LG: Knock to unlock for all!

LG: Knock to unlock for all!The jury’s still out on the LG G2’s rear volume and power buttons, with some finding the unorthodox positioning a tad awkward, but there’s one feature that’s pretty much unanimously hailed as beaut.

I speak of Knock, the feature what lets you tap the screen to lock/unlock it. LG says it’ll naturally be embraced by future LG smartphone releases – with an update also planned for L Series II devices.

It’s crazy to think that a feature like Knock never occurred to anyone before. Essentially, tapping the screen twice removes the need for the pressing of a physical button to lock or unlock. Easy.

Introduced with the LG G2, Knock has subsequently featured on the LG G Pad 8.3 and LG G Flex, with users of all three devices lapping it up.

As such, it’s not surprising to hear that Knock will become a “standard feature” in future LG smartphones and tablets – as announced in the LG Newsroom.

Furthermore, the LG L Series II range will be treated to Knock thanks to an imminent “global Maintenance Release upgrade”. It starts in January.

“Knock is distinctively an LG UX and a great example of what happens when you marry the latest in mobile technology with consumer-centric insights,” boasts Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile.

“No one ever thought that a power button needed to be improved until our engineers wondered why they couldn’t turn the entire screen into a power button.”

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rick77  Dec. 30, 2013 at 19:24

Erm, what about TouchControl, which has been on Play Store for ages, or how about the tap to wake feature on the Moto X? I was using this feature at the start of this year on my Nexus. Just sayin'...

Archduke Franz  Dec. 30, 2013 at 20:34

madstock  Dec. 30, 2013 at 22:18

Lumias have had this ages: http://www.phonedog.com/2013/04/11/upcoming-nokia-lumia-double-tap-to-wake-feature-shown-off-as-new-at-t-lumia-920-update-is-announced/

The N9 had it even before that; Asha handsets (or the 501 at least) also have the same.

Both myself and the missus leave it deactivated on our respective 1020's, but I suppose it's a case of horses for the proverbial courses.

lutin  Dec. 30, 2013 at 23:30

Erm, what about TouchControl, which has been on Play Store for ages, or how about the tap to wake feature on the Moto X? I was using this feature at the start of this year on my Nexus. Just sayin'...
TouchControl is only available on certain rooted devices (only about 4 devices) so not really a solution for most people.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 30, 2013 at 23:43

The Nokia N9?!?!? THIS was one of its big features. Then added to WP 8 on some Lumias.
So, ...

eb45hhdfnkds  Dec. 30, 2013 at 23:44

Ahh, but the LG implementation is called 'knock to unlock' this is something totally new. Nokia's old 'double tap to unlock' must be different in some way. Either that or these LG guys (and Lewis Curdie) have been living in a hole... so crazy that nobody every thought of it before!

BobALittle  Dec. 31, 2013 at 00:14

Also a feature on Sony Xperias. So really not that amazing.

hans11  Dec. 31, 2013 at 03:29

Innovative as hell.

This is the Nokia "Double Tap to wake feature", which is at least 5 years old.

Stop copying. Innovate !

DawnFench69  Dec. 31, 2013 at 09:41

Didn't Terry's chocolate orange have this feature in the 1980s?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2013 at 14:46

In Lewis' defense: Christmas robs us, on average, of 10-20 IQ points :p

I know for a fact that Lewis is aware of the N9's double-tap to unlock feature.
A lapse.

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