LG yesterday unveiled its latest flagship device, the LG G3. While its impressive hardware got much of the attention, especially its 5.5-inch WQHD display, LG also unveiled a number of software features designed to make it easier to use smartphones. Among them is the LG G3 Smart Notice, designed to go beyond Google Now, by offering an additional degree of personalization.
Smart Notice will use parameters such as time of day, day of week, events, status of the phone and app usage to come up with the most relevant recommendations and reminders. LG gave a few basic examples of how it could work during the event but we’ve taken a closer look at what the ConciergeBoard app will offer. For example, knowing that rain was in the forecast, it would remind you to pack an umbrella. It would also remind you to return a call if you declined a call earlier and sent a text message that you would get back to the caller later.
By digging into the system dump file, we have found the list of recommendations that Smart Notice will be able to make based on different events. Here is what we came up with:
|New contact suggestions||Suggest a card when there are frequent calls to or from a number not saved to Contacts|
|Callback reminders||Suggest a card when no call is made after decline message is sent|
|Battery saver||Suggest a card when the battery is low|
|Birthday notifications||Provide notifications for birthdays saved in Calendar and Contacts|
|Smart Cleaning||Suggest cleaning temporary files|
|Memo reminders||Provide notifications about memos with time and location reminders|
|Smart Tips||Provide tips on how to use phone|
|Life square||Suggest past memories based on time and place|
|LG Health||Provides exercise status updates|
|Traffic notifications||Provide traffic info for commute|
|Weather alerts||Suggest a card when there is weather alert|
|PayPal||Provide notifications about shops nearby that accept payment or check in via PayPal|
|My places||Suggest changes to settings automatically and recommend apps based on location data?|
While some of these duplicate actions by Google Now, others are welcome additions. For example, Smart Cleaning should be useful to reclaim storage space used up by apps that you no longer use.
The LG G3 launched today in Korea. A global rollout that will see some 170 carriers offer it is set to follow in the coming weeks. While no Canadian carriers have yet announced their plans, a number of U.S. carriers have already done so.