New security feature to be enabled for older LG devices as well as new ones
LG has stated it will be rolling out its new Knock Code security feature to new LG devices this year, and as an update to older models from April.
Knock Code enables users to wake and unlock the phone in one step, as its predecessor, KnockOn, allowed. However, Knock Code also has increased security beyond password and pattern-based security options.
As announced at Mobile World Congress last month, Knock Code will be a key feature in LG smartphone models this year, including G Pro 2, G2 mini, F Series and L SeriesIII.
LG will also make its Knock Code feature available on earlier LG smartphone models via a firmware update starting in April. Owners of LG G2 and G Flex in specific countries will be the first to receive the Knock Code update which will give users instant access to their smartphones via a customised 'knock' pattern.
With recent consumer research showing that most users check and unlock their devices between 100 and 150 times a day, LG was inspired to further enhance its KnockON feature with a higher layer of security and convenience.
Knock Code technology has the ability to wake and unlock the phone simultaneously, plus 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.
With more than 80,000 possible combinations and no fingerprint streaks, Knock Code offers a level of security far greater than other devices, even those with fingerprint recognition systems. Because Knock Code can be implemented anywhere on the screen in any size without having to view the screen, there is no chance of password theft.
In addition to being safer and more convenient, Knock Code is also more responsive compared to biorecognition systems, which are much more susceptible to variations in the environment.
'LG engineers placed a great amount of emphasis on providing users with exceptional security and convenience when developing Knock Code,' said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. 'Making Knock Code accessible to a wider audience is consistent with our direction to differentiate LG mobile devices on the basis of user experience.'
Details of availability of the Knock Code upgrade will be announced locally in the weeks ahead.