Monday, April 4, 2016

LG G5: First 10 Things You Should Do

When you buy a new phone, like the LG G5, you are excited about your future ahead, but you may also be somewhat overwhelmed at all that is new, especially if it has been a couple of years since you last upgraded. For example, coming from an HTC One M7 or Galaxy S4 to a G5 is a major leap forward. The skin LG uses is different, the features they include have changed dramatically, Marshmallow is a thing, and there are fingerprint sensors involved in all sorts of Android areas now.

To help you get started with your new G5, we thought we’d follow up one of our most popular Galaxy S7 posts with a similar set of tips on the first 10 things you should do. You’ll notice that the 10 items are quite similar to those on the S7 and that’s because phone manufacturers are really building very similar phones these days, only with slight differences here and there.

So let’s do this – here are the first 10 things you should do with your LG G5. 

1. Toss in a microSD card

Because the LG G5 is limited to just 32GB of onboard storage and you will fill that up quickly once you start loading up apps and taking 16MP or 8MP pictures, you should toss in a microSD card immediately. The G5 supports up to 2TB cards, but those don’t exactly exist. Feel free to dive into a 200GB or 128GB card, if you don’t want to have to swap out cards in the next couple of years. Both can be had for under $60 at Amazon if you look on the right day. Like, here is a 128GB PNY card for $30 at the time of this post.

To access the G5’s microSD slot, pop out the phone’s SIM card tray that is located on the right side panel. Once opened up, you will see where the SD card and its unique shape sit. Insert, push the tray back in, and be sure to tell your G5’s camera to store pictures on the card.

2. Setup fingerprints for multiple fingers

The LG G5 has a fingerprint sensor on top of its power button, which is situated on the back of the phone. It’s a really good fingerprint sensor that can read your finger quite quickly, especially since it can read in a capacitive like way, without the need to press a button.

You should set up a couple of fingers, like your two index fingers to start, because then you can keep a secure lock screen in place, but still unlock your phone in either hand within seconds.

The fingerprint settings are located in the main settings menu under “Fingerprints & security.”

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3. Setup Knock Code too

Since the fingerprint sensor of the G5 is located on the back of the phone, it becomes hard to unlock the phone when it’s sitting on a desk, unless you take advantage of LG’s Knock Code software. With Knock Code, you can tap out a pattern on the lock screen to unlock the phone without ever picking it up or touching a button.

You’ll find the setup for Knock Code in “Lock screen” settings, which takes you through the steps, but the basics are that you need to tap six times in at least 3 of 4 quadrants on the phone to get it secure enough. Once in place, along with your fingerprints, you’ll have a pretty convenient and secure phone.

4. Learn the quick launch buttons and double-tap-to-wake

A couple of years ago, LG realized that items like the volume buttons on a smartphone can be used as shortcuts to perform other tasks when the phone is sitting idle. For one, you can double tap the volume up button to get into their Capture+ screen, which is a handy way to jot down a quick note or phone number or million dollar idea. You can also double tap the volume down button to launch the camera, so that you will never miss an opportunity to capture a meaningful moment.

But LG’s biggest software addition continues to be its double-tap-to-wake action on the screen. A simple double tap wakes your phone, while another double tap puts it back to sleep. This may not seem like a big deal, but once you use an LG phone for an extended period of time, you’ll wish that every single phone had this included. It’s brilliant, actually, since we often just want to take a look at a clock, notifications or battery status without fully picking up a phone.

5. Turn on always-on display

With the LG G5, like the Galaxy S7, you get a feature called Always-On Display. It’s another of those simple new features that really makes a lot of sense in the efficiency department. By having an always-on display, you can check the time, date, and see if you have notifications without ever touching your phone. It could save you hundreds of unlocks in a day, something we probably all need help with.

LG’s always-on display can be found in Display settings and is likely turned off out of the box, so be sure to turn it on. LG doesn’t think it’ll destroy your battery life in a day and I would tend to agree after testing the phone for a few weeks now.

