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LG brings SmartVideo eye recognition to Optimus G Pro

The new feature lets users play or stop video playback simply by looking at the smartphone.

The LG Optimus G Pro will soon receive a Value Pack software update.
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LG this week announced that Smart Video eye recognition will be coming to the LG Optimus G Pro. As part of an upcoming "Value Pack" software update, the feature will be made available for select future LG premium smartphones.

The Smart Video technology utilizes the front-facing camera to track the viewer's eyes to automatically control playback of videos. For example, looking away from the phone will cause the video to pause and returning your gaze will resume the clip.

In addition to the Smart Video feature, LG has introduced a dual-camera function that simultaneously snaps photos from the front-facing and rear cameras. Creating a picture-in-picture image, LG says this allows users to become part of the story and not just an observer.

Along with the aforementioned features, the LG Value Pack brings a number of other enhancements. Magic Remote Pad and Text Keypad add new functionality to the QRemote app, turning the handset into a remote control for LG Smart TVs.

A Smart LED indicator light that outlines the home button will glow various colors to let the user identify the source of incoming calls and messages. Rounding things out, LG is introducing the first Color Emoticons in an Android smartphone, creating a more personal experience for text messaging.

The timing of LG's announcement isn't surprising. Later today, Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S4, which is rumored to bring eye-tracking software.

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