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LG debuts UX 4.0 Android layer ahead of G4 announcement

LG's next-gen custom software officially surfaces weeks before the company launches its next flagship smartphone.

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LG intros the software that will power its G4 smartphone. LG

LG, all too anxious to show off its refreshed custom mobile software experience, has officially begun teasing UX 4.0, its custom software layer for Android phones. Expected to debut on the upcoming flagship G4 smartphone, the new interface promises to be more streamlined and user-centric.

Among the changes for this fourth-generation software overlay are tweaks to the camera and gallery apps, as well as "smarter" alerts and notifications.

Quick Shot lets users double-click the volume-down button to quickly access the camera, even with the phone display powered off. Additionally, the photo gallery will automatically create albums based on common details such as time, date or location.

The Smart Board feature gathers data from a variety of apps and services and presents them in a home-screen widget. LG grabs the info from your calendars, music and health-related apps.

Smart Alerts can learn what sort of activities you might be into and will tailor the widgets and notifications thusly. Like to run or mountain bike? The G4 may be able to tell you the best time of day to get your workout on.

The G4 is widely expected to take center stage on April 28 at LG's press event.