6. Install a new launcher

I don’t typically tell you to install a 3rd party home launcher on your new phone, because it’s probably worth testing out the launcher that a manufacturer has included. After all, they should know their software the best and have probably tailored the launcher experience to take advantage of their phone’s features. However, the LG home experience is so bad right now, since the launcher doesn’t even have an app drawer, that we can’t help but tell you to go try something available on Google Play. Try Google’s launcher or Nova or Action, anything but what LG has included.

I’ve already written an entire post on the subject and even gave you a bunch of examples of launchers that are worth a look, so be sure to read that post if you need to know more.

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7. Disable bloatware

If you bought an LG G5 from a carrier, you’ll have some bloatware to disable. T-Mobile isn’t including a ton, but AT&T has gone next-level with crap. From DirecTV spam and backup apps, you may just want to take the phone back within minutes of that first boot because of AT&T’s greed and LG’s failure to standup to it. Try to contain yourself, though, as a disable feature on Android will help you hide a lot of this stuff going forward and will get you the phone experience you wish carriers would let you have out of the box.

To disable apps, head into Settings>Apps to find the apps you want to kill off. Once you find one, tap on it and then look for the “Disable” button.

8. Customize your quick toggles

The notification and quick toggles shade on the LG G5 can be fully customized to your liking. I highly suggest you take a minute to get it setup the way you think will be the most efficient. For me, that’s by turning off the volume slider, screen and file sharing buttons, moving the quick toggles around so that WiFi, Bluetooth, Rotation, DND, and Flashlight are always available, and moving out options for Capture+ and Data. Obviously, your setup may be quite different, but that’s the beauty here. LG gives you options, but also lets you decide what should be where.

To get into the edit screen for the notification shade, pull it down and look for the button in the top right of the screen next to the settings button. Depending on the G5 model, it’s either a pencil icon and a 3-dotted icon with arrows. Tap on it to enable box checking/unchecking and icon drag-and-dropping.

9. Setup a Smart setting or two

On the G5, LG included a feature called “Smart setting” that is a lot like Motorola’s Moto Actions (RIP). The thought here is that you can set your phone to automate tasks depending on where you are or what you are doing. For example, you could have your phone turn Bluetooth on and the volume up as you leave home or turn WiFi on and sound setting to “vibrate” when you return. You could also launch Google Play Music when you insert headphones or tell the phone to open Runkeeper the minute your running watch is connected over Bluetooth device.

You’ll find these options all under “Smart settings” in the main settings menu.

10. Charge up a spare battery

Part of the reason you bought an LG G5 is for the removable battery, right? Well, make sure you always have one charged up. While I can’t necessarily say that I’ve missed having a phone with a removable battery, in my last few days of testing, I can’t help but admit that it sure is convenient, having a fully charged battery ready to go at the end of the day when I’m around 30% and know that I may not make it through the night. Instead of finding a charger and attaching myself to a cable for an hour, all I need to do with the G5 is swap out the battery and get back to enjoying life without cords.

If you bought an LG G5 already, then be sure to claim your free extra battery and battery cradle at this LG site.

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3 Android Games Worth Owning: Alto’s Adventure, Lost in Harmony, and One More Dash

It’s only early April, but already, plenty of new games have been hitting Google Play, swooping mobile gamers up out of their daily lives, placing them in fantastical realms of imagination, wonder, and excitement. Being quite the fan of mobile gaming, as well as console gaming, it has been a real joy watching many premium titles be made available for mobile devices, lifting up the entire Android platform as a whole. Whether you are an intense player with a game controller accessory, or maybe just a porcelain throne warrior looking for 10 minutes of enjoyment, there is something for everyone on Google Play.

The latest three games I have compiled land right in the middle for everyone. As a fan of more intense titles, Alto’s Adventure has been a real treat or me, as it’s the perfect mix of challenge and relaxation. Nothing beats carving down a mountainside. In addition, One More Dash will give the compulsive crowd something to cheer about, while Lost in Harmony is made for those who might want to escape for 30 minutes to an hour. Regardless of your play style, one of these three titles should suit you.

Here are 3 Android games worth owning. 

