’s first f/1.6 smartphone camera, which lets in 25 percent more light than a f/1.8 lens.