Much of the G3’s charm is in the hardware—and especially because of that 5.5-inch Quad HD screen. But the company also spent plenty of time talking about the handset’s new software features, among which LG is calling Smart Security. These are smaller features LG has built in order to make your device more secure, and hopefully less prone to getting stolen while you’re out in public. The biggest inclusion is a Kill Switch, which has become a buzz term for politicians and carriers attempting to combat theft.
Up first is the G3’s Knock Code feature, which allows users to unlock their device with a pattern of taps. Got a particularly fresh beat in mind? Knock it to yourself on the G3, and your handset will magically unlock itself. The KnockON capabilities are there, too, enabling users to wake the display to easily check the time, though the custom Knock Code feature puts you right into your home screen.
There’s also a feature LG has dubbed Content Lock, which keeps personal files safe and hidden from view when sharing the G3 with friends, LG said. For example, if your device is connected to a PC, Content Lock prevents file previews so nobody snoops on your private data; locked files can either live on a microSD card or the G3 directly.
As for the Kill Switch, LG said users will be able to disable their device remotely in the event of theft or loss; you can wipe it, lock and more, and there is even antivirus scanning software onboard, protecting you from the Wild West of Android apps.
Maybe not features everyone will use on a daily basis, but if you take your security seriously, some of the new G3 features will help put you at ease. In addition to some of the more under appreciated software features, the G3 also sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, 13-megapixel camera with IOS+ and a removable 3000mAh battery. The G3 will hit all four major U.S. carriers later this summer.