Alto’s Adventure

Easily my favorite release of 2016, Alto’s Adventure is probably as close as I will ever be to having Tiny Wings for Android. In this game, you play a snowboarder racing down a mountainside, all while collecting escaped llamas and outrunning mountain elders. As you race, you collect coins, used for the purchasing of power ups. These power ups will help you survive for longer during your runs.

When you complete challenges (3 challenges per level), you get closer to unlocking new characters. To unlock a new character, you must complete 10 levels, equating to 30 challenges. Each character has their own set of abilities, whether it be better speed, faster flips, and higher bounces. Once you reach level 50, which I did not too long ago, you unlock your very own mountain elder who contains all the abilities of the previous characters. Essentially, he’s the greatest snowboarder of all time. Sorry, Ross Powers.

Alto’s Adventure is completely free to download, and the in-app purchases it features are completely useless. I highly recommend you stay away from those. However, as a pro tip, if you die during your run, you can watch an ad video for 15 seconds, then respawn at that same position. When attempting to complete challenges and go for long distances, this can be extremely clutch.

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Lost in Harmony

Back in February, I discovered Lost in Harmony. On Google Play, it already had thousands on downloads and a high rating, so I was excited to see what the apparent hype was all about. Let me tell you, if you enjoy listening to good tunes and getting into a rhythm while playing a mobile game, there is no better title than Lost in Harmony.

At first, the gameplay is quite simple. You tap on the screen when instructed to, while also trying to evade oncoming cars that are attempting to mow you down. Mind you, all of this is being done while you are on a skateboard with a girl riding on your back. Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Is it a lot of fun? Totally. With that said, the way that the gameplay syncs with the accompanying music does wonders for the imagination, as you go from one scenic level to another. The better you time your taps and evasions, the better everything syncs and the longer you will survive on that skateboard.

The game is free to download, although, the initial download from Google Play is just a short portion of the game. Via an in-app purchase, the complete title can be purchased for $3.99.

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One More Dash

From the same studio that gave us One More Line, One More Dash is a relatively explosive sequel to the original. While One More Line can be somewhat slow-paced at times, depending on how you play, One More Dash is all about the utilization of rhythm and timing. As you tap your ball forward to new rings, evading obstacles and spinning spikes, you are in a race against your incoming death.

The overall objective is the same: get your little ball as far as it can go, competing against your friends to see who can go the furthest. One More Line also had a killer little soundtrack, and thankfully, so does One More Dash.

Being just as addictive as the first, I highly recommend this time killer. You can grab it for free on Google Play.

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Know of a game better than these? Please, share them below.

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Reminder: Verizon’s $20 Upgrade Fee Went Live Today

Just a quick reminder, but because today is April 4 and the go-live date for Verizon’s latest fee introduction, be prepared going forward to pay an extra $20 when you buy a new phone at Verizon with a device payment plan or at full retail. This is Verizon’s new “upgrade fee” that was confirmed last week

Because Verizon was looking for help covering their “increased support costs associated with customers switching devices,” you now get to pay extra for the right to pay them for a phone. Just know that Verizon isn’t the only carrier with an asinine upgrade fee – both Sprint ($36) and AT&T ($15) have them as well.

What a world we live in.

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Huawei P9 to Come Equipped With Dual Leica Shooters

In late February, Huawei and Leica announced a partnership that would reinvent smartphone photography. Details were scarce by what was exactly meant, since smartphone photography has already matured by leaps over the years, but with the latest leak of a render for the Huawei-made P9, it appears that the reinvention of smartphone photography equates to dual rear-facing cameras. 

As shown in the below render, we have the upcoming Huawei P9, complete with Leica branding and two rear-facing cameras (Leica co-developed sensors, presumably). To compare the design to another device you might be familiar with, it’s extremely similar to the Nexus 6P.

At this time, no exact specifications are known for the P9, though rumors suggest the device will feature a 5.2″ 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, plus the 12MP dual rear-facing shooter setup that should support OIS. Most folks probably already know our stance on dual camera setups, but to sum it up, we don’t think it adds much benefit for users. For example, Samsung has long had a few of the best cameras available on a smartphone, and they only need to use one sensor. Even the Huawei-made Nexus 6P delivers stunning camera work with just a single camera.

