LG Electronics announced that U.S. owners of the LG G Flex curved smartphone will be among the first to receive LG’s newest security feature known as Knock Code.
Knock Code, previewed earlier this year at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, is a more secure, private way for users to unlock their smartphones by using a customized pattern of knocks or taps on the screen.
As part of an upgrade that includes the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS, LG G Flex owners on AT&T began receiving the Knock Code update earlier this month; Sprint will begin rolling out the update starting this week, and T-Mobile will begin its update over the next couple of weeks.
Knock Code helps users secure their confidential data in their smartphone. LG has designed Knock Code to include more than 80,000 possible combinations for personalized patterns, or “knock codes,” so LG G Flex owners can feel comfortable and confident limiting access to their devices.
Biometric locking technology is in the nascent stage. Their success rate has not been consistent due to a variety of reasons including environmental factors. Knock Code is an exception to this, LG said. It is convenient to access and is more secure.
The smartphone display is divided into four invisible quadrants. The user taps or “knocks” anywhere from two to eight times in the quadrants in a specific sequence. These personalized “knock codes” leave no visible outline for the pattern used.
With the latest Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade, LG G Flex receives a significant speed boost, allowing the device to run applications faster and, with the Chromium engine, web browsing is also quicker (based on internal testing).
LG G Flex marked its entry to the world with the title as the world’s first curved, flexible smartphone. It has also been recognized as GSMA’s “Most Innovative Device Manufacturer,” iF “Design Gold Award,” and Red Dot “Best of the Best Award.”