What’s your take on the dual camera setup?

Huawei P9

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Android Auto Available in 18 New Countries

Seeing a flag for your country in the tweet below? Then you now have access to Android Auto. Enjoy. 

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Google Play App Icons are Getting Updated for a More “Consistent Look”

Announced today, Google is updating specific app icons to bring a more “consistent look” for the Play platform, with the Google Play button getting centerstage. As shown off on the Android blog, we should expect to see changes for Play Store, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Games, Play Books, and Play Newsstand. 

To be clear, these changes will only affect the major Google apps that are associated with Google Play. That means we won’t see a new icon for Google Voice, Hangouts, Google+, Google Calendar, Gmail, or anything like that. These changes are for the apps specifically associated with the branches of Google Play.

For a little bit of a comparison, the old look for the majority of the changing icons are shown in the image below, while the incoming icons are shown in the header image above. Google states that the new icons will come within the next few days, and rollout will continue over the next few weeks.

Take a look at the new icons, then share your first impressions below. As for me, I like them quite a bit.

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April’s Android Security Update Kicks Off Today With Factory Images

This morning, Google kicked off the release of April’s security patch by pushing out factory images of the update for supported Nexus devices. As of right now, we are seeing new images for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013, WiFi and LTE), and Nexus 10.

Nexus 6P and 5X are seeing Android 6.0.1, build “MHC19Q,” while the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (LTE), Nexus 7 (2013, LTE), and Nexus 5 are getting “MMB29X.” The Nexus Player, Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 7 (2013, WiF) are getting “MOB30D.” In addition, the Nexus 10 is seeing Android 5.1.1 “LMY49J.”

You can grab each image at the link below. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go.

Factory Image Link

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Beta Access Available to BlackBerry Priv Owners for Marshmallow Testing

If you are the owner of a BlackBerry Priv and are tired of waiting for the Marshmallow update, BlackBerry has opened up beta access for a handful of owners, allowing testers to get their hands on software updates well ahead of public rollout. In the latest stage of the beta program, BlackBerry is granting access to Marshmallow, the upcoming update for the Priv that includes Android 6.0+, as well as additional privacy tweaks that will make your Priv’s data more safe than ever. 

BlackBerry jests in its announcement, “It’s no wonder that so many are calling for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as it adds some great, new features to Android.” Well, no crap, BlackBerry. Once updated to Marshmallow, users gain access to Now on Tap, Doze, comprehensive app permissions, streamlined settings, auto backup for apps, and much more. Additionally, BlackBerry details that owners will gain access to future security updates, before they rollout via the monthly security updates.

In order to gain access, BlackBerry notes that folks who purchased their Priv through Amazon, Carphone Warehouse, and BlackBerry’s website will be the first to get accepted into the program. For those who purchased the Priv through a carrier, you will not be accepted immediately. Also, there is limited space, so if you are interested, you better follow that link below quickly.

To take part in the Zone program, sign-up here.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Get Big Updates Today

On your T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, feel free to jump through to Settings>About phone>Download updates manually, to check for an update, because you should have one waiting for you. Each phone is getting an update today that enhances voice services, updates Samsung Pay, optimizes battery, and improves overall performance. 

The updates are rolling out as software version UVU2APC8 for both phones, though they do weigh in differently depending on the model. The regular Galaxy S7 is seeing a 215MB update, while the S7 Edge is getting an update at around 146MB.

The full changelogs look like this (which we combined from T-Mobile’s support site and the pop-up for the update):

  • Enhanced voice services
  • Samsung Pay updates
  • Various system improvements
  • The stability of Recording video has been improved
  • Overall device performance has been improved
  • Battery life has been optimized
  • The security of your device has been improved
  • Device stability improvements, bug fixes

Again, the updates are live now, so go grab them!

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Reminder: T-Mobile Customers, Claim Your Free Season of MLB TV Premium

It was announced by T-Mobile last month that the company would be providing a free season of MLB TV Premium to all customers who choose to claim the promo. As a reminder to all baseball fans, you can claim your free season right now, directly from T-Mobile’s website. 

To do so, you will need to navigate to the redemption website while connected to T-Mobile’s network (not WiFi), and simply register for a MLB account. If you already have a MLB account, all you need to do is sign in. Once registered, the process happens automatically and there is nothing else to do. You will receive an email to confirm your account is active.

In order to watch your baseball on the go, download the MLB At Bat app, then sign into your MLB account. Once logged in, you will see a message stating that all Premium features have been unlocked. And yes, you can use this account to watch the games on a desktop computer, or cast the games from your mobile device to your HDTV using Chromecast or Android TV.

The last time we wrote about this, I confirmed via a T-Mobile rep that all plans were supported, including prepaid accounts. I used my own prepaid plan last night to redeem, and I can 100% confirm, prepaid plans are supported. As long as you are connected to T-Mobile’s network, you should have no issue taking advantage of this promo. Total time to complete the redemption process is about 3 minutes.

Enjoy that free baseball, folks!

Redemption Link

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LG Refutes “Erroneous” Reporting of the G5 Being Plastic

The LG G5 is supposed to be LG’s first all-metal, unibody phone. It is, of course, but because a guy on YouTube who likes to break Nexus 6Ps for a living, scratched a G5 a bit with a razor blade after mistaking the phone for plastic and found a whole fat layer of non-metal, sh*t sort of hit the fan over whether or not the G5 really is metal. Again, it is metal, and LG has issued a response to the “erroneous” reporting over it not being metal.

In the statement, LG says that the G5 is “composed of a special aluminum alloy, LM201.” They have a patent pending on it, by the way. 

When holding a G5, you may be feeling something other than metal, though, because LG is coating the entire phone with primer to insulate and enhance the surface of it. After adding primer, they put on a “pigment layer” that has “tiny metal particles” in it and probably then change the color to grey, titan, pink, and gold.

The primer is the cause for the “erroneous” reporting, according to LG. LG says in the statement that if you scratched the hell out of the top layer, you’ll find the primer and probably think it’s plastic instead of metal. In other words, the G5 is made of metal, but LG put a thick layer of primer and paint on it that might feel a lot like plastic.

Actually, the back panel does feel a lot like plastic. I have the titan, silver, and pink versions all on my desk at the moment and none feel like they are metal. I know they are, because the sides definitely feel like metal, but the backsides just don’t feel like it. The back has a soft-touch matte-like finish that comes no where close to the metal back of the Nexus 6P, which most certainly feels like a hunk of metal in hand. The G5 is light and…plasticky…so I could see how someone could mistake it for not being metal.

But again, LG say it’s metal. Special aluminum alloy, to be exact.


Contrary to erroneous reports online that the LG G5 body is composed of plastic, LG would like to state unequivocally that the uni-body casing of the G5 is composed of a special aluminum alloy, LM201 (Feb. 2016 patent pending). LM201 was developed by LG in partnership with the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology for use in high-end sports cars, aircraft and consumer electronic pducts where durability, rigidity and lightness are required. As a die-cast metal, LM201 was determined to be most appropriate material to accommodate the curves of the G5. After the die-casting is complete, the insulating antenna slit is applied directly to the aluminum casing followed by a coating of primer which provides additional insulation and enhances the surface profile for the “microdizing” process, where pigment containing tiny metal particles is applied directly to the primer to provide a smooth and durable finish. While both anodized aluminum and microdized aluminum will scratch if enough pressure is applied, in the case of the G5 the gray primer beneath the pigment layer may be mistaken for plastic when the coloring is scratched off. We want to reassure our customers that the uni-body of the LG G5 is advanced aluminum alloy, not plastic.

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Your Retail LG G5 Doesn’t Have a Launcher With App Drawer, So Download One That Does

The LG G5 doesn’t have a home launcher with an app drawer and it’s kind of a big deal, for some. Kind of. An Android phone without an app drawer, in a way, is a phone without a soul since the app drawer has been a standard on Android from day 1. Taking the app drawer away is like taking the bench away from a basketball team and forcing everyone to stand in whatever arrangement they happen to fall into on the side of the court (or on it, in this case), throughout the stands and maybe into the concourse. Could your team survive without one? Yeah, probably. But is life a hell of a lot easier and simpler, if everyone can sit down, off to the side, in the order you choose, in an easily accessible manner, so that the court and playing surface is there for all of the action to take place? Yep. 

[In case you aren’t a fan of basketball and missed that whole deal, I’m talking about the bench as your app drawer, where you can select players (apps) to put in play, something that would be much easier to do if they were tucked off to the side in an app drawer, in the order you have chosen. The court then becomes your home screen setup, with moving pieces (widgets), the apps you use frequently (like the starting 5), etc. Get it?]

And look, LG says that we should expect the launcher to return in LG UX 5.0 for the G5, but that hasn’t exactly happened yet. We are expecting some sort of update at some point to bring it, only it hasn’t arrived. In a video detailing UX 5.0 that showed up just before launch (April 1), LG made a point to show the world that they had listened and were bringing the option back, for those who hate an app jukebox experience. The option is supposed to be in Home settings under an option called “Home & app drawer,” only it isn’t there on any retail unit as of today.

If for some reason, you want to use an LG launcher with an app drawer today, you can download the UX 4.0 launcher from LG SmartWorld, which is their 3rd party app store, like Samsung’s Galaxy Apps. It’ll get you an app drawer, with horizontal scrolling experience and a couple of other features not found in the app drawer-less experience on the G5 out of the box. Again, that’s if you are the type of person who likes pain, a hell of a lot of software pain, and must use an LG home launcher.

Anyways, we’ve made enough stink about this situation already, because it’s actually quite silly since there are a handful of really great 3rd party home launchers on Android that should probably be using anyway. You should download a 3rd party home launcher. Let me say that again.


Why? Because there are so many damn options out there, all of which are better than whatever LG will cook up or let you install from their app store on your G5. Honestly, I don’t know why you would want an LG launcher when there are app developers out here who specialize in making launchers – the best launchers, that have stood the test of time, continuously get better, and have app drawers. Or maybe you don’t want an app drawer! Funny, most of these launchers will let you take that away too, except they aren’t terrible like LG’s app drawer-less experience, in that you can organize your hundred+ apps in less than three hours.

Need some suggestions? Hey, good, because we have some!

  • Google Now Launcher: This is Google’s dead simple launcher that is now included with Nexus devices. It’s slim, fast, and gives you easy access to Google Now. It’s a great launcher if you don’t need a bunch of bells and whistles. It’s free too!
  • Nova Launcher (Prime): This is the Droid Life favorite and has been for years because it just keeps getting better and better and better. It’s pretty advanced if you need it to be, but will also just get the job done out of the box. There is a paid version too, so you may want to test drive the free for a bit before making that investment.
  • Action Launcher 3: Another favorite around the Android community, this launcher is also packed full of features, is always getting pretty big updates with new features, and is run by a developer who seems to care about the finer details.
  • Arrow Launcher: This one is made by Microsoft. I have no idea if it’s any good, but see, there are lots of options!
  • Smart Launcher 3: Another launcher I have never used, but it’s been downloaded over 10M times and has a 4.5-star rating. That means it’s probably good and unique and powerful and certainly better than whatever LG will put on your phone. Give it a try!

Over the weekend, we have seen a handful of emails come through our inbox with disappointment over the fact that there isn’t an app drawer on the G5. People are even taking the G5 back in favor of the Galaxy S7 because of it. That’s kind of nuts! Taking a phone back over an app drawer, when you can download one for free in like 2 minutes!

Folks, this is Android, and part of what makes it so great is that you can make your phone yours without spending a dime and without the permission of the manufacturer. I’m not going to tell you to stop complaining about LG’s decision to ditch the app drawer, because it’s a bad one, but let’s not get too wild with this one. This is a problem you should have fixed anyway, even if they had included an app drawer.

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